Kansans Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts were among the 34 Republican senators who voted Monday against confirming Timothy Geithner (in photo) as Treasury secretary. Brownback’s stated problem with Geithner, who formerly led the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, went beyond his “inexcusable” failure to pay income taxes. Brownback said: “Geithner was responsible for watching the big financial institutions precisely at the time when they acted most irresponsibly and made decisions that led to our current crisis.”
During the confirmation hearing, Roberts quipped that Geithner, as Treasury secretary, should give a tax holiday to every American who makes a “mistake.” In response, Geithner just smiled.
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