July 20th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: Private equity insider Steven Rattner, bankrupt cities and tricking the brain

Coming up on Fareed Zakaria GPS on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET: the truth about private equity; what a “Grexit” would look like; and the unlikely case FOR municipal bankruptcies.

First, what really goes on at a private equity firm, and what does that say about U.S. presidential contender Mitt Romney? Fareed speaks to private equity insider and former Obama “car czar” Steven Rattner.

Then, historian Niall Ferguson runs through the likely chain of events that would take place if Greece exited the euro. How would it happen and what would the ramifications be?

In What in the World – there’s been a spate of bankruptcies of American cities. They’re gut-wrenching. But in reality, they may also have a crucial silver lining…

Also on the show, the ousted president of the Maldives on his country’s unrest. And a fun look at the tricks our brain plays on us, with scientist V.S. Ramachandran.

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  1. JAL

    Two Americas indeed, but lets not place blame on each other, but rather on poverty.

    July 20, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
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    rattner, another tiresome propagandist.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
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    Bankruptcies are primarily caused by increased union demands during the good times.

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    Why do public unions get full retirement after 20 yrs. it bankrupts cities.

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  8. tim

    I am tired of people not thinking things through – even worse when they talk in public, such as on CNN!
    So Mitt and pretty much anyone I know from my barber to my doctor use ways to minimize taxes. The law says what you may NOT do, anything else is allowed. Similar to the speeding limit. I may go 35 in a 35 zone, but I may go slower as well. I wonder whether Mr Zakaria has a house and takes that as a deduction, where so many others in this country cannot afford to buy a house and must rent. They cannot get the benefit of this deduction! Critical Thinking ... try it ;)

    July 22, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • max

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      July 22, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
      • cal

        same thing applies to Fox and other right wing shows.

        July 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • Patsy

      There is absolutely no problem with people taking every option that they can to lessen the amount of taxes that they pay... as long as the actions are legal. There should also be no "oh-oh... people aren't going to like this" on the part of a candidate. Romney should not be ashamed of his taxes or how they have been handled. His father wasn't. If Mitt is concerned that he will not be able to explain his tax status to the US people in a way that is understandable, how does he expect to explain his policy with China? India? The EU? Russia? His Dad set the standard for disclosure, was pround of his accomplishments, and wanted there to be no room for questions. Mitt is not doing anyone any good by not following that sterling example.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:41 am | Reply
  9. cheezy-weeny

    We have an old saying "the buck stops here". In business this is the CEO. The CEO may hand off operations to a proxy, for instance a COO, however this does not absolve the CEO of responsibility for the actions of the company.

    July 22, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
  10. lightening49

    I like Rattner. He is an impressive man! Have him back!

    July 22, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
  11. mike clifford

    Very Interesting viewpoint by Stephen Rattner. He made a point stating he had checked with other private equity firm managers and could not find anyone who had pushed the envelope as far as Gov. Romney regarding taking advantage of the tax law . First, did he check with other equity managers in the same type industry at Gov. Romney since he said you had to be in certain classes of businesses to take advantage of the tax code? Second, according to Mr. Rattner, Gov. Romney did nothing wrong. Third, Gov. Romney did not write the tax code. Might appear to some that Mr. Rattner is jealous of the excellent advice Gov. Romney received and maybe Mr. Rattner might consider hiring some of Gov. Romney's advisors.

    July 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  12. Robert

    I felt you were very much against Romney and more inclined for Obama what ashame Rommey did nothing wrong everything as far As I know was donek legally. One is called tax avoidance the other tax evasion

    July 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  13. Mark Zembower

    In conversations about private equity, one vital point is often neglected: When they buy a Co., they're strapped with funding existing pensions, so they often borrow (pay themselves) and put the Co. in debt. Then they claim bankruptcy which then shifts the funding of the pension plan onto us taxpayer........... It's like magic: abracadabra......no more pension plan to fund; and who cares if lowly taxpayers pic up the tab!
    It's a beautiful scam!

    July 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  14. cal

    I think people are blinded by politics, parties, and plain stupidity. It don't take a rocket scientist to see through all the simple stuff of today's politics. When the truth is in front of them, because of party affiliations they stick with the false or find a way to weasel out of the truth or misrepresent those who state the truth. Also they have promoted this type of behavior for so long that they really believe the lies. And this goes both ways right and left. Stop all the stuff and lets do what is right and call it like it is. In the end those who lead people in the wrong will pay for their misdeeds GOP or Dems.

    July 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  15. Gavin

    Rattner is an Obama insider, not a Private Equity insider. Fareed should know better and get a more balanced view from real Private Equity folks, not Obama Czars.

    July 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  16. Bob Taylor

    Fareed you are better than this. You neglected to point out that Rattner was accused of bribing NY State Gov't officials and that his wife works for the current administration. You could have illustrated your point AND maintained credibility. You are better than this. I am disappointed.

    July 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
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    I watch almost no TV but make a point of watching your show. I always learn a great deal about a variety of things particularly because global politics and economics are not my areas of expertise and also because of the kinds of guests you have on and the way you manage discussions with eloquent people with various points of view. In just minutes, I usually feel that I have been shown quite a bit about many sides of a complex issue. I tell everyone I know to watch your show.

    But, I was surprised and disappointed when, on today's show, you poked fun at the issue you reported on about the violence that is breaking out in Iran due to the high price of chickens. I understand that chickens tend to be animals that are often depicted humorously. But, the fact that violence is breaking out about a food shortage is a serious matter and one that is only going to increase as discrepancies between rich and poor continue on the one hand, and food and water shortages increase on the other. If you could not afford to buy food for your family, wouldn't you consider threatening those who were more fortunate than you after a point? Surely you wouldn't let your children starve without a fight.

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    FAREED! 99.5% of the population doesn't need sophisticated tax planning since they don't have the size income to warrant it. For Fareed to sit there like a bump on the log and let him make a conclusion that there are two America's because some super wealthy citizens are able to use domestic, but mostly foreign, legal options to lower taxes is very disappointing.

    The only "two America's" I can see is that 50% of the population pays 2-3% of the income taxes, and the other 50% pays 98%! The top 1% may not pay a percentage of their income that makes liberals happy, BUT in 2009 they paid 37% of the total!

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