Thursday, January 22, 2009

Would You Hire This Man To Do Your Taxes?

Not The Poster Child For Turbo Tax

When asked if he was prompted during his computerized tax preparation to account for the taxes that he neglected to pay, Tim Geithner answered the answer that many people under oath, who could possibly know the truth but not want to tell it use: "To the best of my recollection, I don't think I was."

If only the rest of us had the same luxury that nominees to these exclusive clubs as well as the current members seem to get. Takes me back to "it depends on what your definition of is , is." We rank and file citizens do not have the same ability to use the slip and dodge and get away with it.

If you are a comedy fan you will remember the line in the movie Dodgeball, "if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball." For the most part Geithner did not even have to dodge feathers or softballs.

More than one of the members of the committee said words to the effect of being able to look past these tax mistakes because Geithner is the right man for the job (Senator Jon Kyl was an exception who asked strong questions).

Geithner himself said more than once I believe, "It is my mistake and my responsibility." Oh, OK. Never mind then.

Is He The Right Man For The Job?

President Obama, in picking Geithner to become Treasury Secretary, is "handing the post to a primary architect of the Bush administration's response to the financial crisis...".

Putting all of the tax issues aside, the actual key question is does the handling of the financial crisis, that he had such a critical hand in, and which shows little signs of abating, tell us that he is indeed the right man for the job. If he is in fact confirmed, as he no doubt will be because ethics are usually not an impediment to government service, I hope to hell that he is!


  1. spoken as a true republican...i guess mike haltman ...blogger...never makes a mistake..???

  2. Actually, Mike Haltman, the blogger, makes a lot of mistakes. A couple of issues:

    1) I don't want to be the Treasury Secretary, a position of fiduciary responsibility that over shadows most any other, and

    2) He didn't do such a great job as the head of the New York fed in dealing with this crisis in the first place.

    Thanks for writing.