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Larry Summers For Fed Head? 17% - Yes, 49% - Hell No

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Judging by how the SkyNet formerly known as "the market" has been trading in the past three weeks (and years), one may get the impression the "smart money", hiding behind Bloomberg terminals for 9 hours each day, has gone full lunatic retard. Yet not even said Bloomberg terminals users are completely insane, as confirmed by a just released poll of Bloomberg Professional users, who were asked on their opinion for the two next probably Bernanke replacements: one Larry Summers, best known, together with Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan and everyone in Congress and Senate over the past 30 years, for destroying the US economy, as well as one Janet Yellen, currently vice chair of the Fed, and almost certain replacement for the Chairsatan once his term expires in early 2014. The verdict: nay to both, but a resounding hell no to the man who destroyed the US banking system, then crushed the Harvard endowment, and finally brought the US consumer and economy to a state of complete ruin.

From Bloomberg:

Almost half of global investors say President Barack Obama shouldn’t select former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers as the next chairman of Federal Reserve Board, according to the latest Bloomberg Global Poll of investors.


Only 17 percent of the 862 surveyed say it would be a good idea to appoint Summers, 57, to replace current Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, 58, whose term expires in January 2014. Thirty-four percent didn’t have an opinion and 49 percent said it was a bad idea.


The Nov. 27 poll of Bloomberg customers who are investors, traders or analysts was conducted by Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based company. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.


“Although Lawrence Summers is an exceptionally talented man, the Fed chair is in need of a man with less connections and entanglements to the establishment,” Fredrik Fyring, a derivatives trader at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken in Stockholm, said in an e-mail. The recent choice of Mark Carney to head the Bank of England shows that an “outsider to the current establishment can be a good choice,” he said.

At least we now know that there are at most 17% of Bloomberg terminal users who are making money in the current centrally planned banana republic. We can only hope the balance wants some return to normalcy and would much more rather see a Ron Paul or even a thousand monkeys running the Fed than any more distinguished Econ Ph.Ds.

As for Yellen:

The Bloomberg poll showed that investors have mixed views on whether Obama should elevate Janet Yellen, the Fed’s vice- chairman, to head the central bank. Thirty percent of respondents say Yellen would be a good choice as chairman, 32 percent say it would be a bad idea and 38 percent say they’ve no opinion.

Yellen, 66, has joined three other Fed officials in support of a policy to tie zero interest rates with progress on fighting unemployment as a way to provide more clarity on the central bank’s outlook for monetary policy.

And back to Summers:

Summers didn’t respond to an e-mailed request for comment.

That's ok he was probably napping. But as long as it is not while sitting on the CTRL-P keys, at least he is not causing more untold destruction.


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Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:20 | 3023821 Flakmeister
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Any who'-who of the guilty must include Phil Gramm....

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:23 | 3023833 Zer0head
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in 2014 O will once again have control of House and Senate and he will appoint whomever the fcku he wants

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:25 | 3023850 SheepDog-One
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'In 2014'...LOL good one.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:38 | 3023928 101 years and c...
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i'd like to nominate myself.  i am a very good liar and i know ctrl-P.  i've also taken chopper flying classes, so i would be able to fly my own chopper as i drop 100's on lower manhattan.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:46 | 3023948 francis_sawyer
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I nominate Larry Summers for dog catchEE...

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:56 | 3023993 Ghordius
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I nominate Corzine for FED chairman. but please first take him out of prison

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 14:25 | 3024065 Jay Gould Esq.
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"The recent choice of Mark Carney to head the Bank of England shows that an 'outsider to the current establishment can be a good choice...' "

Mark Carney -- Goldman's top Customer's Man in the London office -- an "outsider" to the "establishment ?" This statement elicited as much laughter as Mitch McConnell's guffaw, upon receiving Geithner with the Administration's "fiscal cliff" proposal.

Disinformationary farce. Barry will likely select an Erskine Bowles -type of "outsider" insider. In sum, policy continuance. The apple cart will not be upset.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 16:08 | 3024707 Tom Servo
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Yellen and Summers are both jews, so they qualify...


Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:06 | 3023996 nope-1004
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Larry Summers is a joke.... cept, I ain't laughing because he's also really really dumb!

Here is sleeping beauty:




Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:58 | 3024182 eclectic syncretist
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Him or better yet Krugman would be a perfect way to accelerate elimination/eradiction of the the Federal Reserve system of parasitic welfare banksters existing like a carbuncle on the ass of humanity.


Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:10 | 3024035 MiltonFriedmans...
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The Fed will not exist in 2014....

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:44 | 3024136 earnyermoney
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Like that matters. 


He'll appoint whom he's told to appoint, and there will be no objections.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:49 | 3023966 slaughterer
Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:52 | 3023976 GAAPpreNixon
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If you agree, please hit the green up arrrow. Important people read and respect opnions at Zero Hedge.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 16:07 | 3024701 Westcoastliberal
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Good call.  Brooksley Born would be a great choice along with Elizabeth Warren, Bill Black, or Neil Barofsky.  Each has their own attribute and each bring "real world" experience which we would all benefit from.  The Banksters, not so much.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 23:49 | 3025870 Pinto Currency
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This is a debt-based fiat money system in collapse.

Select whomever you want as Fed Chair based upon who you want at the wheel when the system slams into a wall doing 150.

Rubin or Summers would be a good place to start.  Or Greenspan.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:10 | 3024038 Rathmullan
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Here's the not so short list:

Steve Liesman (he has no training in economics but he plays an economist on TV)

Andrea Mitchell (enough said)

Paul Krugman (the final frontier where keynesian abandonment of any semblance of responsibility is brought to monetarism)

Jamie Dimon (in order to eliminate overly intrusive govt regulation and bring real competition to the banking industry)

Michael Woodford (because the cutting edge of monetarism isn't about direct and tangible policy effects, it's all about getting tricking market participants to engage in self destructive behavior)

Jesse Jackson Jr. (just because he is the anti-thesis of Ron Paul and he needs a job)

Chuck Schumer (because he "gets it")

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 08:27 | 3026185 awakening
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Krugman for the comedy value, ZH would get a good run out of that! :D

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:20 | 3023822 vast-dom
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fuck them all, terminals and printers too.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:33 | 3023899 HelluvaEngineer
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My vote is still for "Drinking Bird".  He can hit that print button 24/7 with no breaks or vacations.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:49 | 3023967 Lord Blankcheck
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Homer almost blew up the Springfield nuclear plant using the same method.D'OH!!!

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:26 | 3023837 Wakanda
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"the man who destroyed the US banking system, then crushed the Harvard endowment, and finally brought the US consumer and economy to a state of complete ruin."

Sign him up, he'll be perfect.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:28 | 3023875 The Master
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Americans love a good comeback story!

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:11 | 3024027 onelight
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Maybe, just maybe it's time to get tough-minded, or as Rule #5 says, "harden the #%$^& up" ..

This is going around trading desks in the last week: a European cycling brotherhood with a set of Rules, including #5 with an Aussie flavor..

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 14:16 | 3024251 Bastiat
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Too many goddamn rules.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:22 | 3024080 carbon
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FLASH NEWS! WAIT uplifing news: on CNBC Hatzius continues to expect only 2 percent economic growth next year

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:25 | 3023838 Cognitive Dissonance
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Our exhaustive efforts to kick the can down the road have not been fully exhausted. Thus the piper will not be paid just yet.

<Almost time to make the donuts.>

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:24 | 3023840 SheepDog-One
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I'd love to see that ol gin blossom drunk Larry Summers in there as FED head he'd screw it up SO bad!

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:47 | 3023956 francis_sawyer
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Actually he might be the perfect guy... After all ~ We need someone ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL [& on the job] after the recent Fed activism...

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:24 | 3023843 pragmatic hobo
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I nominate Ron Paul as the next fed-head.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:53 | 3023981 XitSam
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or Jim Grant

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 06:09 | 3026127 Urban Redneck
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The Office of the Secretary of the Treasury is the better suited to waging war against the Fed.  Also, unless you believe Ron Paul or morally or ethically compromised, then there is issue of the fiduciary obligation to Jamie, Lloyd, et al when one works inside Marriner Eccles.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:24 | 3023845 oleander garch
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"The central irony of the financial crisis is that while it was caused by too much confidence, too much borrowing and lending and too much spending, it can only be resolved with more confidence, more borrowing and lending and more spending," Larry Summers.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:28 | 3023865 Cognitive Dissonance
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Welcome to the insane asylum. Peak insanity is insatiable.

<Feed me now for feed me even more later.>

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:31 | 3023889 Dagny Taggart
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Peak insanity is insatiable.

... or maybe peak insatiablilty is insane.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:31 | 3023883 kralizec
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Yup, he their man!

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:27 | 3023855 Dr. Engali
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I nominate Britney Spears, she is probably as good a choice as any of the other idiots......How hard can it be to get up in front of congress and lie your ass off a couple times a year while keeping your finger on the print button?

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:36 | 3023910 Joe Davola
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She's too busy with semiconductor physics:

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 12:36 | 3026419 DavidC
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Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:27 | 3023858 SheepDog-One
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OH and one more thing....anyone who believes it's Obama who decides who is head of the world central banksters is simply delusional.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:35 | 3023915 GlobalCtzn
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Thank you!

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:27 | 3023859 Darth Mul
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I want Krugman in.


Let's just burn the whole fucker down already.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:52 | 3023973 Temporalist
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He's my nomination too.  At least we'd know that only aliens would fix things then we could all move on as a species.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:27 | 3023860 Vashta Nerada
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Isn't Eric Holder looking for a new gig?

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 17:28 | 3025047 waterhorse
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It should be just as easy to be a place holder at the Fed Reserve, as it is at the DOJ.  Good work, if you can get it.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 15:23 | 3023862 Bastiat
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Crisis by Design by John Truman Wolfe will tell you who calls these shots.

"In an interview on July 3, 2009, the former U.S. assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury, Paul Craig Roberts, was asked, 'Does the U.S. Treasury secretary work for the people or does he work for the banking system on Wall Street?'  to which he replied, 'He works for Goldman Sachs.'"

 "Summers, though not a formal Goldman alum, is a fully certified Rubin deregulation clone.  He was chief economist for the World Bank in the early 90s and laer served as Rubin's deputy secretary of the Treasury." 

--from the book cited above. 

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:27 | 3023863 lynnybee
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when i opened up ZEROHEDGE & saw that headline i gasped.   my heart just skipped a beat & i gasped.   how can this be ?   oh, it be.   it be because a gang of criminal bankers have taken over the United States of America & are looting it's citizens.   sad part is, most don't even know it.   hell, i didn't know it until recently.   the past 100 years has been abnormal.  

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:28 | 3023867 LongSoupLine
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Larry Summers is in a tie with Corzine.

Those crooked political inside fuckheads can get there balls jammed in a paper shredder. I hope they both get a Barry bonds velocity fucking lead pipe in the fucking skull. assholes.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:29 | 3023878 prains
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What no John Coreofslime ?


Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:30 | 3023881 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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What about George W. Bush ? He would make an excellent Fed Head.

Bring them all to justice, and so on.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:30 | 3023882 Bansters-in-my-...
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Larry Summers makes a slimey,mouldy piece of shit look good.

Fuck you Lawrence.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:39 | 3023884 Kaiser Sousa
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ps: how ya'll like this latest hit job on the metals this Friday after recovering from all the hits earlier in the week...all coincidence that is the london close again.......aint it......................



Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:32 | 3023893 machineh
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Probably the expression Tyler really wanted was,


Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:32 | 3023896 buzzsaw99
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Summers is perfect. The human wrecking ball.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:33 | 3023902 tip e. canoe
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Martin Armstrong for Fed Chair

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:40 | 3023937 jayman21
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But, I think Martin would stay away.  The bad guys might get him sitting there trying to fix things.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:33 | 3023905 Joe moneybags
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Whoever becomes the next Fed head, we will lament he/she as "worse than Greenspan/Bermanke", and predict TEOFTWAWKI, everyday.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:34 | 3023906 polo007
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Since WWII, the Americans, Japanese, British and Europeans have spent way more money than they owned. But that was ok because the money they borrowed wouldn’t have to be repaid until some far away day in the future.

Unfortunately the future has now arrived and today, the next generations of Americans, Japanese, British and Europeans have all plunged into a deathly debt spiral.

Today it is no coincidence that the Americans, Japanese, British and Europeans have all set interest rates as close to 0% as possible.

Also today, it is no coincidence that the Americans, Japanese, British and Europeans are all printing money. And finally, today it is also no coincidence that the Americans, Japanese, British and Europeans ignored Friedrich Hayek and instead followed the economic principles of John Maynard Keynes.

Today the entire global economic and financial system is rooted in unwavering support for John Maynard Keynes and his beliefs in deficit spending and debt-fueled growth.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:37 | 3023921 Rainman
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Oblameo wants an unlimited credit line forever without the hassle of dealing with CONgress. Therefore,  Chairsatan II will have one hell of a lot of printing to do. Onward to $25T and the collapse...!! Why Summers ? Why not ? 

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:40 | 3023934 tahoebumsmith
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Summers- Jew..Check  Yellen-Jew...check... With that said they actually may have a chance... Riddle me this ol Federal Reserve Act Of 1913... Why is it that every chaiman has been Jewish since you took control of our money back on that 23rd day of December, 99 years ago?

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:00 | 3024002 jayman21
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Paul is German Lutheran.  You must have a short memory. -1  It does not matter.  They are all assholes with exception of Paul.  Even Ron Paul had nice things to say about Paul.


At the end of the Day, the Private Federal Reserve needs to go.  It is a stealing machine for the political/elite class.  The Fed is the last resort lender for the last resort spender.


Largest budget item?  Anyone, Anyone.


Fri, 11/30/2012 - 14:37 | 3024332 Mr. Hudson
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Good question.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:44 | 3023938 polo007
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So, who's right? Does the insolvency of European governments cause deflation, which sends the dollar soaring and gold plunging? Or does the insolvency of the U.S. government cause a collapse in the dollar and hyperinflation?

Probably both and neither. European governments and international institutions are likely to connive in any way possible to avoid the defaults and the resulting deflation from Europe. The most expedient way is for the European Central Bank to buy the bonds of the heavily indebted economies of Spain and Italy. That would both finance their deficits and lower the value of the euro, which would boost the competitiveness of the peripheral economies of the euro zone.

Does this violate every precept of the founding of the single currency? Of course it does and Germany will object vociferously. But ECB President Mario Draghi has pledged to do whatever it takes to save the euro. Since he made that pledge last July, that in itself has restored confidence. The ECB can only buy bonds only when a government accedes to harsh conditions, which none has had to do. So far, Draghi's mere declaration has lowered the funding costs for Italy and Spain, but actions may eventually needed to back up his words.

Meanwhile, the Fed has effectively inaugurated QE infinity, buying securities until unemployment is brought down to some satisfactory level. So, the U.S. central bank will be churning out greenbacks, which will effectively fund the federal budget deficit. In addition, the Bank of Japan is being urged to engage in quantitative easing until deflation turns into inflation by the leader of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, which is likely to regain power in elections next month.

Bottom line: every major central bank around the globe is likely to continue printing money to stave off any deflationary undertow induced by the massive debt of their governments. Notwithstanding short-term sell-offs such as Wednesday's $25 drop, central-bank policies should keep interest rates near zero and negative in real terms, which in turn ought to keep gold in its long-term uptrend. As long as authorities try to do whatever it takes to hold the system of fiat currencies and indebted governments from flying apart, paper money will continue to lose value relative to the traditional store of value, gold.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:23 | 3024084 Quinvarius
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Debt defaults don't cause deflation. 

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:41 | 3023941 Gimp
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As long as he can wear the clown shoes he's in!

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:45 | 3023946 venturen
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I vote for that guy who is the voice for Elmo...he plays a muppet well, he is unemployed and he knows how to screw people especially the young!

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:49 | 3023963 wisefool
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It needs to be Timmah. I am convinced he is tyler durden. Who else would have enough balls to be a tax cheat and apply for the top spot at the IRS?

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:51 | 3023969 tnquake
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Other Larry's that come to mind and would be better than Larry Summers!

Larry Laffer

Larry Flynt

Larry of Larry, Darryl, and Darryl

Larry Csonka

Larry "Yogi" Berra

Larry Bird

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:10 | 3024039 Clueless Economist
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Larry Fine of the 3 Stooges...Jewish to boot

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 17:30 | 3025060 waterhorse
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Wouldn't Larry Flynt be better suited for the position at the SEC?

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:54 | 3023988 Herodotus
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How about a Gentile for a change?

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:58 | 3024001 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Nancy Pelosi naked straddle ?!?!?!

Ugh, Tylers just crossed the line with that one on Twitter.

I am going to be ill.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:02 | 3024007 Meatballs
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How about FUCK NO!

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:20 | 3024073 Quinvarius
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It is between Yellen, Hillary Clinton, and Obama's own wife.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:22 | 3024077 alfred b.
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    Aw chucks, come on you guys...  Larry could fix all of this in his 'sleep'...and besides without good ol' Larry in there, how could we get our fraud and corruption fix that we've been accustomed to!

    Go  ahead, buy physical gold and silver anyway!




Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:36 | 3024115 GeneH3
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It will be Yellen because of her gender. Notice most of O's appointment's are minorities or women. Puppets. Notice most of Obama's advisors are white males. Banisters and communists. Who's the puppet? Not the POTUS. Surely not.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:39 | 3024119 DollarDive
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I nominate Billy Martin or George Steinbrenner


or........... Norm from Cheers.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 13:53 | 3024157 shovelhead
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Summers would be a perfect choice.

We don't need the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse that started the ball rolling with LTCM. We're far enough gone where only 2 are needed to complete the destruction.

Geithner and Summers...The Sequel. Bigger, badder and more explosive.

"OTC...You ain't seen nothing yet." *


* needs a banzai poster

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 14:02 | 3024194 Glass Seagull
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Larry has been very good to the debt machine.  Larry's payoff? 


MAX(One basis point on all the debt that he helped to create, a curio cabinet filled with Hummels)


Fri, 11/30/2012 - 14:30 | 3024310 Mr. Hudson
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Why is it only Jews who head the Fed? Why not try some ethnic diversification? How about an Aborigine American or someone whose ancestors came from Mongolia?

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 14:50 | 3024378 DollarDive
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Elizabeth Warren comes to mind.....

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 16:14 | 3024731 Antifederalist
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LieaWatha? Pocahontas. Surely you jest.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 14:49 | 3024377 Bastiat
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Lindsay Lohan would be a step up in integrity, character and prudence.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 14:51 | 3024384 DollarDive
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Charlie Sheen -  WINNING !!



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