Timely Tim

Jan 14, 2009 9:23am

From talks with folks on the Hill, I’d guess that Treasury Secretary-designee Tim Geithner’s failure to pay the proper amount of taxes, and the brief illegal employment * status of a former domestic employee, will not be enough to derail his nomination though it will cause a bumpy confirmation hearing. 

Writes a Republican friend, who seems a bit aghast, "He was audited by the IRS and filed five years of amended tax returns and paid $30k in back taxes. If I did it, I’d be called a slob or a tax cheat."

But, writes a Democratic friend, "Only in this town while the financial system is crashing would we be arguing about an accounting problem for a guy who has devoted his life to public service and never made any money!"

– jpt


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