Geithner has distinguished himself as the Joe Lieberman of the Obama Administration. The "Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission" cannot succeed because the Secretary of the Treasury doesn't want it to succeed.
Goldman Sachs is, in the words of Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi, "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."
With the nation up in arms about the perversity of pouring billions into the coffers of the banks the symbolism of the three CEO's tone deaf failure to be present in Washington is beyond understanding.
Why is Summers once again running the show with Geithner when both have made careers of exhibiting total contempt for the public interest? Because there's no accountability for the high rollers of finance.
The boys -- Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, John Mack, and Brian Moynihan -- are back in Washington today and the Wall Street CEOs seemed to have tripped over a financial version of Heller's classic Catch 22.
We can call the 2000s the "Worse Than Zero" decade or the "Big Zero," or anything we wish, but what characterized it most for me was the near total control of corporations, especially over our civic institutions.
Not only are we richly rewarding those who wrecked our economy, but also, we have to put up with hundreds of fabrications about how the big banks got us here. Here is my biggest, fattest lies list for 2009.