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Daschle Pays $100k in Back Taxes Over Car Travel

Updated 7:55 p.m.
By Ceci Connolly
Former senator Thomas A. Daschle, nominated to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, paid more than $100,000 in back taxes and interest this month for the use of a car and driver over the past three years, the White House said tonight.

Daschle spokeswoman Jenny Backus said that Daschle "naively" believed the car service was a "generous offer from a friend," and he discovered only last summer that it is considered reportable income.

Daschle brought the matter to the attention of the Senate Finance Committee "when he submitted his nomination forms," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in an e-mailed statement tonight. "We are confident the committee is going to schedule a hearing for him very soon and he will be confirmed."

The committee plans to meet privately with Daschle on Monday evening to review his financial records.

Daschle's payment of the back taxes was first reported tonight by ABC News.

Daschle is one of the few nominees for President Obama's Cabinet still awaiting a Senate confirmation vote, along with Attorney General-designate Eric H. Holder Jr.

ABC reported that Daschle began using the car and driver of a longtime friend and Democratic fundraiser, Leo Hindery Jr., after joining the private equity firm that Hindery founded, InterMedia Advisors.

Tax laws required Daschle to declare the services on his income taxes, but Daschle did not correct the violation until during his vetting to head HHS. In amending his tax returns for 2005 through 2007, he paid $101,943 in back taxes plus interest, ABC reported.

Last year, Daschle was paid more than $2 million in salary from Hindery's firm, in addition to the $2 million he earned as a senior adviser at the law firm of Alston and Bird.

Some of his former colleagues in the Senate rallied behind the former Democratic leader.

"Senator Daschle will be confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services. He has a long and distinguished career and record in public service and is the best person to help reform health care in this country," said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). "Senator Reid looks forward to a swift hearing and is confident Daschle will be confirmed."

Another Obama Cabinet nominee, Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner, received a grilling from senators over his failure to pay nearly $43,000 in back taxes. Geithner was eventually confirmed despite the controversy, albeit with nearly a third of the Senate voting against his installment.

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How odd. When you or I receive free car service he clearly understands it is taxable. Why so unclear about himself?

I so tire of these loads saying we don't pay enough tax while they cheat on their taxes.

Posted by: Transparency | February 2, 2009 3:34 PM

First, Obama is not legally President. Second, he "stood by" the TREASURY guy not paying his taxes, so why would this be a surprise? If these nominations had been made by GWB, what would the MSM reaction?

Posted by: JakeD | February 2, 2009 1:28 PM

I think lie detector tests are in order for every politician-Dems and Repubs.

Posted by: thebink | February 2, 2009 7:54 AM

I'm glad to see so many good Americans moving from loss and denial to anger.

I'm guessing that acceptance will follow when you cash your tax break, you get to keep your house and you can afford good medical care.

You probably won't mind finding a job that pays better and honors it's pension obligations either.

And you might like breathing clean air, having an American car that gets 50 or 60 miles to the gallon and decent schools that prepare your kids for the future.

Yes, we are stuck in the swamp where the Whigs, Neo-Confederates, Republican elite, and the other dinosaurs of American politics went to die. So things look pretty grim from that vantage point.

But the guy in charge doesn't think it's crazy to work for progress, and I'm with him.

I'd rather bet on getting the country moving again than sit in the ashes of the Limbaugh led reich and curse the darkness.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | February 2, 2009 1:26 AM

AND OUR LEFTIST MEDIA IS IN TOTAL SUPPORT OF ALL THESE CRIMINALS... THEY ARE THEIR BIGGEST CHEERING GROUP.
MEDIA TYPES ARE ALL ONE CHEERING GROUP FOR THE LEFTIST... PROMOTING THEM IN EVERY WAY. ONE ""PBS COMMENTATOR, J. RIDLEY STATED O IS USA FIRST, THE VERY FIRST, TRUE AMERICAN TO LEAD"""""""(OTHER PRESIDENTS NOT WORTHY).... CAN YOU SEE ALL THE C--P BEING PROMOTED......
THE WHOLE PICTURE IS SICKING !!!!

Posted by: migtex1234 | February 2, 2009 1:13 AM

TO BE PART OF THIS GROUP= YOU HAVE TO BE A LIER, CHEAT, NO MORALS, NO HONOR, NO CHARACTER, ETC. DC STINKS FROM ALL THE "I CANNOT RECALL", "DEPENDS ON MEANING OF IS", ""OVER SIGHT", "MISPLACED", ETC.
ALL THESE TYPES ARE OUR RULERS!!
NOT LEADERS, JUST RULERS, WHO DO NOT GIVE A C__P, ABOUT TAXPAYERS & CITIZENS OR USA.

Posted by: migtex1234 | February 2, 2009 1:06 AM

I don't think but know that Mr. Obama should put the blackberry down and go by what he already know about this country, and stay far away from what most of you are saying. He was only in the office for not even a month and people are talking about what he doing wrong, if you think you going to get a free pass through life your wrong already. He addresed that. If you were looking for a job in the past keep looking with same mentation if you really want one. Right now I am in West vall ut. for work and I its my first time voting and I get a black Pres. I'am trying harder then ever to get my carrer off the ground and I have nothing. I think for you guys with a lot to say with a lot to spare, you have a lot of problems, and he is not 1 of theme. thank you.

Posted by: hemidave | February 2, 2009 12:17 AM

Here we have people trying to change the view from Obama's Tax Cheating friend back to Bush. Well, Bush is no longer President, but while he was, the last 8 years, lots and lots of people had jobs and the economy was humming along. Not until Barney Fwank, Sen. Dodd and Raines and others bringing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac down, this this whole house of cards start falling. So Now we are in this slide down!!! And what are the Democrats doing. Getting ready to spend more of our hard earned money, not to stimulate the economy and bring back jobs, No they are getting ready to pay off their supporters!!! Its like Nancy Pelosi says, "We Won, This is our Bill" Well, if her bill gets passed get ready for more and more of you to lose your jobs!!!!! I hope Not One (1) Republican votes for this Huge Pork Bill!!

Posted by: Barru38 | February 1, 2009 9:04 PM

The democrat party has now been revealed as the party of TAX CHEATS. No wonder they constantly want to raise taxes on working Americans. Democrats have no intention of paying their taxes.

Posted by: Americanus | February 1, 2009 3:45 PM

This comment thread is very amusing. The democrat sympathizers can only muster up an argument like "yea, my guy robbed a bank, but your guy robbed banks, too."

It is so funny to see the ignorant, easily-duped obama supporters just now realizing the guy is an incompetent charlatan.

Let's all laugh it up in 2 years when inflation is 20%, interest rates are 18%, and unemployment is 15%.

Laugh it up, because you will see all the democrats turned out of the senate and house and replaced with people that have a modicum of honesty.

0bama is going to make Carter look like a genius (I expect most of the slobbering, panting democrat supporters are not old enough to remember the disaster as Carter as president.)

Posted by: keepwastingmoney | February 1, 2009 3:36 PM

The Dash-man should withdraw ..

Obama should show his birth certificate.

Posted by: earllutz | February 1, 2009 3:31 PM

I am the ballbearings on which this country runs. I take nothing from Government and ask only safety for my family and good roads on which to travel. I go to work, pay my debts, support my family, pay my mortgage. I raise my kids to be honest and hard working. I had to pass up public education and paid for private school for my kids because there was no discipline and they were not a social experiment. I wanted them to be able to say "Merry Christmas"

For all these years I have paid about 50% of my income for State, Local and Federal taxes. Nothwithstanding my forced partnership with Government I scrimped and fully paid my mortgage, I always made sure my family had health Insurance and I made all the co-payments. I am not superman just a guy who has always met his responsibilities. Now I am being told that I am responsible to see that others have a car, an income, health Insurance, an education, food and make their mortgage payments. Who is checking that these people who are taking my money are acting responsibly? To see that they are citizens, to see that they want because they can't, not because they won't? Who is checking to see that the children of these people avail themselves of the educational opprtuniies without expecting a handout and $150 dollar sneakers.

For whatever reason I have made good choices. At times this meant I couldn't get everything I needed or wanted but I could always get enough if I worked hard enough. Who is making sure the takers pay the same price I paid to obtain the same things? Having paid my mortgage why in God's name should I subsidize someone elses? I bought a house I could afford. Why should someone on welfare have a car? a cell phone?

America has lost it's way. All the politicians are putting their venal concerns before the good of the Country. Only in Washington is it an acceptable lifestyle to demand taxes from others yet fail to pay them yourself. Only in Washington can a person enter office a person of modest means and leave office a multi-millionaire and never declare where this money came from. This is offensive to me. It is offensive to most real people. Not paying taxes is not excusable or a hiccup. It is a felony. If these people don't even enter office with an unsullied reputation what will we get while they are in office? How do I explain to kids that the head of the IRS didn't pay taxes and had an illegal alien working for him? Integity in America is dead except for dinosaurs like me. However I believe that Good will out. It may take a revolt on the part of the good people who are fed up but good will out.

Posted by: NHPB | February 1, 2009 3:02 PM

As President Obama knows he is susceptible to the sin of pride, but he is also blessed with a high degree of self-awareness and insight. As Barack Obama gets used to Presidential power, he must guard against becoming an inflexible decision-maker.

President Obama must not be dismissive of reasonable advocates that ask him to explain or reverse his decisions. The candidate that had an astounding ability to educate as he explained his point of view is beginning the journey toward contemptuous ideologue. A leader communicates his desire to be surrounded by genuflecting sycophants by derisively responding to dissenting queries with "obviously" and "I don't want you to waste your question".

Adversaries, friends (like Tom Daschle) and government bureaucrats will learn to manipulate President Obama's decision-making by simply withholding key information until after he makes a decision.

As Tom Daschle’s reward for withholding key information that he knew last June, his nomination should be withdrawn. President Obama must consider the next 4 to 8 years, and just how far down the road of intransigence he could travel if he does not redouble his efforts to remain flexible and open to change.

Posted by: llcalh | February 1, 2009 3:01 PM

So Daschle is both honest and stupid?
Do you remember when Daschle claimed homestead property tax deductions on his $3 mil estate in D.C. while also claiming a South Dakota homestead residence? Honest mistake? Nope--and South Dakotans replaced him.

Now if "just didn't know" about the perk of a car and driver and that it was considered income? And this guy earned $4,000,000 last year.

Excuse me while I go throw up.

Posted by: Yeeeech | February 1, 2009 2:32 PM

Who is Tom McClintock?

Posted by: cappcharlie | February 1, 2009 2:13 PM

This is another example of why we cannot continue to have an income tax. It is too difficult to define income. It is too difficult to police. It is totally unfair and wasteful. And it puts good people in jail. Fair Tax (HR 25) would eliminate the income tax and it would bring in the same amount of money to the Fed. The NRST is difficult to evade. It is fair. And it would cause a productivity boom.

Posted by: SuperTruth | February 1, 2009 1:35 PM

"Last year, Daschle was paid more than $2 million in salary from Hindery's firm, in addition to the $2 million he earned as a senior adviser at the law firm of Alston and Bird."

Why was he paid 2 million dollars? For his lawyer skills? He was paid because he would use his influence for the monetary gain of the firms.

Posted by: pvr1 | February 1, 2009 10:39 AM

Both Dems & Reps are doing a terrible job!!! Ron Paul was the only honest person running this year that could truly change things in Washington.. We need to wake up and start voting all these frauds out of office!!!

Posted by: jarrettamerm | February 1, 2009 10:05 AM

Wasn't it Vice President Biden that said it was unpatriotic to not want to pay more taxes. What does this say about several members of Obama's cabinet? That they are unpatriotic !!!

Posted by: BRBlogger | February 1, 2009 9:42 AM

If Reid & Co. ram this guy down the throats of Americans then it's time for Reid to go! I don't know how he holds onto his seat anyway, he is really disliked in Nevada. He brings home the bacon I suppose but, I have a feeling his time is running short. Start with a Reid loss and lets throw out the rest of the thieves and crooks Republican and DemoRats! The ancient Greeks had it right......by selecting "ordinary people" to serve as senators and only for a certain amount of time. The Reid's, Pelosi's, Rangel's ETAL are career thieves er, ah politicians. Probably because they haven't the talent to do anything else.

Posted by: eagle641 | February 1, 2009 8:52 AM

If Daschle had ANY sense (he doesn't) he would withdraw his nomination so as not to cause further embarrassment to the BO administration. Don't hold your breath.

Posted by: eagle641 | February 1, 2009 8:34 AM

BO has brought the corrupt Chicago politics to DC. Why is anyone surprised? Did you expect less? The Bozo's who elected Hussein are either as corrupt as he is or, just plain dumb. So much for "change". These are the ones who were screaming about the Bush Administration being corrupt..HA!! BO, Pelosi, Reed, Rangel, Daschle, Richardson, Geithner the list goes on and on. This is the tip of the iceberg folks. The inmates are now in charge of the prison!

Posted by: eagle641 | February 1, 2009 8:27 AM

No Daschle! No Eric Holder! Stop this madness now.

Posted by: ricardo4max | February 1, 2009 7:09 AM

This administration is turning out to be the most corrupt and harmful to our nation in recent times.
When just a little more than half the country votes for a President based on the color of his skin (because of familiarity, bias, or misplaced guilt) rather than the content of his character, we end up with a raging Marxist. Coupled with myopic far left wacko Democrats in Congress like Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Levin, Waxman, Schumer, etc...They are hell bent on turning us into the USSA. History has shown that this philosophy doesn't work. Anyone with a mental age over 30 should know this. Unfortunately, most libs never mature beyond 19 y.o. mentally.
Now, one of the messiah's favorite organized groups, the unions, are threatening to strike refineries. Sounds insane, doesn't it? We just experienced a huge rise in gasoline that pretty much helped the economic crash and Democrats and unions want it to happen again. If this doesn't show you what B. Hussein's paybacks to unions will do to business in this country, nothing will. You remember business don't you? The ones that used to HIRE PEOPLE!

Posted by: ricardo4max | February 1, 2009 7:08 AM

Havent you people figured out the people in washington yet? My best example, cause I have been around feedlots before, is

"you write down the feeding schedual for the cattle and you eat the cattle whenever you get hungry!!"
Roger Hess - Jan.31st,,2009

Nowhere in the constitution does it say anything about democrats and republicans. Please listen to people like Ron Paul and other Conservitarians!!!! Rush is right, except he hangs with Shawn Hannity!!!!!

Posted by: doejoemoe | February 1, 2009 2:07 AM

I LOVE how these Democrats/Liberals/Anti-Americans spew this "President Bush" signed the 750 BILLION into Law.
Well, he did and he was SPINELESS for doing it.
However, it was the DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS who has turned this Country into a complete Economic Nightmare.
Since 2006, 2006, 2006, 2006 the Democrats have CONTROLLED Congress and they have NOT allowed the Repulicians to offer amendments - attend meetings - offer changes - etc. The Democrats have BUS RUN Republicans and the American Citizens in the process.
Yet, the Democrats/Liberals/Anti-Americans all can do the "blame it on Bush" dance over and over NEVER once acknowledging that the DEMOCRATS have RUINED America.
The Democrats are too TERRIFIED to go after ILLEGAL ALIENS (like Obama's Aunt) or MUSLIM TERRORISTS (they can't even say the words).
They FORGET that under Clinton that these MUSLIM TERRORISTS hit us every 16 months. They KILLED innocent people...including Democrats.
Yet, the Democrats REFUSE to understand that these MUSLIM TERRORISTS are growing up, being taught, reading, watching on TV that America/Jews/Christians are bad and need to be killed.
It is almost as bad here in American Schools, Colleges, Text books, Main Street Media who all BRAINWASH the masses into believing that all Christians/Males/White People/Conservatives/Jews/Southerners, etc. are the "true causes of everything bad". They IGNORE the facts and HIDE and RUN from the reality.
SICKENING and COWARDLY...the Democratic Party.
Jeffrey Schrembs, PROUD American Citizen

PS: Pelosi says that "I was not elected to be bi-partisan" FORGETTING that she SWORE an oath to uphold the Constitution of the American CITIZENS. I guess when you make your own "Religion Rules" (i.e. killing innocent babies by the millions without ANY reasonable restrictions then saying the Catholic Church has "debated this" - she is an IDIOT and a LIAR) you can't then be held...accountable.

Posted by: Nostradamuslives | February 1, 2009 12:51 AM

SICKENING that this "rich/powerful/connected" LIBERAL/DEMOCRATS ALWAYS get away with the "do as I say and not as I do" approach.
They NEVER get aggressively PROSECUTED (see Rangel, Geitner if I misspelled his name too bad, etc.) and they NEVER pay the FULL PENALTIES/FEES that any/all American Citizens would pay.
They IGNORE the ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, MUSLIM EXTREMISTS, and American Law!
They are MILLIONAIRES and yet the main street PUPPET media never (accurately) protrays them as such.
George Soros is a BILLIONAIRE EX-NAZI helper who CONTROLS the Democrats along with MoveOn.org and all the other Anti-American groups that (sadly) get power.
Obama, who keeps the White House at about 79 degrees temperature because he is SUCH a PANSY - then gets "credit" for "rolling up his sleeves", asks Americans to "suffer" while his kids go to PRIVATE SCHOOLS transported/protected by OUR money and in Obama's "spare time" he signs into law UNRESTRICTED Abortion legislation.
Obama, and Democrats, CRY IF a Muslim TERRORIST gets "wet" and yet Obama (and his rich/powerful dems/libs) allow the MURDER of innocent babies...without ANY restrictions.
If this were Republicans, like Rangel/Daschle, etc., there would be 24/7 coverage asking for their REMOVAL from Office with NO chance of getting hired. Yet, all of Obama's friends are either Tax Cheats, hired ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, Chicago CORRUPT Politicians, or RICH/POWERFUL Connections.
They get into Harvard NOT because of their RESULTS...but because of their skin color. It is TRUE and it is WRONG.
The rules, and enforcement, needs to be the SAME for everyone. EVERYONE with an emphasis on AMERICAN CITIZENS.
You should not be ENRICHED by breaking the law and then claiming "error". It does NOT work for American Citizens and these Democrats should be held to the same standards.
Jeff Schrembs, PROUD American Citizen

Posted by: Nostradamuslives | February 1, 2009 12:36 AM

What a joke? First you have that sanctimonious hypocrite Big Mouth Biden declaring it is unpatriotic not to pay taxes and then the Obi-wan Obama administration starts filling their ranks with unpatriotic tax dodgers...These are great ethical issues we can teach our children. The lesson here with democrats is that if you are smarter than everyone else, revered by your peers and considered to important to fail, then only you unlike us mere mortals can claim ignorance of the law.
What a bunch of pathetic A** Clowns, they deserve each other. A real statesman would withdraw their name.

Posted by: Sadrrocks | January 31, 2009 11:48 PM

Of course it is OK to make a little mistake like not paying your taxes in the land of O. The regular person in his great land would go straight to jail. We are told by the RS and the justce system that ignorance of the law is not a defense. If you were lucky enough not to go to jail, you could not get a government job after such an offense. Now we are going to allow these greater than the rest of Americans run the very government depats that enforce these laws.
Republican or democrat that is lunacy.

Does this mean that transparence in our new government means we should look beyond what the real Americans must abide by and we must allow our leaders to break the ruls they are enforcing.
Past is over we can only move forward. I am not convinced that the future holds any promise of productive reform by these examples.

Posted by: Righttobeproud | January 31, 2009 11:31 PM

He knew he owed last summer but didn't pay till January??

In other words, if he hadn't been up for a cabinet post, he wouldn't have paid.

What is it with dems who pass tax increases can't seem to mpay their own? Do you think the general public would get away with this?? Double standard. Next thing you know, republicans will owe taxes and dems won't. Oh, wait, that's already happening...

Posted by: hdc77494 | January 31, 2009 11:18 PM

You Republitards just can't wait to pounce, it's not like he did something stupid like attack a country that posed no threat to us, killing 4500 of our children or let a major city drown or ruin our economy and pile up a deficit bigger than all previous presidents combined. Or leave office with two unfinished wars with guys in internationally illegal prisons that cannot be prosecuted because they were tortured.

I wish you idiots had been 1/10th as hard on Bush

Obama nominated a couple of jerks and if you Repukes hate them so much then don't vote to confirm them? Corruption does not discriminate, nor does it belong to one party.

If I were you I'd be more worried about the past two elections where you got your a$$e$ handed to you.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 31, 2009 10:21 PM

"When the unemployment rises to 12 percent compared to the current 6.7, will he accept responsibility?

Will he distribute the 250 terrorists equally throughout the 57 states that he visited or will he send them to the red states.

Change we can believe in----how ironic!

Posted by: tsapp77 | January 31, 2009 3:09 PM
"
No because according to Republicans 9/11 was Clinton's fault so by Republican logic everything bad that happens for the next 8 years will be Bush and the Republican's fault, esoecially if we are attacked again.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 31, 2009 10:07 PM

"It's bad enough that the d-crats waste trillions of taxpayer money on useless pork-filled bailouts and other garbage."
---
Excuse me?, which REPUBLICAN President tried to give Wall Streeet 700B with NO OVERSIGHT?

At least Obama is changing the way the second half will be distributed.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 31, 2009 10:01 PM

Find some home-schooled student that is honest, straight, hard working and dedicated and give that person the job. This Kenyan simply cannot choose a competent employee. Rue the community he organized!

Posted by: alisonhynes | January 31, 2009 6:12 PM

Imagine being mentally challenged enough that you thought you didn't have to pay taxes, then imagine you were a mentally challenged politician who thought you didn't have to pay taxes and your constituents wouldn't care, then imagine you are so mentally challenged that after you fail to pay taxes as a Politician you throw your name in as an advisor to the POTUS.
Ladies and Gentleman I give you exhibit A; the Democrat Party -

Posted by: betterred2 | January 31, 2009 6:04 PM

Official motto of the loony-left liberal d-crat TAX CHEATS: "You Pay Taxes So We Don't Have To".

It's bad enough that the d-crats waste trillions of taxpayer money on useless pork-filled bailouts and other garbage. It adds insult to injury to have them hand over responsible government positions to such tax criminals.

PARTIAL LIST OF LOONY-LEFT LIBERAL D-CRAT TAX CHEATS:

Tim Geithner, hussein's Secretary of Treasury and head of IRS - cheated federal government of $34,000 plus thousands more cheated from state.

Charlie Rangle, Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee - cheated federal government of $10,000, plus thousands more cheated from state. Botox pelosi keeps him as tax panel chairman!

Caroline "You Know" Kennedy, Loony-Left Princess - refuses to disclose amount of tax cheating from her inherited fortune of $100 - $400 MILLION.

Keith Olbermann, The Most Biased Political Commentator on The Most Biased Loony-Left Liberal Cable Network - his tax warrants and judgments from New York and California for TAX CHEATING now exceed $100,000

Tom Daschle, hussein's candidate for HHS secretary - cheated federal government of more than $128,000 plus tens of thousands more cheated from state.

In LESS THAN ONE MONTH, the hussein administration has become the MOST TAX CORRUPT GOVERNMENT IN HISTORY.

D-crats love to tax you to death, then tax your death. But they hate to pay taxes, and they'll cheat the government out of every penny they can.

Posted by: LoonyLeft | January 31, 2009 6:02 PM

I knew when you unthinking voters got BO elected, that a whole "CHANGE" would take place. Everybody appointed to an important position by this guy would be just a unqualified and dishonest as the Democratic predecessors were. I knew it, I knew it.

I thought he would wait at least a couple weeks, though, before he showed his ineptitude in the job and his selections.

But...I knew it, I knew it.

Posted by: tiredofthepost | January 31, 2009 5:18 PM

Lots of issues here!! First, what set of standards IS in use for nominees?? For Daschle, it seems to be the "good guy" standard, as in, "He's a good guy, so we need to confirm him." For Geithner, it was the "too important to fail" standard. For Charles Rangel, we haven't yet heard the whitewash that will be slopped on by the House Ethics (Ha!) Committe, but it will probably be something based on the "He's been around too long and besides that, he's a minority" standard.

Next --- Daschle --- What, Me Worry? He's been named some kind of White House Health Reform Czar --- which does not require confirmation. So if he doesn't make the HHS cut, so what? He still has his White House office, his future book deals, and of course all the lobbying (don't believe for a moment Obama's "strict" anti lobbying provisions will survive).

Obama is on record as believing the traditional cabinet system is "obsolete." So he's carving up the White House into a rabbit warren to house the real action officers in his administration. It appears the cabinet secretaries will be more or less administrative officers (watch out, Hill!!), while the various czars, special assistants, envoys, etc. who munch cabbage and carrots in the White House will be the real policy setters.

This is going to be a fun run!!

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | January 31, 2009 4:19 PM

I think when we file our taxes this year, we should write "Rangel rule" on the front and write $0" in the amount owed.
Seriously, I am MUCH heartened to read the posts pointing out how unethical it is for Obama to appoint these non-taxpayers to high office. I was beginning to believe no one cared anymore about honesty. So to all you who know right from wrong: Keep the faith. If this is "Change We can believe in" maybe we should stop believing.

Posted by: cityslicker1 | January 31, 2009 4:09 PM

To all here posting that perhaps he is not confirmed and the "White House" brought this out... so this is positive change. Two appointees that only paid their taxes when they knew they were being appointed. One was a "Banker" and the other a many term Senator, and they made a "common" error? The President was "confident" and remains "confident" in both? One is to run the Treasury/IRS and the other the entire health care system? What is with you people??? The KoolAid just keeps flowing!

Posted by: Rank1 | January 31, 2009 3:43 PM

Obama's nomination of these cabinet officials who don't think that paying taxes is important should help all of us and alleviate our national problems. We can spend our money on goods and services and not worry about paying taxes. The recession will disappear with all of this money in circulation and the government ---well it will be the same---trillions in debt.

Posted by: tsapp77 | January 31, 2009 3:28 PM

See I told you so. Having a friendship with Bill Ayres and Rev Wright have nothing to do with anything. Just crazy white folk complaining.

Posted by: wapoisajoke | January 31, 2009 3:20 PM

I absolutely love this turn of events. Since Obama's cabinet officials don't have to worry about their taxes, we won't either. Obama is realizing that it is a lot harder to walk on water than he thought. He promised grandiose social programs that will alleviate all of society's ills. Where are they? By now we should have all problems solved. If we don't have to pay taxes, we can spend our money on goods and services, and the government will remain the same-----trillions in debt.

When the unemployment rises to 12 percent compared to the current 6.7, will he accept responsibility?

Will he distribute the 250 terrorists equally throughout the 57 states that he visited or will he send them to the red states.

Change we can believe in----how ironic!

Posted by: tsapp77 | January 31, 2009 3:09 PM


I love hearing from all the brain-dead Obama followers who thought they had the answer this election season.
Where is the righteousness and trancparency and ethics of this administration?
Did you really get what you were promised?!?!

Posted by: CyKick | January 31, 2009 2:59 PM

I'm an Obama supporter but this pattern of permitting and excusing tax cheats, who become part of his cabinet is not a good sign, regardless of their so-called qualifications.

If all we can find as leadership are tax scofflaws we're in trouble. BTW a $100 underpayment is a mistake...$100K is a felony. I do not buy the theory that these big tax omissions were innocent mistakes.

Posted by: anagitator | January 31, 2009 2:27 PM

Can Obama select anyone who does not have "personal problems". Appears to me he is paying back via appointments, those that did him favors. The Democratic machine is back in business, can anyone say "The Clintons" all over again. At this rate Blago will be the next appointment.

Posted by: bough | January 31, 2009 2:05 PM

Oh just a minor oversight on the part of Tom DassH Hole.

Least there are no lobbyists getting jobs in this admiinstration, since Obama vowed during his campaign that lobbyists "won't find a job in my White House,"

Oh wait, turns out there are.
Liberal=Hypocrisy=Libpocrisy

Posted by: 65apr | January 31, 2009 1:40 PM

DEMOCRAT tax cheats:

---Tom Daschle
---Al Frankin
---Timothy Geitner
---Charlie Rangel

I sense a trend. Dems only want to spend YOUR money. Talk about CULTURE OF CORRUPTION --the Democrats.

****** Demand Republicans stand against this:******
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/we-demand-true-conservative-leadership.html

Posted by: ensignbay | January 31, 2009 1:40 PM

Many on here have asked why these law breakers don't resign, and why Obama doesn't fire them. It's simple, really.
He doesn't HAVE to. He has a majority in the senate that will confirm anyone he sends to them, and besides,THEY WON.

Posted by: RetiredSixStriper | January 31, 2009 1:37 PM

You mean like Gibb refusing to brief on military activities? I said it was WORSE than more of the same. Typical diatribe from the followers with the "I WON" attitude. Obviously Obama's followers don't believe in Bipartisanship as the ONE professes.

Posted by: AlwaysIndependent | January 31, 2009 1:00 PM

The last bunch of Republican "leaders" did nothing but run for cover - pockets stuffed with cash - as Washington and Wall Street went on a crime spree.

Now you're all shocked! SHOCKED! To find out that there is gambling in this casino!

Remember indicted money launderer, Speaker Tom Delay? Didn't he know a guy named Abramoff?

And by the way, this is not "more of the same". That would involve Scott McClellan defending criminal activity and lying to the press.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | January 31, 2009 12:19 PM

Well, we who did not vote Obama in are not surprised to see yet another of his appointee's having run afoul of the law.

Were this any other citizen in the United States, they would already be behind bars. It is apparent we truly are getting a change in Washington D.C. (Daley Politics); but I would not want to count on thse being put into office!

Posted by: lionheart23031 | January 31, 2009 11:51 AM

Everyone seems to be so focused on this petty issue of not paying his taxes you're overlooking the real problem. Do you really want to have someone who wears those goofy looking red glasses as our Sec of the Dept. of Health and Human Services?

Posted by: coolidge1 | January 31, 2009 11:37 AM

$100,000.00 in back taxes and interest?
What, no PENALTY?

Posted by: RetiredSixStriper | January 31, 2009 11:32 AM

Where are the clintons tax returns?..Note that the latest clinton scam came out AFTER she was confirmed and none of the 'good' senators ask a question...6 million in one year from mostly foreign factions...sure they are straight and she lost the 'files ' until After the Statue of limititations ran out and found ILLLEGAL files on her coffee table..At least Daschle amended his return BEFORE ask about it!

Posted by: jetlone | January 31, 2009 10:41 AM

So much for an ethical, lobbyist free administration. The one consistent behavior of Democrats is their inconsistency; whereas President Obama consistently wants what he critizes: lobbyist, wealth, partisan politics, obscene campaign spending, etc.

Posted by: 1stThron | January 31, 2009 10:21 AM

danson1 fails to give credit where credit is due. Folks like Frank, Dodd and lets not forget Rhames deserve credit for some of the financial mess we are in.

As for Iraq Bill Clinton's stated goal was to get rid of Saddam. And we technically were still in a state of war with Iraq from Desert Storm. We still had troops deployed and in harms way from the first war. Go back and check the news archives, our aircraft were being shot at daily during Operation Southern and Northern Watch.

What happens is convenient memory for the democrats...you will never see them say they do anything wrong and you will surely never see them with draw a nominee. Look at history, does Trent Lott ring a bell? The democrats equal: do as I say not as I do party.

Posted by: gag0874 | January 31, 2009 9:34 AM

"clever of Obama. By picking the right candidates, you get back taxes paid helping to solve this economic crises! Bravo!

Posted by: jhtlag1 |"

I think your on to something here. If the President were to nominate all 453 members of Congress and all 100 Senators for cabinet positions we could be in for a wind fall...average Geithner and Daschle's debt at $70,000 X 553= $ 38.7 million+/-.

Makes you go HHHHHMMM!

Posted by: Thatsnuts | January 31, 2009 9:02 AM

Two Questions:
1 - Does anyone in the Democratic Party actually pay their fair of taxes rather than just accusing everyone else of not paying enough?

2 - Does the fact that I actually report all of my income and pay all of my taxes preclude me from a career in politics and specifically from a career in politics as a democratic candidate?

Talk about a bunch of hypocrits.

Posted by: edrofu | January 31, 2009 8:57 AM

I'm not paying taxes this year. When the IRS comes around I'll just tell them; 'Oh my Gosh! I like completely forgot and any way do we really have to pay taxes on gifts and income man." I wonder how far that will get me.

It appears that the only prerequisites for a job in the Obama administration is to be a tax cheat or a lobbyist.

Posted by: Kagura1 | January 31, 2009 8:45 AM

I am going to my accountant today to get my taxes put together- I am just going to tell him to ignore some of my more exotic sources of income. I am sure the IRS will be as forgiving as they were with Daschel, Genthler, Rangell, etc.

But I am not trying to nationalize health care/banks, oh make that the entire US economy.

Posted by: blackr | January 31, 2009 8:28 AM

Dear Ms. Pelosi,

I am writing to inform you that yet another scoundrel in your cesspool of corruption has emerged.

Unfortunately for your own credibility's sake, it is . . . alas . . . another corrupt democrat.

Do you remember when Daschle claimed homestead property tax deductions on his $3 mil estate in D.C. while also claiming a South Dakota homestead residence? Honest mistake? Nope--and South Dakotans replaced him.

Ms. Pelosi, she who throws stones often gets a boulder back. Mr. Girly-Boy (aka Commie) Obama cannot leave his culture of Chicago corruption behind. You see, he's most comfortable when surrounded by other corrupt democrat cronies.

Have a good day, now. The curtain is open.

Posted by: Penny1212 | January 31, 2009 6:07 AM

I am starting to see disillusioned obama voters. My wife is one of these duped voters.

They dont understand why obama nominates these old line DC politicians and then when their corruption is exposed, obama does not dump them - he has them approved and put on his staff - these voters dont understand why a man that campaigned on change is being just like the repubs

A couple of these voters are starting to feel as they have been conned. It does not look good for the liberals to have an apparent con man as prez.

Posted by: M_Algore | January 31, 2009 4:19 AM

the media found these tax cheat and the other corrupt dems as nominated, not some transparency by the obama administration.

What the heck is the matter with obama that he has to have all these corrupt politicians do his bidding?

If any of you, liberals, were truly intellectually honest, as you like to pretend to be, you would not let the democrats get by with this culture of corruption as the liberals rightfully castigated repubs for.

now be Americans and not liberal hypocrites and make the democrat culture of corruption pay the price.

Posted by: M_Algore | January 31, 2009 4:11 AM

Just what the Obama presidency needs giving him advice is a bunch ov naive retreads that would have cheated the american public out of taxes owed. But they will gladly go after our money. Is this the change he promised. So far, this is worse than more of the same!

Hipocrites all!

Posted by: AlwaysIndependent | January 31, 2009 2:36 AM

Richardson withdrew after news leaked about his problems.

Geithner was approved in a bi-partisan vote - after his flaws were revealed.

Blago was impeached after the Admin. refused to play ball.

Now Daschele is caught up.

Do you see a pattern here?

Posted by: JohnQuimby | January 31, 2009 2:08 AM

playfair et.al.-

He's not confirmed is he?

Last I checked he's up for a job interview in front of good Republicans and Democrats. Somebody decided to release this damning information to the press BEFORE the hearing.

NO COVER UP from the White House?

Smells like change to me

Posted by: JohnQuimby | January 31, 2009 2:03 AM

It's like a SNL skit. We have tax cheats (Daschle and Geithner), corruption charges (Richardson), Hillary and her baggage, and these people are being nominated to head our government agencies??!

Couple that with Pelosi and her band of idiots, and America ought to be brought to her knees in no time.

Upside down flag time indeed.

Posted by: playfair109 | January 31, 2009 1:49 AM

OK all you red bleeding haters and blinded blue bellies - try these "What Ifs" on for size.

What if this information was released because of the Obama Admin's. vetting of the candidate?

What if nobody in the Admin. tried to cover it up?

What if Daschle got the word from the top - "Pay up and take your chances. We don't do business that way".

Think THAT one over.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | January 31, 2009 1:43 AM

It's easy to see why Democrats don't mind raising taxes, they don't pay them anyway. Mr Daschile would have never paid the taxes if he wasn't cleaning up his act in order to take office. I want to know how he earned $2 million a year each from two different companies at the same time. Even if he worked 20 hours a week at each company (he didn't. That would be $1923 per hour, well over the $400K that one dem thinks the highest paid should get. You don't really think they want any favors for that $4 million a year, do you?? Really?

Posted by: hdc77494 | January 31, 2009 12:21 AM

With everyone in Washington unable to figure out there own taxes, what chance to we have to get it right!
It is time for a FLAT TAX.
We should no longer be double taxed both spending OUR money and when we earn it.

Posted by: ConservativeNotRepublican | January 30, 2009 11:24 PM

Mr. Daschle: This rather insignificant lapse pales in comparison to the serious threat faced by Team Obama from THIS:

TEAM OBAMA SECURITY RISK: THE BUSH-CHENEY EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT VIGILANTE NETWORK

Team Obama must immediately join with GOP defenders of the Constitution to dismantle the nationwide extrajudicial punishment network -- authoritarian bureaucrats and security/intel officers and their nationwide network of citizen vigilantes fronted by federally-funded volunteer programs.

This nationwide, Gestapo-like operation has made a mockery of the judicial system for the past eight years and has claimed many victims from all strata of society.

Crimes against humanity are being committed across the nation via the use of so-called "directed energy (radiation) weapons" which the Bush D.O.J. recently confirmed are being widely deployed to police forces nationwide.

These RADIATION weapons emit silent, pulsed bursts of various forms of radiation -- and are degrading and damaging the health of those on the receiving end as well as their operators.

This weaponry has NO PLACE in civilized society -- much less in the hands of security personnel who interact with the public.

The widespread deployment of this weaponry virtually assures its misuse. Imagine if rogue actors tried to use its silent, deadly force to induce illness or to disable our political leaders.

Perhaps they already have.

Victims of this extrajudicial punishment network also see their finances and livelihoods expropriated and destroyed by coordinated "multi-agency action" "programs of personal destruction" that deny them due process of law while degrading their lives and destroying their families.

The IRS, under Bush-Cheney, has been transmogrified into an ideological weapon of social control and recrimination by these covert multi-agency actions.

Obama administration officials must address these abuses IMMEDIATELY, before these affronts to the Constitution destroy more American families -- and subvert the Obama presidency.

The bureaucrats and officers behind these "programs of personal destruction" remain entrenched. They cannot be co-opted or reformed. They must be removed from power and brought to justice.

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 30, 2009 11:17 PM

"He did not realize the situation until some nosey person brought it to the attention of the press."~~~~~~
GIVE ME A BREAK!!! I AM NOT A ROCKET SCIENTIST AND I WOULD KNOW THAT THIS WAS TAXABLE. HE HAD NO INTENTION OF PAYING UP UNLESS HE WAS CAUGHT. WHERE IS NANCY PELOSI'S "CULTURE OF CORRUPTION NOW"? LOOKS SQUARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY TO ME.

Posted by: vaszely1 | January 30, 2009 11:00 PM

Geez, if we knew that all we had to do was get the Democrats to pay up on their back taxes we may not of had a deficit. Now didn't Rangel owe some and who else? The Dims like to spend it but not pay it. Now if we could just get tightwad Biden to give a little more charitable deductions......come on guys, come off the hip.

Posted by: curious3 | January 30, 2009 10:54 PM

President Obama is the choice for Messiah among the majority of our country and the world. He is going to lead us to places we have never been. Conservative Republicans failed to get the job done and lost. Socialism is the way of the United States and has been a long time coming. Freedom as conservatives want is GONE. We are going to see what life is like with a no-stop Liberal Congress and Senate. Get used to it, Obama and the Democrats WON!!!!

Posted by: MostHonorableLiberalSocialist | January 30, 2009 10:52 PM

Who discovered this matter about the car and driver and made it public? Nothing is private anymore. This sort of stuff arises from out of nowhere. Wire taps might be responsible. I don't question Daschle's integrity. He did not realize the situation until some nosey person brought it to the attention of the press. Then ABC and AP pick up on it, and the next thing you know, Daschle is a scoundrel. No one is safe.

rmk, akron

Posted by: rmkraus | January 30, 2009 10:49 PM

This is appalling. The shenanigans of the corrupt Dems like Rangel, Geithner, Dodd, and now Daschle would have been the subject of Watergate style hearings if they had been Republicans. But now we are supposed to "hope" they'll "change" because of the great crisis we face and the talents these indispensable men bring to the job.

Well, I'm with Charles de Gaulle, who said the graveyards are full of indispensable men. Fire these clowns or lose my support, Obama.

Posted by: JohnSkookum | January 30, 2009 10:46 PM

soup3, perhaps Daschle should ask Ted Stevens what the best way to handle this naivety is. I think he may be the Senates leading expert on generous gifts from friends.

Posted by: mattlov | January 30, 2009 10:42 PM

Who in the history of mankind has ever turned down a free company car? And how in God's name can the taxes on the use of a car for three years be $100,000. If anybody should be outraged, it should be Tom Daschle for having to pay that outrageous amount!

Posted by: soup3 | January 30, 2009 10:28 PM

It is a good thing the press did not criticize PRESIDENT OBAMA (D) about Geithner because the economy is getting much better since he was approved plus his not paying taxes was just an honest mistake that will not be repeated.

Posted by: wapoisajoke | January 30, 2009 10:27 PM

It has now become easier to name.

The Obama cabinet members that are not floating pond scum or Clinton misfits.

Obama, keeps packing the executive office with trash.

Chicago Change We Can Believe In.

Posted by: dashriprock | January 30, 2009 10:26 PM

Who in the history of mankind has ever turned down a free company car? And who ever heard of paying taxes on one? I thought the only time you had to pay taxes on a free car was when Oprah gave you one on her show!

Posted by: soup3 | January 30, 2009 10:20 PM

Conservatism is DEAD in this Country and will NEVER win again.
(Posted by: MostHonorableLiberalSocialist | January 30, 2009 9:44 PM )

Don't bet on it, buddy. At the rate this fiasco is going, those Conservatives may rule in 2010.

Posted by: Jumbo22 | January 30, 2009 10:13 PM

I could get angry with Tom Daschle and berate him for not paying what appears to be taxable income but then I rem,ember that the first time I made a big fee I looked for every conceivable tax dodge I could find to shelter as much of it as I could. If Daschle is making $4 million a year a perk in the form of a driver could get lost in the shuffle and could even be seen as coming with the territory. Perhaps someone at the White House who was vetting him spotted the issue and felt that he should pay it even though others might think that it is not taxable. If I got a ride in someone else's car to a business meeting, I never thought to report that as income. But, maybe it is. Do our former presidents report the secret service protection they get from our government as income? I hope not. If a secret service man drives the president or a former president does this become additional income-I doubt it. I am not a tax specialist, in fact I hatre tax law but I think that this is a grayer area than many. But then again were this something done by Sarah Palin or a member of the Bush administration, I probably wouldn't be so understanding. I guess that's politics.

Posted by: aeschonfeld | January 30, 2009 10:13 PM

I am very disappointed by this. Obama should set an example and not make business as usual and ask Daschle to withdraw his nomination. I hope Daschle withdraws voluntarily. I like Obama to succeed for country's sake. But issues of Commerce Secretary Nominee withdrawing, Treasury Secretary making mistakes on his taxes, IL Governor's issue and now Daschle are not giving me the comfort. I am sure there are others equally or better qualified as Daschle.

Posted by: jchalla | January 30, 2009 10:08 PM

Let's give Tom a break ... he's the only man in the U.S. who can do the HHS job, period. And look, it's only a measly $100K, just a skosh more than the avg middle-class working family makes annually. Plus AStrongMiddleClass.gov has committed to operate with transparency -- so this is in-line with those principles, right? For you haters, this IS change we can believe in!

Posted by: B_R_D | January 30, 2009 10:08 PM

NEWSFLASH Spearker Pelosi claims she is not partisan!!! Hah!! Better look into her taxes as well.

Posted by: wapoisajoke | January 30, 2009 10:05 PM

Well he admitted the mistake and fixed it.

Far better then the accountability of any Republican..

Issa

Posted by: Issa1 | January 30, 2009 10:04 PM

By the way, for all of you saying it was the accountant's fault, I wish to point out that a tax return is signed by the individual filing the return under penalties of perjury that its contents and reported income are accurate. These guys knew damn well that they didn't pay the proper taxes. Additionally, an accountant (or any accountant that is worth his fee) will ask for all information regarding any kind of compensation including services rendered to the individual that are considered compensation.

Posted by: fwillyhess | January 30, 2009 10:04 PM

I support Obama, but I think he needs to start scrutinizing his nominees more carefully. The "it was an honest mistake" tax scofflaw excuse is growing really old, really quickly. One neither has to be experienced with tax law (although, even the IRS made the finding that Mr. Geithner was very well-versed in tax law and the rules of Social Security withholding, and his employer the IMF had advised him serveral times that he owed Social Security tax), nor particularly bright to know the types of income "accidentally" omitted from these nominees' returns should have been reported. And, the use of an accountant is NO excuse. Accountants are not all-knowing beings. They prepare tax returns based on the information their clients PROVIDE TO THEM. Mr. Daschle never claimed his accountant advised him the use of the driver and car was non-taxable; rather, his excuse was that he simply didn't think to report it. As someone who spends a fair amount of time providing pro bono services to help individuals of limited means deal with tax issues, often resulting from circumstances beyond their control, I am more than a little annoyed about these millionaire tax cheats offering up the weak excuse that they "should have known better," but it was an "honest mistake." My experience has taught me that excuse isn't available to ordinary individuals not up for an appointment to a high-level government position.

Posted by: cfbrown77 | January 30, 2009 10:03 PM

Obama and his cronies have become the next big, laughable shell game in the carnival called Washington, DC. If it was anyone else, who didn't pretend that he and his administration was above board, it might even be forgivable. But, this is not forgivable.

And to think, this is the President who was going to give us the change we deserve. I didn't know we deserved to be treated like dirt again.

"Ah, that is different!" said Boxer. "If Comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right."

Posted by: NEWSOUTH1 | January 30, 2009 10:03 PM

Please explain again why the Washington Post supported Obama?

Posted by: wapoisajoke | January 30, 2009 10:00 PM

Another tax cheat, but once again no one cares. The republicans are just as bad as the other side. War socialism in the USA!!

Posted by: cr10 | January 30, 2009 9:58 PM

Socialist, you forgot to take your zoloft today.

Posted by: Italiaxxx | January 30, 2009 9:57 PM

I find it quit amusing and also pretty pathetic that the folks who want to spend our tax dollars (or perhaps tax us more - we'll see) don't seem to manage to pay their taxes. And by the way, these people use good accountants to do their taxes so don't tell me they "didn't know." They just thought they could get away with it. Funny how once they are appointed to government positions, those tax returns suddenly get amended and/or back taxes are paid. What kind of an example is that to those of us who pay our taxes and don't cheat.

Posted by: fwillyhess | January 30, 2009 9:56 PM

MostHonorableLiberalSocialist:

So, the only way to bring this utopia to be real is by forcing it down with the aid of a civilian defense force? Shades of Fidel and Hugo over our nation are not exactly the best future imaginable. But, we all read about the demise of capitalism and conservatism for a century now. You keep hoping.

Posted by: argie | January 30, 2009 9:56 PM

Let's get this straight: two of Obama's cabinet picks have admitted to violating the law and a third one is under investigation. One drops out, one is confirmed and one is awaiting confirmation. But this is going to be the most "ethical administration in history".

One thing we have learned though is why democrats like high tax rates and complex tax laws: they don't apply to them!

Obama berates Wall Street for paying bonuses he considers too high but excuses the gang of tax cheats he wants in his cabinet.

Posted by: cmyates | January 30, 2009 9:54 PM

Stop crying about what our newly elected President does. He was voted in by the majority who wanted change and the hope is that He delivers. Give him a chance to do what He said He would do. He has only been in a couple weeks and the majority of people still beleive in Him to save the world, not just the United States. He has different ideas than most people. He is the most Liberal politician that has ever served in our government. He has a commanding majority in both chambers of the House. He will do what He believes is right and will get everything passed with help of His majority Congress and Senate. By the end of His first 4 years, if you don't like Him, vote Him out. I doubt you can succeed. Conservatism is DEAD in this Country and will NEVER win again. Life as we know it has changed FOREVER. Get used to it!!! Obama won the election and is going to change our country and the world as we have never seen. Soon He will have a civilian defense force to control all the people who won't get onboard. Socialism is the way of life that has been pursued for 100 years. Conservatives have been holding it back. Republicans can't stop it NOW. The CHANGE IS NOW; The CHANGE IS HERE. GET USED TO IT. There is nothing you can do about it.

Posted by: MostHonorableLiberalSocialist | January 30, 2009 9:44 PM

Some people complain about the lack of change. Well, there is change.

"Change" is what the IRS received, compared to the millions those crooks -Geither, Daschle and many others in the Obama gang- managed to keep in their pockets.

Posted by: tropicalfolk | January 30, 2009 9:44 PM

clever of Obama. By picking the right candidates, you get back taxes paid helping to solve this economic crises! Bravo!

Posted by: jhtlag1 | January 30, 2009 9:43 PM

I didn't realize being a Democrat meant not having to pay taxes. I'm switching parties ... PRONTO.

Posted by: Photobuff | January 30, 2009 9:40 PM

Reid's spokesman said that "Senator Daschle will be confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services. He has a long and distinguished career and record in public service and is the best person to help reform health care in this country."

One has to love the hyperbole. It sounds so Matrix-like, so messiahnic. To argue that in a country of 300 million only one person has what it takes to reform health care is just plain silly. There are at least 535 people in Capitol Hill who already believe they know how to manage everything.

Posted by: argie | January 30, 2009 9:37 PM

So Democratic Leaders dont pay their taxes. Big deal. Next thing you will tell me is that Bernard Maddof is a democrat and Jim Mcgreevy is a closet homosexual. Oh, wait..

Posted by: Italiaxxx | January 30, 2009 9:36 PM

One of the primary challenges of refoming the health care system is to address and deal with all of the special self interests. This cannot be done by someone who has demonstrated that he is driven by his own self interst. Mr. Daschle has forfeited any moral leadership and should / must withdraw his candidacy for Secretary of HHS.

Posted by: rsgregory | January 30, 2009 9:36 PM

I can hardly wait to read Robinson's and Dionne's op-ed pieces excusing the behaviour and describing it as a trivial mistake that merits no attention.

Posted by: argie | January 30, 2009 9:31 PM

I knewuuuuuuuuuu nothing!

Posted by: whocares666 | January 30, 2009 9:31 PM

Geithner and Daschle....is it Tax Evasion or Tax Confusion? Regardless, the fact that two prominent, influential, leaders of our country have tax issues points to ONE SOLUTION...throw out the tax code. Make it fair for all of us..bring on the Fair Tax...

Posted by: stop-the-madness | January 30, 2009 9:30 PM


Politicians and Wall Street financiers share the sense of self-importance and entitlement. The only difference is that financiers don't claim to be screwing us for our own good and expect us to respect them for their "service" to us.

Posted by: WylieD | January 30, 2009 9:30 PM

At least something is working well out of Obama's stimulus plans. Cabinet nominations are stimulating tax compliance.

Posted by: argie | January 30, 2009 9:28 PM

Looks like Tom "Snake Oil" Daschle got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Aren't both he and his wife lobbyists?

Posted by: brewstercounty | January 30, 2009 9:27 PM

Another of the best and brightest who have all the answers for the rest of us, but can't figure out their own tax obligations. And no penalties for them--they just have to pay up to join the team.

I hope this signals a new era of IRS leniency.

Posted by: Emma3 | January 30, 2009 9:27 PM

I'm glad the I.R.S. has found an effective method to collect delinquent taxes: you just have to get the President to nominate the delinquent to a Cabinet-level position, the press will then discover the delinquency, which will become a minor scandal threatening the nominee's confirmation, and PRESTO, the back taxes will be repaid. Simple as that...

Posted by: ketz87 | January 30, 2009 9:26 PM

Jaxxon wrote: "... you will have to be posting messages for the next month, 24/7, to come even close to duplicating the lies, filth, incompetence, drama, deceit, adultry, and theft of the GOP over the last 8 years."
////////////////////////////////////////////

So your thesis is that these guys may be bad but the other ones were worse? Did the message of "change" just mean "we are less of a bad thing than the other guy?"

BTW, at this pace, it might take less than 8 years to equal the record.

Posted by: argie | January 30, 2009 9:26 PM

Whoops! Another one of those guys who got to their positions by not missing details, golly gosh jes' overlooked this one by golly.

Obama, this is shortening your honeymoon. You know that, right?

Posted by: jhtlag1 | January 30, 2009 9:24 PM

This is the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans want to lower taxes; Democrats want to keep them high and just not pay them.

As awful as the Bush administration was, I can't remember any Cabinet appointee who had a tax problem. Now, we will have both the Cabinet officer who oversees the IRS and the health care czar who won't pay their own taxes, but who will raise and collect new taxes to fund single-payer health care system. Wonderful. This is definitely "change that you can believe in."

Posted by: hisroc | January 30, 2009 9:24 PM

Gee, for people who absolutely despise the thought of giving Americans tax cuts, Democrats sure hate paying ANY taxes.

Posted by: birvin9999 | January 30, 2009 9:22 PM

See, Blagojevich could learn from Daschle how to get one's palm greased while not looking so...so...well, *tawdry* about it. Just have friends in a political network who can give you bennies like access to a chauffered limousine for free--a service worth, evidently, hundreds of thousands of dollars. I'm sure Daschle was given this, as well as the job at the investment firm, strictly out of broad generosity of Daschle's "friend". But people don't look at it as a payoff or as an investment in future political favors, and they'll be upset only if you forget to pay the tax on it. This is the fine art of the political shakedown played by a true, subtle master. He makes Blagojevich look like a hungry dog going after raw meat.

Posted by: alloleo | January 30, 2009 9:21 PM

Because we have democracy, citizens can choose to vote for a corrupt Democrat or a corrupt Republican. What a choice! And we get their corrupt friends free of cost along with wonderful platitudes about innocence, forgiveness, honest mistakes, naïveté, hope, and change.

Posted by: thoughts | January 30, 2009 9:19 PM

Daschle doesn't do his own taxes any more than I do mine.

Yes, he's responsible. For back taxes and the penalties (if any) -- but not for the original mistake.

Pay attention, goobers, he made $4 million last year.

Do you think he doesn't rely on an accountant to prepare his returns?

Posted by: pali2500 | January 30, 2009 9:19 PM

So, they live like fat cats, behave like fat cats, make the same mistakes as fat cats, and are as greedy as the fat cats they decry.

Posted by: argie | January 30, 2009 9:19 PM

Actually, it looks like everyone is going to have to come clean under this administration or not be there. I hope this is the beginning of accountable government. After all, Illinois is getting a new governor on a unanimous vote.

The old one should get yanked around by the hair from behind for the next 20 years or so.

Now, if the Pubs could just get real about the stimulus plan we'd be on the way. Wall Street is starting to back off and if it ain't happy ain't nobody goin' be happy. Believe it!

It's like traffic court on T.V.. It's time to move on past petty junk, pay up your fine and get on with fixing the big stuff or get out of the way.

Posted by: HiloBob | January 30, 2009 9:17 PM

Being a tax cheat is a prerequiste in the Obama Culture of Corruption Cabinet. Oh, and by the way Obama, thanks for the transparency, when did you know about this tax cheat again?

Posted by: robtr | January 30, 2009 9:16 PM

Citing the various sins committed by the Republicans over the last eight years does NOT excuse nor explain the utter duplicity of the Democratic appointees who have been evading taxes for years.
*******

no, it just makes democrats hypocrites for pretending they represent better governance and less corrupution than republicans.

just as republicans look like hypocrites for claiming they are morally superior to dems but then get with prostitutes and solicit sex in airport bathrooms.


only i think the democrats hypocrisy is more enraging because the republicans hypocrisy is about their private business whereas the democrats hyprocrisy effects our government and our money.

Posted by: dummypants | January 30, 2009 9:15 PM

So, Daschle can't figure out what he should report in his taxes and, yet, he's going to be at the helm of reshaping one quarter of the economy of the US?

Posted by: argie | January 30, 2009 9:15 PM

Are there no honorable, decent public "servants" anymore?

Naively thought? I tire of people like Daschle, Geithner, Rangel, Stevens, et al. who think public service is a way to steal from the rest of the citizenry.

It's time to make examples. It's time these cheats and thieves were hauled into court and sentenced to hard jail time.

You'll notice they only admit their mistakes and pay up when a newer, nicer job comes along!

So when people babble on about how Bush did this or Bush did that and ruined the economy just think about the criminal Daschle, the criminal Rangel, the criminal Geithner. All with their snouts in the trough.

But beware, if we throw these bums out there won't be anyone left.

Posted by: krankyman | January 30, 2009 9:13 PM

another week another tax cheat surfaces in DC.every single one of these low life creeps- dem and repub alike s/b fed to the lions. talk about the royal screw to everyone one of us..these people in dc need term limits- 2 for senators and 3-4 for reps tops.

Posted by: royroy1 | January 30, 2009 9:13 PM

Posted by: llrllr | January 30, 2009 8:26 PM

This administration's motto should be the same as Leona Helmsley's. "Only the little people pay taxes
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LOL!

Posted by: Helpsomeone | January 30, 2009 9:11 PM

So Daschle, essentially, voted himself a bonus of $100K on the back of the taxpayer's. Will he be excoriated by president Obama much the same as executives at financial firms were excoriated yesterday? The suspense is killing me (not).

Posted by: argie | January 30, 2009 9:08 PM

How did you think all these people got in high positions in government and business? Certainly not by behaving like Saints. Telling white lies, creating ambiguities where none is warranted, cheating when they think no one is watching is their path to fame and money. Certainly not good role models to the young generation.

Posted by: ere591 | January 30, 2009 9:08 PM

These guys all have accountants. It isn't like they do their own taxes. So either the accountants suck or the rich guys are purposefully not giving the accountants all their information. It is bad either way.

Posted by: barbnc | January 30, 2009 9:05 PM

Citing the various sins committed by the Republicans over the last eight years does NOT excuse nor explain the utter duplicity of the Democratic appointees who have been evading taxes for years. They are neither mistaken nor stupid. They believe they are above the laws that apply to ordinary Americans.

Posted by: gobnait | January 30, 2009 9:05 PM

It seems there are plenty of things wrong wtih the apostles. I wonder what's wrong with the Savior himself?

Posted by: enaughton27 | January 30, 2009 9:04 PM

I had to report days of use and milage for my "company" car to my superior every month. At the end of the year the value for that car was added to my W-2. Now they want me to believe a little guy like me understood that a tax was due, but these big wigs were completely in the darK and idiots? Give me a break! This is NOT the change I voted for. And it's the last time they get my vote!

Posted by: TexasLady41 | January 30, 2009 8:59 PM

Tell me am I the only individual who worries that I have not paid the right amount of taxes and the IRS is going to come after me? It seems that no one in the upper reaches of our government is worried about that.

Posted by: Ethicist | January 30, 2009 8:58 PM

Re: the comment by Jaxxon mentioning adultry (sic), why drag Bill Clinton into this discussion?

Re: all of the above, Democrat or Republican, they are all politicians. Politicians (most of them lawyers, too) who rush to fully comply with the law once a pretty bright light shines upon them.

In the meantime, if Mr. Obama could just nominate about 2,000,000 other lawyers for cabinet posts, could we begin to make a dent in the national debt with all the back taxes being paid? Eureka! Why didn't the IRS think of it first?

Posted by: beatlemaniacs | January 30, 2009 8:55 PM

"Senator Reid looks forward to a swift hearing and is confident Daschle will be confirmed."

Let's see if Reid has better luck this time than the Burris fiasco.

Posted by: wangAustin | January 30, 2009 8:48 PM

Good Democrat that I am, I have to rejoice that Obama's nominations for his cabinet have been fattening the federal treasury with newly paid taxes.

Posted by: mmeyerdc | January 30, 2009 8:44 PM

Just a small suggestion for georgejones... you will have to be posting messages for the next month, 24/7, to come even close to duplicating the lies, filth, incompetence, drama, deceit, adultry, and theft of the GOP over the last 8 years.

Posted by: Jaxxon | January 30, 2009 8:43 PM

The last eight years

Bush - (2002)Lead us to war killing over four thousand soldiers.

Bush - Promoted an agenda after borrowing money from China "Everyone in America should own something" Giving way for the crooks to con people into thinking they could afford a 300,000 home off a 55,000 a year salary, which cause for a "Bubble Bust" in the market.

Bush - Let Paulson take half of the TARF money and give it out to the crooks on wallstreet. He would had veto a bill that required transpanrency.

Here's the continue part.....

Every month 10 of thousands are getting laid-off.

Every month the housing market have a high foreclosure rate.

Millions of Millions people are scare, because they are one paycheck away from homeless.

Now tell me something. Are what these people accuse of as bad as what Georg Bush did...

Take that you creppy extremist conservative.

Posted by: danson1 | January 30, 2009 8:41 PM

Republicans and Democrats have their crooks. And the only time they admit their "mistakes" is when their deeds are brought into the light. There's nothing new here. We've all been caught doing something we shouldn't have.

Posted by: tceb | January 30, 2009 8:40 PM

JFC. Why do these people put themselves in these positions? He knew he did it....and he knew it was wrong. So, knowing that you have been stretching (or breaking) the law, why put yourself up for a thorough vetting and embarassing yourself, your gorgeous wife, and the President?

Just complete and total arrogance.

Posted by: Jaxxon | January 30, 2009 8:37 PM

Politics is surely the "Devil Advocates".

I got in the wrong proffession.

Anyway, who gives a dam! Two wrongs never make a right, but, like Obama said - "People makes mistakes. Now we know that the only reason he corrected this mistake is because he's going to be in the Obama Administration. It only been two weeks and people are letting these sort of stupid stories give way to fear. Change isn't easy and there will alway be those to try to keep things the same.

Posted by: danson1 | January 30, 2009 8:29 PM

It seems the only "change" that Obama is really bringing to government is the amount of taxes that his nominees are paying -- the change in their pockets!

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 30, 2009 8:28 PM

Week 2

Dashle - overlooks $100,000 tax liability
Rangel - writes tax laws but doesn't pay taxes
Blago - senator for sale
Dodd / Biden- writes mortgage law gets sweetheart rates
Richardson - Pay to Play New Mexico
Hillary - live off $250 million of potentates wealth
Emmanuel - Chicago machinist
Barama - Free House from Rezko
Franks - oversees fannie may while living with its CEO
Michelle - $300,000 puff PR job with Chicago Hospital District
Geithner - Head of IRS failed to pay taxes for four years
Caroline - illegal housekeeper, payroll taxes unpaid

to be continued

Posted by: georgejones5 | January 30, 2009 8:27 PM

Why should it surprise that Obama favors tax cheats for his Cabinet. He approves giving failed CEOs millions in bonuses with their bailout billions.

This is building up as a most crooked Cabinet, tax cheats and a secy of state whose husband rakes in millions from the Arabs to influence her. And Obama has only been on the job a couple weeks.

This isn't the kind of change I voted for.

Posted by: llrllr | January 30, 2009 8:26 PM

This administration's motto should be the same as Leona Helmsley's. "Only the little people pay taxes".

Posted by: GRILLADES | January 30, 2009 8:26 PM

The fact that he even has a car and driver that could cost 100K in three years is almost as appalling as the failure to pay taxes. But hey on a $4 million salary, guess it is barely noticed.

Like I have said all along, there is little difference between the Dems and GOP these days, we really need a truly independent party not beholden to special interests and grounded in the real world of everyday Americans.

Posted by: merganser | January 30, 2009 8:26 PM

"I don't want anyone making the obvious joke that Democrats like to tax, but don't like paying the taxes themselves.

That would be wrong to make that joke. So don't do it.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 30, 2009 7:57 PM "
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but.. but..

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | January 30, 2009 8:08 PM

No, no more. I voted for Obama and support his policies. However, tax chislers have no place in this or any other administration. Daschle should withdraw and Geithner should resign -- NOW. The Democrats in the Senate need to show some backbone and tell the President that people who don't pay their taxes are not fit for cabinet posts. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. These are folks who can easily afford sound accounting advice and it is a major error in judgment for them not to have done so.

Posted by: Bob22003 | January 30, 2009 8:08 PM

Doesn't Congress write the tax code? If they can't understand what they write ... why should I?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 30, 2009 8:05 PM

so now i see why they always notify you of the cash equivalent for the parking and other transportation perks at the job. how was the driver not a business expense for the firm if worked there or provided services? Is my free or reduced price parking subject to the same provision?

Posted by: oknow1 | January 30, 2009 8:02 PM

At this point I think everyone in government needs to go before a confirmation hearing just to get all the dirty laundry out in the public.

Posted by: oknow1 | January 30, 2009 7:58 PM

Where is the shame?????

Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | January 30, 2009 7:58 PM

I don't want anyone making the obvious joke that Democrats like to tax, but don't like paying the taxes themselves.

That would be wrong to make that joke. So don't do it.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 30, 2009 7:57 PM

That does not bother me. I think most people would not expect a car and driver to be reportable expenses-Daschle is not a CHEAT-UNLIKE TAX CHEAT GEITHNER-WHO KNEW HE HADN'T PAID SELF-EMPLOYMENT TAXES-IT HAD BEEN EXPLAINED TO HIM IN DETAIL-HE CHOSE TO CONVENIENTLY IGNORE IT AND BLAME IT ON TURBO-TAX-GET RID OF GEITHNER!

Posted by: arrabbiato | January 30, 2009 7:53 PM

Sloppy Reporting: This post is incorrect, Robert Gates is not awaiting a confirmation vote. Evidence: President Obama did not send a nomination to the Senate...because he doesn't need to.

Posted by: shackleton | January 30, 2009 7:51 PM

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