a prominent tax attorney, familiar with the confirmation process, suggests –
"In the past, if something like that happened, an amended return would show up a couple of days later, and that would be it. It wouldn't be the public torture that is going on today."in relative terms, $7,900 is not an exorbitant amount for a tax delinquency. to someone whose tax return could serve as a booster seat in a broadway theater, it's a bit onerous and unreasonable to fuss about. needing of correction? yes. worth fussing about? no.
certainly geithner's and dashle's debts were more substantial, but we are often given no context in which to judge them, and provided little information to allow any means of comparison. besides, using phrases like "tax evader" and "unpaid back taxes" without getting into annoying detail is so much easier, and both certainly sound really bad, don't they?
then again, so does "nancy pelosi's salt marsh mouse."