New York Stock Exchange Economic aides to President Barack Obama are offering varying assessments of where the U.S. economy stands two months into the new administration. Leaders of Mr. Obama's economic team took to the airwaves Sunday.
Last week saw U.S. financial markets rally amid upbeat news from the nation's beleaguered banking sector that outshone another dose of discouraging numbers on employment, business inventories, and other economic indicators.
But if economy and financial markets are giving mixed signals, key members of the Obama administration also appear less than uniform in their economic pronouncements.
Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press program, the head of the president's Council of Economic Advisors, Christina Romer, was asked if the U.S. economy is fundamentally sound.
"Well, of course the fundamentals are sound in the sense that the American workers are sound. We have a good capital stock. We have good technology. We know that, temporarily, weare in a mess."
Far more somber was the director of Mr. Obama's National Economic Council, Larry Summers, who spoke on Fox News Sunday.
"We've got an economy that is losing 600,000 jobs a month. That is probably not going to stop imminently. And so while there is(are) signs that some of the things that the president is doing are starting to have effects, these problems did not get made overnight. They did not get made in a year. And they are not going to get fixed very, very rapidly, either."
All administration officials stress the key to recovery is the implementation of the president's full economic agenda. Mr. Obama has already made significant strides to that end, according to economic advisor Austan Gooslbee.
"In the first 51 days of the, this president, the administration has passed a series of really dramatic moves: the biggest financial rescue package that we have seen in decades, the largest stimulus probably in the history of the country, the biggest home foreclosure prevention and mortgage assistance program since the (Great) Depression." said Austan Gooslbee.
Goolsbee also appeared on Fox News Sunday.
The Democratic stimulus package did not get a single Republican vote in the House of Representatives and only scanned Republican backing in the Senate.
Republicans are showing no inclination to support President Obama's proposed federal budget for the next fiscal year, which would dramatically boost government spending.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on ABC's This Week program.
"Let us take a look at the budget the president is offering. It will double the national debt in 5 years and triple the national debt in 10 years. It taxes too much, spends too much, and borrows too much. It's sort of a bit switch. What we really ought to be doing here is concentrating on fixing the financial system and the housing problem. But not using this crisis as an excuse to go on an explosion of spending."
President Obama says he inherited massive government debt and a sinking economy from his predecessor, President Bush, and that only drastic action will correct the situation while investing in the nation's needspertaining to health care, energy independence, and education. Republicans accuse the president of taking advantage of the economic crisis to push an overly ambitious and ill-advised domestic agenda. They say they hope to rein in Mr. Obama's budget through legislative amendments.
Mr. Obama's budget numbers and deficit projections assume a return to moderate economic growth next year, with robust expansion in the years that follow.
upbeat: optimistic; happy; cheerful（乐观的）
outshine：to surpass in splendor, ability, achievement, excellence（胜过，使相形见绌）
be in a mess: 处境狼狈，乱七八糟
pertain to: 关于
ill-advised：acting or done without due consideration; imprudent（不明智的，愚蠢的）
rein in：control and direct with or as if by reins（止住，控制）