The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don’t know when it’s through if you are a crook or a martyr. –Will Rogers
The DiscoveryFor those who don’t know, health care reform is my second baby, loved and cared for only slightly less than my real baby. So you can imagine how far my heart sunk when I heard the Daschle tax news on NPR at 6:30am and then the resignation news mid-day. I can barely write this now, both because I had a mojito martini tonight and because it’s too fresh in my mind. But I also had my first ill-fated frappachino after not drinking caffeine in almost 2 years, so I feel the energy and need to put the proverbial pen to cyber-paper about today’s events. I almost don’t know what I think. I reserve the right to feel differently tomorrow, and I may add to this note.
The History/ManifestoLast night on my flight to Orlando for a work trip, I was drafting an outline of my “executive summary” of Tom Daschle’s book about health care reform. I was going to present said summary to my office so that everyone would be in the loop about his great plans before they were enacted. And great his plans were. I’ll sum up the 240-page book in one sentence for those of us in Gen X/Y (or whatever the
The Thesis StatementSo on to why I hate Timothy Geithner. To be honest, like many Americans I didn’t even know who he was until he was nominated as treasury secretary. However, his measly $34,000 in unpaid taxes brought him on my radar screen. I’m not saying measly because I think taxes aren’t important—they are not measly, pay for important programs, and in most cases I think they should be raised. But I digress. I say measly because most of these guys make big bucks, and it’s easy to make mistakes with smaller sums of money. Plus, if you’ve heard the details of his mistake, it’s like “Say what? He didn’t pay what?” It’s annoyingly confusing and not at all juicy enough to make a real scam story. If you’ve noticed, it’s the Republicans who have juicy stories. But that was a cheap shot brought on by my sadness and mojito-filled brain, and I digress again.
There are 2 reasons I hate Geithner:
- Duh, if you’re going to be nominated as TREASURY secretary, be damned sure your tax record is clean. If they can look into it, so can you. Therefore, he’s a dumbass. Therefore, I hate him.
- I’m fairly sure the only reason Daschle had to step down is that Geithner’s “scam” paved the way for a magnified nomination process for the rest of the candidates. Need I say more? Hate him, hate him, hate him.