Geithner's Treasury Tax Woes: He's Too Big to Fail

Tax problems for the nominee to be treasury secretary

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So Timothy Geithner, Barack Obama's pick for treasury secretary, failed to pay $42,000 in taxes and once employed a housekeeper whose work permit had expired. Although revelations similar to these killed the chances of some previous cabinet selections, Geithner is apparently regarded in Washington as too big -- or, at least, too important -- too fail. Must be nice. This, from Politico:

Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said the revelations did not disqualify Geithner, and he said it was crucial for Obama to have a new Treasury secretary in place when he takes office next week. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the economic problems facing the country are too serious to allow Geithner’s nomination to go down.

Me: Is one of the responsibilities of the Department of the Treasury the collection of taxes? Why, yes it is.