Impressions, as if, we 'only know what we read in the newspaper' and hear on TV:
Is it just our imagination, or does Geitner look frightened and uncomfortable?
Does Geitner think that we don't notice that he speaks in vague and abstract terms in his pretended answers to straightforward questions?
He speaks of leverage, of restoring confidence in the market, but who has confidence in Wall Street's financial manipulations? And how much longer, beyond its century and a half history of world dominance, do we expect it to continue in control?
Wall Street backed Obama's candidacy and now Obama backs Wall Street - but that he does it so openly is unexpected. There is not even a whiff of advice or input from FDR type anti-Wall Street brain trusts like Nobel Prizers Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman.
We wait, as we are told to wait, by an ever more defensive young president, who is still a refreshing model of inclusiveness for the nonwhite majority of mankind suffering a billion undernourished individuals in a space age world of plenty.
We wait patiently for the bailing-out of gigantic 'sick' banks and monopoly investment institutions to have some gracious, merciful, charitable and condescending effect in reviving their ability to again gainfully profit from investing their holdings in our health and and well being, that of the nation and the world.
Amazingly, while we wait, we are told outright that the bailed out banks, owned by the wealthy, are hoarding cash - the cash our government, (said to be democratic), has given them, for 'reason' that they were too big (wealthy) to fail. We await their willingness to invest that bailout money in that part of America which those banks do not own (yet).
How many of us notice that since the election, our Wall Street owned conglomerate entertainment/information media cartel has kept the Republican Party and its foibles in a distracting and disarming spotlight? And what to make of the strange absence of focus on the Democratic Party which is supposedly now in power?
Foisting on our attention the inept, flagrantly silly arguments churning between the personalities and leaders of the party turned out of power must be a calculated attempt to make us not feel the devastating shattering of all hope for change with the imperialist hard liners Obama has put in as his spokespersons in domestic economics, overseas military adventures and CIA covert operations.
Are we able to keep our distance from media cheering on the majority of Americans to continue to root for keeping its crumbling society in strict private capitalist mode? - in absolute faith that our rich and famous will the at least restore the economy to the struggling level we were accustomed to?
Its the finance 'industry' of giant banking institutions, brokerage conglomerates, and their inbred belief in 'making money' that our corporate media anchors and bought politicians insist are the rock of what prosperity we enjoy. Our school teachers acquiesce and our clergy begrudgingly goes along with a 'practical' idea of 'morality be damned' in the world of finance.