The Tom Daschle Affair has come to what should have been its expected end. My comments can be found in my latest New Ledger column, in which I invoke the Muse of Cosell. Excerpt: Slowly but surely, the scales are falling from our eyes when it comes to taking the measure of the Obama Administration. We realize that its members are not ten feet tall. | Read More »
If tax cheats are too much for government work …
So Tom Daschle isn’t going to be Secretary of Health and Human Services for being a tax cheat. And Nancy Killefer removed herself from consideration for the same reason. Now what about those people who want to be in Congress? Like Al Franken? Or Scott Murphy? Just sayin …
Over/under on Daschle withdrawing?
He’s got the New York Times calling for his removal (check out Hot Air for appropriate scorn at the way that the Grey Lady is weaseling on this one), there was a quid pro quo between Daschle and the guy who gave him the car and chauffeur, and the best defense that Obama’s press sacrificial victim secretary could come up with?
President Obama and Democrats continue to defend tax cheats
“Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter.” — Senator Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507 Tom Daschle, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, is singing a different tune today. “I am deeply embarrassed and disappointed by the errors that required me to amend my tax returns,” said | Read More »
Dear Obama Administration
Pull the Daschle nomination. Now: ABC News has obtained the Senate Finance Committee Report on Tom Daschle’s nomination to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, which indicates that Daschle’s tax problems were even more substantial than earlier reported. The report indicates that Daschle’s failure to pay more than $101,000 taxes on the car and driver a wealthy friend let him use | Read More »
Another Cabinet Nominee, Another Series Of Tax Problems
Those who objected to the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate in last year’s Presidential election sarcastically derided the nature and competence of the McCain campaign’s vetting operation. Surely–the thinking went–the campaign could not have been operating on all cylinders if it allowed a candidate like Palin to slip through its vetting procedures and end up as the Number Two on the | Read More »
Daschle – Can somebody clue me in here?
ABC is reporting that HHS nominee Tom Daschle is facing “controversy” over a “mistake” by “forgetting” to declare as income the free use of limousine and driver lent by a “friend” for whom he did paid consulting. He “happened” to notice this just before Obama’s election, and went back and paid over $100K in back taxes and interest (and apparently $0 in penalties, just like | Read More »
“Indispensable/That’s What You Are”
I am pleased to inform readers of the emergence of a new online magazine, The New Ledger, which stars a number of friends of mine. The reading is quite smart and the format, while somewhat bloggish, allows for and encourages longer opinion pieces that one would more likely find in the Op-Ed section of a major newspaper. I have been asked to write for The | Read More »
Susan Collins (R-ME) “simply can’t in good conscience vote for Mr. Geithner.”
[UPDATE]: HA! In your FACE, Allahpundit. 60/34. Which still means that we’re putting in charge of our taxes somebody who can’t do his. But Senator Collins (R-ME) wasn’t having any of it. Oh, did I say “Obama’s advocate?” I meant to say “Andrea Mitchell, objective journalist for NBC News.” Be sure to go all to the end; the point where Ms. Mitchell plaintively asks why | Read More »