31 January 2009

What a Bunch of Snakes!

First Timothy Geithner, now Tom Daschle!

Can't these millionaires afford decent accountants?

The Senate Finance Committee, which has confirmation authority over Daschle as head of the Department of Health and Human Services, is looking into whether no paying 1/8 of a million dollars in taxes is a problem. Hah!

An administration official said Mr. Daschle’s failure to pay the taxes was “a stupid mistake.” But, the official said, Mr. Daschle should not be penalized because he had discovered the tax liability himself, paid up and brought it to the committee’s attention.

The committee report said, “Senator Daschle filed the amended returns voluntarily after Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate the senator to be the secretary of health and human services.”

No, let's look at the timeline. According to the New Orc Times,

The committee report said Mr. Daschle had told the committee staff that “in June 2008, something made him think that the car service might be taxable, and he disclosed the arrangement to his accountant.”

So when did he amend the tax returns and pay up? Six months later, after he knew that he was gonna get caught.

And the Daschle case is particularly egregious, because he used to stand in front of cameras and call other people who did not pay their taxes Benedict Arnold! And he is all set to raise our taxes to pay for socialized medicine.

Geithner got a pass because he was supposedly indispensable. I do not see how you can make the same argument about Daschle.

How many more of these tax scofflaws are we going to get in Mr Obama's inner circle?

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