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Caligula Trump Asks Who Will Rid Me of These Troublesome Economists

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I have been remiss in not bringing people’s attention to this purge. From Politico: Economists in the Agriculture Department’s research branch say the Trump administration is retaliating against them for publishing reports that shed negative light on White House policies, spurring an exodus that included six of them quitting the department on a single day in late April. If you do not see a pattern in the bullying of Census, the extreme nontransparency of rules at BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security), and the attempt at Board-stuffing at the Fed, then you are blind.

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I have been remiss in not bringing people’s attention to this purge. From Politico:

Economists in the Agriculture Department’s research branch say the Trump administration is retaliating against them for publishing reports that shed negative light on White House policies, spurring an exodus that included six of them quitting the department on a single day in late April.

If you do not see a pattern in the bullying of Census, the extreme nontransparency of rules at BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security), and the attempt at Board-stuffing at the Fed, then you are blind.

Menzie Chinn
He is Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

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