Economic Dream Team Machine
Want to play president of the United States and build a team of experts to revive an economy suffering the after-effects of Covid-19? Breakingviews has evaluated potential candidates for key economic positions in a Joe Biden or Donald Trump White House and graded them in six categories based on their prior experience or academic achievement. For the 2020 race, and in keeping with the zeitgeist of American capitalism, we added a new category, ESG, for environmental, social and governance.
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How it works
· Drag and drop your favorites from either side into various roles
· As you make selections, total points for each candidate are tallied based on the adviser ratings
· Scores range from as low as zero to as high as five depending on prior experience
· When all jobs are filled, the final head-to-head scores will appear
· Share your scores on social media
for your Dream Team results!
This cabinet-level position, currently occupied by Steven Mnuchin, directs every aspect of the U.S. Treasury. He or she helps the president to maintain a strong economy by promoting conditions that facilitate economic growth, overseeing financial stability, monitoring national financial security and managing the government’s accounts. A broad-based skill set is required, including extensive understanding of markets, budgeting and international affairs. The Treasury secretary must also advise on policies related to tax, housing, financial regulation and government debt. The secretary also chairs the Financial Stability Oversight Council.
The National Economic Council director acts as the president’s closest economic policy advisor. In that capacity, the president may shape the NEC in any way desired. For example, if the president is particularly concerned about unemployment, he or she might bring in a director with expertise geared specifically towards job creation. Traditionally, NEC directors have played a significant role in budget discussions though the current chief, Larry Kudlow, has focused on shaping the administration’s economic message.