January 14, 2009
It’s not a barry Rezko “boneheaded mistake” this time it’s an “innocent mistake”. This is absolutely insane. The man who is going to be head of the Treasury, which also means head of the IRS has been audited by them and still didn’t come clean until after he was nominated. I can see the first time but after the audit? Yes. These are tough times. But if a guy can’t pay his own taxes – or ok made a honest mistake over the last decade and didn’t realize it – how is he going to head up the IRS? He didn’t know he had to pay taxes? What in the hell type of financial wizard is he?
And what kind of innocent mistake was the lapsed legal immigration status of his housekeeper?
What good was barry’s whatever page questionnaire?
What is it going to take folks?
REPORTER: Are you considered that Timothy Geithner’s taxes mishap will affect his chance of confirmation?
BARRY: No, Tim Geithner, when I nominated him, was rightly lauded by people from both sides of the aisle, from the market, from labor, as somebody who is uniquely qualified to deal with – as what Lindsay described properly as – the biggest crisis that we’ve had since the Depression.
Ya know, look, is this an embarrassment uh-uh for him – yes. He said so himself.
But it was an innocent mistake. It is a mistake that is commonly made for people who are working internationally or for international institutions.
It has been corrected. He paid the penalties. And, as I’ve said before, if my criteria whether it was for cabinet secretary, or vice presidents, or presidents, or reporters was that if you’ve never made a mistake in your life – none of us would be employed. So, my eh-eh-eh expectation is that he will be confirmed. And my expectation is that he is going to do an outstanding job on part-on part – on behalf of the American people.
barry’s judgment on display
Smoothest transition ever?
Geithner: TurboTax made me do it
barry on tax cheat Tim Geithner
Daschle apology letter
Daschle withdrawal letter
barry re: Daschle’s withdrawal
Nancy Killefer withdraws
barry’s tax cheats go free – Phelps’ friends go to jail
Another cabinet defector: Sen Judd Gregg
barry tax cheat #4: Ron Kirk
Dr Sanjay Gupta won’t be Surgeon General
barry appointee Charles Freeman withdraws