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What Did Tim Geithner Think Of The Obama Bank Plan?

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Sources tell us that Timmy is "not enthused" with the proposals, and getting "increasingly frustrated and overwhelmed." But let's actually put some words in the Treasury Secretary's mouth. Paul Krugman will start:

Various news reports that Tim Geithner is privately opposed to the new Obama bank plan -- which isn't that much of a surprise, but he should not be talking about it (if he is). What we do have is this PBS interview, in which he certainly isn't doing much to back the concept. The correct answer to "In essence are you saying that big banks need to be broken up" is "Yes"; add some qualifiers if necessary -- "we're not talking about a sudden disruption, but about new rules of the game, but the eventual goal is smaller banks that aren't engaged in inappropriate activities" or something like that.
As it was, Geithner might as well have had a chyron underneath as he spoke, with the words DON'T WORRY, WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE ANY REAL ACTION.


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