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"Stress Test" Reviewed: Tim Geithner Is "A Grifter, A Petty Con Artist"

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Geithner is at heart a grifter, a petty con artist with the right manners and breeding to lie at the top echelons of American finance at a moment when the government and financial services industry needed someone to be the face of their multi-trillion dollar three card monte. He’s going to make his money, now that he’s done living his life of fantastic power after his upbringing of remarkable mysterious privilege. After reading this book and documenting lie after lie after lie, I’m convinced that there’s more here than just a self-serving corrupt official. There’s an entire culture, of figures at Treasury, the Federal Reserve, in the entire Democratic Party elite structure, and in the world of journalism, a culture in which Geithner is seen as some sort of role model.

 

- From Matt Stoller’s fantastic article published yesterday, The Con-Artist Wing of the Democratic Party

Timothy Geithner is likely to go down in American history as one of the most dangerous, destructive cronies to have ever wielded government power. The man is so completely and totally full of shit it’s almost impossible not to notice.

The last thing I’d ever want to do in my free time is read a lengthy book filled with Geithner lies and propaganda, so I owe a large debt of gratitude to former Congressional staffer Matt Stoller for doing it for me. Stoller simply tears Geither apart limb from limb, detailing obvious lies about the financial crisis, and even more interestingly, Geithner’s bizarre bio, replete with mysterious and inexplicable promotions into positions of power.

So without further ado, here are some excerpts from this excellent article. From Vice:

The most consequential event of this young century has been the financial crisis. This is a catchall term that means three different things: an economic housing boom and bust, a financial meltdown, and a political response in which bailouts were showered upon the very institutions that were responsible for the chaos.

 

More than anyone else, it was then US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner who shaped this response, and who bears praise, blame, and responsibility for the outcome. And finally, with the release of his book, Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, Geithner is getting to tell his side of the bailout story.

 

I’ll address both of these, since they are intertwined. For as I read the book, and compared the book with what was written at the time and what was written afterwards, I noticed something odd, and perhaps too bold to say in polite company. As much as I really wanted to hear what Geithner had to say, I quickly realized that I wasn’t getting his actual side of the story. The book is full of narratives, facts, and statements that are, well, untrue, or at the very least, highly misleading. Despite its length, there are also serious omissions that suggest an intention to mislead, as well as misrepresentations of his critics’ arguments. As I went further into Geithner’s narrative, even back into his college days, I got the sense that I was seeing only a brilliantly scrubbed surface, that there were nooks and crannies hidden away. It struck me that I was reading the memoirs of an incredibly savvy and well-bred grifter, the kind that the American WASP establishment of financiers, foundation officials, and spies produces in such rich abundance. I realize this is a bold claim, because it’s an indictment not just of Geithner but also of those who worked for him at Treasury and at the Federal Reserve, as well as indictment of the Clinton-era finance team of Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, Alan Greenspan, Michael Barr, Jason Furman, and other accomplices. That’s why this review is somewhat long, as it’s an attempt to back up such a broad and sweeping claim. I will also connect it to what Geithner is doing now: working in the same kind of financial business that made Mitt Romney a near billionaire.

 

There are a few glaring problems with how Geithner portrays this debate. First of all, his main foil during the crisis was a fellow technocrat, former International Monetary Fund (IMF) official Simon Johnson, who actually had significant crisis-management experience parachuting into panicked countries and imposing structural reform on their bankers. Johnson became increasingly irate as he saw Geithner diverge from what Geithner himself at the US Treasury and the IMF forced on other countries: conditions. Geithner was hard on oligarchs when they were foreign, but when it was US bankers, well, then the wall of money argument triumphed. In fact, in a paper released in 2013, it was revealed that financial firms with a personal relationship with Geithner himself saw an abnormal 15% bump in share prices when Geithner’s name was floated for Treasury Secretary, and a corresponding though smaller, abnormal decline when his nomination was on the rocks due to his being caught not paying taxes by Senate investigators.

 

The third problem is housing. Economists Amir Sufi and Atif Mian lead the charge in arguing that the Geithner strategy failed to restart the economy because it focused on leverage at the large banks rather than leverage among households, i.e., foreclosures. The shape of the Geithner policy architecture is two-tiered: The financiers recovered; everyone else did not. And the economy, even today, sputters along at just above stall speed because of this.

 

But the book is more than just a set of arguments; it’s also an autobiography of a man. And while I was reading it, I kept getting the feeling I wasn’t learning the full story. I noticed oddities, a kind of set of shimmering ephemera which suggest that there was something the author was holding just out of view of the reader. 

 

Geithner talks about his childhood growing up abroad, with high-powered family members who had advised presidents, and a father who was a senior executive at the Ford Foundation in Southeast Asia in the 1960s and 70s. At that time, the Ford Foundation was a pivotal instrument of US foreign policy, an important vehicle for anti-Communist efforts and heavily integrated into the financial and foreign policy establishment (the head of the foundation even set up an internal committee to organize incoming requests from the CIA). Yet Geithner portrays himself as a largely apolitical and directionless kid, a sort of ordinary person in unusual circumstances, with loving parents. It was an odd way to describe growing up cocooned in the foreign-policy elite. Geithner is far too smart to not have been able to observe what was going on around him, yet he is silent in the book on how he saw power up close at a young age.

Ok, this is really important and something I touched on in my piece: Tim Geithner Admits “Too Big To Fail” Hasn’t Gone Anywhere (and that’s the way he likes it). As I note in that post, I find it beyond coincidental that Tim Geithner’s father and Barack Obama’s mother both worked at the Ford Foundation in Indonesia at the same time. 

At Dartmouth, Geithner portrayed himself an “unexceptional and uninspired student,” finding economics dreary and political consulting boring. He didn’t even remember voting in 1980. Yet over Christmas break during his freshman year of college, he notes, he did a short stint as a war photojournalist along the Thai-Cambodian border for the Associated Press. It’s a short piece in the book, meant to describe one Christmas break. But I had to reread it several times, to make sure it was actually in there. I kept thinking, What the hell? Who does that? It’s not that it’s not true; it sounds like it is. But there’s more to this story than “Oh, I was a freshman in college and didn’t like studying, and then I did a stint as a war photographer over Christmas break and decided I didn’t want to be a photographer.” There’s something he’s not saying. He was not just a boring apolitical kid who didn’t notice very much about the world. Such people do not become photojournalists for a week over Christmas in war zones when they are 18.

 

And then there’s the mystery of how he managed to climb up the career ladder so quickly. He never really explains how this happens. He wasn’t a good student. He notes, as a grad student, that he mostly played pool. “During my orals, when one professor asked which economics journals I read, I replied that I had never read any. Seriously? Yes, seriously. But not long after we returned from our honeymoon in France, Henry Kissinger’s international consulting firm hired me as an Asia analyst; my dean at SAIS had recommended me to Brent Scowcroft, one of Kissinger’s partners.”

 

I’m sorry, but what? How does this just happen? And it goes on. One day, when Geithner was a junior Treasury civil servant, Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen just called him out of the blue to ask his advice on a matter about which he knew nothing. Why? He doesn’t say—he’s just puzzled. Later on, he advances in Treasury without any real credentials in a department where a law degree or economics PhD is essential. Even Alan Greenspan eventually expressed surprise; he had just assumed Geithner had a doctorate. Power just always seemed to flow to Geithner, and he never says why. He knows why, of course—he’s an exceptional political climber. He just doesn’t say who was grooming him, why he ended up where he ended up, and what he paid to get there. It’s clear he had ideas about how the world should work, but he pretends otherwise.

 

As the book moved into the guts of his career, the Mexican crisis in the early 1990s, I began to come into contact with events that could actually be fact-checked. In 1994, just after NAFTA was signed, Mexico experienced a massive currency collapse. The roots of the crisis were excessive lending by American banks to Mexico, so the US Treasury–funded bailout helped ensure that Mexico could pay its debts and that US banks had their money returned. Geithner participated in the rescue designed by then Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin. The bailout was deeply unpopular at the time, and Congress refused to fund it. But Rubin found the financing for the wall of money in an old account called the Exchange Stabilization Fund, and the American banks who had lent to Mexico were ultimately paid back. Geithner presents this as a triumph of wisdom over the stupidity and cravenness of a short-sighted Congress and impatient public. Yet as Dean Baker notes, “Mexico had the worst per capita growth of any major country in Latin America in the two decades following” the bailout. It was bad for Mexico, but great for Citigroup.

 

He also reorganized the New York Fed Board to include prominent financiers, “including Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld; JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon; former Goldman Sachs Chairman Steve Friedman, who was still on the firm’s board of directors; and General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt.” As he put it, “I basically restored the New York Fed board to its historic roots as an elite roster of the local financial establishment.” His former colleague on the Obama economic team Paul Volcker even mocked him for being so close to the big banks. These are not the actions of someone who has a distant relationship with Wall Street power players. 

 

An additional lie is that Geithner was never a Wall Street banker. Technically speaking, the New York Federal Reserve, which Geithner headed up for years, is actually a bank on Wall Street. It is in fact a bank of banks—the bank of banks. It’s why Chuck Prince wanted him for the Citigroup job. And Geithner lived like a power player. He entertained Wall Street bigwigs as part of his work and could get anyone in the world on the phone. The New York Fed isn’t subject to federal-government pay caps, so Geithner was paid $411,200 a year, with a $434,668 severance when he went to Treasury. While this is a low salary for a Wall Street banker, it is a lot of money, especially for a public servant. And it’s an especially large amount of money considering the remarkable perk package, which included, as he notes in his book, coffee served by staff on a silver tray and a car with a chauffeur and sirens to get to work every day. In other words, the reason people thought Geithner came from a bank on Wall Street is because, both in a technical and a cultural sense, he did. Geithner knows the New York Federal Reserve Bank is a bank on Wall Street—a special public-private bank, of course, not an investment bank, but a bank nonetheless. Yet he denies this because it sounds better that way.

Of course the Fed isn’t subject to federal-governent pay caps. It isn’t part of the government. 

And while he says he was concerned about insufficient capital levels at Citigroup, Sheila Bair says in her book, and more recently told Gretchen Morgenson, that the New York Fed under Geithner was undermining her push for higher capital levels at the Basel Accords. Only a hearing and threat from Barney Frank to Geithner and the Fed allowed Bair to go ahead. The crisis was creeping up on regulators, but Geithner was fighting against the most basic measures to do anything about it.

 

Geithner offers shifting and inconsistent statements about these bonuses. At Treasury, Geithner says he didn’t want the government to interfere with bonus payments, for fear of scaring the markets. The right time to have imposed executive pay restrictions was when the bailouts themselves happened, but unfortunately, “I had been too consumed with trying to contain the post-Lehman panic to even consider whether we could do anything about executive compensation.” Yet this plainly wasn’t true. Earlier in the book Geithner recalls fighting against Senator Max Baucus during the TARP negotiations. “I didn’t think Congress should mess around with TARP as a way to reform executive compensation,” he said, “not because I approved of the industry’s lavish salaries and bonuses, but because reducing them seemed like a secondary objective in a crisis.” In other words, Geithner first says he sought to preserve bonuses for bailout recipients, and then he says he didn’t.

 

Aside from all the lies and misleading statements, there are many claims that are difficult to verify. Geithner writes that he tried to get haircuts from banks that were counterparties to AIG, but seven out of eight AIG counterparties refused to take anything less than 100 cents on the dollar. Yet Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said in press reports that he had never even been asked to take haircuts. If you look at the bailout watchdog reports released at the time, it’s clear efforts to get haircuts cannot even fairly be considered halfhearted. Later on, Geithner says his no-haircut strategy was a “no-brainer.” He wasn’t trying to save taxpayer money; he was trying to appear like he was trying to save taxpayer money while funneling money to banks.

 

Recognizing this tsunami of deceit is actually central to recognizing what happened during the bailouts. The bailouts were, simply put, done in bad faith. Geithner was hired to lie, steal, and cheat on behalf of bankers, and he did so.

So what is Tiny Timmy up to now? 

Geithner told Ezra Klein at Vox that he chose private equity because of ethical concerns: He did not want to go through the revolving door to the banks, he said, and did not want to be involved in companies he had been regulating. Of course, private equity as an industry was actually placed under regulation by none other than Tim Geithner through Dodd-Frank. The industry is heavily dependent on large banks for syndicate financing, so Geithner’s contacts and credibility should come in handy.

 

Beyond that, one of Warburg’s very first investments with Geithner at the helm was a $100 million infusion of cash into a company called Source, which is a large European asset manager that handles a shadow banking instrument called an exchange-traded fund (ETF). The government recently warned that ETFs may help contribute to the next financial crisis. And amusingly enough, there is a bitter fight between the regulators as to how and whether to regulate these companies, one that Geithner could be swaying behind the scenes (as he did so often with policies he did not like during the crisis). And this is just one example—Warburg owns many companies in the heavily regulated finance space, and I’m sure Geithner can add value to many of them. Already, SEC Chairman Mary Jo White is aggressively fighting to prevent any regulation of these asset managers. White was nominated to be SEC Chairman on January 24, 2013, the day before Geithner left Treasury. Her nomination might have been the last substantive decision he made in government, and it could be profitable for his new employer.

I exposed Mary Jo White for the crony she is the minute she was appointed in the piece: Meet Mary Jo White: The Next SEC Chief and a Guaranteed Wall Street Patsy. 

Moreover, the idea that private equity is an ethical industry is a remarkable claim. It is an industry dedicated to financial engineering over creating real value. The government recently came out with its very first analysis of this industry, which is known to most Americans as the place where Mitt Romney somehow got wealthy by laying people off. It turns out that more than half of the private equity funds the SEC examined were engaged in outright violations of laws in their financial dealings (or, more politely, were said to have “material weaknesses of controls”). Private equity funds routinely overstate returns, mislead investors, loot companies they buy, and break the law. Geithner found an industry even scummier than working as an executive at a Too Big to Fail bank and jumped right into it.

I recently noted I believe the private equity industry will turn out to be the primary villain in the next financial crisis in the post: SEC Official Claims Over 50% of Private Equity Audits Reveal Criminal Behavior. 

Ultimately, Geithner was a hit man for American democracy—and the middle class that sustained it. Geithner has acknowledged substantial fraud in the crisis, but he won’t even deign to answer why the administration did nothing about the individuals who perpetrated it. He doesn’t discuss distributional questions from the bailout. He sneers at the notion of justice. He argues for “anti-democratic” measures in a financial crisis, including emergency powers for the president similar to those the president has for national security.

 

Geithner is at heart a grifter, a petty con artist with the right manners and breeding to lie at the top echelons of American finance at a moment when the government and financial services industry needed someone to be the face of their multi-trillion dollar three card monte. He’s going to make his money, now that he’s done living his life of fantastic power after his upbringing of remarkable mysterious privilege. After reading this book and documenting lie after lie after lie, I’m convinced that there’s more here than just a self-serving corrupt official. There’s an entire culture, of figures at Treasury, the Federal Reserve, in the entire Democratic Party elite structure, and in the world of journalism, a culture in which Geithner is seen as some sort of role model.

 

As a result, the liberal faction in the Democratic Party is beginning to grapple with what it means to have grifters setting the course for economic strategy. There is now a debate about whether and how to purge this toxic culture. Geithner probably wishes there weren’t, which is one reason he wrote the book. He actually has to try and justify the horror show he put on. Believe it or not, that’s progress. Next time there’s a crisis, if reformers learn anything from this book, it’s to make sure that there are no Geithner types anywhere near the levers of power.

I mean what can I say. I salute you for this, Matt Stoller.

Full article here.

That explains this...

 

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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:41 | 4828898 COSMOS
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And so is the rest of Washington DC especially Congress which confirmed this tax dodging douchebag

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:56 | 4828924 tom a taxpayer
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The first sign of justice would the day we see Geithner, Hank Paulson, Bernanke, Blankfien, banksters, Wall Street capos, and Congressional and Executive branch co-conspirators arrested, handcuffed, and perp walked into jail for the greatest financial crimes in U.S. history.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:18 | 4828974 SafelyGraze
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".. American WASP establishment of financiers .. Geithner, Rubin, Summers, Greenspan .."

hello??

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:22 | 4828987 john39
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Must be the season of the witch-donavan

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:25 | 4828996 SafelyGraze
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:40 | 4829013 nope-1004
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The man is so completely and totally full of shit it’s almost impossible not to notice.

AMEN

That's why I chose my avatar to be Beeker.

 

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:48 | 4829050 icanhasbailout
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It's sad, but I've gotten to the point where nothing posted on ZH is either surprising nor shocking anymore.

 

These days the only thing I would be shocked by is genuine good news.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:17 | 4829094 -.-
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You might try some decent LSD or the healthy, humane dosage of 5+ grams of mushrooms (I like the tea (or steeped) version for a serving)...

 

Or read.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:45 | 4829130 Jugdish
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Or a 5 pack of Hav a Tampa Jewels and a case of beer.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 01:29 | 4829173 strannick
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A glib, glad-handing, thoughtless, say-anything sociopath, who will do what it takes, for his powers that be. 

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 06:54 | 4829352 negative rates
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You know this country has gone to hell when a guy who doesn't pay his taxes (other citizens go to jail for that by the way), still ends up as your treasury secretary, you are in a bad way and going plainly in the wrong direction. 

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 06:57 | 4829354 overmedicatedun...
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ya think? we be in new territory, there be dragons..

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:00 | 4829361 Looney
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Geithner should be spending 14 hours a day swinging a pick axe under a watchful eye of his cellmate Bubba the Rapist, for the rest of his miserable life. Cunt!

Looney

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:07 | 4829363 Divided States ...
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Matt forgot to mention that two timing timmy got up fast in his career because he blows hard, real hard.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:24 | 4829390 J S Bach
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"It struck me that I was reading the memoirs of an incredibly savvy and well-bred grifter, the kind that the American WASP establishment of financiers, foundation officials, and spies produces in such rich abundance."

 

Even if Geithner IS a WASP... can you imagine if they had printed...

 

""It struck me that I was reading the memoirs of an incredibly savvy and well-bred grifter, the kind that the American Jew establishment of financiers, foundation officials, and spies produces in such rich abundance."

 

Once again... the glaring, blatant double-standard of who is and isn't permitted to be criticized.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:55 | 4829566 Terminus C
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One more in a long line of lies and misrepresentations that keep the sheep subdued.

Just remember the holocaust**... that should give a get out of jail free card forever, right?

**I don't deny that lots of Jews, and other died in this event but if you look at the records of history, none (or VERY VERY few) were zionist oligarchs that perpetuate the myth so heavily now.  Also, should every group who suffered mass killings receive a "get out of jail free" card?  Wouldn't be able to jail too many...

One may also want to dig into WHO funded and built up the Nazis...

Fucking rabbit hole, can't ever seem to find my way out.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 15:35 | 4831007 ajax
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@TERMINUS C: "as former Israeli foreign secretary Abba Eban quipped, “There's no business like 'Shoah' business.”


Sat, 06/07/2014 - 07:01 | 4832159 GetZeeGold
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Timmy works for the CFR...of course he's a con artist. Can anyone tell me what those guys actually do?

 

The cool thing about working for the CFR is you get Turbo Tax for free....it's a perk!

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 07:57 | 4832187 weburke
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they work for the ones above them in the pyramid, whom they really dont know. In a world of lies, the confidence shown.. ie...-the story told to me is the true one- is baffleing. Tim had a house to sell, who bought it? 

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 09:20 | 4832244 markmotive
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If Geithner is a 'grifter, a petty con artist' what the f@ck is Hank Paulson?

http://www.planbeconomics.com/2014/06/secretary-hank-paulson-hank-5-year...

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 10:10 | 4832276 disabledvet
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Senior Partner...full time "hmmm, wtf happened there" memoir dude.

Still has his secretary and publicist.

I recommend a security detail for everyone else.

Now at least I know why "Hitler was relieved when he finally settled on Barbarrossa as the way to deal with all the bullshit."

Ironic (Iconic?) that this Administration has come to the same conclusion.

"Just because your paranoid Putin doesn't mean they're not cing for ya."

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:14 | 4829449 fleur de lis
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Non tax payment must be a part of the grifter culture at the top. He didn't even seem surprised or concerned, like it didn't really matter. Which for them it probably doesn't. Has anyone seen his transcripts?  

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 01:53 | 4829186 KickIce
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It's unbelievable considering in the last month PM manipulation has been confirmed as well as coppergate in China.  I mean these are real commodities and fraud exposure of this magnitude should rock the markets yet they continue to climb.  The only "fundamental that matters anymore is QE.

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 10:25 | 4832298 disabledvet
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"The panacea."

QE solves eveything! It's a win win! If you want that Federal Program, you can have that Federal Program!

I mean seriously..."there is a Twist" here (when Bernanke went way out on the yield curve)...but he knew the gig was up last summer...an inflation shot was coming..he hit the Taper button.

Everyone went apeshit...but the fact remains prices went through the roof (save for gold and silver of course.)

I'm obviously the least likely person to be defending the Urban League and "social graces" but we're well past the poin of return now as all the. Bailout Rtcoons head to their gated communities in Florida "just because."

They did get that Bernie Madoff Ponzi Chief who supposedly has twelve BILLION in the Bank from taking down France. Picard or something?

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 19:28 | 4835275 BigJim
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  The only "fundamental that matters anymore is QE.

I'm beginning to wonder if this is it: the NWO are finally moving into the end phase and out of the shadows and just running (ruining) the fucking world directly from the Fed and BIS. We really could be witnessing the complete destruction of what remains of market price discovery.

Think on it; I'm not sure what percentage of GDP (bullshit number that it is) now comprises government spending; but it surely must be near or over 50% by now. When you consider that a significan percentage of the remianing  'private' spending is actually done to comply with government edict, at what point do you just admit free-market capitalism is completely dead?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:33 | 4829020 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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Replace WASP with Tribe.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:22 | 4829465 chapaev's ghost
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Nuland et-al.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 22:53 | 4831863 El Oregonian
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The full bloom of the "Red Diaper Baby" era has finally reached it's desired conclusion.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 18:36 | 4831459 Monty Burns
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"Replace WASP with Tribe."

 

If Krieger had done that he'd be living beside Helen Thomas now.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:21 | 4829102 Karmaisking
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My thoughts exactly.  This critique collapses with this factual faux pas.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 05:36 | 4829297 Bioscale
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What factual faux pas?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:47 | 4829555 Bollixed
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Hint: WASP doesn't stand for - We Are Special People...

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 23:51 | 4831940 Jam Akin
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Really?  And all along I was foolishly thinking it meant White Ashkenazi Semetic People.

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 00:41 | 4832003 Colonel Klink
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And ZIRP stands for Zionist Income Raping People

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 06:20 | 4829318 intric8
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Need we hear more? Geithner has uttered enough foulness over the years to damn a score of his own kind. Judgement has already passed. Lets now discuss method. Noose, nailgun or guillotine?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 06:58 | 4829357 NoDebt
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I vote nail gun.  Is anyone surprised?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:16 | 4829379 Headbanger
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I vote nail gun and then guillotine some naughty bits and then burning at the stake and then fed to to his fellow scums starved for weeks..

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 23:59 | 4831951 JohnnyBriefcase
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Is there a way to heat the nails prior to injection? If so, this would be a very satisfying addition. Hot nails to the finger tips, anus, eyes, nose, genitals and soles of the feet. Then keep him alive SE7EN sloth style. Repeat until dead.

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 06:12 | 4832135 Winston Churchill
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I still remember vividly the description of the 'death by a thousand cuts'.

No need to reinvent the wheel here.

 

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 10:15 | 4832286 Sambo
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Treasure trove of ideas here for Dante....

Infer no?

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 06:53 | 4832152 Herodotus
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How about axe?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:58 | 4829599 Oquities
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should read "American WASJ establishment..."

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:39 | 4830405 FeralSerf
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They aren't "AS" (Anglo-Saxon) descent. They are eastern European, AshkeNazi descent. They are not of Semitic origin like the Palestinians and Sephardic Jews. Most of their ancestors came to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Most of them are good citizens. A significant minority of them are not.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 09:05 | 4829633 Oquities
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should read "American WASJ establishment..."

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:12 | 4832491 FeralSerf
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. . . American "EEAJ" . . . (Eastern European Ashkenazi Jooze).

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 00:32 | 4831993 Redhotfill
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Yes SafelyGraze, we don have Francis Sawyer to point out the obvious surnames of Jooz

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:54 | 4829138 ebworthen
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Hung from the trees on the Mall until dead for treason; but handuffs and perp walked would be better than stardom.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:13 | 4829198 CuttingEdge
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I'd settle for testicular removal with a blunt hacksaw blade. Not that Tiny Tim's balls have dropped yet.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 21:32 | 4831743 SF beatnik
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Maybe to truly get everyone's attention, you must look for guidance to the far more imaginative torments of the European Middle Ages.

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 00:55 | 4832012 El Vaquero
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There was one posted a while back that involved sealing somebody in a small boat that allowed their head and arms (and legs?) to hang out.  They were then smeared with honey, and force fed honey and milk while their face was always kept pointing towards the sun.  They were kept in this boat/sarcophagus, shitting and pissing all over themselves while being force fed more milk and honey until death.  The whole time, they had insects crawling over their face and legs, and literally eating them alive while they stewed in their own shit and piss.  It could take a week or two for a man to die this way.  I can't remember what this form of execution was called, but it sounds quite fucked up.

 

Or there's a modern method you could try:

 

Take a staple gun and staple his dick to a 2x4 by the skin.  Insert glass rod.  Hit pecker with hammer.  Force feed water and food to keep him alive, and let the infection kill him.

 

EDIT:  A quick search led to the name of the above execution method: Scaphism

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:15 | 4832504 FeralSerf
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Not that much different from living in northern Minnesota in the summer.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 04:23 | 4829260 wee-weed up
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perp walked into jail?

------------------------

Uh, no...

Hanging from lamp posts!

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:14 | 4828972 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1 COSMOS

Democratic Party and Democratic President chose him.

Not that W. and Hank P. have clean hands either...

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:22 | 4830305 11b40
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Exactly.  It's is the entire establishment.  Clinton was smart and lucky, coasting out of office with a great economy, but signing off on the roots of disater in his last 2 months in office -- removing Glass Stegal and approving the Commodities and Futres Act.  But let's not forget the Savings & Loan debacle under Reagan/Bush, and that one of the Bush clan was up to his eyeballs in it, as was Johnny Boy MsStain.  Poppa Bush didn't get caught up in anything, but don't forget, he was the former head of the CIA prior to his stint as Reagans VP.  He knew how to keep all the dirty dealings at arms length.  And what was driving Nixon to take us off the Gold Standard?  I could keep going back in history, but why bother.

Not just Demorats, and certainly not just WASPs.  As already noted, the "P" needs to be changed to a "J".  The vast majority of "P's" are not in the club, but it matters not if Dems or Repbubs are in symbolic leadership positions.  The orders come down from above the political level.

The author exposes his own bias, not that his criticism of Timmy is not valid.  It is, and Timmy should be in jail.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 18:41 | 4831464 Monty Burns
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 "It's is the entire establishment."     = The Real and Permanent Government.

 

B/t/w there's not a single 'P' on the SCOTUS.

 

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 11:06 | 4832340 11b40
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You know, that had not registered with me before, but you are right.  6 Roman Catholics & 3 Jews.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_religion_of_each_US_Supreme_Court_...

Where have all the WASP's gone?  The big bad, terrible WASP's who run everything seem to be a dying breed.  Isn't change fun?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:20 | 4830306 11b40
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dup

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:22 | 4828988 booboo
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Hangings require a a bit of thought, the subjects weight, distance of drop, length of rope and subjects build must be considered. Too much vertical fall and the head will actually pop right off, not enough and it may result in the subject paralyzed and the need to re-hang a man with a full load in his pants (messy to say the least)

just some info in case any of you are wondering after reading this piece.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:36 | 4829025 Dr Benway
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So then, prior "stress tests" required?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 03:25 | 4829241 Manthong
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In a pinch, just a lamp post and a few guys to pull or a tree limb and maybe a horse (or the three guys) will do.. it's quicker (for those not in the noose) and it eliminates the math. 

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 03:24 | 4829239 icanhasbailout
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Nobody is going to care how humane the executions are. I doubt most of them will even survive to make it to the gallows, more likely they'll be ripped to pieces as soon as the marauding crowds find them.

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 01:03 | 4832019 El Vaquero
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If it gets to that point, a bunch of innocent people will get ripped to pieces too.  If people start blaming banks for all of their woes and tearing bankers apart, do you think that their ire will stop at the CEOs and upper management?  I don't.  I fear that if I'm in the middle of that shit and I want to do what is ethical, I might have to convince a mob that the teller they're ready to string up maybe doesn't deserve to die.

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:17 | 4832511 FeralSerf
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 06:44 | 4829335 zerocash
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If only Albert Pierrepoint were still alive.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:41 | 4829408 shovelhead
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So where's the downside ?

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 10:40 | 4832316 disabledvet
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The is THE QUESTION and indeed "the Space Oddity" of it all.

I'm thinking "the band strikes up Happy Days Are Here Again" only to see a veritable armada of Abrams tanks rolling in.

This may sound "out there" but the huge move higher in treasuries says to me "we're capital constrained" here

It seems impossible (unpossible actually) with the trillions that have been monetized that we have a price collapse coming and a rush...not for the exits mind you...but safety.
My question remains "from what?"!!!!!

Forget BYFATH...this says to me LEVERAGE...all with view that inflation is right around the corner "times a trillion."

Instead...prices for raw commodities (save nickel interestingly) are collapsing.

In our fear of the Great Depression de we in fact create if?

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 00:57 | 4832015 El Vaquero
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Or just overdo it and let the head pop off.  I mean, dead is dead, whether that state comes about from having a broken neck, a bullet to the head, or decapitation. 

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:57 | 4829065 williambanzai7
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Fri, 06/06/2014 - 06:15 | 4829310 intric8
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Real ladies man

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:14 | 4829448 Rakshas
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and what's with that chicklet tooth smile....... geez you'd think after extorting so much money he'd buy himself a holywood smile or dentures or somthin'.... then again if the universe is just he won't need any teeth in prison ......... let's see how he fares tossing salad 

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:15 | 4829090 -.-
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The time is coming...

asymmetrical retaliation...justice

gather your plumes and papers, drink merrily and plan accordingly...

The time is near...

integrity and accountability shall be spelt in rouge letters...

 

 

TIMOTHY GEITHNER: hiTlisTed

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 01:38 | 4829178 Fish Gone Bad
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People see their surroundings and upbringing as pretty much normal.  Geithner called himself average probably because in a sea of privileged youths, he was just average.  That said, all the political class probably feel they are quite average and not terribly unique.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 09:15 | 4832239 Atomizer
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COMOS,

I was targeted three years in a row. Asked why you don’t focus on that scumbag Timmah. <crickets>

Mazzy Star - Into Dust

 

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:44 | 4828904 Elliptico
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He's a douchebag in a bad wig.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:13 | 4828971 TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

He's a douchebag in a bad wig.

I never thought I'd feel sorry for a bad wig.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:48 | 4828910 Spungo
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I can understand good people dying young, but why do evil people live forever?
-Lewis Black 

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:47 | 4829047 DeadFred
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Housing shortages in hell? Don't worry new units are being made all the time.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:08 | 4829195 strannick
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Its road is wide

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:08 | 4829196 strannick
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Its road is wide

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:49 | 4828915 Da Yooper
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Being able to lie to the GDP with a straight face is a job skill required to be a banker & a politican.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:56 | 4828922 DoChenRollingBearing
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THAT article, Tylers, is about the most stinging book review I have ever read.  Bravo.  I knew Geithner was bad, but, wow, just wow.  I will look at Stoller´s piece now.

Keep´em coming.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:24 | 4828959 DoChenRollingBearing
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Stoller´s article is long but fascinating.  I can vouch for little, but it rings true.  Geithner is a POS.  Here is one truth from Stoller:

Geithner did not "save" South Korea during the Asian crisis.

If anything, he was in the cabal that made the Asian crisis worse.

 

EDIT: Add Greenspan to the authors of the mess as well as W. and Hank P.  But, yes, OK, if there was just ONE worst apple of the bunch, that would be Geithner (and/or Obama and the D-Team who put Geithner there).

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:01 | 4828925 Seize Mars
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Ok I read this and I am pleased with the vitriol toward this fucking lying loser (Geithner).

However, let's not let this little bitty thing just skate past:

It struck me that I was reading the memoirs of an incredibly savvy and well-bred grifter, the kind that the American WASP establishment of financiers, foundation officials, and spies produces in such rich abundance.

I am a New England WASP myself, asshole. And every single New England WASP I know is an honest, hard working person of honor. Period.

I don't want to hear any bullshit from any, shall we say, "ethnic groups" trying to lay corruption and financial double-dealing on "the WASPs."

Are there any, "other ethnic types" involved in the 2008-09 financial traveshamockery? Let's hear all about it, douche.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:07 | 4828952 Lost Word
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Sort of like the WASP Bush family beginning with Prescott Bush, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush?

And all those WASP members of the CIA Old Boys Club?

All those members of Skull & Bones?

Yeah, they are all honest WASP's ?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:14 | 4828970 Seize Mars
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Any other ethnic groups involved? Any?

Any ethnic groups whose signature move is the "mysterious rise to prominence?" They even have a figure of speech for it in Russian.

 

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:19 | 4828982 Wahooo
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You mean, like, Mexicans?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:23 | 4828991 Seize Mars
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Sure, let's make a list of all the douchebags involved in the '08-09 Con Job of the Millenium only let's do it by ethnic background.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:01 | 4829072 Wait What
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+1000. bwaaa haaa haaa haaa!!!

dammit. made me lose some of the not-so-cheap Chimay Blue I was sipping on.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 04:17 | 4829259 Dull Care
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I'll take 'rootless cosmopolitan' for 1000 Alex.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:16 | 4829452 post turtle saver
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the answer is "what is a manchurian candidate?"

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:35 | 4830149 Lost Word
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Manchurian Candidate = CIA puppet?

This link, taken from the current thread below,

http://www.luckinlove.com/obamaciaties.htm

has some background about Barack and Timmy linked to the CIA cover in Indonesia,

although the link text itself is missing the original embedded hypertext links.

Suggests Obama Senior was an Oil Company man and CIA operative pretending to be a Socialist,

while Barack's step-father was also an Oil Company man and CIA operative in Indonesia,

both men married to Barack's mother, CIA operative, and daughter of a CIA operative.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:26 | 4829002 cocoablini
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Geithner went to Mamaroneck High School. He had 2 twin brothers. As I recall, one was OK and the other was a colossal douche. His name started with a "J" for all you who know them. He was a bitchy, clicquey loosebutt. So I can imagine how douchey big brother was. They were all losers

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:04 | 4829075 Wait What
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Timmy, Jimmy, and Slimy? amIclose?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:25 | 4828995 TruthTalker
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It's OK when people refer to the lowlife banksters as Jewish banksters - how do you think every honest, American loving Jewish person feels - guess now you know.

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 13:17 | 4832656 FeralSerf
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It's OK when people refer to the lowlife banksters as Rich White Guy banksters - how do you think every honest, American loving White Guy person feels . . .

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:25 | 4828997 TruthTalker
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It's OK when people refer to the lowlife banksters as Jewish banksters - how do you think every honest, American loving Jewish person feels - guess now you know.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:28 | 4829006 Seize Mars
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Who said that? Did I?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:56 | 4829224 vie
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Divide and Conquer... (Bitchez!)  As long as everyone down below is busy attacking each other, TPTB will continue to get away with their bullshit.  Just saying.

Who gives a fuck if you're a WASP, or a Jew, or a Mexican... show some solidarity against the people bending us all over (regardless of their ethnic or religious background) and we might just have a chance.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:17 | 4829381 willwork4food
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Right on Vie.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:42 | 4829538 SofaPapa
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Any time any vague group (the tribe, WASPs, the mob, the Russians, the Chinese, etc. etc.) is blamed for the crisis, it is a distraction.  We need to be clear on that right up front.  There are individuals behind this, and Timmy is one of them.  These individuals should not be allowed to escape as people go nuts attacking the "group du jour" in an ignorant rage. Focus.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 09:02 | 4829616 Terminus C
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This, judge by actions, not by birth.

Criminal is criminal, psychopath is psychopath.  To say any one group has a monopoly on these behaviors is naive. 

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 21:34 | 4831746 SDShack
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Sociopaths. That's all you need to know.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 05:07 | 4829282 SmittyinLA
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I imagine after 10,000 years they're used to taking shit for their cultural practices.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:22 | 4829096 MrPalladium
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"I don't want to hear any bullshit from any, shall we say, "ethnic groups" trying to lay corruption and financial double-dealing on "the WASPs."

Remarkable. The most obviously powerless and utterly defeated ethnic group in America post 1980, so it is no surprise that Geithner would be made the evil poster boy for an utterly defenselss ethnic group for whom he is wildly atypical.

I recall a sociology professor at Johns Hopkins back in 1966 who told the class that Americans of British ancestry had the lowest socioeconomic status of all white ethnic groups in America, behind Italians and Irish. My jewish classmates squirmed in their seats but did not protest. To me the professor's statement was self evident. All I had to do as a high school student was cross the river from Ohio into Kentucky and I was among ethnic kinsmen overwhelmingly of British ancestry.

But whenever one of us from within this large group happens to do well and join a tiny minority of successful WASPs, we are vilified. I was rescued from the poverty of my parents by the standardized test. And later in life, practicing my profession in the corner offices of the glass towers, most of the successful wasps I met came from similar modest backgrounds.

Geithner was smart enough to recognize the power and control of his new ethnic masters and decided to serve them well. Thus, he is not only a traitor to his country but to his own people, a kinship he neither recognizes or values. BTW, the roadside tent revivivals in Kentucky back in the day were the best free entertainment one could possibly imagine. I especially enjoyed the snake handlers and the mason jars of tax free Kentucky moon shine.

They weren't rocket scientists but they were real people

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 09:49 | 4829780 janus
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we could be kin...

great post, Mr. Palladium; all of it accords to my own observations and experieince.

here's some nostalgia for ya:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4syA9aNnNa0

great song, Mr. Monroe...now here's a dedication for Bill:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ8YInU-Ihc

this post is dedicated to Hank Williams Sr.

janus

 

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 11:05 | 4832339 disabledvet
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Some of them are rocket scientists actually.

Some went so far as to successfully launch those rockets too.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:37 | 4829122 Omegaman2211
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Oh fuck right off with your juvenile tribal insecurities.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:57 | 4829145 ebworthen
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There are turncoats in every religion, tribe, and family.

No shortage of Jews, Mormons, Catholics, Atheists, and whatever amongst the money grubbers.

United we stand; united against mammon lusting spineless, gutless, and abjectly immoral weasels and wastrals of Wall Street and Washington.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:23 | 4829207 jaxville
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Serious bullshit factor there...Geitner is typical of his kind. He is not a traitor but a model they all strive to emulate.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:57 | 4828927 disabledvet
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"He cheated on his taxes...then lied to Congress about it."

And for that he became Treasury Secretary!

American Dream indeed.

I will say at a certain (bureaucratic) level he really was over-qualified. I mean "compare him to the guy who got paid a hundred million to blow up AIG."

Treasury did pay GS dollar for dollar for that Epic Fail.

I'm surprised GS didn't give him Hank Paulson's old job for that one.
"He was just a Government guy"?

Hmmm. Well...AIG is still solvent at least.

And still 100 times the size of GS with at least 1000 times more employees and a million times greater impact on the economy.

Most of those AIG guys start out making 35,000 a year too.

"They're a bunch of nobody's too"?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:24 | 4829209 jaxville
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 Justice in the West is reserved for the Goyim.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 23:34 | 4831913 disabledvet
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We can't win. "All those in favor of Zionism say oye.

The oyes have it."

A trillion?
Fer real?

To be paid back on minimum wage with no bennies?

"And just to say tanks we're gonna finish you off with a massive inflation.©®™"

At a certain level the solution really is funny...as in ludicrous.

"The check must bounce." We're down twenty million taxpayers here.

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 11:10 | 4832344 disabledvet
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Sad...all these up arrows.

The war is over.
We lost.

Both of them.

We're all "Bo Bergdahl" now.

Ironic...one prisoner, solitary confinement, five years.

"The Taliban."

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:57 | 4828929 Eireann go Brach
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He is a friend of Obama's, there is nothing else to say!

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:01 | 4828935 prains
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He is a friend to Oligarchs, yet again you fail to see the real point. Please have a glass of r'tard Cabernet 2014 and rejoice in your stoopid

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 23:37 | 4831919 disabledvet
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The Cabal.

It's scary actually.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:01 | 4828933 MedicalQuack
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Like what he said about Mary Jo White...we got a ton of those folks in Washington and I have a name for it "the Sebelius Syndrome" for novices that don't know jack about the technology they are supposed to regulate..I'm mostly in healthcare but when I see similarities and the syndrome spreading can't help but bring it foward. I know Eric goes nuts as he's coder too so people that either presently or did write code, as in my case just go nuts over the lies and listening to novices spread bull shit.  A while back I called MaryJo a novice myself...stuck in the Sebelius Syndrome...

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:01 | 4828934 Goldilocks
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The Sting Theme (Joplin - The Entertainer)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WxfjWnuEno (3:43)

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:03 | 4828938 Lost Word
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Sounds like a Timmy was a Puppet Bankster for the Banksters.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:06 | 4828944 Moon Pie
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He wouldn't have lasted two minutes on the streets where I grew up in Jersey.  Total punk.

 

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:52 | 4829413 shovelhead
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No unarmed person lasts two minutes in Jersey.

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 01:16 | 4832031 El Vaquero
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Snookie would.

 

 

 

 

Oh, wait, you said person.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:06 | 4828947 Atomizer
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Just ask Greenspan, same boss different puppet role. Everyone knows who this sick group is. Takes time for the public to learn shadow names that appear on TV. 

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:08 | 4828949 swmnguy
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Well, let's see.  His parents were both highly-connected spooks.  He is a protege of the real powers in the US; Bob Rubin, Henry Kissinger, Alan Greenspan, Brent Scowcroft, etc.  Christ, it's like he was made in a lab.  A "Boy From Brazil."  No wonder he caused so much damage. 

And while the Democrats surely need to think about what it means to be openly run by the Finance sector, let's not forget Sen. McCain promised, if elected President, to appoint the same Geithner to the same Treasury post.  McCain, predictably, soured on Geithner during his confimation hearings, ostensibly because of TurboTax but c'mon.  He was by then Obama's boy and a shoo-in for the post, so of course McCain would oppose him.  There's no self-serving turn McCain's morals won't let him take. 

So clearly, someone significantly higher in pay-grade than either McCain or Obama selected Geithner for that job at that time.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:47 | 4829046 john39
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Yeah, and he looks like beavis from beavis and butthead. Another NWO freak. The only reason they run the show currently is because they sold their souls to evil and are willing to do anything to keep power.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:27 | 4829211 jaxville
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It's called the Synagogue of Satan in case you haven't figured it out yet.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:21 | 4829387 willwork4food
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Yes. There was a good reason Jesus got pissed at the money changers near the temple gates. Trading (pure) silver shekels for dilluted Roman Coins to purchase everyday goods, but having to trade them back at a premium to offer sacrifice. What a racket.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:43 | 4829127 russwinter
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Another 'Boy from Brazil" and fellow CIA psychopath is Barrack Obama aka Barrry Soetoro: Will Barrack Obama's Real Father Please Stand Up 

http://winteractionables.com/?p=11682

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:06 | 4830050 Lost Word
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The author does not even know how to spell the name Barack correctly.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:07 | 4829439 shovelhead
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CIA.

IS A FAMILY.

And like another family that holds (held) the reins of power, being a made man is infinitly far easier for those who grow up in the family. There's always a spot for even the ne'er-do-wells as long as they follow orders.

This is the way of the world. Because when it comes right down to brass tacks, it always about family and who you can trust.

 

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:07 | 4828950 Downtoolong
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He actually has to try and justify the horror show he put on

You know they’re in the gutter when they desperately need you to believe their bullshit, and they won’t accept that you don’t, even though deep down inside they don’t either.

And you’re in the gutter with them if you believe anything else. 

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:08 | 4828953 Kaiser Sousa
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id killl him and the lot ...

if i could get away with it...

and FUCK U NSA IF UR READING THIS....BITCH ASS MOTHER FUCKERS...

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:27 | 4829110 BringOnTheAsteroid
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I suppose that's what makes someone a true hero of the ages, when they know they can't get away with it but do it anyway. Snowden, Assange, Manning are examples but still only dabbling in the soft skills of heroism.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:12 | 4828963 Enough Already
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"Timothy Geithner is likely to go down in American history as one of the most dangerous, destructive cronies to have ever wielded government power. The man is so completely and totally full of shit it’s almost impossible not to notice."

I disagree. This crown goes to Alan Greenspan. Although, Geithner is right there. 

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:12 | 4828964 holdbuysell
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In response to the article's title:

Of course he is. Is a bear Catholic? Does the Pope sh*t in the woods?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:12 | 4828965 Joebloinvestor
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I hope he and Carney share the same bag of bad drugs and fucking DIE.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:14 | 4828969 runthenumbers
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Good article, but since when is Geithner a WASP?  Did I miss something.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:55 | 4829058 DeadFred
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Don't mistake the religion of the host for the religion of the the symbiont. The god of all reptilians has cloven hooves.

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 13:41 | 4832714 FeralSerf
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Cloven hooves are a necessary feature of a Kosher animal.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:18 | 4828980 BeetleBailey
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Tim Shitner.

Waiting for the day this piece of shit is beaten to a bloody pulp.....then run over....by a Mack Truck....loaded with manure....on a hot day.....

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:23 | 4828981 Haole
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I'm sure it's purely coincidental that Ann Dunham-Soetoro was in some capacity connected to Geithner's father in Indonesia, etc., etc...

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 03:17 | 4829235 thamnosma
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That truly is a telling fact from this review.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:28 | 4829394 Noob1011
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Geithner, date of birth August 18th, 1961
Obama, date of birth August 4th, 1961

Coincidental, I think not.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:14 | 4829447 Seasmoke
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That truly, was a very bad month. 

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:21 | 4829459 wearef_ckedwith...
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Timmy has repeatedly stated that he believes mortgage derivatives "were only at the margin" of the financial crisis.

For him to portray the driving force behind the collapse - the need for bankers to make more $ through the creation and distribution of toxic derivatives - as "at the margin" of the problem speaks volumes.  This (person) should have been charged with promoting financial terrorism against our nation. 

(I'd like to see just ONE justified action agsinst a financial terrorist under the Patriot Act.  Sacrificing the economic safety of America for the sake of Wall Street).

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 10:57 | 4832330 disabledvet
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Old McDonald had a farm....eeeeye, eeeye, oh!
And this farm he had a mortgage...eeeye eeeye eeeeye oh!

With a monetize here and TARP thing there
Here a HARP there a HAMP

Everything a FARK FARK!

Eeeeye eeeeeye oh!

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:21 | 4828986 e_goldstein
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Swine

 

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:39 | 4829031 3rd Pig
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Giving us little piggys a bad name

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:26 | 4828999 alien-IQ
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"Tim Geithner Is "A Grifter, A Petty Con Artist"

This is news?? Thanks Captain Obvious.

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