Timothy Geithner’s tax pecadillos should disqualify him for the nation’s top tax post. Secretary of the Treasury is too high an office for a brilliant lawyer who repeatedly and apparently knowingly underpaid his taxes by thousands of dollars. But to be fair, neither should Barack Obama be sworn in as President of the United States next Tuesday unless he first produces a valid birth certificate proving that he meets the constitutional prereqs for the nation’s highest office.
The disparity in the level of scrutiny applied to Geithner and Obama is remarkable. On balance, a President’s qualifications for office should be viewed as more essential than those of the Treasury Secretary. Yet, in this case, Geithner’s integrity and transparency are being examined far more closely than Obama’s. Continue reading