People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Geithner on the other hand was an official at the IMF. His employment arrangement was such that he was responsible for paying both the employee and employer portions of his SS and Medicare taxes. Every quarter the IMF REIMBURSED him for these taxes and he signed a form acknowledging his responsibility to pay them. He purposely ignored his obligation. Then when he was audited and it was discovered that he had evaded taxes in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, the statute of limitation had elapsed for his 2001 and 2002 obligations, so he didn't pay them, but he paid his 2003 and 2004 obligations after being caught as a tax cheat. Further, he defrauded the government by claiming his kids summer camp expenses as daycare expenses. He was content to skate on the 2001 and 2002 obligations by taking advantage of the statute of limitations until he was nominated and only then did he come forward and pay what he owed.
Joe the plumber was the victim of inefficient bureaucracy that sent his tax notice to an old address and then simply filed a tax lien against him. Geithner purposely set out to cheat on his tax obligation, took advantage of statute of limitations and lied before Congress with his explanations.
Geithner is the classic example of someone who is failing upwards:When most people fail at their job they're either fired or demoted, but when you get to the top ranks of your profession, especially if you're politically connected, this process is turned on its head and your rewards for failure is promotion and for spectacular failure you get promoted to be the Secretary of the Treasury. Further, you can count on liberal partisans coming to your defense and minimizing your failures by pointing to plumbers in Ohio who owe $1,200 in taxes that they weren't notified that they owed."Mr. Geithner has been involved in just about every flawed bailout action of the previous administration," said Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky. "He was the front-line regulator in New York when all the so-called financial innovations that have recently brought our markets to their knees became widespread."
"I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings."
--Albert Einstein, 1929
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"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
It's amusing to see you call me a leftwing apologist when I never took Gietners side. I only commented on the right's hypocrisy. Who's the apologist now?