Acting Secretary, U.S.Department of CommerceUnder Secretary for EconomicAffairs, U.S. Department ofCommerceRobert S. Kerr Senior Fellow,Brookings InstitutionCo-director, National PovertyCenter, University of MichiganDean, Gerald R. Ford School ofPublic Policy, University ofMichiganMember, Council of EconomicAdvisers, Executive Office of thePresidentDirector, Northwestern University/ University of Chicago Joint Centerfor Poverty ResearchProfessor of Economics,Northwestern UniversityAssistant Professor of Economicsand Public Affairs, PrincetonUniversitySenior Staff Economist, Council ofEconomic Advisers, ExecutiveOffice of the PresidentVisiting Assistant Professor ofEconomics, MassachusettsInstitute of Technology
B.A., University of MinnesotaPh.D., Economics, MassachusettsInstitute of Technology
Who is Rebecca Blank?
Big Government Advocate
On November 1, 2011 President Obamanominated Rebecca Blank to be the DeputyCommerce Secretary.While Blank’s faith in government is strong, herfaith in the private sector is not.Blank scoffs atthe notion thatcharities andthe privatesector canchannel peoplefrom welfare towork andargues for agovernmentalrole. “At theend of the day, it is going tobe government-runprograms that help mostpublic-assistance clientsprepare for and find work,”she writes. Fn.1.Blank said a private nursinghome, for example, mayprovide a cheaper and fasteralternative that can get the job done, but governmentservices usually can providemore -- that extra late-nightconversationwith a patient, forexample. Fn.2.Incredibly, Blank does noteven trust parents.When childrenenter school forthe first time,their parentsdecide wherethey will attend, Blank said.But parents may not alwayspick the bestoption.“How much can you trustparents to make the rightdecisions for their children?”Blank said. Fn.3.
Rebecca Blank, Nominee for
Deputy Secretary,U.S. Department of Commerce
“Given her skepticism ofthe private sector, Blankhas no business running the Commerce Department.Her nomination should berejected.”
-Bill Wilson, President,mericans for Limited Government