Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner popped by the House Small Business Committee for the first time Wednesday, and Rep. Steve King had a couple of questions for him.
“Mr. Secretary, I’m curious about some things,” the Iowa Republican began. “And when I listen to you speak, I don’t hear things I disagree with.”
King said the secretary’s analysis is often accurate, at least within the scope of what he’s talking about. Clearly this is crazy-talk, so King wanted to “illuminate” Geithner’s philosophy by borrowing from the world of ice-skating judges.
“On a scale of one to 10, how would you rank Milton Friedman?” King asked.
“That’s an interesting question,” Geithner replied. “You know, I’m not a economist. I’m not a trained, credentialed economist, so I’d say I probably agree on a lot of his things but not on everything.”
“Wouldn’t put a number to that?” King said. Geithner said he would not.
“Would you put a number to John Maynard Keynes?” King tried again. Geithner said no.