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Insofar as Hillary Clinton intends to listen to Gene Sperling on economics and Barack Obama intends to listen to Austan Goolsbee, it doesn't seem that they're going to have a great deal to disagree about. Thus, after Sperling spoke at the panel on the economy I'm sitting in, Goolsbee didn't exactly lay into his analysis. He did, however, rather pointedly include the cost of the Iraq War on his list of "things that have changed" about the economy since the beginning of the Clinton administration, noting that with the $1 trillion+ that were spent on Iraq, one could easily have paid for all the various safety-net enhancements that Sperling had been saying we should adopt.

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