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It sounds like a jewish wedding at the treasury – Robert Rubin has a Bar Mitzvah in D.C

Posted in Bar Mitzvah by just Me on November 25, 2008

Even the headhunters for Obama have Robert Rubin’s ties: Michael Froman, Rubin’s chief of staff in the Treasury Department who followed him to Citigroup, and James Rubin, Rubin’s son.

All three advisers — whom Obama will officially name on Monday and Tuesday — have been followers of the economic formula that came to be called Rubinomics: balanced budgets, free trade and financial deregulation, a combination that was credited with fueling the prosperity of the 1990s.

But times have changed since then. On Wall Street, Rubin is facing questions about his role as director of Citigroup given the bank’s current woes.

it’s like asking a burglar how you should protect your house.

“What worries me is there is not one person in the senior jewish group who is the outsider to this club,” said Robert Kuttner, a colleague of Bernstein’s at the liberal Economic Policy Institute who has written a book, “Obama’s Challenge,” about approaches to the economic crisis. “Where is the diversity of opinion in this economic team?” – Kuttner asked from iht.com