"This economy did not come into this simply facing the worst financial crisis in generations, it came into this with almost a decade, certainly eight years of basic neglect of basic public goods in health care, in education, in public infrastructure, in how we use energy, and fixing those problems is a central obligation," Geithner said.
"Tell all of that to the millions of Americans who no longer have jobs because of your decisions," interrupted Brady.
"They would have had more jobs and more confidence and more employment in this country if we had not let this crisis get to the point that it did," Geithner retorted. "And we would have had a stronger fiscal position if we'd had eight years of paying for our commitments, not borrowing."
Later in the hearing another Texas Republican also called for Geithner to go.
"I don't think that you should be fired," Rep. Michael Burgess told the Treasury boss. "I thought you never should have been hired."
"My constituents – they're not just anxious, they are mad," Burgess continued. "They are fighting mad about what's happened in the economy, They are fighting mad about the stimulus.
"They're fighting mad about how many jobs we created in Arizona's ninth district – you know a member of Congress from Arizona's ninth district? They won't have a ninth district until after redistricting next year. They only have eight right now. This kind of nonsense is what the American people are seeing and that's why they're so upset," Burgess said.
Two Democratic lawmakers – Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland – later voiced their support for Geithner, with Cummings saying, "I'm glad you're there."