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.
ANY ONE CAN MAKE A MISTAKE! The Tax Laws of our Nation are very difficult, its easy for the critics to criticize BUT could YOU do better?!
Honestly, the vitriolic ongoing criticism and complaining by the far-right in these blogs is disturbing and outright sick.
We the "left" did not start to bully Bush until he ......lied.
Whenever things like this are done, there are dealings under the table that we will never know about. It's called politics.
This is good.
Even though he made a mistake, a mistake he corrected, he is the best man for the job.
What a joke. If he's the best man for the job, I think we're in big trouble. Hold on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen. Will there also be forgiveness of penalties for the rest of us when we make these "little" mistakes?
Well Paulson and Greenspan paid there taxes and what good did that do us? Give the man a chance!
The whole country is watching; if endorsed, his confirmation will be served as a standard by which Mr. Obama will be judged in future.
CONFIRM HIM AND CONFIRM ERIC HOLDER!!!! NOW!!! Congress have you not heard the American people??? Get on with business–NOW!!!!!
Once again we put a fox in the henhouse. He admits no responsibility for anything including his part in getting us in to the mess we are in. No change – reward the guilty.
Oh boy! I never have to pay taxes again. I can just say I'm sorry and cite Geithner as a precedent and all will be forgiven.
What's interesting is that Obama talks about transparency yet his transition team ordered Geithner to pay back the taxes the day before they announed his name for nomination. They then asked a Senate committee to keep quiet on the matter. I heard this on Lou Dobbs last week. I haven't heard any other anchor on CNN talk about this. The love affair continues....
Washington Law – When caught, act embarrased, apologize, accept forgiveness, promise to do better.----- All is then forgiven. - What a load of CRAP –
Why do we even try to voice our discontent. Washington bigwigs are not listening to us. I find it hard to believe in the United States there is not another man or woman that can do the job just as well as Geithner. This is not a good example of "change" and honesty. I feel certain he would not have paid the back taxes had it not been that he was going to be nominated. Sometimes I feel like just giving up voicing my opionion because it doesnt seem to make a difference! But I will keep trying!!!
If the president wants transparency and law to rule his administration, he should not have pointed this guy on that position. I want to belive in CHANGE but when I hear things like this ........ how could I have the trust how things will go ???????? It is not a small mistake for Geinther. I do not buy it for a second. This is very disapointed!
To Jenn: There is a difference in cheating on your taxes and not paying your taxes. To cheat is to decieve by trickery or to mislead deliberately. Even though he should have been on top of his tax situation, he did not cheat on this taxes and that does make the situation different as far as I am concerned. There is no use in prolonging this when he is going to be confirmed anyway!
A glaring Dem double standard...
If Geitner, who obviously lacks a great deal of integrity, is our best hope, we are all in deep, deep trouble.
Can't you Dems find someone without baggage for this job??
Outrageous....Obama's entire cabinet carries so much baggage and bad judgment it is ridiculous. No way should this man be named to this cabinet position. "Jenn" is absolutely correct, he will now have to fire himself.
America deserves better that borderline criminals and Clinton re-dos. This is NOT CHANGE. This is more of the same.
This is supposed to be the "one guy" who is so smart that he is the only person who can rescue our economy? The only accident here is that someone found out his tax "mistake". He should pull a "Caroline Kennedy" right now!
Mistakes aside all the experts still feel he is the smartest person for the job. Dont you want that in this time of crisis.
In the last 8 years you have not seen the smartest person picked so yes this is a change.
NO, No, No. We should NOT reward Americans for being Crooked!
That was how the Bush administration operated!!!!!!!
Get someone honest. I sure there are a few honest intelligent people
out there. OR, ARE THERE!!!!! They all have their eye on the $$$$$$$'s
Giving "medals for crookedness is not cool"!!!!!!!
And, QUESTION, WAS IT LEGAL FOR CHENEY TO MAKE $$$$$$$$$$
MONEY, from NO BID CONTRACTS in Iraq??????
Obama will be too busy to get these crooks, but can we promote
a new position for a honest lawyer who can????
unbelieveable.......he wanted to see if he could "get by" without paying His Taxes............since that is the case, he should not be the guy for that position, period.....there are a lot of other people with the same credentials as he has...
This is but the first of many many weak-kneed and corrupt liberal endorsements we will see over the next four years. No wonder Congress has such a low approval rating. Yes....change we can believe in!
Geithner is a lying cheat and should be arrested, fined and thrown in jail. Oh wait a minute, he's democrat. Nevermind, he is an honest, caring man who made a tiny mistake. Let's all forgive him.
A man who doesn't pay his taxes should not even be considered for the job of Treasury Secretary. This is a no-brainer!
CNN, why don't you just put a warning at the top of the ticker saying, "If you are not an Obama supporter, your comments will not be posted." ?
Obama is giving more pardons than Bush has over the 8 years.
Get over it, as a country we must all move forward.