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  •  Actually, if Lew demanded that, then it would be (1+ / 0-)
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    he who was asking for a quid pro quo.  He wouldn't be so stupid as to ask Citi to pay him to go into government.  That might look bad.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 01:05:20 PM PST

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    •  That only makes sense (1+ / 0-)
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      if you assume there's something wrong with working for Citi, at all.  Or if it's structured in installments or whatever.  The evidence is that having the clause be Citi's idea (meaning, Lew wouldn't be giving up anything to get it), doesn't solve the problem, so it's just the same circular argument that the clause is a bribe.  Unless you're prepared to argue the clause is illegal, it doesn't get you anywhere, which it's not.

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 01:13:32 PM PST

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      •  And I suppose you would agree that if something (0+ / 0-)

        is not illegal, then there are no moral/ethical problems with it either?

        And it's not about whether Lew worked for Citi.  It's about the implication of Citi giving him (or he demanding) the money if he took a high level government job.  That seems like a pretty odd contingency.

        The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

        by accumbens on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 01:29:42 PM PST

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        •  only to the extent (1+ / 0-)
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          Lew would appear to owe any further obligation to Citi, which I don't see as being the case.  

          And I don't think it's all that odd if you think about it from the perspective of Lew trying to soften the cushion of taking a drastic paycut.  

          Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

          by Loge on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 02:34:00 PM PST

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