Sometimes you just can’t make up this stuff. Via Patterico, we learn that Timothy Geithner, designated by President-elect Barack Hussein Obama to be the next Secretary of the Treasury, had an illegal immigrant for a housekeeper and didn’t pay self-employment taxes — totalling $34,000 — until found out by an IRS audit.
It seems that Obama spokesmen are calling the non-payment of thousands of dollars in back taxes for years a minor thing. One news report described it as “a speed bump.” Sam Stein over at HuffingtonPost calls it an “embarrassing public relations headache” but really a mistake “quite common in nature.”
Quite common? Given that this mistake would be limited to people who actually could afford to hire domestic servants, you’ve already made it rather uncommon.
This is, of course, the same problem that sank the nominations of Zoë Baird and Kimba Wood and Linda Chavez. Our incoming president supposedly had all of his prospective appointees fill out very detailed questionnaires; did Mr Geithner fail to disclose this? If so, then he should dive under the bus himself; if he did tell the transition office of this, then the nomination should never have been made.