If there was a message I’d want conveyed to Republican senators in DC, it would be that they should vote to not confirm Timothy Geithner to be the next Treasury Secretary. It isn’t that I think this will stop Geithner’s confirmation dead in its tracks. It certainly won’t.

If there was a request I could make to these Republican senators, it would be that I wish several senators would stand up and call Mr. Geithner a corrupt man. I’d wish they did that because that’s precisely what he is.

His non-apology apology for ‘accidentally’ forgetting about his tax obligations for 4 years is insulting. We know that Mr. Geithner received checks from the IMF to pay his taxes. We know that he signed documents each year saying that he accepted responsibility for paying his payroll taxes. As awful as that is, it’s minor compared with his neglecting his oversight responsibilities as president for the NY Federal Reserve.

After TARP funds were sent out, Mr. Geithner didn’t pay attention to what they got spent on. Instead, TARP money disappeared into thin air.

What’s worse is that his new boss is asking for more TARP money. I’m not talking about releasing the last $350 billion of the original TARP funds. The Washington Post reported that President Obama is planning on asking for more money:

But with the economy deteriorating rapidly, financial companies are incurring trillions of dollars in losses on failing mortgage loans and other assets, forcing the federal government to consider substantially expanding its response to the crisis, officials said. Leading economists and lawmakers calculate that hundreds of billions more could be required.

“I don’t think many people at the top of the Treasury or the Fed thinks this is the last amount of money they’re going to need to deploy,” said Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, who speaks regularly with top officials.

Obama has pledged, for instance, to use at least $50 billion of the remaining rescue funds to help troubled borrowers avoid foreclosure on home loans. But in a private luncheon Thursday with Senate Democrats, some of the nation’s top economists said the cost of that element of the rescue program alone could approach $250 billion.

Mr. President, I’m not a world-famous economist but I’ve got a suggestion nonetheless: before asking taxpayers for more money, why don’t you tell your incoming Treasury Secretary to find out where the first $300-$400 billion disappeared to.

In fact, I’ve got a second request: Stop trusting Barney Frank’s advice on financial organizations. He’s got a crappy record on knowing when something is going south fast. He was the Democrat that said he didn’t see a crisis at Fannie and Freddie.

But I digress. Let’s get back to why I think Mr. Geithner is corrupt. I’ll make my point with a question: How can someone get a notice from the IRS that 2 years of his taxes are in, putting it gently, disrepair, then not pay his taxes for the other 2 years of his employment in the IMF?

Let’s remember that he didn’t pay his taxes until he was tapped as OBama’s Treasury Secretary-Designate. He still hasn’t payed his taxes for all 4 years of employment with the IMF. If that’s the modern definition of integrity and honorable, I prefer the old definitions of those words.

The difference between corruption in the Republican Party and the Democratic Party is that we feed our crooks to the courts. Democrats nominate their corrupt people to run the IRS.

Isn’t it time we demanded more integrity from people in positions of extreme power?

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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