Earlier today we mentioned that House Minority Leader John Boehner had some advice for any bankers headed to Washington hoping to fight financial reform. His advice was simply this: "Don’t let those little punk staffers take advantage of you and stand up for yourselves." The reaction from a certain Director of the White House's National Economic Council? OH NO YOU DI'INT.
Sayeth Mr. Summers:
I do not think of the people who work on this project as “little punk staffers.” I do not think that those who want to address these issues are “little punk staffers” who need to be stood up to. And at a time when industry has hired – has spent $1 million on lobbyists per member of Congress, at a moment when there are four lobbyists per member of the House and Senate working on this issue, we in the administration do not believe that the prominent issue is allowing bankers to stand up for themselves.
You can call him a misogynist, a diet coke fiend, hell you, can even call him a narc (since it's true). When you start in with the "little punks," you go too far.