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The Drift: Stopping America’s Slide to Socialism with Kevin A. Hassett
October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Join the Show-Me Institute, National Review Institute, 97.1 FM Talk, and Show-Me Opportunity on Tuesday, October 24 for an evening with Kevin A. Hassett as he discusses his compelling memoir and analysis, The Drift: Stopping America’s Slide to Socialism.
Reception: 5:30 P.M.
Program : 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
At the World Chess Hall of Fame
4652 Maryland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
97.1 FM Talk’s Mark Reardon, host of The Mark Reardon Show, will emcee this special event!
About the Speaker
Kevin A. Hassett is the senior adviser to National Review Capital Matters and a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. Hassett served as the 29th Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers beginning in 2017 and rejoined the White House in 2020 as Senior Advisor to the President. Prior to his White House service, Hassett was the research director at the American Enterprise Institute for many years. He also served as a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and as an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, as well as a visiting professor at New York University’s Law School. He has been an adviser for many presidential campaigns and has contributed regular columns to National Review for almost 20 years.”
About the Book
Kevin Hassett wasn’t always a Trump supporter. Before his surprising appointment as the top White House economist, he took a dim view of the populist agenda and mercurial temperament of the man who had won control of the Republican Party. But experience would soon change his mind.
As chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, Hassett helped Donald Trump bring about a golden age of prosperity, in which Americans who had been left behind by decades of failed policy were given the opportunity to succeed. The miracle lasted three years, until a virus from China killed it.
Trump proved that a mix of free-market principles and enlightened nationalism could revive the American economic dynamo. Guided by an unlikely team of brilliant advisers and driven by his own force of will, he recognized that Washington bureaucrats had undermined the American dream by inserting themselves into every aspect of the economy. These “experts” were leading us down the path to socialism, and Trump fought like mad to turn things around.
Enjoying not only direct access to the president but also his trust and respect, Hassett was involved in almost every important policy debate. After two exhausting but successful years, he stepped down from the CEA and returned to private life—only to return as a special adviser on pandemic policy in 2020.
The Drift offers a unique perspective on a pivotal presidency. Unconnected and unbeholden to Donald Trump, Kevin Hassett came to the administration with a critical eye. But working with Trump the president convinced him that this flawed leader might be the only man who could halt the drift toward a statist and moribund economy. Filled with urgent lessons, this book is essential reading as the drift resumes.
“Now that the bloom is off the rose of Joe Biden’s presidency, it’s a good time to look back on his predecessor’s four turbulent years in office. Kevin Hassett has written a characteristically affable and fair memoir of his time running Donald Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers and otherwise assisting the 45th President with his economic policy. A free trader on Tariff Man’s team, Hassett nevertheless shared Trump’s ambition to revitalize the American economy through deregulation and tax cuts. It is easy to forget just how well that was going when Covid-19 struck. If Hassett is right about America’s secular leftward “Drift,” then the irony may be that Trump inadvertently ended up accelerating rather than reversing it. Should he ever return to power, readers of this smart, disarming book will fervently hope to see its author as Treasury secretary.” —Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
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