Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Daschle has been damaged

By wearing these ridiculous glasses. Who is he? Harry Potter's dad?
Ok, We've already established that it's ok to fail to pay $42,000 in taxes and still be confirmed for Sec. of Treasury.

If Daschle goes through for Sec. of Health and Human Services (and he will) it will then be ok to fail to pay$140,000 in back taxes.

No wonder Democrats want us to pay more taxes, they don't pay them anyway.

Daschle is a prime example of a "limo liberal." He lives the high life while preaching to the rest of us how we are obligated to pay more taxes to "spread the wealth" around. He never says exactly that (Obama just got caught saying it), but that is what they imply all the time. Who of us has a car and a driver? Who of us would forget to mention that on our tax form if we did?

As The WaPo's "The Fix" puts it:

".....Obama caught in an emerging pattern and a story that has the whiff of the D.C. insider politics Obama campaigned against because, well, Daschle cashed in on the D.C. insider politics Obama campaigned against," said one senior Democratic Senate aide."

Remember what Pres.Obama said about lobbyists during the campaign? Then reiterated this on his first day on the job.

"I don't take a dime of their money," he said, "and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House."

Except for Daschle...And William J. Lynn III, his choice to become the No. 2 official at the Defense Department, who lobbied for military contractor Raytheon. And William Corr, chosen as deputy secretary at Health and Human Services, who lobbied as an anti-tobacco advocate.

If you are wondering how Daschle came to be able to afford a full time car and driver (although technically he didn't pay for it himself, which is part of the problem), he was paid more than $5.2 million over the past two years for advising health insurers and hospitals (keep in mind this position is FOR Health and Human Secretary). He also was paid more than $2 million as a senior policy adviser for the Washington law firm Alston & Bird. In addition, he was also paid more than $2 million in consulting fees from InterMedia Advisors LLC of New York, an investment firm specializing in buyouts and industry consolidation.

Nothing wrong with making money. Just don't preach to me about paying my fair share in taxes when you don't bother to. And certainly don't ask me to pay more.

Let's just face the facts. Obama's administration is Clinton II The Movie and we all know it. The notion that this will be a new kind of politics is laughable.

*note: Had to share this hilarious comment by a listener on the radio I just heard in the car. "If Obama's appointees keep paying their back taxes we may soon be able to balance the budget."

Update! Obama administration cabinet official leaves over tax problems.

Chief Performance Officer Nancy Killefer being the first Obama administration official with tax problems to drop out.