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Baucus, Committee Democrats Line Up in Support of Daschle

By Paul Kane and Ceci Connolly
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (Mont.) led a united front of Democrats from his committee pledging unstinting support today for Thomas A. Daschle's Cabinet nomination.

"The fact is, Tom Daschle remains eminently qualified to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services. He and I have talked a lot since his nomination," Baucus said after the committee met in a closed-door session. "We have talked about the need for overall health reform. And I know he will be a great partner in that effort."

Daschle, a former Senate majority leader who has clashed in the past with Baucus, appeared before the panel for the final 15 minutes of a 75-minute session. He acknowledged he recently paid $146,000 in back taxes and interest.

"It was completely inadvertent, but that's no excuse," he said afterward. "I apologize to President Obama, to my colleagues and to the American people."

Baucus called the mistakes "regrettable," but added that they "do not change his qualifications to lead on health care reform. They do not change my support for this nomination."

While Democrats on the committee united behind Daschle, Republicans maintained a stony silence on the nomination. Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), who had previously endorsed Daschle, joined Sens. Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Pat Roberts (Kansas) and Jon Kyl (Ariz.) among those committee Republicans who declined to comment on the meeting or the nomination.

Enzi said that he left the meeting before Daschle even came in from the committee's anteroom to address the group.

Hatch later issued a statement: "The details of Senator Daschle's tax problems have been held very close for a month. I will have to see the actual details and discuss them with my Senate Finance Committee colleagues. I am hopeful we won't find anything too egregious that would disqualify him from serving."

The Finance Committee is due to meet again next Tuesday.

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It's so easy to sit back and smugly disclose others' faults and failures. Not one of us is perfect nor above the law. Bring this argument down to your own level....your neighbor, yourself....and ask, would we/I pass with flying colors under this kind of scrutiny?

This process is a welcome beginning to an age of accountability. However, keep in mind as you point fingers and cast stones....this is not a case of Democrats vs. Republicans, politicians vs. "we the people", it IS a statement of our times.

An unrealistic sense of entitlement and a runaway lack of conscience has led to much of our woes for the better of two decades. I believe that every one of us could stand to apologize for some unfortunate decision made.

If you're looking for perfection and require a person without fault to serve, there will be no one who can pass this test 100%.

Humanity is fallible. Choose your battles wisely and your governing servants with fairness. If the future leaders of our country are being formed now then their leadership values should be taught at home. In the case of Daschle,the unfortunate outcome of transparency we are witnessing may come at a cost but it may serve as a bigger impetus to encourage each of us to take inventory in our own house of ethics and morality and make necessary changes.

Posted by: rjs_donal | February 3, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I think I may forget to pay my taxes for a few years. All will be forgiven by the IRS, I'm sure.

Posted by: PalmerNC | February 3, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

DASCHLE CANNOT DELIVER HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL SERVICES
WHEN THE BUSH-CHENEY EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK
CONTINUES TO DESTROY AMERICAN FAMILIES.

• RADIATION WEAPONRY IS SILENTLY DESTROYING LIVES, INDUCING ILLNESS, AND MAKING POSSIBLE "STEALTH WAR" ON UNKNOWING INNOCENTS -- INCLUDING THOSE DEEMED POLITICAL 'DISSIDENTS"


Team Obama must immediately work 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 "multi-agency action" 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. It should be BANNED -- and NOT deployed to local law enforcement with the aid, approval and funding of D.O.J.

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.

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 rehabilitated. They have threatened and harassed those who demand that they take down their unconstitutional programs.

These programs surely have contributed the nation's economy crisis -- and by extension, the world's.

These betrayers of the Constitution MUST be removed from power and brought to justice.

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

OR (if links are corrupted):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 3, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

It's okay to forgive people for mistakes like making a mistake on your taxes, or cheating on your taxes. But someone who does such a thing should not be given the honor of a cabinet position. There are plenty of others who could take the position more honorably than Senator Daschle. If Daschle himself can't realize that, and the president can't get him to realize it, then it's the Senate's job to do it.

Posted by: gatorator1 | February 3, 2009 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Daschle is no free-market reformer. He believes the solution is to entrust government-run health care to people more trustworthy than HHS bureaucrats or elected members of Congress - like an unaccountable, unelected Board of wise men. In Daschle's vision, such a board would be charged with making the big and controversial decisions - like what should or should not be covered by insurance plans - without having to answer to the public.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/02/here_comes_the_trojan_horse.html

Posted by: rtfanning | February 3, 2009 3:47 AM | Report abuse

I have had it with the senators of this nation. The John Kerry's of Congress.(and I voted for John Kerry). As Claire McCaskill said, "They don't get it! They are idiots!". You can confirm Tom Daschle all you want but trust me, the public will NEVER accept what has happened and Obama will be so tainted that it is possible that people such as myself will not bother to go to the polls for him again.

They are as insulated as George Bush was. I guess Obama does not need us now. Daschle is as replaceable as the next president. Obama could find his information elsewhere, in a person not well know but with no baggage. But, instead, he prefers to waste his limited capital on an insider's insider, which is completely against his stands on ethics.

Well, it was fun while it lasted. But, now, the honeymood is over, not just in Washington, but with us, the public.

Posted by: sandnsmith | February 3, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Su-weet! Daschle dodges $140,000 in income taxes and penalties, doesn't pay his Medicare taxes, claims more charitable deductions than he made, looks really dirty for some of his "advisor fees" and payments from health ins. companies, but the "democrats" don't see any problems with any of that, nothing to disqualify him for the Health and Human Services job. Oops, I forgot, they're democrats, no ethics, morality, honesty, or honor to get in their way! Daschle probably doesn't have a clue why there is any uproar about it! Don't expect Sharpton or Geithner think he did anything wrong! The Messiah doesn't see any problem! There's your "Change", allright! The jackals are breaking into the henhouse! (Ya think maybe Geithner will go after him for tax evasion?)

Posted by: lightnin001 | February 3, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Su-weet! Daschle dodges $140,000 in income taxes and penalties, doesn't pay his Medicare taxes, claims more charitable deductions than he made, looks really dirty for some of his "advisor fees" and payments from health ins. companies, but the "democrats" don't see any problems with any of that, nothing to disqualify him for the Health and Human Services job. Oops, I forgot, they're democrats, no ethics, morality, honesty, or honor to get in their way! Daschle probably doesn't have a clue why there is any uproar about it! Don't expect Sharpton or Geithner think he did anything wrong! There's your "Change", allright! The jackals are breaking into the henhouse!

Posted by: lightnin001 | February 2, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is serious mistake. That's no question about it. But forgivable.

It is serious mistakes for terrorists to attack WTC; serious mistake for terrorists to attack US Embassy. The trials for terrorists are forgivable too. Otherwise why bother issued an order to defer the trials?

Ethics rules for lobbyist? No problem. Waive-able.

What kind of changes can we expect next? Very disappointed with this Administration.

Posted by: wy8162 | February 2, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

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