Peter Orszag Goes To Citibank
I’m not one to say that the Obama Administration is in the back pocket of the banking industry. Nor am I one to deny former OMB Director, Peter Orszag, his right to pursue the career of his choice. But when I heard that Orszag was going to take a high-paying job at Citibank, my reaction was the same as that of James Fallows.
The idea that someone would help plan, advocate, and carry out an economic policy that played such a crucial role in the survival of a financial institution — and then, less than two years after his Administration took office, would take a job that (a) exemplifies the growing disparities the Administration says it’s trying to correct and (b) unavoidably will call on knowledge and contacts Orszag developed while in recent public service — this says something bad about what is taken for granted in American public life.
As Fallows goes on to note, Orszag had many other lucrative opportunities. The idea that he had to take this one shows shockingly bad judgment. And it should also weigh against him if he is interested in any future jobs in Washington.Click here for reuse options!
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