6/02/2009

The Guy who is running the US Auto industry

No business background, no economics background, but he did work as a research assistant for a couple of left wing think tanks and some time working on political campaigns. Possibly we should have other whole industries run by people with no business backgrounds? Glenn Beck has this interesting information.

Here's the one thing and there's absolutely nothing funny about it: the wunderkind in charge of saving our auto industry is a 31-year-old with about as much experience as a summer intern.

Despite having no formal business education, no business experience and no auto industry experience, 31-year-old Brian Deese is now in charge of dismantling General Motors.

So what does this guy's resume look like? It should be impressive, considering he's managing America's $458,000 per day involuntary investment.

Deese grew up in a Boston suburb, the son of a political science professor at Boston College. He moved to Vermont and attended Middlebury College, where he studied political science and also took time to host a campus radio show called "Bedknobs and Beatniks," described in one write-up as "a format of music, news, discussion and banter."

He graduated college in 2000 and then it was onto a pair of non-profit think tanks: the Center for Global Development and the Center for American Progress.

Eventually Deese went to Yale for a law degree, but a few credits short of graduating, he went "on leave" to work on Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, quickly becoming her top economic policy staffer.

Last summer, Deese moved to the Obama campaign as a deputy economic policy director and, just before this current gig, he served on Obama's transition team as an economic adviser.

He was apparently the only full-time member of the auto task force from election night until about Valentine's Day, which Deese says was, "a little scary."

What should be more than a little scary for GM, much less the American people, is that however smart Deese may be, he has literally no private sector experience; he is not formally trained in economics or business; and, according to The Times, he "never spent much time flipping through the endless studies about the nature of the American and Japanese auto industries." . . . .


Center for Global Development -- "nonprofit policy research organization that is dedicated to reducing global poverty and inequality and to making globalization work for the poor." Deese was a research assistant here.

Center for American Progress -- "We combine bold policy ideas with a modern communications platform to help shape the national debate, expose the hollowness of conservative governing philosophy, and challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter." Deese was a "senior policy analyst" here.

He has some weak five pieces that he wrote while he was at the the Center for American Progress:

1) explaining that a 5.4 percent unemployment rate was bad. Seemingly blaming Bush for all the increase in unemployment after he took office. The comparisons over the course of Bush's first term never mention the 9/11 attack and the impact that had on the economy.

2) How the economy was "stalled" and experiencing dramatically slow growth. The original piece is deleted from their website.

3) A piece saying that Americans should be concerned that they should be concerned about a "3 percent rate in the second quarter" in GDP.

4) Co-authored short piece advocating "debt relief for the world's poorest countries."

5) A 21 page co-authored report advocating restrictions on corporations using offshore workers, tax credits for so-called "energy efficient" cars and houses, on the important of reducing the Federal deficit, and giving Americans government healthcare. This document doesn't contain any detailed analysis but just a wish list of programs with a brief discussion about them.

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