I don’t think he intended to be funny but Simon Johnson’s op-ed at Bloomberg on his picks for the next Secretary of the Treasury is a real knee-slapper. Here are his suggestions: John Reed, Jon Huntsman, Bill Bradley, Sheila Bair, and Gary Gensler.
Don’t get me wrong. I would welcome any of those as the next secretary. But I strongly suspect that our priorities for what the Treasury Secretary should be doing are very different from those of the White House. At least if Tim Geithner is any gauge.
Here’s my suggestion: Rahm Emanuel. At least it would get him out of Chicago.