Don't Tax, Don't Tell

15 Jan

Blagojevich, Richardson…Geithner…and Barack Obama isn’t even President yet.

Treasury secretary confirmation hearing postponed
Los Angeles Times

The confirmation hearing for Timothy F. Geithner to become Treasury secretary has been delayed until next week, after reports surfaced that he had failed to pay some taxes in the past and had employed a housekeeper whose work papers had expired.

This is what I call a win-win
The right-wing liberal

However, if he gets confirmed, he becomes the poster-boy for tax reform and simplification. The ads write themselves, but I’ll start with this one: America’s tax code is so complicated it even stumped the Treasury Secretary.

Obama SecTreas Nominee — Tax Cheat
Virginia Virtucon

Of course Sen. Dem Leader Harry Reid called this simply a “hiccup.” Never mind that a brand-new, entry-level IRS agent would be dismissed from his job were this uncovered in his past. Will this be yet another instance where the rules only apply to “the little people” when it comes to Democrat “ethics”?

Glen Beck
Do as I say, not as I do

This guy apparently plays it fast and loose. He’s willing to take the — he’s willing to take the risks. He’s a risk-taker, and he’s willing to give him the benefit of the doubt instead of just saying, “It’s not worth $4,000, it’s not worth it. It’s not worth — what did that trip cost me? It’s not worth the $250 that I’m going to save on my income tax. It’s just not worth it. It’s stupid.” It’s Martha Stewart coupled with the arrogance of having a worker — look, not only is it against the law to have somebody work for you who’s not a legal alien — or a legal worker, but it’s stupid.

Tim Geithner! Why Are Rich People So Cheap?
Maureen Dowd, The New York Times

How does a guy on the fast track to be Treasury secretary fail to pay $34,000 worth of federal taxes ($43,200, including interest), or forget to check on the immigration status of a house cleaner — the same sort of upstairs-downstairs slip-up that has tripped up other top-drawer prospects on their way to top jobs here? Americans expect the man who’s in charge of the I.R.S. to pay his own taxes.

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One Response to “Don't Tax, Don't Tell”

  1. Tom Sanchez Prunier January 15, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    Michael, all I say to this is: Have at it. No rebuttal, no arguments.

    – Tom

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