February 3rd, 2009 07:17 EST
ANOTHER Tax Cheat at the Right Hand of CHANGE?
If Barack Obama were hiring people to serve under him in governing Illinois, he would be expected to hire tax cheats, pay-to-play crooks and other criminals known to be lacking in ethics, honesty, integrity and mortality.
However, Barack Obama is supposed to be hiring honorable, honest and decent public servants to serve in the cabinet of the President of the United States.
As reported, in part, by ABC News (Reference 1), the new president seems to be having difficulty in locating worthy Democrats to serve in his administration:
"ABC News has learned that the nomination of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., to be President Obama`s Secretary of Health and Human Services has hit a traffic snarl on its way through the Senate Finance Committee.
"The controversy deals with a car and driver lent to Daschle by a wealthy Democratic friend, a chauffeur service the former senator used for years without declaring it on his taxes.
"During the vetting process to become HHS secretary, Daschle corrected the tax violation, voluntarily paying $101,943 in back taxes plus interest, working with his accountant to amend his tax returns for 2005 through 2007.
"This is the second Cabinet nominee of President Obama`s to face questions of tax malfeasance. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner paid more than $34,000 in taxes during his vetting process for income earned at the International Monetary Fund. Earlier, Commerce Secretary nominee Bill Richardson withdrew his name from consideration after reports of a federal investigation involving whether his office engaged in pay to play, a charge Richardson denied."
Note, please, the significance of the Daschle tax cheat numbers: The dude paid $101,943 in back taxes and interest for three years.
For some American families, having a three-year income of $101,943 would be a thrill!
Still there is an upside to all of this.
If Obama continues to nominate Democrat sleaze balls for important government jobs, and those sleaze balls continue to cough up big bucks to settle old tax cheating debts, America may have found an entertaining way to reduce the budget deficit.