Yet, Timothy Geithner, Obama's designated pick for Treasury Secretary owed $26,000 in back self-employment taxes and it doesn't seem to be be a big deal.
What's up with that?
To be fair, I've been behind on taxes myself before--not a good place to be, but I knew about it, and eventually got straight with the Feds. To be fair, this guy paid what he owed when informed of his, um error. But this guy works at a Federal Reserve Bank. He's being proposed as Treasury Secretary. He's supposed to mastermind our economic recovery. The IRS is part of his Department.
And he forgot?
There are more than enough simple tax programs out there that will walk you through the necessary calculations--it's not a big deal. And I'm not really concerned about this guy's mistake. Maybe it shouldn't disqualify him for a Cabinet post. But if he had been a Bush nominee, or a plumber . . .
Others are not so forgiving. Here's what one blog commenter had to say:
Why would anyone neglect to pay taxes? Forgot? Not a good sign. Procrastination? Not good. Didn’t know about it? Maybe o.k. for a plumber, but… Above it all? Won’t get caught? Didn’t have the money? (I’m self-employed, too, and I make sure I have the money). Doesn’t believe in taxes? Can you think of one good reason for not paying taxes that portends well for a Secretary of the Treasury? I’d feel better.
I wonder if Biden is questioning his patriotism.