Whenever I watch Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on TV or learn that yet another Administration nominee has withdrawn his name from consideration, it seems I’m not watching the actual government of the United States, but a group of high school students playacting.
These guys just don’t seem serious about the business of governance.Â I mean, sometimes it seems like “amateur hour” at the White House.
We face an economic crisis which started in the financial markets.Â And the president repeatedly reminds us about the crisis while blaming his predecessor for its scope, yet he still hasn’t tapped individuals to fill top jobs in the Treasury Department, the federal department primarily for handling the financial markets.Â The Presidential Economic Recovery Advisory Board, headed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, “the blue-ribbon panel” the president appointed “to help him dig America out of its economic crisis. .Â . has yet to hold an official public meeting.”
He rushes passages of a multi-hundred trillion dollar “stimulus” package with a provision allowing from AIG executives to take bonuses, yet gets all huffy puffy when it comes that they did just that.Â He refuses to take responsibility for that provision, just as he blames the deficits he “inherited” on his predecessor as if he were not part of the congressional majority which voted for the previous two bloated budgets.
And as for that “stimulus,” well, one day he signs the budget boondoggle, then the next week hosts a “Fiscal Responsibility Summit.”Â One day, he signs a spending bill laden with earmarks and then decries earmarks the next day.Â He promises to cut the deficit in half while spending at a rate sure to double it.
It doesn’t seem like we have to endure 46 more months of this, that the real president will soon be coming home and we’ll get an Administration which actually attends to the business of government.