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Answer: The Deficit Talks, The Dollar, Tim Geithner

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Question: What are things Jim Rogers thinks sucks?

Investor Jim Rogers recently sat down for a chat with Fox Business. Whereas he's happy as a clam when discussing the idea of investment bankers becoming farmers, there are a few topics that make Ornery Jim come out. They include:

This bull shit the government's going to ultimately pull with the debt ceiling

“We are going to default one way or the other but they may not call it default. These debt reduction talks are a sham.”

The fact that the US won't take his advice to take a time out

“They will probably raising the debt ceiling and announce some kind of wonderful deal, which they will promptly ignore. The United States is not going close down. It might be good for the world if the United States closed down for a while, but I can’t see that happening. Something will happen, things will look better, but then in six months or a year, things will be worse again.”

The Dollar

“I happen to be long commodities and short emerging markets** and technology in the U.S. I am also long currencies, I am short a major American bank and short bonds. It looks as though we are going to have a period of turmoil for a while. A market I am looking at is Japan; I own the Yen. I bought Japanese shares when the tsunami came, I think I am probably going to buy some more. I own the U.S. Dollar. It has been terribly beaten down. Everybody is bearish on the U.S Dollar including me. It’s fundamentally a terribly flawed currency. But when everybody is bearish on something it is usually a time to own it.”

Our soon to be former Treasury Secretary to whom the only thing JG has to say is good riddance

“He never should have taken the job. We are all find out Mr. Geithner doesn’t have a clue about what’s going on. Just about everything he has done has been wrong. We are in worse shape now than we were a couple of years ago except now we have staggering debt to show for the efforts.”

**Except for that whole China thing.


Now You Listen Here: Tim Geithner's Bags Are Packed

Earlier today, it was reported that Timothy P. Geithner has informed people that he "plans to leave the administration by the end of January, even if President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans haven’t reached an agreement to raise the debt ceiling." Will this actually happen? Those unfamiliar with the Treasury Secretary's attempts to leave his post in the past will say yes. He's leaving, ship-shape. Those who've watched TPG try and fail to bust out of Washington for the last nineteen months, however, know better. More than likely, he's not going anywhere and it's not because deep down inside he doesn't actually want to go home but because his bosses won't let him. Witness, if you will, a small sampling of examples in which his requests have been denied, either directly (via someone laughing in his face) or indirectly (by giving those who've applied to replace him the wrong directions to their interview):

Let's Help Tim Geithner Name His Book

As you may have heard, Obama is apparently close to nominating Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary, giving Tim Geithner his late Christmas wish: a one-way ticket outta there. And while he's previously said to have no interest in writing about his time in Washington (and at the NY Fed before that), friends o' TG claim that his plan for the next year or so involve "a round of 'detox' and writing a book." Obviously we're still very far off from anything concrete but publishers will undoubtedly be banging down his door in no time and when they do, it might be nice to at least have a title to wet their palates. While Geithner packs his bags, let's do him a solid and come up with some options. The year spent sunning himself off the coast of Ko Samui (or puttering around Larchmont, or taking a job with the least amount of responsibility possible, whatever the detox entails) will presumably do wonders to take the edge of the last 48 months but if he's still in an angsty phase by the time he sits down to bang out his story, perhaps one of the following would work?