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Guest Post: Crapo Votes to Confirm Tax-cheat Geithner, Risch Votes No

January 27th, 2009 by Halli

From Bryan Fischer, Idaho Values Alliance

Timothy Geithner, a tax-dodger who pocketed money he was paid to take care of his self-employment tax, was confirmed yesterday on a 64-30 vote in the U.S. Senate. We now have a certified and self-confessed “tax cheat” – to use liberal Republican Susan Collins’s words – in charge of the IRS.

While Sen. Crapo voted with the majority to confirm Geithner, freshman senator Jim Risch exercised a bit of independence and voted against confirmation. The minimum we should expect from the overseer of the IRS is a guy who pays his own taxes without being forced to cough them up as a result of background checks.

Speaking of independence, freshman representative Walt Minnick has some conservative fiscal instincts – he voted against the boondoggle stimulus package – and may actually and remarkably pull Rep. Mike Simpson in a more conservative direction on economic policy.

At one point, Simpson got a rating of just 4% for fiscal restraint during the last session of Congress from the Club for Growth, at a time when the average Democrat graded out at 20%. (Former Rep. Bill Sali, a true friend of the taxpayer, graded out at 94%.)

I predict that the Democrats will let Minnick go off reservation on any number of fiscal votes because they know he needs to paint himself as a fiscal conservative to hold his seat in 2010, and because with the huge majority they have in the House they won’t actually need his vote very often.

Simpson can hardly afford to let himself be painted as more liberal on tax-and-spend policies than his Democrat counterpart, and so it’s likely that he will be paying a lot of attention to Minnick’s voting record over the next two years. In fact, his vote on fiscal issues may be influenced more by what Minnick does than anything else.

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