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Obeying the law? It’s For The "Little People"
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, January 13, 2009

This may come as a surprise to Obama supporters, but I'm not sure why:
Timothy Geithner didn't pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for several years while he worked for the International Monetary Fund, and he employed an immigrant housekeeper who briefly lacked proper work papers.

Those issues, and a series of other tax matters, caused the postponement Tuesday of Mr. Geithner's confirmation hearing as Treasury secretary. They were instead the subject of a closed-door meeting between the nominee, currently president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and members of the Senate Finance Committee, in whose hands his confirmation lies.
And speaking of "why", why should this be a show stopper?
Several senators said after the meeting that they intended to remain supporters of Mr. Geithner, who has playing a central role in tackling the financial crisis. Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D., Mont.) called the issue serious, but not disqualifying.

"I still support him," said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) as he emerged from the meeting. "He's a very competent guy."
Idiots.
Obama aides said they didn't think these issues would present a problem, given what they characterized as the minor nature of the infractions and the gravity of the role Mr. Geithner has been nominated to take. Mr. Geithner's "service should not be tarnished by honest mistakes, which, upon learning of them, he quickly addressed," Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement.
Yeah, heck, "minor infractions". Don't worry about it. They were "honest mistakes". And he quickly addressed them for heaven sake - well, ok it took a few years, but that's pretty quickly isn't it?

What would have landed you in a tax court at a minimum will land this yahoo in the Treasury Secretary's seat where he will be the chief tax enforcement officer. Because he's a "very competent guy". But then, so was Stalin, in his own way.

And, of course, it appears, on the nanny front, that we've mellowed since the days of Zoe Baird, when continuing to employ immigrants with expired work documents was considered a disqualifying no-no.

Because, you know, this administration and Congress are going to live up the the highest of ethical standards.

Nice start.
 
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Well Geithner and Rangel can work together to simplify the tax code. The true test will be if they can actually fill in the forms correctly themselves.
 
Written By: Harun
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Let’s get over it. So he illegally had a nanny and probably illegally didn’t pay his taxes, but what should stop him from being the next Secretary of the Treasury ?
It’s good to see the Obama is able to attract the “best and brightest” … criminals.
 
Written By: Neo
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wouldn’t Geithner’s tax problem be the sort of thing that might make the guy realize how bad our tax code is?

this guy should be a champion of the fairtax...


 
Written By: Jay
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Our political class gives new meaning to the phrase "defining deviancy down".

Give it a for more years, and a felony conviction for raping a child won’t be a disqualification for high office.

Michelle Malkin points out an even bigger problem with Geithner, though: the man had a huge role in overseeing the financial sector, and as such has a large responsibility for the meltdown. Yet, we’re putting him in charge of fixing the problem???
 
Written By: docjim505
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This seems to happen a lot, particularly with liberals. One law for me, one law for thee kind of thing. Each time people see this happen they have a little less respect for both the law and our supposed "leaders". We are a country that is supposed to live by the rule of law, not the rule of man. Personally, I think we left the Rule of Law in the trash heap some time ago.
 
Written By: jjmurphy
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This seems to happen a lot, particularly with liberals. One law for me, one law for thee kind of thing. Each time people see this happen they have a little less respect for both the law and our supposed "leaders". We are a country that is supposed to live by the rule of law, not the rule of man. Personally, I think we left the Rule of Law in the trash heap some time ago.
Yes, it is called the Broken Window Theory. If you do not encourage respect for the law then people will see this as a license to do more and soon there will be more and more lawlessness.
Philip Zimbardo, a Stanford psychologist, reported in 1969 on some experiments testing the broken-window theory. He arranged to have an automobile without license plates parked with its hood up on a street in the Bronx and a comparable automobile on a street in Palo Alto, California. The car in the Bronx was attacked by "vandals" within ten minutes of its "abandonment." The first to arrive were a family—father, mother, and young son—who removed the radiator and battery. Within twenty-four hours, virtually everything of value had been removed. Then random destruction began—windows were smashed, parts torn off, upholstery ripped. Children began to use the car as a playground. Most of the adult "vandals" were well-dressed, apparently clean-cut whites. The car in Palo Alto sat untouched for more than a week. Then Zimbardo smashed part of it with a sledgehammer. Soon, passersby were joining in. Within a few hours, the car had been turned upside down and utterly destroyed. Again, the "vandals" appeared to be primarily respectable whites.

Untended property becomes fair game for people out for fun or plunder and even for people who ordinarily would not dream of doing such things and who probably consider themselves law-abiding. Because of the nature of community life in the Bronx—its anonymity, the frequency with which cars are abandoned and things are stolen or broken, the past experience of "no one caring"—vandalism begins much more quickly than it does in staid Palo Alto, where people have come to believe that private possessions are cared for, and that mischievous behavior is costly. But vandalism can occur anywhere once communal barriers—the sense of mutual regard and the obligations of civility—are lowered by actions that seem to signal that "no one cares."
 
Written By: capt joe
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this guy should be a champion of the fairtax...
Sorry, Jay, but much more likely he’s a champion of the idea that there’s a political and economic elite that is exempt from the dreary compliance with the rules the elite puts in place. It’s basically what jj said after your post: "one law for me, another for thee".

And for our literal minded commenters, I am not saying he’s ever come right out and said that. But I believe in the priniciple that someone’s actions indicate their philosophy much more intensely then their words.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Just another case of "too important to fail"?
 
Written By: MichaelW
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But then, so was Stalin, in his own way
.

Why not use Hitler as the example?

This guy is going to be approved by the Senate with a huge majority, and this tax thing is a personal embarassment, but that’s all it will ever be.

Democrats would be crying about it if it were a Republican appointment, so I understand the need to at least give lip service to the idea of being outraged.



 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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CaptinSarcastic - This guy is going to be approved by the Senate with a huge majority, and this tax thing is a personal embarassment, but that’s all it will ever be.

Out of curiosity, do I take it that you are NOT outraged? That, since the guy in on your side, you really don’t care that he broke the law?

And please spare me the obligatory "Republicans do it, too!" meme. Or is this really what you think: that bad behavior on one side excuses bad behavior on all sides?

If so, then what WOULD it take for you to feel outrage at a dem (spit)?
 
Written By: docjim505
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Geithner is Robert Rubin’s protégé and the consensus in the financial kingdom is now that Rubin is responsible for the serious problems at CitiBank (CitiGroup) and that therein lies the rub. Was Geithner at the New York Fed an enabler of his mentor’s irresponsibility at Citi?

This came out in the wash a while back, right after Geithner was nominated, but has, I presume, been largely erased from the blackboard because on such a serious pick the worry was not about embarrassing Geithner but rather about not embarrassing His Messiahship.

But Rubin’s sainted reputation acquired as Treasury Secretary during the 90s has gone south, so there’s some irony that his protégé, who came highly recommended specifically because he was Rubin’s protégé, will be running Treasury despite the collapse of Rubin’s reputation along with the collapse of Citi.

The leap to naming Geithner as complicit, from his perch atop the New York Fed, with Rubin’s mismanagement at Citi is perhaps more limb than many want to go out on without some sort of smoking gun, but there are people who seriously doubt that Geithner is up to providing serious leadership from Treasury.

That, unfortunately, would not be all that unusual. But this isn’t the time to have a second-stringer in that spot. Or maybe it won’t make any difference.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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Out of curiosity, do I take it that you are NOT outraged?
Outraged? Not remotely.

Wake up and look around, if this were to genuinely inspire outrage in you, then everything else going on in our country would inspire you to take up arms.

Spare me the hysterics, I would be as unconcerned if this were Bush’s appointment.
And please spare me the obligatory "Republicans do it, too!" meme.
Hmm, I actually noted that Democrats feign outrage TOO, so I’m not sure where you are going with this.
dem (spit)
You spit for Democrats... and for Republicans...?
 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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The Obama Administration is right on track to be the most corrupt since Clinton and the most inept since Carter.
 
Written By: btenney
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And yet Joe the Plumber’s tax issues disqualified him from having an opinion.
 
Written By: The Gonzman
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I am calling my Republican Senator to express my outrage over this.

And my call comes with a caveat: if you vote to approve Geithner, you lose my vote to keep you in office. Which is more important to you?
 
Written By: James Marsden
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"if you vote to approve Geithner, you lose my vote to keep you in office. Which is more important to you?"


In my experience, the attitude seems to be
"Hey, as long as you send in a contribution, vote for whoever you like".
 
Written By: timactual
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CaptinSarcastic - Outraged? Not remotely.

This is what "defining deviancy down" looks like.

On your question, I haven’t QUITE gotten to spitting over Republicans. Rolling my eyes and groaning with disgust, but they have sunk to the depths of depravity that characterizes the democrat (spit) party.

Yet.
 
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