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Tax issues emerge in Daschle nomination

January 31, 2009

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— Former Sen. Tom Daschle, picked by President Barack Obama to lead his 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.

The White House acknowledged Friday that “some tax issues” had emerged in connection with the nomination, but a spokesman said the president is confident the former Senate Democratic leader will be confirmed as the new health secretary.

Daschle filed amended tax returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007 to reflect additional income for consulting work, the use of a car service and reduced deductions for charitable contributions. He filed the returns after Obama announced he intended to nominate Daschle to head the Health and Human Services Department.

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repaste 6 years, 6 months ago

This shows the problem with tax cuts, no matter the posted rates, the wealthy do not pay, 1/2 us Corporations pay no taxes, why cut the rate? It is not a Dem/rpub thing. Remember Joe the plumber?

Chris Ogle 6 years, 6 months ago

Man, he must really want that job. $140,000 in back taxes isn't chump change. Or is it ?? .

TacoBob 6 years, 6 months ago

The excuse will be that he paid it back, so what is the problem? That seems to be the standard line when these issues come up.No accountability (well, maybe, when caught), and a woefully weak example that our leaders set.He will be confirmed. as we all know. Just a slight ethical issue folks. Move on, nothing to see here. Sigh.

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

The excuse is that this is an "emergency," and Obama has to make exceptions to get control of health care spending.Right. Tom Daschle is not the only person in the country who understands the health care system. In fact, there is not the slightest indication that he is the best person to do this. In fact, there is not the slightest indication that a "health czar" is needed. Obama's team is slimy, slimy, slimy.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"Isn't tax evasion a crime?"Failure to pay taxes is not a crime, although it can be expensive if you're caught. Knowingly filing a false return to avoid paying them is a crime.Daschle was an early supporter of Obama, and has lots of friends in Congress, so unless there is a strong case of actual tax evasion, he'll be confirmed.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"Sure looks like “knowingly filing a false return” to me."Well, P, all that you require for conviction is a "D" after his name.

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

"Failure to pay taxes is not a crime, although it can be expensive if you're caught. Knowingly filing a false return to avoid paying them is a crime."Tell that to Al Capone.And, by the way, Daschle has de facto admitted to cheating on his taxes by paying up after being outed. Note that he did not protest.There is one set of laws for Obama's keepers, and another for the rest of us.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"Daschle has de facto admitted to cheating on his taxes by paying up after being outed. "From the available information, it can't be said that he "cheated" on his taxes. It's possible he did, and it's also possible that he just corrected a mistake."There is one set of laws for Obama's keepers, and another for the rest of us."Maybe so. But so far, at least he's paying lip service to ending the massive corruption openly celebrated under BushCo.

Chris Ogle 6 years, 6 months ago

Maybe our new president is smarter than we think. After all his actions have created some IRS revenue. Keep it up buddy.

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, he's ending the massive corruption under the Bush administration and replacing it with his own band of tax cheats and thugs on the take.

notajayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says…“Failure to pay taxes is not a crime”Um - yes it is.http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/readingroom/…“Well, P, all that you require for conviction is a “D” after his name.”Which is all you need to prove innocence, apparently.“From the available information, it can't be said that he “cheated” on his taxes. It's possible he did, and it's also possible that he just corrected a mistake.”Or three mistakes (at least), spread over three tax years.“But so far, at least he's paying lip service to ending the massive corruption openly celebrated under BushCo.”By choosing one of the open celebrants for a key position? Some lip service.

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

My favorite line from that link: Screw up and move up.

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

It is really sad that our president has chose as tutors for his "on the job training," a crew of tax cheats, lobbyists, convicted liars and frauds. I leave it for others to identify those people.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"Um - yes it is.http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/readingroom/…"Dead link. But I stand by my statement. Failure to pay taxes is not a crime. Deliberately concealing income and/or filing false returns is what is criminal."Which is all you need to prove innocence, apparently."I haven't declared his innocence or his guilt. Unlike the rest of you, I would require more information to have an opinion one way or the other."By choosing one of the open celebrants for a key position? Some lip service."Daschle was never part of the Bush Administration, and "lip service" usually implies some level of hypocrisy, doesn't it? With regard to revolving doors for lobbyists (and perhaps tax cheats) in government, Obama appears to be a bit hypocritical. And, yes, that does mean that I'm not going to be an Obama sycophant replacing all you BushCo sycophants.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"I leave it for others to identify those people."Why? Because you can't?

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

Oh, I am sure you can, if you take off your partisan blinders.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Obama has appointed a whole lot more inside-the-beltway types than I like, Godot, but your accusation is nothing but baseless exaggeration.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"Ancient Arabian proverb say:“Arrogance diminishes wisdom”"Is that why BushCo so arrogantly murdered so many Arabs?

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

I see the bozo is falling over himself to defend the new overlords of the O'dude's regime.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"I see the bozo is falling over himself to defend the new overlords of the O'dude's regime."Really? Can you point to a post where I have defended them? Just one? (and pointing out actual facts does not qualify as "defending.")

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"You seem to lament over dead Arabs more than US soldiers and citizens."I lament over anyone's needless death. I protest loudly when their deaths are caused by US policy and funded with US tax dollars.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"I must assume too that you are against federal funding of abortion. "I assume you must be for the forced detention of any pregnant woman who might consider aborting, and then having the government support her and her child until the kid has graduated from college.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

"In fact, Bush hatred and Obama euphoria -- which tend to reveal more about those who feel them than the men at which they are directed -- are opposite sides of the same coin. Both represent the triumph of passion over reason. Both are intolerant of dissent. Those wallowing in Bush hatred and those reveling in Obama euphoria frequently regard those who do not share their passion as contemptible and beyond the reach of civilized discussion. Bush hatred and Obama euphoria typically coexist in the same soul. And it is disproportionately members of the intellectual and political class in whose souls they flourish."http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123336391229335459.html

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"How would this fare for a Republican Sec'y State's spouse?"Condi wasn't married-- but she did have supertanker named after her.

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

Obama advisors, appointments and nominations:Timothy (Tubo Tax Tim) Geithner, confessed tax cheatTom (Limousine Lobbyist) Daschle, confessed tax cheatHillary Clinton, stil married to Bill (I did not have sexual relations with that woman) Clinton, convicted of perjury.George (I never saw a currency I could not manipulate) Soros, convicted of fraud by a French court.Bill (pay for play) Richardson, under grand jury investigation for steering state bond business to an out of state business man who subsequently donated $100,000 to Richardson's PAC and $2,900 to his presidential campaign.Eric (who coulda knew?) Holder, aided Marc Rich, once on the FBI's 10 most wanted, in obtaining a pardon from Bill (I need at least $500,000 for my library if I do this) Clinton by bypassing the justice department procedures for reviewing pardon requests, while claiming that he did not know Rich's vile history, even though he prosecuted cases against Rich and took credit for successfully bringing that criminal to justice.That's for starters.

james bush 6 years, 6 months ago

I think President Obama will eventually disown all these "good old dems" and replace them with his ACORN-type dems from his community organizing days.........."Chicago-on-the-Potomac" regime in the making.

TacoBob 6 years, 6 months ago

Why is it so hard to nominate cabinet members that have filed taxes correctly? Surely there are many, many to choose from, why pick someone who is tainted right out of the chute.....

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

I don't like any of them, either, Godot. The sad thing is they are still an improvement, or no worse, than their immediate predecessors. I didn't vote for Obama, and really don't expect that he'll make major changes in the way bidness is done in Washington, and when the Republicans return to power, it'll be even worse.

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

Glad we agree on something, Bozo. It is time to clean house. Maybe there is a good use for Gitmo, after all. It holds about 500 prisoners, right?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Actually, I do hold out some hope that Obama will exceed my expectations. That hope is based on the possibility that Obama has picked most of these folks precisely because they are insiders, and will thus be able to sell major changes more easily than outsiders could. Or, maybe they'll just do the same ole, same ole. Only time will tell.

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

Bozo, if Obama has chosen his team for the reason you give, he is going to have to spend most of his time watching his back, or he will likely face an "Et tu, Brute?" moment in the future.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

Oh, the audacity of lower expectations for the most ethical Democratic party ever.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"Bozo, if Obama has chosen his team for the reason you give, he is going to have to spend most of his time watching his back, or he will likely face an “Et tu, Brute?” moment in the future."Pretty much.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"We're simply illustrating in this thread that not only is BO and his adm. status quo,"His administration has only just begun. Are you predicting his failure, or merely hoping for it?

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

The O'dude can't vote "present" anymore. He's clueless. The UAW and the other big money interests that put him in the White House will be calling the tune from here on.

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

Marion, respectfully, George Obama's arrest in Kenya for possessing a doobie has nothing to do with Barack Obama. I'm just curious how George could afford it since he is reported to live on $1 per month, as do a million other Kenyans living in Nairobi.Let us hope that Brother Barack does not model his governing of the US after his birthright, Kenya.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

Is there a genetic component to drug abuse?

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

Seriously, the only connection between George and Barack Obama is that both were born into the same incredibly dysfunctional family.

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

Marion, what is a non-dysfunctional family? Just pullin[ your chain :)

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

We judge men by their own actions, not by the actions of their families. Barack Obama has done enough in his first 10 days in offce to warrant serious questions about his judgement, we do not need to drag his poor, drug enduced brother who has been subjected to the indignities of living in a third world economy into the equation.

Kryptenx 6 years, 6 months ago

Silly republicans, paying taxes is for idiots! You guys actually pay taxes? No wonder you won't shut the hell up about trivial things such as the T, etc.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

I don't like Daschle all that much-- too much of a Washington insider, and all that that implies, for my tastes. That said, he is a smart guy, and his experience and connections can be useful. Will Obama be able to put that to good use? Will he be able to put to good use all of the other Washington insiders he has appointed? It's too early to tell, but there is no shortage of posters here willing to declare (and celebrate) his failure before he's even gotten started.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

I see you're intent on demonstrating that Pitts's article was talking very clearly about you, Tom.http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/feb...

jafs 6 years, 6 months ago

It is shameful that so many politicians lack integrity.If you can't file your taxes correctly (by mistake OR on purpose), then you shouldn't have a job in the government.Millions of average citizens manage to file their taxes correctly every year - it's not that hard.And, of course, the problem of moneyed interests contributing to politicians is also a widespread and serious issue. The only way to solve it is to eliminate all gifts/contributions/consulting/etc.

jafs 6 years, 6 months ago

If he is serious about changing the culture in Washington, Obama should insist on higher standards for his appointees.

notajayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says… "Dead link. But I stand by my statement. Failure to pay taxes is not a crime. Deliberately concealing income and/or filing false returns is what is criminal."I'm glad you stand by it. You're still wrong. Try this one, it's under section 10.05:http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/readingroom/2001ctm/10ctax.htm"10.05[2] Required by Law to Pay""... or a failure to pay a tax, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7203. The charge would be under section 7203 if there was no affirmative attempt to evade the payment such as, for example, the concealment of assets or the use of nominees, but, rather, simply a failure to pay a tax that was due and owing."You refer to him as "a smart guy," bozo. He was too stupid to know that those 1099's he got in the mail for consulting work were income? Even if we were to use your definition (feel free to do so, by the way - the IRS and DOJ will accept your interpretation, I'm sure), he knew he performed the work. He knew he got paid for it. He knew he didn't pay taxes on it. Yes, that IS knowingly filing a false return.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

You have to wonder how much longer Daschle would have kept committing federal crimes if he hadn't been tapped to join the most corrupt administration ever.

TacoBob 6 years, 6 months ago

Seriouslly, how does this work?These politicians pay someone to file their taxes - how could they not? So a professional tax preparer files the tax return, taxes are paid as determined, life goes on. Now the vetting process begins and the staff looks at everything. Somehow it is determined that taxes were filed incorrectly, sometimes for 3+ years, and restitution must be made.What is going on here?? A 'professional' prepared the returns, now they are wrong? Why does another 'professional' find problems? Did the first guy do something shady? Something questionable? Should he be investigated? Or at least questioned? Fined? Something?I have to report all my income, take the allowed (legal) deductions and pay the amount due. What are these guys doing different? Not reporting income? Taking too many, questionable (perhaps illegal) deductions?How can anyone defend such actions, from either party? $100,000 in back taxes and fines? Come on!And to the Bozo's of this board, wrong is wrong. Pointing out the more-than-boring-and-weak argument of 'yeah, but what about your guy' does not take away the offense. Wrong is wrong.So who has the answer? How do these things happen and get 'discovered' when supposedly these politicians are using expert services to file their returns? Adds up to zero ethics in the end. So let's let them hold positions of power so we can pay them to enforce double standards that benefit them - not their employers (us). Bad idea.Disgusting.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

I stand corrected on the tax issue, jaywalker, although it would appear that even that section of the code is directed primarily at people who willfully evade paying their taxes."He was too stupid to know that those 1099's he got in the mail for consulting work were income?"Did he get 1099's? It doesn't totally excuse his non-payment if he didn't, but we really can't assume that he got 1099ed.BTW, I'm not defending Daschle. Unfortunately, the wealthy are really not expected to pay their full taxes in this country, and calling Daschle or any other major mover and shaker on a "corrected" tax problem would set a precedent that neither side of the aisle wants to see.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"Back the mirror up about eight years, clown."You mean when the idiot-in-chief needed to be selected president by Daddy's buddies in order to steal the election, as opposed to Obama's winning in a near landslide?BTW, those predicting the absolute failure by BushCo, and for everyone in the world, were absolutely correct. Too bad those who voted for him were unable to recognize his complete lack of qualifications for office.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Facts is facts, pil. Applying a meaningless label to those who acknowledge them doesn't change them.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

A record number of imaginary-Americans voted for the O'dude last November.

TacoBob 6 years, 6 months ago

Bozo, please. Your comments are beyond the pale:-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------"Did he get 1099's? It doesn't totally excuse his non-payment if he didn't, but we really can't assume that he got 1099ed.BTW, I'm not defending Daschle. Unfortunately, the wealthy are really not expected to pay their full taxes in this country, and calling Daschle or any other major mover and shaker on a “corrected” tax problem would set a precedent that neither side of the aisle wants to see."----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The equivocation and obsfucation are so predictable. Didn't possibly get his 1099? It doesn't totally excuse his non-payment?? Huh? It doesn't excuse anything at all! It's the mailman ate my homework excuse! Such crap. That is laughable. He pays someone to do all this for him, and he signed the return. So where are the consequences? And you say the wealthy are not expected to pay their full taxes? What?? Says who? So let's pat Daschle on the head and get his cabinet post toot sweet! Equivocation and obfuscation at its finest.When it is one of Bozo's own kind, the argument softens and the benefit of the doubt comes in. Wrong is wrong, and the precendent Bozo worries about has been set by his own party. Call a spade a spade, man. Don't get all squishy when it hits too close to home. Anyone not filing properly should take their rap - I don't care what their affiliation is. Wrong is wrong.Get a spine - not a wishbone.

camper 6 years, 6 months ago

My guess is that he did not get 1099'ed for his consulting work. Neverthless, he should have journalized it and reported it as income. It looks like he also re-stated charitable donations. My guess is that he did not keep his receipts. My goodness, any tax preparer in the world would have asked him these questions. Maybe taxes would not be so high for the rest of us if everyone filed correctly.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Careful, taco, if you get you panties wadded up any tighter, you might hurt yourself.I'm not defending Daschle. Merely pointing out that he probably hasn't done anything worse than what thousands of people in his tax bracket do every year, and get away with every year. If he hadn't been appointed to a high profile job, he probably wouldn't have had to pay these back taxes.Also, if you aren't aware of all the tax shelters available to the wealthy, or the fact that someone who claims the earned income tax credit is more likely to get audited than someone in an upper income bracket, I suggest you do a little research.

jumpin_catfish 6 years, 6 months ago

Bozo's hero no matter what he did. A true cool-aid drinker.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"A true cool-aid drinker."Funny how the BushCo sycophants will spin anything said by anyone that doesn't fall in lockstep with their goosestep as "hero worship," even though anybody with moderate reading comprehension could see that my comments here have been anything but with regards to Daschle.

jumpin_catfish 6 years, 6 months ago

Got the wrong guy cool-aid boy, they are all (both parties) flippin' crooks. Obama is not change, its just more of the same.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"Got the wrong guy cool-aid boy, they are all (both parties) flippin' crooks. "I've been saying pretty much the same thing. Does that make you a cool-aid boy, too?"Obama is not change, its just more of the same."Many of his appointments would indicate that, but only a week in, it's too early to say what kind of president he'll be.

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

Turns out that as far back as June Daschle became concerned about this little oversight in correctly filing his taxes. That must be about the time that the Obama minders let Daschle know he would be Sec of Health and Human Services. He contacted his accountant and asked him to review. Of course, Daschle, being the upfront kind of guy he is, did not tell the Obama team. And the accountant did not find all the errors, the Obama team found some, and then the Senate finance committee found more.This guy is a true, died in the wool tax evader and liar, yet Obama is standing by him.What does Daschle have on Obama, anyway?

camper 6 years, 6 months ago

It is the same thing. Wether you make a few bucks cutting grass or won your fantasy baseball league. It is income. 128k in back taxes means he failed to report a significant amount of income....probably around 500k atleast.

TacoBob 6 years, 6 months ago

Not reporting income over how many years? Not just one but 3+? As said above, any tax preparer worth their salt would have a handle on a person's income, and ask the right questions. Your bank account reflects what you were paid, how convenient that the amount on the tax return does not match. Not getting the 1099 for consulting, etc. blah blah blah. Total excuses. Something is wrong in the process, and someone, or several, are most likey committing fraud.And you also say he would not have been 'caught' if he weren't so high profile. Not doing anything different than many others have done. Weak! Wrong is wrong.Geeeeeezzzz, Why do you excuse this. ALL tax evaders, on purpose or not, screw the rest of us. Wrong is wrong. Can't say it though, can you? Not when your leanings are involved.

fundamental 6 years, 6 months ago

“Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ” Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.Something tells me Daschle will hope to get more generous treatment than this.

camper 6 years, 6 months ago

Beobatcher, with all due respect. All a tax prepare (or CPA) can do is file a return based on the information he/she receives. It is not his/her duty to investigate or audit the information provided. It is the responsibility of the client to provide information about income and to keep subsidiary records of the information that represents the income and deductions claimed. Drascles return could have been done by any local firm, and they would have surely prompted him and asked him about the income he did not report. No excuses here. Though the tax code is way more complicated than it needs to be.

TacoBob 6 years, 6 months ago

FYI - The amended returns reflect additional income for consulting work, the use of a free car service provided to him by a prominent businessman and Democratic fund-raiser, Leo Hindery Jr., and misstated deductions for charitable contributions.And, Senior administration officials said on Saturday that Mr. Daschle was aware as early as last June that he might have to pay the back taxes, but did not inform the Obama transition team until weeks after Mr. Obama named him to the health secretary’s post. Just plain wrong. Or some here would say 'well, maybe'.....

notajayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

TacoBob (Anonymous) says… "Seriouslly, how does this work?"These politicians pay someone to file their taxes - how could they not? So a professional tax preparer files the tax return, taxes are paid as determined, life goes on."I think someone already answered this, but to make it perfectly clear: The taxpayer is the one responsible for a tax return - period. A return can not be submitted without the taxpayer signing it (on paper or electronically), and no matter who makes the mistake, tough luck. As a matter of fact, if you call the IRS for help and they give you the wrong answer, you're still the one on the hook. Some tax prep companies (like Jackson-Hewitt, for one) offer insurance. If you pay the extra fee, they'll cover the difference up to a set amount - IF it was their mistake. Your recourse if it was a CPA is (in addition to not hiring them again) a complaint to the licensing board.But, as camper said in his response to Be.O., a paid preparer can only put down what the taxpayer tells them. If Mr. Daschle didn't tell his preparer about the consulting income, the preparer has no way of knowing about it. I agree, however, that any worthwhile preparer will ask about such things. A paid preparer would have to be pretty incompetent (or pretty shady) to not have asked about the same things the Obama people asked about years later.As far as whether or not Mr. Daschle got 1099's for the consulting work, well, think about this - if he didn't, how did he (or his accountant when he 'reviewed' the returns, or the Obama people, or anyone else) know how much he'd underpaid? In order to file the amended returns, obviously there were some kind of records available, whether his personal books or the 1099's. Either way, if he suddenly 'found' the information now, he had it then, and he didn't report it. And yes, bozo and all the other defenders of Mr. Daschle, that IS tax evasion.

TacoBob 6 years, 6 months ago

NAJ, thanks for the detail. Pretty clear cut.Again, I don't care what one's affiliation is, not paying taxes owed is wrong. Sounds like Daschle screwed over the Obama vetting team in not admitting what he knew until after the nomination. Obama is all about a new ethic, more power to him, and this flies in the face of that effort. Were it up to me, that little ommission would get Daschle the boot. Can't trust him on the little stuff, how can he be trusted on the big decisions?There are ethical, qualified folks out there on the left and right. Pick one and move on. We all need a President and cabinet that will succeed in navigating this muck. Find and build your team with A players. Daschle also made big bucks ($300K+) from speaking and consuling gigs for the health care companies. Get someone who isn't tainted in so many ways.

notajayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

TacoBob (Anonymous) says… NAJ, thanks for the detail. Pretty clear cut."Obama is all about a new ethic, more power to him, and this flies in the face of that effort. Were it up to me, that little ommission would get Daschle the boot."Not likely. From the story: "...a spokesman said the president is confident the former Senate Democratic leader will be confirmed as the new health secretary."I have the same confidence. I seriously doubt the Republicans will put up any real challenges to any of Obama's choices. And that's a smart move. In the small possibility that everything comes up roses, they can say they cooperated and worked alongside the Democrats to bring about solutions. If everything goes to pot, they can say they just gave the Ppesident what he wanted, and they were after all his choices. Nobody will be able to blame them for a lack of accomplishment because they opposed the president's policies. Like I said, pretty smart.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

In the future, if you make a mistake on your tax returns, just write "I'm a Democrat. Back off!!" on any communication you are sending to the IRS.

monkeyhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

Wouldn't this raise the larger question of just how many of those who serve the little people in Washington are guilty of the same evasive behavior? Maybe this is just business as usual.It could be the same premise relating to charitable contributions and the disparagement between dems and reps. Some who garner taxes to fund entitlements believe that they have given sufficiently of themselves and do not feel obligated to donate financially. They are special, and should not be questioned (until they get caught). They expect to "not pay to play."

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"Not to defend Bush's performance as President, but compare his qualifications to those of Obama. Bush formed an energy company, and served as chairman of a merged company. He owned a major league sports franchise. He was governor of one of our largest states."All of the business ventures were the result of cashing in on Daddy's connections, by business folks looking to do exactly the same thing. His performance in all instances was pretty miserable. The governor of Texas is one of the least powerful of all governorships, and his performance there was hardly stellar, either."Obama was a community organizer (whatever that is),"You could educate yourself on what he did, but you prefer to be mockingly ignorant. BTW, it was one of his first jobs out of law school. What was W's first job? Oh, yea, party boy and coke freak."practiced law, and served not quite 4 years as a Senator."I'd say that's very self-servingly abbreviated list. "Not the sterling qualifications one would hope for in a President, imo."There are only two qualifications for being president-- born in the US, and being at least 35 years old. What other qualifications do you think we should add to the constitution?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

OK, one more time for all of you who can't make a reasoned argument, and resort instead to putting words in my keyboard.I'm not defending Daschle. I think the guy (and his wife) are poster children for the corruption that pervades Washington.But his tax "problems" are merely standard operating procedure, on both sides of the aisle, in Washington and on Wall Street, so it's unlikely they are going to prevent his confirmation.Would that it weren't so.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Snap, it's clearly you, and others, who have difficulty understanding what the meaning of "is" is.

Ceallach 6 years, 6 months ago

I must have missed the speech where change was defined as changing the initials after administration members' names from (R) to (D).

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

In my 9:10am post, the LJW program eliminated the "less-than greater-than" symbols used to mean "is not equal to".In other news about a certain ex-Chicago hopenchanger, http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/20471.asp

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

If Daschle is confirmed, then none of us should pay taxes until we are tagged to be a member of the Obama cabinet. I mean, rules are rules, and exceptions are exceptions. Live with it, man.

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

The entire premise of the Obama regime rests upon revenge for the misdeeds of the Bush administration:Their mantra is, if Bush did it, we can do it three times harder. The Ombamicans just want to get even, and then some, fuggeddabout what's right.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"Their mantra is, if Bush did it, we can do it three times harder."If they do it just as bad, that's way too bad. No need to exaggerate.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

More accurately, if they do it half as bad, that's way too bad.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

Apologists for the mis-steps of the corrupt Democrats have a very limited pallette."But those mean old Republicans did it too."Repeat as necessary.

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