The revolving door between government and Wall Street is wrong, antithetical to both democracy and capitalism and ought to be stopped.
For the second time in two weeks a high-ranking recent U.S. public servant has traded a position of influence in the corridors of power for a massive paycheck working for an institution that owes its very existence to government largess.
This time it is Theo Lubke, who has transitioned smoothly from heading the New York Federal Reserve Bank’s derivative regulation effort to working for Goldman Sachs, where he can be expected to, well, help it do well out of regulation, current and future.
Last week it was Peter Orszag, who until July was the Obama administration’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget, joining Citigroup’s investment banking unit as a vice chairman. Several days before that Citi hired George W. Bush’s Commerce Secretary, Carlos Gutierrez, as vice chairman for its institutional clients group.
To be clear, none of the parties is doing anything illegal and there is no suggestion that any of them wittingly acted against the public interest while in government service.