I had emailed our Senators before the Senate vote on the confirmation of Timothy Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury. This is the response I received:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. JAMES:
Thank you for contacting me about the nomination of Timothy Geithner to serve as Treasury Secretary. I understand your concerns.

Mr. Geithner admitted an honest mistake on his taxes and the IRS agreed, choosing not to penalize him. Also, all taxes owed were paid with interest.

The Finance Committee took testimony from Mr. Geithner on January 21, and favorably reported his nomination. On January 26, I joined the majority of the Senate in confirming Mr. Geithner, and he was sworn in later that day.

Given what’s at stake with our economy, it is vital that we have a Treasury Secretary who is ready to act. I appreciate hearing your opinion on this nomination. Please don’t hesitate to contact me in the future.

“Made a Mistake & the IRS didn’t feel he should be penalized!” GIVE ME A BREAK! A mistake would not be accompanied by signed forms at the IMF wherein Geithner acknowledged that he would be responsible for his taxes on his income. A mistake would not arise when the IMF gave him quarterly income statements so he could make tax deposit payments. And a mistake would not accompany an annual BONUS referred to as a “GROSS UP” Bonus, which was gievn annually to help PAY THE TAXES on the income!!