Tim Geithner got really, really mad the other day. So mad over problems with financial regulations, that he even swore and raised his voice during a meeting last week, and his PR handlers want the world to know that Tim Geithner ain’t foolin’ around no more.
I can hear you gasping, “No way, Tim Geithner grew a pair?” Well, yes, if by “pair” you mean “a pair of ovaries in full p.m.s. rage,” then, sure, Tim grew a pair of those… But then one might retort that only a sexist pig would equate a Tim Geithner hissy fit with pms-ing ovaries, which is an insult to ovaries everywhere. And then what’ll you say to that, h’m?
Anyway, here’s the Wall Street Journal’s account:
WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner blasted top U.S. financial regulators in an expletive-laced critique last Friday as frustration grows over the Obama administration’s faltering plan to overhaul U.S. financial regulation, according to people familiar with the meeting.
Actually Geithner sounds a lot more like one of those immigrant corner store owners from India screaming at his hired help, because you notice Mr. Tim didn’t scream at anyone higher up. He doesn’t drop the “f” bomb on any of the bankers actually responsible for swindling America out of $23.7 trillion–the Jamie Dimons, Lloyd Blankfeins and Bill Grosses– because guys like that might reply to Timmy’s little “f” word hissy fit with a return salvo of depleted-uranium skull-fucks. Geithner knows whom he can safely scream at. He ain’t stupid.
So, there you have it: Geithner makes a big show of screaming at the human crabgrass that passes for “government regulators,” hapless saps like Mary Schapiro, John Bowman, Ben Bernanke, and the other tools–then has his PR flaks run it over to the Journal to boast on behalf of their client, “You see? He ain’t a pussy, nosiree! He stands up to human crabgrass all right!”
(PS: Anyone who’s followed this sordid story of financial regulator turf battles knows who the real object of Geithner’s bile was–Sheila Bair of the FDIC, the only human of the bunch. For months now, there’s been a relentless campaign against Bair waged by Geithner, Dugan and their banking sponsors.)
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