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Former Treasury Secretary and White House economics advisor Larry Summers on chaos in the markets and a global economy on the rocks.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 in New York.   A government report that hiring improved in July sent stocks sharply higher just after the market opened. The rally lasted less than a half-hour. Many economists still fear that the economy might dip back into recession.  (AP)
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 in New York. A government report that hiring improved in July sent stocks sharply higher just after the market opened. The rally lasted less than a half-hour. Many economists still fear that the economy might dip back into recession. (AP)

It’s just one rating agency, with issues of its own. The White House rejects the math.

But there it is: the USA, not top tier.

This is not news to the 14 million Americans looking for a job. But it is a big sober-up moment for all Americans about this country’s direction, its politics, and its economy.

Lawrence Summers was treasury secretary to Bill Clinton. Top economic adviser to Barack Obama. Headstrong. Outspoken. He’s with us.

This hour On Point: What now? What next?

-Tom Ashbrook

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Larry Summers, served as the Director of the National Economic Council for the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2011. He was the Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001 during the Clinton Administration.

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This program aired on August 8, 2011.

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