Posts Tagged ‘politcs’

An Honest Mistake? Puh-lease!

January 14, 2009

After finding out about all of Treasury Secretary appointee Tim Geithner’s unpaid taxes yesterday, all of these so-called tax experts are now rushing to his defense.  Read about it in the NY Times.

The experts claim that Geithner made an “honest mistake” and that many international employees make the same mistake.  So, from that, I understand there are a lot of idiots working for international companies.

Seriously, if you or I get a paycheck without ANY taxes deducted we know that we have to pay something.  We might not know the exact form, but we all know what a 1099 is and that means we are responsible for paying our taxes.

To claim that this is an honest mistake is just saying, “most people don’t get caught.”

And it’s not like this was only for one year.  This was from 2001-2004.  That’s four years worth of tax returns where Geithner AND his crappy accountant missed this.  It wasn’t for a small amount either!  Maybe $34,000 isn’t a lot of money to Geithner, but for most of us, it’s a pretty big amount.

Also, he had some of the penalties waived by the IRS!  Imagine if this had happened to you or me.  We don’t pay our taxes for 4 years and then tell them, “it was an honest mistake,” you think they’re going to say, “oh, that’s ok, we’ll waive the penalties”?

All the excuses just reek of elitism.  “Oh, it’s not that much” and “it’s just an honest mistake” and “so many INTERNATIONAL workers make the same mistake” don’t sit well with me.  The officials of our Country should be honorable and have moral values.  Instead, Geithner is already a crook.  If he had fessed up and taken responsiblity and resigned, he and Obama would still have their dignity.  Instead, it’s just another sign of how messed up our government really is.

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