I guess most progressives have decided he’s history’s greatest monster, but I think Secretary Geithner is making a powerful case against austerity and for fiscal and monetary stimulus:
Fiscal policy everywhere has to be guided by the imperatives of growth. Where deficits and interest rates are too high, governments have no choice but to consolidate. Where fiscal positions are stronger and interest rates low, some countries have room to take more action to support growth, and others can at least slow the pace of consolidation. Where more fiscal reforms are necessary to achieve long-run sustainability, the emphasis should be on policy changes that take effect over the medium term.
As for monetary policy. with growth slower and oil prices lower, inflation risks are on average, though not everywhere, less acute. This means some central banks will continue to ease policy, while some will keep rates lower longer and slow the pace of expected tightening. None of the major central banks are out of ammunition. The repair and restructuring of financial systems has to be accelerated where it has lagged. Countries that forced more capital into their banking systems early in the crisis are better placed to support the recovery. Those that did not should move more forcefully now.
There you go. Now Obama needs to clone Charlie Evans and use the clones to fill Fed vacancies.