Timothy Geithner, Obama’s pick for Treasury Secretary, failed to pay $34,000 in taxes from 2001-2004.
Obama, defending his pick, said “Look, is this embarrassing for him? Yes. He said so himself. But it was an innocent mistake.”
An innocent mistake, huh?
I bet if any one of us here forgot to pay $34,000 to the IRS, it wouldn’t be viewed as a “mistake”.
Quoting the AP:
“He paid some of the taxes in 2006, after an IRS audit discovered the discrepancy for taxes paid in 2003 and 2004. But it wasn’t until much later — days before Obama tapped him to head Treasury late last year — that Geithner paid back most of the taxes, incurred in 2001 and 2002. He did so after Obama’s transition team found that Geithner had made the same tax mistake his first two years at the IMF as the one the IRS found he made during his last two years there.” (Emphasis mine)
How coincidental that he paid the rest of the taxes back “days before” he became Obama’s pick.
It’s also been reveled that his housekeeper’s legal immigrant work permit was expired for 3 and a half months during which she was employed by him.
Senator Harry Reid called these mistakes “little hiccups”.
These are recent mistakes made by the man who is possibly going to be the Secretary or the Treasury. You know, the office that handles, uh, money and stuff?
Needless to say, one could only imagine the outcry if this were a Republican nominee.