The Washington Times - January 21, 2009, 11:17AM

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is advising Senate Republicans to challenge President Obama’s nomination of Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary, Ralph Z. Hallow is reporting.

Gingrich says Geithner’s failure to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes from 2001 to 2004 should automatically disqualify him, and that if Obama doesn’t withdraw the nomination, Republicans should make a stand.


Gingrich has been a masterful GOP strategist for years.  (Remember the “Contract With America?”)  But unlike his Senate compatriots, he’s not looking to get re-elected.  So … a pinch of salt, Senator?

I think a Treasury secretary who doesn’t pay taxes would set a good example.  And I intend to follow it!

A Treasury secretary who doesn’t pay taxes is a rather poetic problem for an administration to deal with.  Imagine a housing secretary who is homeless, an education who is illiterate or a labor secretary who is lazy.  Kinda puts it in perspective, doesn’t it?