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Geithner Confirmation Despicable

money1I find it absolutely despicable that the Senate voted to confirm Timothy Geithner’s appointment as Treasury Secretary today.  Is there absolutely no ethics left in this country?  As a student of ethics in college, I honestly do not see how anyone can make the argument that a person who apparently (and I only use the word apparently because I do not have indisputable proof) defrauded and knowingly cheated on his 2001–2004 tax returns should lead the Treasury Department which is also in charge of the IRS.  I don’t buy the argument that he is the only person qualified to take the position during this economic crisis.  Call me crazy, but just a shred of propriety, just an ounce of decency, just an inkling of ethics from our government would be greatly appreciated by its constituents.  When will we begin holding our elected officials accountable for their actions?

I think the only thing that bothers me more about this appointment is the media’s reporting of it.  The media knows that this confirmation even on the liberal side is not popular with the American people, so how does the media report it?  The Associated Press claims the following:

The 60-34 vote, in which handfuls of Republicans and Democrats voted against their party leaders, put Geithner at the helm of Obama’s economic team as it races to halt the worst financial slide in generations.

The final vote for Timothy Geithner’s confirmation was 60 to 34 with 4 Senators not voting.  And the Associated Press claims handfuls of Democrats and Republicans opposed the confirmation.  It appears the Associated Press does math as well as Geithner.  The truth is only 3 democrats voted nay against the confirmation that’s roughly 5% of Democrats voting nay.  On the other hand, 27 republicans voted nay against the confirmation which is roughly 60% of Republicans voting against the confirmation.  I would venture a guess that the Republican Senators came much closer to reflecting the people’s sentiments in this confirmation.  Why can’t the media get simple statistics correct?  It is such a mischaracterization of the votes to say handfuls of  Republicans and Democrats voted against the confirmation.  An accurate report by the Associated Press would have stated that a couple of Democrats and a majority of Republican Senators voted against the confirmation.  The Associated Press researched the actual votes as they reference further accurate statistics in their article, but they chose not to use language that accurately reflected those votes at the beginning of their article.  Not only was this a despicable confirmation but the reporting of it was despicable as well.

Here is a list of how each Senator voted as provided by the U.S. Senate’s website:

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress – 1st Session  as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

 Vote Summary 

Question: On the Nomination(Confirmation Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury )
Vote Number: 15 Vote Date: January 26, 2009, 06:00 PM
Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Nomination Confirmed
Nomination Number: PN64-6
Nomination Description: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Vote Counts: YEAs 60
  NAYs 34
  Not Voting 4

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Akaka (D-HI), Yea
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Bennett (R-UT), Nay
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Bond (R-MO), Not Voting
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Not Voting
Brownback (R-KS), Nay
Bunning (R-KY), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Burris (D-IL), Yea
Byrd (D-WV), Nay
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Collins (R-ME), Nay
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Yea
Cornyn (R-TX), Yea
Crapo (R-ID), Yea
DeMint (R-SC), Nay
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Ensign (R-NV), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feingold (D-WI), Nay
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Gregg (R-NH), Yea
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Nay
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johanns (R-NE), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Kaufman (D-DE), Yea
Kennedy (D-MA), Not Voting
Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Nay
Martinez (R-FL), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Specter (R-PA), Nay
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Not Voting

Written by KJ Kaufman

January 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm