Apparently, owing $1,000 in back taxes is a very serious offense. Such is the case of Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher. But not so for Tim "The Treasury Man" Geithner. Instead, he is awarded the most powerful money management job in the country by the Democrat-controlled Congress! Do you think it would be a problem for Joe if he neglected to pay taxes on $75,000 in rent income? Not if he changed identities with Democrat congressman Charlie "Angel" Rangel. He would then be qualified to manage the US tax code as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
Following the letter of the law depends on the letter. In the court of the mainstream media, "tax cheat" is followed by an (R) while "innocent mistake" is followed by (D).