We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
John Rutledge (businessman, professor, public sevant, commentator, economist, and well-known China expert, often on FoxBizChannel, look him up too) today said that Geithner's strong language (see any news aggregator)against China on his day one, most likely came from Larry Summers, not Obama, and that this group is "the guys who brought you the Asian Financial Crisis" during the Clinton admin (just resuscitated BTW in our new Secretary of State).
George Soros has been accused of promoting that crisis, and profiting richly from it. Several high government ministers of the affected national currencies directly accused him --esp well-documented by the Malaysian finance minister (look it up).
Geithner & Summers both have extensive Asian experience, and one of the big brass rings USA unions are reaching for is a breakup of the global trade system that is helping every soul on earth except high-cost manufacturing unions.
A break with China is the key to breaking the global system --already strained by the Democrats' Fan & Fred engineered global financial meltdown.
Trade wars turn into shooting wars mighty quickly. We think we got trouble now, wait for a shooting war with a major power.
not to buzzkill, but the "only Geithner can do it" cry for Treasury Secretary is a huge tell --everyone on the Wharton faculty can do it, and that's just Wharton --Geithner was mandatory (even as a tax scofflaw IRS chief) because of some other reason. "Gang member" comes to mind.
Growing up we had a wonderful housekeeper from Crisfield, Maryland. We have a lawn jockey. In the 70's one of Mother's friends suggested that it was racist and she should get rid of it. Mother asked Lillian if it offended her. Her reply was that she thought the jockey was adorable and it did not offend her in any way rather she said she really liked the jockey. This is a great read because we were later told it was a tribute to the great black jockeys in America.