I was really hoping we’d get through Obama’s nominations without any drama. The country’s problems are so large the last thing we need is a protracted fight on one appointment, no matter how big it is -- but he’s got to cut Tim Geithner loose.
It simply isn’t credible to believe that someone with his background could have failed to pay tens of thousands of dollars in Federal taxes through a simple mistake. The man graduated from Dartmouth and received a masters in international economics from Johns Hopkins.
He didn’t grow up in the shadow of any smokestacks, either. His father worked for the Ford Foundation; his grandfather was an advisor to President Eisenhower. He was also no stranger to the complexities of living abroad, having grown up mostly abroad. He graduated from a high school in Thailand.
He had to know what he was doing (or not doing as the case may be) and it would be a very bad thing to start the new administration with a key figure, the man to whom the IRS will report, under this kind of cloud. In these troubled times (as they say on the nightly news) moral leadership is important, and Geithner has shown himself to be lacking in the necessary integrity.