Comments on: The smart and charming Larry Summers http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/20/the-smart-and-charming-larry-summers/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: midwesttype http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/20/the-smart-and-charming-larry-summers/comment-page-1/#comment-28903 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 15:02:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9040#comment-28903 I took one micro class and I could spout that chatter. What I find disturbing about the remarks Summers made about women as president of Harvard is that it shows you something about what his mind does at rest–what kind of speculation he engages in. Well, and that fact that he thinks so highly of himself that he would say it out loud, although I suppose it’s better that we know that about him than have it be the kind of conversation he only engages in while safely ensconced in the old boys clubhouse.

What bothers me about Obama is that the above didn’t bother him.

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By: TinyOne http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/20/the-smart-and-charming-larry-summers/comment-page-1/#comment-28843 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:44:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9040#comment-28843 Because clearly, the primary failing in public education is a lack of fresh paint in classrooms. What a nitwit.

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/20/the-smart-and-charming-larry-summers/comment-page-1/#comment-28779 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:54:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9040#comment-28779 He comments seem to come down to two fundamental points:

Throw money at infrastructure improvements – Did that in 2009 (although not well, IMHO). It’s not clear if it did any good at all, and certainly not clear if it could help bring about sustained growth anytime in the next decade.

We can grow our way out of the debt problem – It’s possible, though it will be a long time if ever before we see the growth levels of the latter part of the 1990s. And until we do, it seems prudent to make an effort to bring some of the structural debt under control.

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By: Uncle_Billy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/20/the-smart-and-charming-larry-summers/comment-page-1/#comment-28768 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 06:52:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9040#comment-28768 At least Pet Rocks never denigrated women.

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By: maynardGkeynes http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/20/the-smart-and-charming-larry-summers/comment-page-1/#comment-28762 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 04:44:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9040#comment-28762 Brilliant? That’s cocktail chatter, and not particularly original cocktail chatter.

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By: hsvkitty http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/20/the-smart-and-charming-larry-summers/comment-page-1/#comment-28749 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 23:00:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9040#comment-28749 Thanks Foppe and jalefkowit for being both on point and witty.

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By: FBlair http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/20/the-smart-and-charming-larry-summers/comment-page-1/#comment-28748 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:59:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9040#comment-28748 “Doesn’t it strike you as odd that, now that he’s out of the WH, he’s suddenly seen the light? Because I truly find it amazingly coincidental that, now that he no longer has a position within the administration — where he would have been expected to turn such beliefs into policy positions — he is suddenly telling everyone that it’s all about “jobs, stupid”.

Actually, it’s pretty clear that this is what he was saying inside the administration from the beginning. The fact that Summers didn’t get his way is not a strike against him.

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By: AndrewBW http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/20/the-smart-and-charming-larry-summers/comment-page-1/#comment-28745 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:20:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9040#comment-28745 A day late and a dollar short.

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By: alea http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/20/the-smart-and-charming-larry-summers/comment-page-1/#comment-28742 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 20:18:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9040#comment-28742 “If you look at the price earnings ratio for technology companies relative to the price earnings ratios for all industrial companies, you take that ratio, PE technology divided by PE industrial, you can plot that ratio over the last 40 years, and it is at the lowest point that it’s ever been.”
quite right, except for 2001 to 2003 when techs had no E

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By: Publius http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/20/the-smart-and-charming-larry-summers/comment-page-1/#comment-28741 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 19:13:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9040#comment-28741 There are many types of intelligence. There are many types of courage. Larry’s intelligence seems to be of the rational type, not the emotional or relational or managerial intelligence that succeeds politically (in the best sense).

When I read about the way he treated Austan Goolsby in “Overhaul” (written by an admiring Rattner, no less) I thought, “What a jerk!” Funny no one else picked up on that.

Summers strikes me as someone who punches well below his weight (heh). One-on-one he can be charming and persuasive. But take his proposals out into the daylight and they fade away like smoke in the wind.

I think I’ll start calling him “Saruman.”

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