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Heard on the Hill: He’s ‘Got the Wrong Guy’

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, Im curious about some things, the Iowa Republican began. And when I listen to you speak, I dont hear things I disagree with.

King said the secretarys analysis is often accurate, at least within the scope of what hes talking about. Clearly this is crazy-talk, so King wanted to illuminate Geithners 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.

Thats an interesting question, Geithner replied. You know, Im not a economist. Im not a trained, credentialed economist, so Id say I probably agree on a lot of his things but not on everything.

Wouldnt 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. 

Adam Smith? King asked.

Im not going to give you a number, Geithner said.

King became a bit flustered. Well, Im just Im a little surprised, he said. I would look at you and I think this is a man thats a complete expert on all three of these individuals.

Got the wrong guy, Geithner said. I am a student of financial crises, unfortunately, but not a credentialed economist. He noted he follows the whats gonna work? philosophy.

Id rate it a 6 or 7 in terms of most interesting exchanges Ive seen in a Small Business Committee hearing, our spy tells us.

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