The Open Question on Jack Lew

Robert Samuelson, Washington Post
WASHINGTON — In selecting Jacob Lew, the White House chief of staff, to replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary, President Obama has sent some not-so-subtle messages: the Treasury's autonomy will be curbed; the president doesn't much fear another financial crisis (otherwise, his nominee might have more financial-market experience); and the president isn't conciliating his Republican and business critics (otherwise, his nominee would be less partisan).In many ways, the choice of Lew makes perfect sense. Hard bargaining over the $ 3.5 trillion federal budget looms, as…

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