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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Obama Names Elizabeth Garrett Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy

Garrett President Obama yesterday announced three senior Treasury Department nominees:

  • Tax Prof Elizabeth Garrett (University Vice President for Academic Planning and Budget; Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, Political Science, and Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California Law School; former member, President Bush's 2005 Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform), as Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy
  • Michael S. Barr (Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School; Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress and Brookings Institution; former adviser to Clinton administration Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin), as Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions.
  • George W. Madison (Partner, Mayer, Brown & Platt, New York; former Executive Vice President and General Counsel, TIAA-CREF), as General Counsel.

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For them to get these nominations, I presume that they are suspected of cheating on their taxes.

Posted by: Woody | Mar 29, 2009 9:22:01 AM

Whatever one thinks of Obama, you cannot accuse him of appointing lightweights. This is a serious appointment, and one who is not necessarily a doctrinaire liberal. Or at least, if I recall correctly, someone who taught of U. of Chicago, where it would hard to be an inflexible liberal for terribly long.

Posted by: mike livingston | Mar 29, 2009 12:25:42 PM