then who does Timothy Geithner remind you of?
Spiro Agnew, anyone?
More on Agnew:
I know, I know it is early days to be noting the resemblance. Geithner has not held elected office, and he's already admitted to dodging the tax man. Difference from Agnew noted: Agnew didn't pay up until investigated by DOJ and sued in Maryland. Yes, yes, Geithner paid up before a court ordered him to do so or a DOJ settlement has become necessary, but Geithner waited to pay his taxes until he got caught. Indeed he waited twice: first he paid up only upon an IRS audit; then he paid up again when it looked like this gig he wanted - Secretary of the United States Treasury - might be in the offing. (For clear reporting on the nature of Geithner's failure to pay taxes - which types he did not pay, for example - go here.) And yes, I do understand that Agnew was a tax evader who did not claim any special expertise on financial matters, which makes him very different indeed from Timothy Geithner, somebody currently aspiring to be Secretary of the Treasury. If he does get the nod, I am sure that whoever becomes Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service - a post whose occupant reports directly to the Secretary of the Treasury - will gladly note all of these dissimilarities.
So let the record reflect: I am not saying that Timothy Geithner is as corrupt as Spiro Agnew proved to be or as unfit for the office to which he, Geithner, aims. It would be far too premature to make these claims.