"Is Your Checkbook Balanced, and Is It Black or Red?"

A universal question posed for every candidate of a treasurer position for any form of student government at Missouri S&T. A question that Steve Geithner, a candidate for the ultimate treasury job at a time of economic crisis could not answer honestly until he paid his back taxes. And yet people still want to give him the job. Schumer (D-NY) said

the mistakes were not at all disqualifying…Tim came to the committee, admitted he had made some mistakes, and was very contrite. I continue to strongly support his nomination and given the tough economic conditions, hope we can confirm him as quickly as possible.

Of course, this is the same guy that claimed

the recent safety and soundness concerns, particularly with Freddie [Mac], and with a poor regulator, as a straw man to curtail Fannie and Freddie’s mission

in October 2003. I’d mind his recommendation like that of an overweight aerobics instructor. Robert Gibbs, the new White House spokesman, said that this was a ‘common mistake’.

Is this just a double standard between the little guy and big wig now? My grandfather once got into trouble with the IRS for a donation of a $20 coffee machine to the Salvation Army, they gave him 7 kinds of griefs over it. Even a supramajority of voters, regardless of political affliation (80%-R, 69%-I, 54%-D), says that two standards exist. In another sop to the media infatuation with Obama, 49% say that this matter would be better publicized if Bush had made this particular pick.

And how the treasurer candidates at the college government level answer this question? “Yes.” Every meeting that I attended, the answer was “Yes”.