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Friday, June 10, 2011

Simon Johnson Nails Little Timmy Geithner

The Baseline Scenario

What happened to the global economy and what we can do about it

The Banking Emperor Has No Clothes

By Simon Johnson
"In a major speech earlier this week to an American Bankers Association conference, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner laid out his view of what went wrong in the financial sector prior to 2008, how the crisis was handled 2008-10, and what is now needed with regard to implementation of reforms.  As chair of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the only senior member of President Obama’s original economic team remaining in place, Mr. Geithner’s influence with regard to the banking system is second to none.
Unfortunately, there are three major mistakes in Mr. Geithner’s speech: his history is completely wrong; his logic is deeply flawed; and his interpretation of the Dodd-Frank reform does not mesh with the legal facts regarding how the failure of a global megabank could be handled.  Added together, this suggests one of our most powerful policymakers is headed very much in the wrong direction."

No, Timmy is headed exactly where he wants to go, e.g., a multi-million dollar job at Goldman Sachs.  He is just about there.  You can read the rest of Simon Johnson's critique at;

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