In a sane political world, Barack Obama's nominee for Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, would be toast by now. I'm trying to remember how many previous nominees for various offices have been bounced from contention for failing to pay Social Security taxes for illegal immigrant help, but it was at least three. And this guy? Well, here's how the lead in the Wall Street Journal puts it:
Timothy Geithner didn't pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for several years while he worked for the International Monetary Fund, and he employed an immigrant housekeeper who briefly lacked proper work papers.
So not only did he have an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper, but he himself forgot to pay taxes, over $25,000 worth (more taxes than some people make in a year). And this guy wants to be Secretary of the Treasury. Aha! Here's the information I was looking for--buried in the last line of the story:
Such issues, however, have derailed other nominations. President Bill Clinton's first and second choices for attorney general both withdrew amid allegations they failed to pay taxes for household help. President George W. Bush's first choice for Labor secretary withdrew after it emerged that she had housed an illegal immigrant.
But never mind. We mustn't allow anything--Geithner, Governor Blagojevich, Roland Burris--to mar The Coronation. It's gonna be a long four years, if we've had two political soap operas so far, and the guy isn't even sworn in yet.