Archive for Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tax issues not expected to hurt Daschle

February 1, 2009


— Former Sen. Tom Daschle’s failure to pay his taxes on time isn’t expected to derail his confirmation as health secretary for the Obama administration, Republicans and Democrats say.

Daschle, the South Dakota Democrat chosen to lead President Obama’s health reform efforts, recently filed amended tax returns to report $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest, according to a Senate document obtained by The Associated Press.

Daschle’s spokeswoman said Saturday that Daschle told senators about the tax problems when he met individually with his former colleagues, who asked him to let the committee disclose the tax returns.

Republicans grudgingly acknowledged that any serious damage to Daschle’s chances for confirmation in the Democratic-controlled Senate are unlikely given that Timothy Geithner’s nomination for treasury secretary, held up after it was revealed that he had failed to pay more than $34,000 in taxes, eventually was confirmed by a 60-34 vote.


jmadison 8 years, 11 months ago

The cure for the national deficit should include Pres. Obama nominating more tax scofflaws for Cabinet posts. Their payment of back taxes will soon fill the Treasury. The cynicism and hypocrisy of the Washington elite continues unabated despite a change in the party in power. Also, hasn't Mr. Daschle lobbied on behalf of health issues? I thought all lobbyists were to be verboten in the Obama presidency.

justaverage 8 years, 11 months ago

Once again...Daschle=Politician=Scumbag.

Godot 8 years, 11 months ago

I see no reason to continue to pay taxes. Geithner and Daschlecheated on they taxes for years, and all they had to do was pay it when they got caught. Obviously, not paying your taxes does not result in a penalty. Geithner, Daschle, and Obama because he excuses them, have just defanged the IRS. They have set a precedence. To treat anyone else any differently would be discrimination.

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