Alternate Title: Socialist Hires Other Socialists to Help Push Socialist Agenda. Socialists Rejoice.
Even with the Republicans in control of the Senate, Senator Bernie Sanders (Idiot-VT) gets to keep his seat on the Senate Budget Committee. He also gets to hire his own staff.
Sanders has hired well known progressive operative and writer Matt Stoller to advise the committee on Wall Street and other economic issues. Stoller started last Monday as senior policy adviser on financial services, trade and economic issues, a spokesperson confirmed to msnbc.
Stoller, who most recently held a similar job under liberal firebrand Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, rose to prominence during the Bush era as a widely read progressive blogger and has gone on to have a varied career in politics and media. That included stints producing for msnbc’s “The Dylan Ratigan Show” and co-starring in the first season of FX’s “Brand X with Russell Brand” as the British actor’s political analyst.
Sounds like a winner. He can probably tell you how, sometimes, 3+3 actually equals giraffe.
The Independent self-described Democratic-socialist also recently named academic Stephanie Kelton as his chief economist.
Kelton, the chairwoman of the economics department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, who used to tweet under the handle “@DeficitOwl” (as opposed to a “deficit hawk”) is a leader in a school of thought known as Modern Monetary Theory that advocates for some deficit spending as a means to grow the economy. This year, she gave a lecture titled “A Heartwarming Tale of Debt and Deficits in the Modern Economy.”
You can tell that a large number of her thoughts on economics are false, because in her stories about nations spending their way to prosperity she always skips the part about “and then a lot of people died.”
I’m sure that with his on again/off again thoughts of running against Hillary in 2016, the media will be giving Red Bernie and his staff lots of airtime this year.