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  •  I disagree on none of that (0+ / 0-)

    But I think you have to look at the basic nature of Washington DC: underlings often do things which they may not strongly believe in on behalf of the administration. Do you think Eric Holder had any say whatsoever on what policy was taken on many issues when he had to answer to Janet Reno, who had to answer to Clinton? I'd say very little. The history of government is filled with people who did things they were not completely on board with. I'm sure we can fill a room with people who objected to Don't Ask, Don't Tell, yet implemented the policy because the Clinton administration ordered it. That is the nature of politics. I saw Barbara Boxer, allegedly one of the most progressive politicians we have, come and support Joe Lieberman in the primary, telling us what a great progressive he is.

    Yes, there is a fine line. Some people comply with things to keep a job and out of loyalty to their superiors, or a presidential administration while others are ideologues, people who carried out the orders and firmly believed in them. These are the ones to avoid if they were behind bad policies. But it is hard to tell who is who - who would work differently if they were no longer an underling or are they an ideologue. I will admit to you, I don't know enough about economics to site the specific policies of Geithner which could make him a bad pick, I do know I trust Obama and I trust the circle which is advising him so far.

    A fellow ain't got a soul of his own, just little piece of a big soul, the one big soul that belongs to everybody - Tom Joad, Grapes of Wrath

    by gladkov on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 01:37:57 PM PST

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    •  Well suffice it to say I will be looking forward (1+ / 0-)
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      to the confirmation hearings.

      Geithner is the mentee of Larry Summers, who is a famous deregulator (if only he had to go through a confirmation hearing) and the mentee of Rob Rubin (an even more famous deregulator).

      If Geithner recants the failed policies of deregulation during his hearings, I will give Obama credit for a mastere-stroke. He says, "Mistakes were made" and recants none of the ideological failings that led to this crisis, I will be furious.

      Only time will tell.

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