It is a sad spectacle. After elbowing their way onto the House Oversight Committee, it's insanely wealthy and powerful members grabbed their fifteen minutes of fame, held it close, and rubbed their faces all over it. Mugging for the cameras and battling each other for that viral YouTube manna, the sorry kabuki affair is appalling. What has America become? Timothy F. Geithner is the son of an international diplomat, and spent all his formative years outside the US, immersed in education and a family heritage of service to the nation. He grew up in Zimbabwe, Zambia, India and Thailand. He went to High School in Bangkok. He learned Mandarin while attending Peking University. He speaks Japanese. He has degrees in Economics and East Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University. He spent his entire working life in the service of The United States of America, all in finance and economics. If there was an idiosyncratic intellectual all star team, Geithner would be an alternate captain.