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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.