President Obama: Break Up the Old Boys' Club and Appoint Janet Yellen

President Obama: Break Up the Old Boys' Club and Appoint Janet Yellen

UPDATE: After pressure from leadings economists, activists and members of Congress, Larry Summers has withdrawn his name for consideration for the chairmanship of the Federal Reserve. This clears the way for President Obama to make history by nominating Janet Yellen, who would be more likely to use the position to focus on the critical task of addressing our nation's longstanding unemployment crisis. 

After Senate Democrats sent President Obama a letter urging him to appoint Janet Yellen head of the Federal Reserve, White House officials expressed annoyance with the pressure pundits and politicians are putting on the President regarding the decision. 

However frustrated the President may be, our country's economy depends upon us not being silent. Rumors are circulating that Larry Summers could get the job, despite the fact that he has yet to show any regret over enthusiastically backing the deregulation that got us into the financial crisis. Yellen, on the other hand, sounded the alarm about our impending housing crisis before many were willing to entertain the idea. On top of that, a recent report by The Wall Street Journal revealed that she was the most accurate forecaster in all of the Fed.

If appointed, Yellen would be the first woman to head the Federal Reserve. Her detractors claim that she doesn't have the "gravitas" for the job and hint that the markets will become skittish upon her appointment. On the contrary, she would bring a much-needed perspective to a position too often filled by a tight circle of elite men who subscribe to the prevailing wisdom that crashed our economy.

All Americans have a stake in this crucial appointment. Tell the President to break up the old boys' club and appoint Janet Yellen head of the Federal Reserve. 

Janet Yellen
Janet Yellen, vice chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Bank, speaks at the Economic Club of New York (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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Number Date Name Location
5737 7 months ago George Musselman Grand Haven, MI
5736 7 months ago Anne Humphrey Vergennes, VT
5735 7 months ago Edith M. Conrad Asheville, NC About this "old boy's club", have they convinced you that you are a member? You are not!
5734 7 months ago Mildred Starrett Phoenix, AZ
5733 7 months ago Claudia Kuhns Denver, CO
5732 7 months ago James O'Malley Wheaton, IL
5731 7 months ago julia poulos Princeton , NJ
5730 7 months ago Megan O'Hara Huntington, NY Stop the pain! No to Summers.
5729 7 months ago Paul Bridgewater New York, NY
5728 7 months ago Theresa DeLeon Ruidoso, NM
5727 7 months ago Janet Mertz Madison, WI President Obama,
You should have appointed someone other than Summers 5 years ago to properly advise you on how to reregulate Wall Street and the too-big-to-fail banks. Better late than never.
5726 7 months ago Janice Thaldorf La Crosse, WI Dear President Obama,
I voted for you in the past two elections, even getting up out of a sick bed and going door to door the first time. So far, although I grant that the Republicans have been...
5725 7 months ago Anonymous Marysville, WA It is most important that the head of the Federal Reserve guide our economy toward development of all aspects.
5724 7 months ago Jeannie Wadst Portland, OR
5723 7 months ago Anonymous Randolph, MA Dear President Obama,
Appointing Janet Jellin will demonstrate to all Americans that you are indeed a free agent in deciding who or what is best for Americans. Your unrelenting support of Summe...
5722 7 months ago Ana Alvarez Clermont, FL
5721 7 months ago David Dunn Olympia, WA
5720 7 months ago Leopoldine Binder Highland Park, NJ
5719 7 months ago Linnis Cook Atlanta, GA
5718 7 months ago Bonita Hughes Berkeley, CA
5717 7 months ago Barbara Dobkin New York, NY
5716 7 months ago Karen Zolar north olmsted, OH
5715 7 months ago Sherrill Redmon Northampton, MA
5714 7 months ago Linda Rust Willow Springs, MO
5713 7 months ago Joseph DiSalle
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