Treasury Secretaries Don’t Have to Pay Taxes

Jonah Goldberg, of National Review, has written a great article about Timothy Geithner, President Obama’s nominee for Treasury Secretary. You know, the guy that ‘forgot’ to pay his taxes:

Obama defends Geithner, saying that his was a “common mistake,” that it is embarrassing but happens all the time. My National Review colleague Byron York reports that, at least according to the World Bank, Geithner’s “mistakes” are actually quite rare. Indeed, it’s almost impossible to believe that the man didn’t know exactly what he was doing given that he would have had to sign documents, disregard warnings and all in all turn his brain off to make the same “mistake” year after year. And keep in mind, Geithner is supposed to run the IRS. So maybe sloppiness isn’t that great a defense anyway.

The bulk of Senate Republicans seem willing to green-light his appointment because, in the words of many, “he’s too big to fail.” Wall Street likes this guy and so does Obama. So, who cares if he breaks and bends the rules? Who cares that he took a child-care tax credit to send his kids to summer camp? He’s the right man for the job, no one else can do it, he’s the financial industry’s man of the moment.

snipes mugshot

Whether Geithner is confirmed or not, I demand the immediate pardon of Wesley Snipes. He only made a “common mistake” by failing to pay his taxes. FREE WESLEY NOW. Did you see Passenger 57? This guy shouldn’t be in prison.

Published in: on January 24, 2009 at 8:10 pm  Comments (1)  
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