From today's Bloomberg: "Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will meet today with billionaire investor Warren Buffett, and other members of his team of economic advisers." Was it Buffett's idea to actually give lower income people tax rebates? Money that would ultimately be spent on Sees Candies, Cokes, Geico Insurance, etc.? Buffett is well-positioned in many mass market businesses. Secretary Paulson was required to sell much of his personal financial holdings to avoid conflicts of interest. Why is Buffett categorized as a dispassionate observer of the American public's finances?