Report: Geithner Already Grumbling About Obama’s Proposed Bank Reforms
Friday, January 22, 2010 at 11:26 am
It’s no mystery that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has been opposed to some of the very bank reforms proposed by President Obama yesterday (which explains why those reforms weren’t rolled out earlier). But it’s quite another thing for Geithner to go behind Obama’s back and grumble to Wall Street executives that the proposal is a bad move.
Yet, according to Reuters, that’s precisely what has happened.
Geithner, Reuters says, “has expressed some skepticism behind closed doors about the broad bank limits proposed on Thursday by his boss, President Barack Obama, according to financial industry sources.”
The sources, speaking anonymously because Geithner has not spoken publicly about his reservations, said the Treasury chief is concerned the proposed limits on big banks’ trading and size could impact U.S. firms’ global competitiveness.
Some economists are already doubting the effectiveness of the proposed reforms to prevent the types of lending that led to the economic collapse. That failure is all but guaranteed if even the administration’s own finance officials aren’t on board.
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