Timothy Geithner became the nation’s 75th Treasury Secretary with the Senate’s confirmation vote of 60 yeas to 34 nays. There were some surprise votes and not so surprising votes. Voting against Geithner’s nomination was West Virginia Democrat Senator Robert Byrd who said, “Had he not been nominated for treasury secretary, it’s doubtful that he would have ever paid these taxes.”
Is not that just the height of hypocrisy? Whatever happened to the Obamanation’s commitment to rid government of corruption?
Before you say, “wait a minute, Mr. Geithner is not corrupt, he just made a mistake.” More than once? And the same one continuously? Mr. Geithner provided written acknowledgement of his obligation to pay his self-employment taxes, and yet he failed to do so four years straight from 2001 to 2004. And the height of irony is that Geithner had filed a request for, and received, a payment for half the taxes owed.
Mr. Geithner is trusted by many in the banking community and this is why he is the Treasury Secretary. Regardless his qualifications, his stupidity and/or dishonesty would disqualify him from running a local bank much less the Treasury Department.
Nevertheless sixty senators, ten of them Republicans, decided to overlook this “honest mistake” and voted to confirm Mr. Geithner. Does anyone doubt for one second what the outcome of a Bush treasury nominee might have been?
I didn’t think so. Here is the list of the GOP moral mouses who voted for Geithner.
Be sure to drop these ten moral midgets a line letting them know this is the exact opposite of what conservatives expect from Republicans. Please be polite. We can disagree without being disagreeable.