How bad is our society gotten when failing to pay your taxes is now "embarrassing"?
WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama called disclosures about Treasury choice Timothy Geithner's tax problems an embarrassment Wednesday but said Geithner's "innocent mistake" shouldn't keep him from confirmation as the new administration's top official in urgent efforts to revive the economy.
The revelations that Geithner had failed to pay $34,000 in taxes several years ago derailed Senate Democrats' plans to speed him to confirmation by Inauguration Day, but senators in both parties said the information was unlikely to torpedo his chances in the end.
Obama had hoped for approval by Tuesday, but senators now have scheduled Geithner's confirmation hearing for next Wednesday, with Senate debate and a vote sometime after that.
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This man "forgot" to pay taxes for several years. Worse than that, he is an expert at finance. This is not a mistake and someone who does this should not be running the IRS. Just imagine the public relations issues later when going after taxpayers for not paying their taxes.
Back to the original point though. How bad has our corrupt government become when a nominee has broken the law and the question is not whether he will be confirmed, but how much this revelation will slow his appointment down?