You know you’re in trouble when they start making jokes about you. And right now, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is the butt of a lot of jokes.
The fundamental problem, of course, is that Geithner hasn’t come up with a financial rescue plan. There is nearly unanimous agreement among economists and policymakers that the single most important thing the Secretary of the Treasury should do now is develop a plan to deal with the “toxic assets” that threaten the survival of financial institutions. But Geithner, who has been acutely aware of this problem for months, doesn’t have such a plan. If he had, the comedians wouldn’t be talking about 1-800-IDEAS.