1. Unassuming or moderate in the estimation of one’s abilities or achievements.
2. (of an amount, rate, or level of something) Relatively moderate, limited, or small.
You have twice used the word “modest” in a relatively short time, the first time when discussing $4.00 dollar a gallon gasoline and how that “modest” amount will not hurt this great and growing economy (I question your truthfulness on that quote about the economy). I know that you a man who cheated on his taxes and those who are wealthy by gaming the system would ever quite understand what $4.00 a gallon gasoline means to a family of four making 50,000.00 a year. You see, to make that much, both parents are working and their children are in school and daycare and after the mortgage and food, there is barely enough left for the tank of gas that is required to get to work to make that money to do nothing but work. You of course in your gilded cage amongst those of your ilk, who would never understand the hamster in a cage, running on a wheel feeling those parents have at the end of the week. They will not vacation in the Hamptons, hell they will not vacation at all because all of their “extra” money is going into the gas tank. It Would Be Men Like You That Disgust Every Day Americans Like Me
MR. GREGORY: Do they keep going higher as we get into the summer, do you think?
SEC’Y GEITHNER: Well, you know, it’s just–again, it’s hard to know. And, you know, at this level there’s a measurable impact on the economy, but it’s an impact we can, we can withstand, we can absorb because the economy itself is still gradually getting stronger, and we’ve now had about 18 months of positive growth.
MR. GREGORY: It doesn’t slow down recovery?
SEC’Y GEITHNER: It slows it down modestly. It’s a measurable–you can feel it, you can see it, but it won’t put in danger the recovery under way. But people are going to feel it still, and that’s why it’s very important, David, we work on fixing our long-term energy problems.
Because you need Americans to use energy more efficiently, we need to make sure we’re shifting to other forms of energy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Those things are very important.
The second time you used the word “modest” was answering Congresswoman Renee Elmers (R-NC) when she questioned you on raising taxes. You said that raising a trillion dollars in taxes on small businesses was a modest request because otherwise the government would have to cut its size. I suspect to you and those of your ilk that another trillion dollars off of the backs of hardworking Americans so that you might continue the march to a centralized government sounds good, however, the elections of November 2010 were a referendum on big government and Americans said HELL NO!
When Ellmers finally told Geithner that â€œthe point is we need jobs,â€ he responded that the administration felt it had â€œno alternativeâ€ but to raise taxes on small businesses because otherwise â€œyou have to shrink the overall size of government programsâ€â€”including federal education spending.
To sum up what you have said Mr. Geithner, you intend to destroy the private sector to grow the leviathan known as the Federal Government and make our children and their children slaves to the State? Does that about cover it? I think so and millions upon millions of us think so as well and well, WE The People of these United States of America are going to be firing you and your boss, so pack your bags tax cheat, you are going home in January of 2013!