WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Senate Finance Committee voted 18-5 Thursday to send the nomination of Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner to the full Senate.
Geithner apologized to the committee during his confirmation hearing Wednesday for his past failure to pay more than $34,000 in self-employment taxes between 2001 and 2004.
Maybe these days not paying your taxes is not a serious offence.
If he can get away with it, so can others.............
It is called leading by example.
Is he the ONLY person for the job? This boggles my little mind... how someone who doesn't pay the taxes owing (until he is appointed ) can be Secretary of the Treasury. If I don't pay my taxes, is the IRS going to accept "it was a simple mistake" 5 years after the fact?? This is simply UNBELIEVABLE
Now confirm him so he can get down to business.
However, note: While I think he should be confirmed despite his tax flubs, those mistakes in his past were certainly more legitimately a subject of concern than the subject of Clinton's chopice of who to pardon or grant clemency while Holder was Deputy Attorney General. I think we all know why Holder is getting the shaft while Geithner's hearing isn't getting stalled.
Why are there sooooo many foolish PEONS that think they can tarnish President Obamas Presidency by submitting there FOOLISH opinions in these blogs. Look miserable people "Change We Can Belive In" doesn't mean that he can control what someone does in there private life. President Obama has already spoken out about not holding every little mistakes that someone make in there life a deterrent from holding a position in his cabinet. GET A LIFE YOU CLOWNS.
It's been looonngg time coming .......CHANGE Gone Come!!!
the beginning of many "no big deal" left-wing political mistakes and atrocities.
well, heck, then i think i will cheat on my taxes too
All I can figure is that all candiates that could fill this position must be corrupt and he is the least corrupt of the bunch. Why else would the committee approve.
Not happy with this one. But then Congress and Senate don't really care about the American citizens who put them on their power trips. All they care about is appeasing the "soft money" groups that bought them them seats. I think we have the most crooked, selfish, egotistical bunch of politicians on the Hill that we have ever had and I see this country going down the tubes fast.
BB and Jenn – He PAID his taxes with interest!!!
Do try to keep up instead of just repeating what the talking heads at Faux News report!!!
I fail to full understand why the great uprising over a mistake that a million of U S citizens make all the time. Where was this level of scrutiny when Cheney was confirmed as VP and was still getting a salary from Halliburton and Halliburton getting contracts from The government for millions of dollars: Shame : Shame: Shame::
Geithner is an excellent pick for this position.
If Geithner apologized one more time to the committee, I would have sworn he was BEGGING for this job! I don't trust this guy and Obama could have found somebody better.
Can't we do better than a tax cheat to head tha IRS?
When, WE, don't pay our taxes we go to jail! This one, gets a great
job. Please, don't tell me NO ONE else is qualified.
I voted for Obama, but honesty and integrity mean a lot!. They let
the rich crooks get away with anything.
The first example of new change. Close the terrorist prison and give the tax evader a top job. Whew, boy. Fasten your seat belts.
I can't beleive we have to accept a flawed treasury secretary.
Not much different than Blogovich. Thievery is Thievery no matter
how you done it!!!!!!!
Culture of Corruption indeed.
READ posters, he paid his taxes; LATE; but he paid them and all the penalties unliike some politicians. He did not CHEAT on his taxes, he probably doesn't even do his own taxes; so stop your whinning and pray that he comes in and gets rid of some of the stupid tax rules.
I WANT THE GUY WHO HATES PAYING TAXED IN OFFICE IMMEDIATELY! WHO WOULDN'T!!!
Tax cuts are not the answer – and has been proven the past 8 years.
Our states and our government are going broke and more tax cuts will make the problem worse.
Bush tax cuts have been a waste and a detriment – they did not work, and more will not work.
The republicans have nothing to offer but more tax cuts (totally stupid) and will not be satisfied until our country is completely bankrupt. They'll do anything to get back in office.
Don't listen to their rhethoric.
Robin: i suppose you would rather have the moron that helped create this financial mess in the job along with the moron that appointed him.
This is an outrage, out of the 300 plus million people that live in the US, they could not find ONE Qualified person that actually pays their taxes considering that this man is to head up the IRS, give me a break. So much for Obama's ethics and morals in his administration.
Yet another joke on the American people and we like fools that we are will accept it. We need a viable 3rd political party in this county.
Just shows you that Joe Public has a different standard to go by than the "crooks" in D.C.
And, guess what? If you want to know the one to blame just look in the mirror.
Finestein should be the first to go for "pusing" for this guy as well as the closing of Gitmo. She can take Palosi with her as she exits!
Apparently we dont need to pay our taxes until we get caught then we can just apologize and say we made a mistake.