The United States Senate has apparently ruled that paying taxes is an optional action by United States citizens. With the approval of the Senate by a vote of 60 to 34, Timothy Geithner will become the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States of America. Apparently, this stroke of genius is just one of the many changes that President Barrack Obama is planning to fulfill his ‘change we can believe in’ policy. With this appointment a precedent has been set that US citizens no longer need to pay their taxes until they are appointed to an important post by the President of the United States.
Timothy Geithner has at least exposed some problems in the US tax code. Namely that it is difficult for people to file their taxes properly. Timothy Geithner stated that the tax problem was due to his belief that he was an employee, not an independent contractor (as reported in the Washington Post here). While many Americans might not understand that difference between an employee and an independent contractor it is difficult to believe that anyone with the slightest bit of financial intelligence does not know the difference. Perhaps a simple multiple choice test should be drawn up to determine eligibility for the position of Secretary of the Treasury.
The troubling thing about the whole Timothy Geithner mess is that when the IRS notified him of his mistake, he did nothing. I have personally gotten a notice from both the IRS and my state’s tax department that I made a mistake and owed additional money. Like a fool I sent them payment as soon as possible and paid it. Timothy Geithner has proved that is not necessary, apparently only people who have just fallen off the turnip truck pays tax bills when notified of their errors. As a country bumpkin, I hope that I can be forgiven for paying my back taxes in a timely manner.
(Note – obviously I and probably you aren’t ‘important’ enough to not pay our taxes. This article is written tongue in cheek to point out the hypocrisy of a Treasury Secretary who didn’t pay his taxes until the pressure was put on him after he was being considered for the nomination. Those of us living outside of the beltway will still be expected to pay our taxes.)
As an addendum to this article I felt that I would note the US Senators who voted against the confirmation of the tax cheat Timothy Geithner. This information came from senate.gov (link). Those senators voting against the nomination by state with a party notation were: Alabama – Sessions (R), Alaska – Murkowski (R), Arizona – Kyl (R) and McCain (R), Florida – Martinez (R), Georgia – Chambliss (R) and Isakson (R), Idaho – Risch (R), Indiana – Lugar (R), Iowa – Grassley (R) and Harkin (D), Kansas – Brownback (R) and Roberts (R), Kentucky – Bunning (R) and McConnell (R), Louisiana – Vitter (R), Maine – Collins (R), Mississippi – Cochran (R) and Wicker (R), Nebraska – Johanns (R), North Carolina – Burr (R), Oklahoma – Coburn (R) and Inhofe (R), Pennsylvania – Specter (R), South Carolina – DeMint (R), South Dakota – Thune (R), Tennessee – Alexander (R), Texas – Hutchinson (R), Utah – Bennett (R), Vermont – Sanders (I), West Virginia – Byrd (D), Wisconsin – Feingold (D), Wyoming – Barrasso (R) and Enzi (R).