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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Next Obama Nominee to Fall to the Wayside?

Last week New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was the first Obama nominee to have to withdraw from consideration due to ethical lapses. Treasury Secretary nominee Tim Geithner should be the next to withdraw. I am not asking for perfection from government employees. However, it isn't asking too much that they understand and follow the rules their department imposes on the rest of the population. Geithner would, if confirmed by the senate, lead the Treasury Department. The Internal Revenue System fall under the purview of Treasury. Geithner has been seriously delinquent in paying his taxes. While Geithner's supporters are defending his criminal actions as "honest mistakes," timing is important in considering whether these were merely honest mistakes. This paragraph says a lot about Geithner's actions:
Three years ago, the IRS audited Geithner for tax years 2003 and 2004, which resulted in him paying back taxes and interest--but no penalties--totaling $16,732.

However, Geithner voluntarily amended his 2001 and 2002 returns only after Obama expressed interest in nominating him to the Treasury post. The total bill this time: $25,970.
In other words, three years ago he was caught underpaying his taxes for two years (2003 and 2004) and had to know the same "mistakes" were made on his earlier returns yet he chose not to pay his arrears until he heard he might be nominated for a job requiring senate confirmation. NEXT!

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1 Comments:

Blogger Ben said...

I bet Geithner makes it. Have that feeling.

Dungy - agreed. Class act and I was glad to see him win a Super Bowl a couple years back.

January 14, 2009 at 9:47 AM

 

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