Yanche wrote:A big mistake and a man of his stature and income should not have made it.
Don't get me wrong......I have no information to think that Mr. Geithner is anything but an honorable man who made an innocent mistake. When I worked as an investigator for the IRS, I would always begin an interview with a taxpayer with the words..."According to our records...." I would never accuse someone of not paying or not filing until I was SURE
that we (IRS) had not made a mistake, which was often the case. There can be many legitimate, perfectly innocent reasons for Mr. Geithner's failure to pay, & if he was applying for a job as an insurance salesman or a garbage collector, no one would care.
Problem is....He's applying for a sensitive job where just the chance that he is a tax cheat should be unacceptable. He wants to head the very agency that he stiffed........however innocent the reasons for that may be.
President Obama's entire election campaign was based on CHANGE from the (at least perceived) corrupt & hypocritical atmosphere in Washington.
Regardless of the reasons, the FACT
is that Mr. Geithner failed to fully pay his income tax........PERIOD!
...& now he wants confirmation to be the IRS's boss?!?!
(I have never failed to fully pay my taxes & I'll bet most of the members here, have never failed to fully pay their income taxes!)
It just doesn't pass my smell test, that's all....& I think President Obama would have been better advised to dump him as his Treasury Sec. nominee.