The Dartmouth, our college’s trusty high school newspaper, published yet another questionable opinion piece in their July 23rd issue. Their most recent endeavor centered on one of Dartmouth’s most accomplished alums, former Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner ‘83.
Mr. Geithner’s recent speaking tour has been notable for the Secretary’s six-figure price tag; Jon Miller—misguidedly—condemns Mr. Geithner on the grounds that his venture specifically into high-priced public speaking, and more broadly into the private sector directly following his public service, is evidence of “covert corruption and cronyism.” His indictment transmogrifies into an attack on Congress for being wrought with “career politicians” who do not serve the public good so much as their own. Mr. Miller goes further to condemn Mr. Geithner’s Dartmouth education as being devoid of holistic, ethical values based solely on the claim that it failed to discourage cronyism amongst alumni. These are questionable, baseless claims to make.