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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.