Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Geithner Uses Voodoo Economics to Try to Rationalize Choosing Banks Over American Homeowners

Washington’s Blog
May 21, 2014

Treasury Secretary Geithner – and other key players in the Bush and Obama administrations – pretended that they were helping homeowners.

But it is now beyond dispute that that they didn’t really care about helping homeowners … they only wanted to foam the runway” for the big banks.

Geithner made the pathetic excuse in his new book that helping homeowners wouldn’t have helped the economy. And he used blatantly false numbers to do it.

As two prominent economists – Atif Mian (professor of economics and director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at Princeton) and Amir Sufi (Chicago Board of Trade Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and co-director of the Initiative on Global Markets) – note at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog:

Tim Geithner has a problem with helping underwater homeowners…. He claims he doesn’t like the idea because the economic effects of helping underwater homeowners would have been small. But that is dead wrong.

Here is a paragraph from his book:

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