By Tomasz Janowski
Optimism that Japan’s economy will bounce back from a post-quake slump and pessimism about its long-term prospects is the prevailing message of economists addressing the Reuters Rebuilding Japan Summit.
They are new, enthusiastic and changing the environment on Capitol Hill.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas says “do not underestimate the effect” of the large number of freshmen lawmakers on his committee, which will sit down to overhaul U.S. farm subsidies next year.
Christopher Doering found there is more to the CFTC chairman than markets.
When he’s not scaring Wall Street and big banks to make sure they follow the rules, there’s a chance the head of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is moonlighting as a “Little Monster.”
John Walsh has spent many years in Washington — having worked at the Senate Banking Committee, the Treasury Department, and now as acting Comptroller of the Currency — and has a bit of perspective on government reaction to crises over the years.
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro says her agency has its work cut out to compete with the massive amounts of money that private firms, policed by the SEC, pour into the latest technology.
Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin is urging lawmakers not to tie the U.S. debt limit to the debate on fiscal discipline.