During President Obama’s victory speech on election night, he spoke of his intent to ultimately win over some of the millions of people whose vote he didn’t receive. The then president-elect said he would do this by proving to people who didn’t vote for him that he would indeed bring “change” to Washington.
Two of Obama’s cabinet choices provided him with an opportunity to do just that, and he blew it.
Tim Geithner, who, in spite of tax avoidance issues that might make him unpatriotic in the eyes of Joe Biden, never had his nomination withdrawn by Obama and was confirmed as Treasury secretary. Now, former Sen. Tom Daschle, who Obama nominated as secretary of Health and Human Services, has been caught avoiding his own taxes and, yet, more than likely, will also be confirmed.
Looking around D.C., I’m starting to think Obama’s “change” pledge was just empty rhetoric – how about you? The Democrats need to seriously consider switching their party logo from a donkey, to a picture of Leona Helmsley sitting on the middle class.
Tom Daschle is just another in a long line of hypocrites who wants you and me to pay as much in taxes as possible – because he knows he has no intention of paying his.
ABC News reported that Daschle not only failed to pay more than $101,000 taxes on the car and driver a wealthy friend let him use from 2005 through 2007 (I’ve got $10 that says the car was a Dodge), but that Daschle also didn’t report $83,333 in consulting income in 2007. If somebody was paying Daschle to consult them on how to get away with cheating on taxes, it was an incredible waste of money.
Of course, the “oversight” card is being played, and Daschle’s excuse will no doubt be true to the definition of the word in the liberal dictionary:
Oversight: [oh-ver-sahyt] – noun, liberal 1. An excusable omission or error on tax forms due to distraction caused by tireless attempts to help as many children, poor and minorities as possible.
Even if Geithner and Daschle’s tax issues were oversights, is it really acceptable to have two guys prone to oversights running the nation’s finances and charged with redesigning the entire health care system of the United States? Obama and his famous motto answers this question with a resounding, “Yes we can!”
There are “working people” rotting in prison at this very moment for the same thing that is being overlooked so Geithner and Daschle can be promoted to high government office. Is this “fair”? Is this “change”? Is this … surprising in the least?
Those Americans in prison for tax evasion, avoidance or oversight were, to a great degree, simply unlucky enough to not have the means to afford all the back taxes and penalties. After all, failure to pay taxes is one of those “crimes” with a statute of limitations that goes only as deep as the pockets of the offender. Maybe this is all by design though, as Geithner and Daschle are now solid planks in the Democrat Party’s class-envy platform.
Some tax dodgers, such as actor Wesley Snipes, were just plain stupid and quickly found out that, at the IRS at least, white men can jump. Wesley should have been a politician, and he’d be at a confirmation hearing instead of in prison.
Willie Nelson, whose IRS penalties that resulted from his tax “oversights” were so severe that he’s been unable to afford a shower since Reagan’s first term, is owed a cushy job in the Obama cabinet as well.
President Obama had a chance to prove, at least to some degree, that he was serious about cleaning up Washington. By withdrawing the Geithner and Daschle nominations, Obama could have won over some “hope and change” skeptics over for at least a week – two if he’d have said he was only releasing Gitmo prisoners to make room for hypocritical wealthy liberal tax cheats.
There should be little sympathy, and certainly no cabinet positions, for people who not only had a hand in designing the insane and unconstitutional tax monster we have today, but who then tried to tiptoe around the beast while it was busy devouring the rest of us.
However, I must admit that it’s fun watching pro big-government spiders become entangled in their own webs once in a while.