Tuesday, February 3, 2009

It's Tax time: do you need to pay?

Remember Joe Biden – it’s time to be patriotic and pay your taxes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCqgNWRjmAc

Maybe that’s just like Obama telling us we can’t expect foreign countries to be pleased with us keeping our thermostat’s at a cool 72 when he has our White House at a toasty 80 this winter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXIvmJ8xenc

Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination for health and human services secretary, after fielding mounting criticism over his failure to pay more than $130,000 in taxes.

President Obama stood by Daschle Monday, telling reporters that he "absolutely" supports the former South Dakota senator. But the president accepted Daschle's withdrawal Tuesday morning.

Strike 1: The New York Times, in its editorial, complained that Timothy Geithner was already confirmed as treasury secretary despite his tax problems.
"It would send a terrible message to the public if we ignore the failure of yet another high-level nominee to comply with the tax laws," the Times wrote.
Several other newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, also have called for Daschle to withdraw.

Strike 2: But Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer earlier said Daschle's own admission that he had failed to pay the taxes was reason enough to forgive his sin.
The average American would likely face criminal charges with tax evasion of this size, yet he did not address the issue until he was nominated," Rep. Sen. Jim DeMint said.

Strike 3: Obama's pick to be the White House's first performance officer, Nancy Killefer, also withdrew her nomination on Tuesday because of her own tax liabilities, namely a $946 tax lien imposed by the D.C. government for failure to pay $298 in unemployment compensation tax on household help.

Noting the importance of the post, Killefer wrote in her withdrawal letter to the president that "my personal tax issue of D.C. unemployment tax could be used to create exactly the kind of distraction and delay those duties must avoid."