Thursday, February 16, 2012

@SenatorBurr - Timmy gets under the GOP collar

I'm not a fan of Timmy,  but I admire his recent attitude before Congress.  It appears I'm not the only one just fucking tired of listening to Republican Politicians bitch and complain,  without offering up any viable alternatives.  The GOP thinks rising taxes is a path to evil.  But they have ZERO alternatives to balancing the budget.  GOP Politicians talk incessantly about the need to cut costs,  but NEVER offer up what costs they'd cut.  The GOP battle cry of austerity as a path to growth in our economy is pure T bullshit.  It's about time that someone of the stature of Tim asks GOP Politicians to PUT UP,  or SHUT UP.

From the WSJ:
Maybe it’s because he knows it’s the last time he’ll have to testify before Congress about a budget proposal. Or maybe it was just because he knew he was near the end of three grueling days of testimony before House and Senate panels. But whatever it was, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner seemed to enjoy the back-and-forth with Republicans more than he has in recent hearings. He enjoyed it so much, in fact, that it was driving Republicans crazy.

“You can smile and laugh about it all you want,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) bristled at Mr. Geithner during a House Budget Committee hearing. Mr. Chaffetz then intoned he was getting sick of the Treasury secretary’s “silly little smirk.”

To be sure, Mr. Geithner did have a smile on his face during parts of the hearing, particularly when he was interrupted by Republicans on the panel when they didn’t like his answers on deficit reduction. He even spent part of the hearing answering questions with his arms crossed.

At one point, he suggested that Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R., Kan.) had an “adolescent perspective” on how the economy worked.

Mr. Geithner had a habit that he exhibited during the multiple days of hearings of answering questions with questions. In other words, if a lawmaker asked him about tax increases Mr. Geithner would respond by asking what cuts on the middle class the lawmaker would support in place of a tax increase. This approach, of the questionee questioning the questioner eventually irked House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) and he told Mr. Geithner to knock it off.

Mr. Geithner is no stranger to congressional hostility, and he’s even been asked to resign during a hearing.

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