Monday, January 26, 2009

Boo! (and it ain't Halloween)

So.... today the US Senate confirmed Timothy Geithner as the 75th Treasury secretary.

I say BOO!

Appointed by President Obama, this is the person who is in charge of the IRS; uhm....

"A careless mistake," which Geithner failed to correct until he was chosen for the position of Treasury secretary. He owed ~$34,000 in unpayed taxes, and finally payed over $47,000 in taxes and fees.

Several Senators said that they wouldn't typically confirm someone with this suspect history, but they felt he was the right person for the job in this time of economic distress. Really? Really? There is only one person in the United States of America who has the competency to steer the Treasury Department? Then, my friends, we are in deeper trouble than it would appear.

I find it interesting that in light of "change we can believe in" and that "our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some" and "those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account -- to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day," yes, in light of those Presidential quotes, a tax cheat now runs the IRS.

I say boo to the sixty yes-voting Senators! I say boo to our silver-tongued President! I say boo to tax-cheating Secretary Geithner. Yeah, I know they aren't reading this, but none the less, I say boo!


lisa@littlesliceoflife said...

Amen! Preach on!

Don't you find it absurd that Mr. Geithner would have us believe that he is a financial genius worthy of running the US economy but he's too stupid to use TurboTax?! Please. At best, he's unqualified and at worst he's a crook and a cheat.

Oh, and I feel like I have the right to complain because I did my civic duty and wrote our senators asking them not to vote for him. I'm appalled that they didn't take my advice! :-)

Alison said...

So that means we can just not pay our taxes and when we're contacted by the IRS say something to the effect of "well, we had a great model and thought it was ok", right? Really...he's been in office and already making stupid mistakes. This is going to be a LONG 4 years, that is if we still exist as the United States of America by then.