Tim Geithner is now, officially, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under President Obama… but he shouldn’t be. His nomination to that post should have been voted down by every right-thinking U.S. senator, but therein lies the problem: There aren’t enough of those remaining in that once-esteemed body. Now, we have a bona fide tax cheat in charge of the IRS. And on it goes…
You may have heard about Geithner’s problems, in passing, but remain unclear about what they were. Geither did not pay self-employment taxes in years 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. Following an IRS audit, Geithner made good on his ’03 and ‘04 obligations, and ponied up for his ’01 and ’02 liabilities only after he received the treasury secretary nomination. Those years as a self-employed person were spent at the International Monetary Fund, an international group that oversees the global financial infrastructure. In other words, Geithner, who has a master’s degree in international economics from Johns Hopkins and has spent nearly his entire professional life working at or around the highest levels of government finance, is the quintessential professional money man, and should have absolutely known better when it came to his taxes.
There was a time when nominees to such posts were bounced over the smallest of improprieties. While that may have been a bit drastic at times, I believe we as citizens are much better served by a heavier hand, rather than a softer touch, when it comes to passing judgment on our leaders. What has been allowed to occur here with the nomination (and subsequent approval) of Geithner is both embarrassing and highly offensive. The media actually did a pretty good job reporting on this, but where were our Republican senators? Senators like Orrin Hatch of Utah and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina were an embarrassment throughout this process. Hatch actually praised Geithner as “person of great integrity,” and Graham said about the situation that “now’s not the time to think in small political terms…I think he’s the right guy.” Small political terms? A tax cheat overseeing the IRS?
It makes you wonder if the Republican senators who actually voted to approve this guy have their own dirty little tax secrets they want to keep hidden, and are afraid they’ll look like hypocrites should those secrets one day become public knowledge.
These useless elected officials aside…where were you?
Where was/is your outrage?
Unless I’m missing something, and I don’t think I am, we didn’t get any reports from individual senators saying that they were bombarded with phone calls from constituents, threatening to toss them in the next election if they voted for Geithner’s nomination. Are you people not taxpayers? Don’t you know what the IRS would do to you if it was found you dodged your tax obligations for four straight years?
I expect the mainstream media to give its usual pass to Obama and all he does…but I expect much more from Republican members of congress…and I expect more from you. If you find that your representatives are not doing the job they should to uphold ethics, morality, and decency in government, then it’s up to you to force them. Do it.
Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor-At-Large www.ChristianMoney.com