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Ear to the Ground

Senate Sends Geithner to Treasury

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Posted on Jan 26, 2009
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Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner

Timothy Geithner may be a tax dodger who helped funnel taxpayer funds to his banking buddies, but we need that kind of cunning right now. That’s the thinking on Capitol Hill, anyway. The Senate confirmed President Obama’s pick to head Treasury on Monday, over the grumbles of 34 senators.

Geithner’s remarks following his swearing-in can be found here.

New York Times:

WASHINGTON — Timothy F. Geithner was sworn in as secretary of the Treasury on Monday evening, confirmed by a Senate majority that concluded that his experience in government and finance outweighed concerns about recent disclosures of some $34,000 in past tax delinquencies.

The vote was 60 to 34.

The tax controversy had delayed Mr. Geithner’s confirmation, keeping him from taking office right after Barack Obama’s inauguration last Tuesday as administration officials had hoped, given the economic emergency.

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By KDelphi, January 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment

Saying that he “has knowledge of it” because he was was “in it” (the shite mess) is an old neo-con trick.

Bush apointed oil barons to turn the EPA. He appointed coal mine owners to run safety in the workplace. He appointed batty socialites with finances in the “global
marketplce” to the FDA.

Results.

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By dihey, January 27, 2009 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment

Geithner will eventually get some Federal medal.

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By Stephen Smoliar, January 27, 2009 at 10:30 am Link to this comment

At least he won’t be celebrating with an all-expenses-paid vacation in Davos!

http://therehearsalstudio.blogspot.com/2009/01/running-out-of-patience-with-rich-and.html

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By Alejandro, January 27, 2009 at 10:09 am Link to this comment
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I firmly agree with the above comments. I just don’t understand the reasoning for this appointment. This guy was one of the architects of and water carriers for the economic mess we are in. Everyday I become more and more sceptical about Obamas commitment to his campaign pledges. I can’t quite put my finger on it but, I smell a rat. I hope I’m wrong. More will be revealed to be sure…

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By Conservative Yankee, January 27, 2009 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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Hope and change:

This guy is a cheat, a oppertunist, and an exploiter. He has failed to pay taxes, hired an illegal immigrant as nanny, and stuffed the pockets of his friends with our increasingly worthless dollars.

Women have been denied cabinet positions for similar (if not identical) foibles… Where’s the great liberal charge against misogyny, or is that only applicable when Republicans engage in this behavior?

Among 300 million people, Obama says this guy is the ONLY one who can fix what he helped break.. Sounds like the “Microsoft solution” when someone successfully distroys an a edition of “Windows” hire him/her to write the next edition.

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By KDelphi, January 26, 2009 at 10:33 pm Link to this comment

This appointment is a joke. There is absolutely no way i am going to believe that he “made a simple mistake”. He waited for the statute of limitations to run out, and, wouldnt even have brought it up, if he hadnt receieved this nomination.

Once again, Feingold carries the tiny conscience of the Dem Party

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By Hemi*, January 26, 2009 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment

This is a travesty of an appointment and likely criminal to boot. Shame on the president. Shame on the senators that confirmed this. Shame on every Democrat that has not spoken out against this appointment. This man is either an unabashed liar or a complete incompetent. Either is grounds for blocking his appointment.

Just one week in and a fox is once again in the hen house.

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