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Old 01-13-2009, 03:17 PM   #1
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WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama's choice to run the Treasury Department and lead the nation's economic rescue disclosed publicly Tuesday that he failed to pay $34,000 in taxes from 2001 to 2004, a last-minute complication that Senate Democrats tried to brush aside as a minor bump on an otherwise smooth path to confirmation.
Timothy Geithner paid most of the past-due taxes days before Obama announced his choice in November, according to materials released by the Senate Finance Committee. He had paid the remainder of the taxes in 2006, after the IRS sent him a bill.
The still-unpaid taxes were discovered by Obama's transition team while investigating Geithner's background. Obama's staff told senators about the tax issues Dec. 5.
Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said he still hoped Geithner could be confirmed on Inauguration Day.
"These errors were not intentional; they were honest mistakes," Baucus said after he and other committee members met with Geithner behind closed doors on Tuesday.
Republican senators, who might be expected to raise the most significant objections, did not immediately comment.
After senators met with Geithner, the panel released 30 pages of documents detailing his tax errors — and also how he came to employ a housekeeper whose legal immigrant work status had briefly lapsed in 2005.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dismissed the events as "a few little hiccups," and said he was "not concerned at all" about the impact.


I couldn't make this stuff up in my wildest dreams! Just a 'hiccup' ya know. OH BROTHER!
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Old 01-13-2009, 03:36 PM   #2
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So far as the lapse in the housekeeper's legal-status; I've had several friends who've had the same thing happen to them - it's not as hard to do as you might think, what with the convoluted bureaucracy INS has these days.

The TAX EVASION is another matter - you don't pay your taxes, and you're a "little guy", those F'n Bastitches at the IRS won't let you be for NOTHIN' until you're "square with The Man". I just can't see a person "forgetting" to pay $34K except on-purpose..................
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Old 01-13-2009, 03:41 PM   #3
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Just a 'little hiccup' with the 34K. This is a guy that is going to run the Treasury Dept! Classic.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:44 PM   #4
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Is it just me? How do you forget to pay $34,000 in taxes? And how do you forget to pay $34,000 and NOT go to jail?

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Old 01-14-2009, 06:24 AM   #5
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It does look bad. They should have picked somebody else when they came across this. It wasn't a surprise; they've been vetting their people pretty carefully. The Obama team actually found the error for this dope and cleared it up before they nominated him. I don't know what is so compelling about this guy that they figured it was worth the bad PR to continue with him. Let's hope he's good, Paulson has really hosed the job.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:26 AM   #6
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Just a 'little hiccup' with the 34K. This is a guy that is going to run the Treasury Dept! Classic.
Really, what a piker. My illegal alien maid owes more taxes than that.
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Old 01-14-2009, 07:06 AM   #7
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I don't think you can blame Obamalama for this one. You'd probably be hard pressed to find any career politician who DOESN'T have a bunch of history like this.
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