And while he definitely has experience in the finance sector, he’s also touted some... not-so-great predictions: “This is more likely a ski-jump recession, with short-term stimulus creating a bump that will ultimately lead to a more precipitous decline later,” he told Bloomberg in 2009. (We know now, of course, that Harrington was very wrong, and the economy did, in fact, recover.)

With Harrington’s appointment, someone who worked to strategically invest the funds of a reckless contrarian billionaire is now influencing the policy of the Trump White House. For everyday Americans, this isn’t ideal. For others, however, things are looking up.