It is said that death and taxes are the two things in life that one cannot avoid.
So when not one, not two, but three of President Barack Obama’s picks for his new administration turned up with tax problems, it raised questions about how people in the higher echelon of government managed to make such a mess of their annual obligations.
“If you make a mistake they come down on you like a hammer; these people apparently not. I guess it’s OK when you’re rich,” Leslie Paige, spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, said.
Timothy Geithner, former president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, won Senate confirmation as U.S. Treasury secretary despite failure to pay some taxes.