It's time to make our voices heard against Pres. Obama's choice of Tim Geithner as Treasury Secretary! While Obama's administration and his lap dogs in the Capitol continue to state that this individual is the only one who is smart enough and knowledgeable enough to control our treasury funds, we must face the reality that this individual CHOSE to skirt the income tax law and ignore training information and frequent memos from the IMF that HE was supposed to pay his own taxes on a regular basis. If he's so smart, why did he ignore this requirement? It's not an 'honest mistake' as has been reported - there's nothing honest in avoiding standard responsibilities! From my understanding of the reports, the IMF regularly sent Geithner memos regarding the funds he was receiving were to cover his income taxes, so he definitely knew what he was supposed to do. Then, he only paid part of the past due taxes after he was nominated. What would happen to any of us if we chose to avoid the tax laws? When is he going to pay the rest of what he owes? (In addition to his tax avoidance, there are reports that Geithner didn't check paperwork that a personal employee of his was in the country legally...shades of illegal immigration questions similar to those that hindered Bill Clinton's cabinet nominees...)
This Cabinet nomination is nothing more than letting the proverbial wolf guard the henhouse. How can we trust Tim Geithner to lead the Treasury Department when he can't even follow their basic regulations that the rest of us must follow? How can we trust him to be responsible with OUR tax dollars when he doesn't even show responsibility with his personal taxes? What's happened to 'doing the right thing' in this country? If Tim Geithner can't follow the simple regulations spelled out for him, how can we trust him to lead the department in charge of these regulations?
It's up to US to make our voices heard in the Senate so they will be reminded that WE are the ones for whom they're supposed to be working - WE'RE the ones PAYING THE BILLS! As reported in the 'Politico' on Jan. 22nd, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has stated that it would be politically "unwise for the Republicans to filibuster" this Cabinet selection because "we have a president who is very popular." What a crock and the height of arrogance! This IS the time to make OUR voices heard - and fast!
We're down to the wire on time as this vote will take place in just a couple of days - please contact Senator Webb and Senator Warner to let them know of your displeasure with this nomination! Tim Geithner should NOT be named the Treasury Secretary! Email or call these Virginia Senators - personal contact DOES count and has worked in the past - it's time to be heard TODAY! After you contact our Senators, please contact family and friends in other states to do the same. If enough of us flood the communication lines to the Capitol this weekend, they just might get the message in time to thwart this appointment! Remember, we're still a government OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, and FOR THE PEOPLE ... but it's up to us to keep it that way - stand up for what's right, and be heard TODAY!