Wednesday, February 4

The Tax Man Cometh

I'm sorry.

I reeled you back in and then I left you hanging here for a few days. What can I say...I got busy clinging to my guns and religion. Oh, and I was doing my taxes because that's what good Americans do according to Vice President Biden: We pay our taxes. All of them. Without complaining.

Apparently, some of Washington's finest need to be paying a little more attention to their taxes as we learned this past weekend. You could say this is old news by now, but I think it's important to recap.

First, we had Timothy Geithner confirmed as Treasury secretary despite belatedly paying $34,000 in income taxes. After saying about 1 zillion and two times that he was very, very sorry, he got a 'pass' and was confirmed as Treasury secretary.

I mean, he WAS sorry. It was probably just a fluke because we all know that it's our patriotic duty to pay our taxes. And he was sorry.

Then, there was Nancy Killefer who was nominated to be the first Chief Performance Office. When her selection was announced by Obama on Jan. 7, The Associated Press disclosed that in 2005 the District of Columbia had filed a $946.69 tax lien on her home for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help. She withdrew her candidacy Tuesday.

Hmmm, I'm noticing a pattern here.

And finally, but probably not lastly, we learned that Tom Daschle had a little tax problem. I really don't know how you can not pay more than $130,000 in taxes when you have a bevy of lawyers, financial planners and other advisers who do all that work for you. It's not like Daschle is sitting at his kitchen table surrounded by crumbled receipts trying to peck the numbers into Turbo Tax. But President Obama told reporters he "absolutely" stands by the former South Dakota senator.

Today? Not so much. Daschle withdrew his nomination for health and human services secretary on Tuesday. Would've been cheaper just to pay the $130,000.

Could we throw some money into that stimulus plan for professional tax help for the Obama administration? Better yet, why don't we do a full tax audit of every Representative, Senator and high up muckety muck in Washington. We might just find enough money in back taxes to pull us out of this economic slump.


Say Anything said...

I've paid my taxes - anyone want to nominate me? It's slim pickins out there!

Tanner and Stacy said...

Do all the regular people out there who say they're "sorry" get off the hook too? I'm sure there are plenty of Americans who really have made some MISTAKES but aren't forgiven.

Rachel Langston said...

As of today, I read where the spouse of another cabinet nominee paid $6000+ of taxes that have been owed on his business for several years. I can't even think of a comment to make. This has ceased to be funny. Now, it's just pathetic!

Melissa said...

Have we just been let in on a little secret with this whole situation?

Is this an ongoing problem on Capital Hill (Democrats?) because it seems like too much of a fluke that Prez. Obama's top picks are tax-paying challenged.

What a way to set an example for the American people! Next thing you know Michael Phelps will be appointed the drug czar.

The Gang's Momma said...

Unfortunately, I think it may be more widespread than the Dems. I think they are just the ones that got caught. I think it goes more to the culture of power and "above the law" thinking . . .

The Gang's Momma said...

I should say, I have no evidence to support this. I do however know that sinful human nature and greed aren't exclusively Democratic tendencies. I'm just assuming that if there are corrupt Dems, there are corrupt Republicans. Big leap, I admit.


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