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But that's today's Republican Party: kind of nutty and more than a little dangerous.

Agreed! But still no more than a mirror image of the other party!

Ya know...kind of nutty and more than a little dangerous!

You seriously tried to turn this into a story about the evil Republicans? Let's take a look at that little "misunderstanding", as you put it.

"President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to run the Treasury Department and lead the economic rescue effort disclosed to senators Tuesday that he failed to pay $34,000 in taxes from 2001 to 2004, a last-minute complication in an otherwise smooth path to confirmation."

Let's see, he somehow "forgot" to pay $34,000 in self-employment taxes until just before his nomination, when the Obama transition team discovered this little oversight on his part.

So now we're going to take someone who can "forget" to pay taxes and put him in charge of the Treasury, which just happens to be over the IRS?

You're right, it's those damn Republicans making waves over nothing again.

You gotta love the drama. Of course, democrats attacking the president relentlessly over the past 8 years was no big deal. But question King Barry and it will lead to "the destruction of the United States as the leader of the free world".

How dare anyone question one of King Barry's chosen ones over simple things like laws. The guy nominated to head the IRS and treasure failed to pay taxes? If this was a Bush nomination you would be screaming about how stupid a nomination it was.

Steve Martin would be proud.

"You.. can be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes! You can be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes! You say.. "Steve.. how can I be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes?" First.. get a million dollars. Now.. you say, "Steve.. what do I say to the tax man when he comes to my door and says, 'You.. have never paid taxes'?" Two simple words. Two simple words in the English language: "I forgot!" How many times do we let ourselves get into terrible situations because we don't say "I forgot"?"


Steve, thanks for setting the wayback machine on that one! I love that bit!

Great one Steve.

Frank has the facts in order except one. According to the NYT, the guy was audited by the IRS and paid his back taxes for 2004 through 2006, but a three year statute of limitations prevented the IRS for auditing during 2001 and 2002. Of course he didn't pay those either, but never bothered to come clean until O'Bama decided to nominate him.

So, the guy is clearly a tax cheat. The blessed Treasury nominee of the Great One is a tax cheat! Admittedly, not a big tax cheat, but still, this is change? I'm shocked you suddenly are willing to let these matters slide Tom. Your man is off to a very dubious start. His transporation secretary has deeply troubling relationships with indicted Illinois power brokers, his Treasury nominee is a tax cheat, and his vice president is....well, he's a lunatic.

So you know, you got that goin' for ya

Yeah Tom, those eeevill Republicans and... The NY Times Editorial Board:

As much as Mr. Obama and his team may wish it, however, the disclosures cannot be dismissed so easily, or papered over. The just-the-facts report of Mr. Geithner’s tax transgressions, compiled and released by the Senate Finance Committee, paints a picture of noncompliance that is considerably more disturbing than his supporters are acknowledging.


The story does not stop there. Mr. Geithner also failed to pay the self-employment tax in 2001 and 2002. Those returns, which the report says Mr. Geithner prepared himself, were not audited and so the I.R.S. did not order him to pay up — which raises the question of why he did not voluntarily amend those returns and pay the taxes and interest at the time of the 2006 audit. Instead, he waited until after vetting by the Obama team late last year revealed the shortfall — $19,176 in taxes and $6,794 in interest.

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