Sunday, November 23, 2008

It's the Robert Rubin Wing Of Goldman Sachs That Will Be In Charge of Obama Economic Policy

So says WSJ:

The new economic team emerges from the Democratic Party's moderate flank, with Mr. Rubin as the common denominator. Mr. Summers was Mr. Rubin's longtime deputy at Treasury and then succeeded Mr. Rubin as Treasury secretary. Mr. Geithner was a senior aide at Treasury during this period.

Peter Orszag, who will be Mr. Obama's budget director, was the first director of the Hamilton Project, a program co-founded by Mr. Rubin at the Brookings Institution, a think tank...

Rubin was Vice Chairman and Co-Chief Operating Officer from 1987 to 1990. From the end of 1990 to 1992, Rubin served as Co-Chairman and Co-Senior Partner along with Stephen Friedman. He then served as the 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury during both the first and second Clinton administrations.

He now is Director and Senior Counselor of Citigroup where he draws an annual salary of $17 million.

The supermerger between Travelers Group and Citicorp was facilitated by the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act). This legislation was passed under the Clinton administration, days before Rubin's resignation. Some believe that Rubin's $17 million Citi salary is quid quo pro for his role in the repeal of Glass-Stegall.

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