In an odd mix of old media and new, the Wall Street Journal is partnering with Digg to do an interview with U.S. Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner.

Deputy Managing Editor Alan Murray gets to ask Geithner the most popular questions, as submitted and voted upon by Digg readers. So far, we are up to 770 questions. Below are some of the most popular questions, written and voted upon by Digg readers.

OMG, these are hysterical:

• Why has the federal reserve bank never been audited?

• You failed to pay some of your federal taxes in 2001. And in 2002. And in 2003. And in 2004. Please explain.

• What is your position on Ron Paul’s House Resolution 1207? (Which as of the writing of this question has 282 cosponsors.)

• Last week you requested that Congress raise the $12.1 trillion statutory debt limit, saying that it could be breached as early as mid-October. This is in addition to the increase already approved in February this year to accommodate the added debt from the $787 Billion stimulus plan. How is this anything other than runaway government spending? What will it take for us to see US debt go the other direction?

• How do you feel about the revolving door between high job positions in the treasury and Goldman Sachs?

• You were a member of the Federal Reserve, a group that so thoroughly mismanaged our monetary policy that they helped create a massive housing bubble because of foolish loans and speculation enabled by low interest rates, and then you were involved in a horribly mismanaged bailout that hasn’t freed up credit markets and can’t even account for all the money it spent. Why are you running the Treasury Department?

• What is one mistake you’ll admit to making since taking over as Treasury Secretary? What do you wish you’d done differently?

Good luck to Alan Murray asking these questions . . .

Category: Politics, Regulation

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27 Responses to “Digg Dialogg: Ask Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner a Question”

  1. VennData says:

    Secretary Geithner, wouldn’t “Death Panels” provide a better dis-incentive to greedy executives than claw backs?

  2. flipspiceland says:

    What did you promise Lloyd at Goldman Sucks if you were appointed to Hank “slick” Paulson’s post at Treasury?

    Why is the Treasury building in D.C. nearly 3 times the size of the White House?

    What arrangements have you made in your private investment accounts, the ones that seemingly have no connection to you, that are hidden behind curtain?

  3. akahn says:

    The 2nd to last one is awesome.

  4. contrabandista13 says:

    Why do you take financial advice from Gilbert Godfrey and Larry Summers……?


  5. As a long time Digg user (well long time is a relative term on the web), I imagine the questions will definitely skew toward the fringe. While the Digg concept is interesting it reflects the user base’s biases.

    On any given day 20% of the top Digg stories are about drug legalization, funny animal/kid/80′s picture or Ron Paul’s next campaign.

    As BR said good luck to the WSJ with that one.

  6. call me ahab says:

    I think the tax question pretty much says it all-

    if he can’t get that little part right- how can we expect him to get anything else right-

    his selection was the start of the “seed of doubt” of the Obama presidency

  7. cvienne says:


    or “acorn” of doubt, as the case may be…

  8. Marcus Aurelius says:

    If you were sent to prison and had to share a cell with a killer biker/meth head, would you want to be the mommy, or the daddy?

  9. cvienne says:

    Why do you have your home listed for sale ABOVE your purchase price? Are you conducting a science experiment?

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  11. I-Man says:

    At what point did you sell your soul for silver and gold?

  12. Christopher says:

    Can we call the inevitable FDIC bailout “BARF”?
    Banking Assholes Relief Fund

  13. Mannwich says:

    Why did you redesign your bathroom in that garish style/awful color?

  14. Blurtman says:

    What was it like growing up as the son of the least popular Stooge?

  15. cvienne says:


    “Why did you redesign your bathroom in that garish style/awful color?”

    LOL – That automatically puts you in the top ten for “post of the day”

  16. cvienne says:

    Reminds me of “Johnny” from the movie airplane…

    “Where did you get that dress? It’s AWFUL! and those shoes…JEEZ!”

  17. Onlooker from Troy says:

    You saw that Daily Show too, eh Manny? LOL That was atrocious.

    Listing his property at a higher price than he purchased, in this market, clearly shows the arrogance that is bred in these people who live above it all. They just don’t get it and figure the rules of the market only apply to the commoners, not to their ilk.

  18. Thor says:

    Did anyone else catch this link within the Vermont article?

    Google map showing national foreclosures, not sure how accurate or up to date it is. Puts a bit of a damper on today’s housing numbers.,-73.968201&sspn=0.103975,0.205994&attrid=ee6d68e1e5cb9843_&ie=UTF8&radius=5.39&rq=1&ev=zi&t=h&ll=40.763121,-73.9991&spn=0.104015,0.205994&z=12

  19. spoonman says:

    The shameful part of this is that these are the questions the media should be asking/investigating anyway. Seeing a list of questions people actually want answered and then comparing them to the “questions” the media actually asks is eye opening. And it’s not just the questions, it’s the attitude. Of course, there will be some prefunctory answer, but it would be nice to see an interviewer really pursue some of these questions, not just accept the answers at face value and bury the issue. Especially with regards to the bathroom…

  20. Onlooker from Troy says:


    Yep, it’s always about the follow up, or lack thereof. These folks are expert at dodging the question unless their feet are put to the fire relentlessly with follow up.

  21. Mannwich says:

    @Onlooker: Maybe Timmy can get the feds to buy his house for him as a perk? I mean, why not? He’s part of the royals class in this country. They get everything. We just watch and complain about it on blogs. Why would anyone in their right mind re-do their bathroom in that awful style if they hoped to sell it later on?

  22. JamesR says:

    Agree, Digg is infested with RuPaulies.

  23. adamj says:

    Digg my question!

    The Federal Reserve System is predominately controlled by 12 privately owned regional Federal Reserve banks. Prior to becoming the Treasury Secretary, you were the President of the privately owned New York Federal Reserve Bank. Why should anyone believe that you have the tax payer’s best interests in mind as Treasury Secretary when you come from a long line of banking interests?

  24. jujutrader says:

    Should I take the red pill or the blue pill

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  26. Bhagwan says:

    When was the first time you took it up the arse? Was it at a GS event or in grammar school?

  27. leftback says:

    Those GS initiation ceremonies are supposed to be secret…