What’d you say? A nominee for the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy F. Geithner, failed to pay his taxes – for several years – until the day before he was nominated for the high office? No, say it’s not so, Joe! The day before being nominated he just so happened to decide to pay some of those taxes owed, plus interest! Wow, he was not fined, nor was he required to pay any late fees! Must be nice!
What if former President George W. Bush had nominated someone who had tax problems for Secretary of the U.S. Treasury just like Geithner? For just for kicks let’s say it was a financial expert – like Henry (Hank) Paulson? What would the reaction have been? It would’ve been constantly made fun of in the main stream media, especially by outlets like MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, and, of course, Saturday Night Live. Just imagine! The nighttime comics would’ve had a field day – and – they would’ve made fun of “that Bush” for nominating a “cheat”, a “fraud”, a “tax evader”. Many wouldn’t have been so kind in their choice of words. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) would certainly have cried from the highest tower, “corruption!” and perhaps, “good ole boy network!” Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert would’ve gone absolutely crazy, not to mention the liberal blog sites! I could just hear the cries for Senator Stevens to withdraw his name from nomination immediately, couldn’t you?
Don’t look now, but this was exactly what President Obama has done. And, Geithner was actually approved by the Senate by a vote of 60-34! This is absolutely astonishing. How can this have happened? Am I living in the “Bizarro” world of Superman fame? With the exception of some of the conservative media and bloggers, no one is asking that Geithner resign and no one is crying “foul”, at least not yet. As Artie Johnson might have said, “verrrry interesting, but shtupid!”