Last Thursday, in the roll-up to Independence Day weekend, CNN’s Victor Blackwell wondered how American families could cope with surging gasoline prices. Brian Deese, Biden’s director of the National Economic Council, replied, “This is about the future of the liberal world order, and we have to stand firm.” And Joe Biden is behind him all the way.
“Brian is among the most tested and accomplished public servants in the country,” proclaims Biden, “a trusted voice I can count on to help us end the ongoing economic crisis, build a better economy that deals everybody in, and take on the existential threat of climate change in a way that creates good-paying American jobs.” Biden’s previous boss was also high on the world-order man.
A number of young people in the White House were “just amazing,” Obama told Rolling Stone in 2016, “Somebody like a Brian Deese.” The White House deputy chief of staff for policy, “engineered the Paris Agreement, the [Hydrofluorocarbons] Agreement, the Aviation Agreement,” and “may have helped save the planet.” This planetary savior, still in his 30s, must have had amazing preparation.
Brian Christopher Deese was born in in Belmont, Massachusetts in February, 1978. His father, David Deese, is a Boston College political science professor who “researches the international and comparative politics of energy and climate policies worldwide.” Brian’s mother, Patricia Stanton, served as deputy commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and assistant commissioner of waste prevention at the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Patricia and David sent him to upscale Middlebury College in Vermont, where he earned an undergraduate degree in international politics and economics. In 2002, Deese was named a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship but was not selected. Even so, the amazing graduate could boast extensive connections.
In 2002, Deese was co-author with Nancy Birdsall, John Williamson, Julian Mott and Anne Leeming on Delivering on Debt Relief: From IMF Gold to a New Aid Architecture. This tome was published by the Peterson Institute, “an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to strengthening prosperity and human welfare in the global economy,” and was originally called the Institute for International Economics.
Brian Deese served as a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a research assistant at the Center for Global Development, and a senior policy analyst for economic policy at the Center for American Progress. The Middelbury alum was also “actively involved,” in the 2008 presidential campaigns.
Deese got into Yale Law School but left a few credits short of graduation to work for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, where he became her top economic staffer. When Clinton’s bid failed, Deese caught the eye of the composite character president Barack Obama, who tapped him to tackle the ailing auto industry. For some observers, Deese was not the best choice for the job.
“The wunderkind in charge of saving our auto industry is a 31-year-old with about as much experience as a summer intern,” noted Glenn Beck. “Despite having no formal business education, no business experience and no auto industry experience, 31-year-old Brian Deese is now in charge of dismantling General Motors.” David Sanger of the New York Times also weighed in with, “Meet the 31-Year Old in Charge of Dismantling GM.”
The “not-quite” graduate of Yale Law School “had never set foot in an automotive assembly plant until he took on his nearly unseen role in remaking the American automotive industry.” Deese’s role, Sanger noted, “is unusual for someone who is neither a formally trained economist nor a business school graduate, and who never spent much time flipping through the endless studies about the future of the American and Japanese auto industries.”
Brian Deese earned no degrees in science but the administration tapped him to help out with climate change. In his 2013 confirmation hearing for deputy director the Office of Management and Budget, Deese claimed to have the people’s best interests in mind.
“Our economy is growing,” Deese testified, and the president and Congress were “strengthening our nation’s long-term fiscal position.” Still, “there is a lot more work that we need to do together to reach what I believe is the ultimate goal of an economy that is providing opportunity and real stability for working families.”
In 2016, the president tasked Deese to oversee the process leading to the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2017, the Yale law alum became a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. From there it was on to BlackRock, where Deese headed the sustainable investing division, advising clients on meeting environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. Deese was reportedly bagging some $2.8 million a year, and building a net worth of $4 million.
BlackRock is the stomping ground of Obama national security advisor Tom Donilon, who worked in the Carter White House, on the campaign of Walter Mondale, and advised Joe Biden on his first presidential run in 1988. In 2012, it was Donilon who helped Joe Biden “get China.”
Those connections doubtless played a role in Biden’s selection of Brian Deese as director of the National Economic Council.
In June of 2021, Deese outlined his vision for a “new industrial strategy,” an “activist government,” approach including “targeted public investment, public procurement, climate resilience and equity.” As Deese contends, “markets on their own will not make investments in technologies and in infrastructure that benefit an entire industry,” and “these are not your typical market failures.” Those failures, “require a different role for government.”
In Deese’s plan, “government also looks to pull forward the deployment and the dispersion of innovation, works with the private sector to overcome those barriers of information and communication that have stymied prior efforts.” And not to worry because inflation is not a concern.
“We’re looking at the implications of an economy that comes out of a policy-induced coma and comes roaring back,” Deese explained, “in part because demand is so strong because of the success of the ongoing vaccination campaign.” And so on.
Deese provides evidence that, like a Soviet zampolit, he was selected for political loyalty and party connections, not proven competence. By his own admission, Biden’s youthful NEC boss is shrink-wrapped in statist superstition. For Deese’s professed dedication to “stability for working families,” consider his response to Victor Blackwell on the surging gas prices.
“What I’d say to Americans across the country is you have a president, an administration that is going to do everything in its power to blunt those price increases and bring those prices down.” The amazing Brian Deese, who may have helped save the planet, is also a professional prevaricator. Under this ruling-class globalist, every day is Dependence Day.