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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!

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Comment by Ted Kirkpatrick on January 24, 2009 at 6:06pm
I called both senators' offices last week and the people I talked not only understood what I was saying but sounded like they agreed with me. Now our senators of course are a different matter....

I still cannot believe that 5 of the 10 Republicans on the Finance Committee voted to approve him. If that is not a sign of the party caving, I don't know what is. With a performance like that I see no need to send any money to the RNC. Spend it here and help rebuild state party.
Comment by Sandy Cope on January 24, 2009 at 11:01am
Not widely reported by the MSM, of course, is the fact that Geithner was in on the original mother of all bailouts- the TARP funds. He and Paulson worked together on getting the legislation passed before the Congress and Senate, and was also very much involved in the disposition of the first half ($350 billion) that there doesn't seem to be any records of how it was spent. We know now that the head of Merrill Lynch spent $1 million on redecorating his office late last year, after they received tax payer bailouts. It has also been reported that a good chunk of the money did in fact go to the heads of the Investment banking firms that were bailed out to pay for their large bonuses. Mr Geithner was at one time a Wall Streeter, and was seen as a proponent of "bailouts."

As far as contacting Warner and Webb, I don't feel very confident that they will open their ears to opposition. I'm sure there must be a direct link to Washington to voice opposition to this disaster. What is disheartening is the fact that 5 Republicans on the Finance Committee voted in favor of his nomination which moved it out of Committee and now will be voted on.
Comment by Lynda VanLiew Fairman on January 23, 2009 at 10:46pm
Thanks for the details, Tom. I just emailed a brief statement against Mr. Geithner to Sen. Webb. Unfortunately, Sen. Warner's site doesn't have an email, but I just faxed him my brief printed comments. Please encourage everyone to let the Senate know we want knowledgeable and HONEST people to serve in the Cabinet!
Comment by Tom Whitmore on January 23, 2009 at 10:20pm

The first time he was caught might have been an innocent mistake, but the second time was evasion pure and simple, the IRS taoght him the rules when he was audited for 2003 and 2004. He should have gone back and refiled the previous 3 years at that time! This from the WSJ: "In 2006, the IRS audited Mr. Geithner's 2003 and 2004 taxes and concluded he owed taxes and interest totaling $17,230, according to documents released by the Senate Finance Committee. The IRS waived the related penalties.

During the vetting of Mr. Geithner late last year, the Obama transition team discovered the nominee had failed to pay the same taxes for 2001 and 2002. "Upon learning of this error on Nov. 21, 2008, Mr. Geithner immediately submitted payment for tax that would have been due in those years, plus interest," a transition aide said. The sum totaled $25,970."








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