White House: Daschle's Tax Failure Was a 'Serious Mistake'
Back tax issues doesn't seem to bother President Obama when picking cabinet positions. President Obama and other top Democrats are calling failure to pay taxes a serious but forgivable mistake. When Linda Chavez was up for Labor Secretary in 2001 under President Bush, she was ousted quickly due to tax issues. In 1993 Zoe Baird withdrew as Attorney General nominee after failing to pay taxes. The right is wondering if this is, 'change Americans can be deceived in'? Paying ones taxes was touted as being Patriotic by the now Vice-President Biden. Based on Bidens criteria, are Obama's nominees un-patriotic? Is anyone wondering what happened to the promise of ethical, not business as usual, politics that was promised to American People by President Obama?
The White House today called Tom Daschle's failure to pay more than $100,000 in back taxes a "serious mistake," but the president still "absolutely" supports his nomination to be secretary of Health and Human Services.
In this Dec. 11, 2008 file photo, President-elect Barack Obama, right, stands with Health and Human... In this Dec. 11, 2008 file photo, President-elect Barack Obama, right, stands with Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, former Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle, during a news conference in Chicago. Daschle recently filed amended tax returns to report $128,203 in unpaid taxes and $11,964 in interest, according to a Senate document obtained by The Associated Press. (Charles Dharapak/AP Photo )
The White House backing came on a day when the beleaguered nominee apologized and said he was "deeply embarrassed" over the tax flap.
In an effort to end the controversy over Daschle's nomination as HHS secretary, a key Democrat also voiced his support and Daschle agreed to be grilled about his tax issues today by the 23 members of the Senate Finance Committee.
To show that ones own words can come back to haunt you. Senator Daschele in 2002 said on the senate floor that any American who refuses to pay ones taxes should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Additionally, he called out Republicans by name who used legal tax shelters, 'tax Cheats'.
How about a real Stimulus plan, a 1 year tax holiday? Call it the Daschele Plan, now that will stimulate the economy! The bottom line: Congress should use the Daschele tax doctrine on nominee Daschele.
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