Glitch? Update: Daschle on tax enforcement in 1998

posted at 8:42 am on February 2, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Someone needs to get the Washington Post a new headline writer.  Their coverage of Tom Daschle’s tax problems, which could derail his nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services, has this for a headline:

Daschle Faces Questions From Senators on Tax Glitch

Glitch?  A glitch is when you write something on the wrong line of the tax return, or transpose numbers accidentally.  Daschle has failed to report income, gifts, and now apparently Medicare coverage for his driver.  He has paid over $140,000 in back taxes and penalties.

That’s a little more than just a glitch.

Paul Kane and Ceci Connolly and the Post actually report better than the headline suggests, though:

Daschle’s prospects became complicated during the first week of the year, when he detailed for the White House and the Finance Committee a series of tax filing errors made over the past three years. Most significantly, he did not pay taxes on a luxury car and driver provided by his friend and employer, Democratic businessman Leo J. Hindery Jr.

Daschle, a former Senate majority leader from South Dakota, will head to the Capitol today “ready and willing to answer any questions,” said Jenny Backus, his spokeswoman. He will also inform lawmakers that in addition to the $140,000 in back taxes and interest he paid on Jan. 2, he intends to send the U.S. Treasury an additional $6,000 to cover Medicare taxes on the driver.

Questions about the Medicare tax liability arose only Friday, Backus said, and Daschle agreed to pay the money.

The Post reported yesterday that Daschle kept Barack Obama in the dark about his tax problems for over a month after being nominated.  Connolly and other co-writers also inform readers that Daschle managed to lobby without having to register:

Thomas A. Daschle waited nearly a month after being nominated to be secretary of health and human services before informing Barack Obama that he had not paid years of back taxes for the use of a car and driver provided by a wealthy New York investor.

Daschle, one of Obama’s earliest and most ardent campaign supporters, paid $140,000 to the U.S. Treasury on Jan. 2 and about two days later informed the White House and the Senate Finance Committee, according to an account provided by his spokeswoman and confirmed by the Obama administration.

Although Daschle had known since June 2008 that he needed to correct his tax returns, he never expected the amount to be such a “jaw-dropping” sum and “thought it was being taken care of” by his accountant, spokeswoman Jenny Backus said. …

The disclosure of Daschle’s tax problems coincided with the release of the financial statement he submitted to the Office of Government Ethics, which details for the first time exactly how, without becoming a registered lobbyist, he made millions of dollars giving public speeches and private counsel to insurers, hospitals, realtors, farmers, energy firms and telecommunications companies with complex regulatory and legislative interests in Washington.

Daschle’s expertise and insights, gleaned over 26 years in Congress, earned him more than $5 million over the past two years, including $220,000 from the health-care industry, and perks such as a chauffeured Cadillac, according to the documents.

At some point, this nomination has to be more trouble than it’s worth.  After all, no one will buy the notion that Daschle’s “uniquely qualified” for the HHS position as some did with Geithner at Treasury.  The HHS position is a payback for Daschle’s support in the primaries, and Obama has a perfect excuse now to dump Daschle regardless of loyalty.  By keeping his tax problems secret, he’s proven rather untrustworthy.

And that gets to the heart of why the Senate should have rejected Geithner and why they should refuse to confirm Daschle.  It’s a matter of trust.  Neither man shows a compelling reason why they should have the public’s trust placed in them.  Both men will run vast bureaucracies and enforcement mechanisms, Geithner especially.  The public has the right to demand people with proven accountability, not people who blame their accountants — or their accounting programs.

Unfortunately, the public hasn’t demanded it, in part because the press has been willing to portray these as “glitches”.  Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) noted the double standard of the press in covering the Obama administration and its obvious ethical issues, and wondered if a Bush nominee with even one-tenth the tax issues of Daschle would have gotten such supportive coverage.  If Daschle had been Republican, we would have seen screaming headlines pointing out how out of touch the free limo service would be for a nation struggling with economic crisis, and how Bush did nothing but appoint fat cat lobbyists to positions of power.  The silence along those lines with Daschle and Obama speaks loudly.

Update: From the Department of Delicious Irony, Michelle and many others find this Daschle quote rather germane to his confirmation:

“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.

Maybe Geithner can arrest Daschle when the HHS nominee appears on Capitol Hill for his confirmation hearing — assuming he ever has one.


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Most folks, especially Republicans can’t see what this is doing to the government. Democrats could care less, taxes are for the little people.

tarpon on February 2, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Daschle kept Barack Obama in the dark about his tax problems for over a month after being nominated.

Clearly this is another instance of whitey making a clean articulate negro look like a moron and a crook.

csdeven on February 2, 2009 at 8:49 AM

The Democrats are demonstrating their qualifications for getting rid of the “culture of corruption”.

backwoods conservative on February 2, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Crook!! Should fit in nicely. Will not need even the most cursory training to be part of this administration.

jeanie on February 2, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Hmmph! They are morons who lack any semblance of common sense, honesty and integrity.

Kokonut on February 2, 2009 at 8:52 AM

If any of us members of the “Proletariat” tried to explain our tax problems to the IRS as a “glitch”, they would throw us under the jail and our Great-Grandchildren would still be paying our fines. This is stacking up to be the most corrupt administration evah!

kingsjester on February 2, 2009 at 8:52 AM

I just hope that when the 2012 Presidential debates roll around, whoever the GOP nominee is throws each one of these nominees in Obama’s face and dares him to explain how this is “change we can believe in”.

It’s time for the GOP to take the gloves off. Screw the press and the leftwing nutz. The reins of our country are being handed to a bunch of tax cheats, terrorist pardoners, and socialists.

Doughboy on February 2, 2009 at 8:52 AM

I get tired of running the ole imagination with the shoe on the other foot and how the MSM would report it.

Can you imagine if Karl Rove, Don Rumsfield or Rush Limbaugh were found to be in a “tax” confused state.

hawkdriver on February 2, 2009 at 8:54 AM

He knew he owed taxes since June and never paid them or told Obama. That is tax evasion.

Democrats..taxes for thee, not for me.

becki51758 on February 2, 2009 at 8:55 AM

I really should change my status, so that I don’t have my fed. taxes taken out of my paycheck. Then I’ll just ignore paying.

It’ll just be a glitch and an oversight; I won’t go to jail, right?

rbj on February 2, 2009 at 8:55 AM

The Democrats are demonstrating their qualifications for getting rid of the “culture of corruptionglitches”.

backwoods conservative on February 2, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Yo.

the_nile on February 2, 2009 at 8:55 AM

It’s time for the GOP to take the gloves off. Screw the press and the leftwing nutz. The reins of our country are being handed to a bunch of tax cheats, terrorist pardoners, and socialists.

Doughboy on February 2, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Yes, yes, and more YES!!!

hawkdriver on February 2, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Well of COURSE Dashole kept Ogabe in the dark; the first black POTUS will never be tainted by anything or anyone. Always completely innocent as the pile of corpses under the bus grows into a mountain.

Ogabe can’t seem to find one person for his cabinet who doesn’t have a glaring problem, and we still have 1448 days to go.

Bishop on February 2, 2009 at 8:56 AM

rbj on February 2, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Not if Obama finds you useful.

hawkdriver on February 2, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Obama is lucky South Dakota is a small state. He probably doesn’t care since they didn’t vote for him anyway (and that seems to be important to him – ala Super Bowl endorsement because the Steeler owner supported him, ignoring the Cinderella story; does this man have ANY thought that is not for his political benefit?) but if the people of SD were smart enough to vote this limousine liberal out of office 4 years ago, why isn’t Obama smart enough to figure out that nobody wants this partisan dirt bag back in the public eye?

Oh yea, because Obama’s from Columbia and Harvard, so he knows what’s best for us? This pick proved him wrong, once again.

mngirl on February 2, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Is there not anyone in that cabinet that is not tainted? I have been writing to my two Dem. senators about this since they started appointing these criminals. Even the Republicans keep voting for them. Will they each get their own special prosecutor? Is this our way out of the recession? Stimulus for lawyers?

BetseyRoss on February 2, 2009 at 8:58 AM

It’s a banana republic.

Surprise.

jeff_from_mpls on February 2, 2009 at 8:58 AM

I get tired of running the ole imagination with the shoe on the other foot and how the MSM would report it.

You don’t even need your imagination. Just a passing acquaintance with modern American history.

Jim Treacher on February 2, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Man, the federal government is turning into a larger version of Minnesota.

I love my state but when I see Franken on the verge of winning and compare him to the buffoons running things in D.C., I don’t see much difference.

The morons are taking over.

Bishop on February 2, 2009 at 9:00 AM

“If you can’t Daschle them with brilliance, then baffle them Glitches”

Glitches and Hoos.

the_nile on February 2, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Just proves the point that the dems really believe that they are in “charge” and therefore the rules do not apply to them…unless they are caught.
Don’t forget, in 2007 Pelosi was caught not reporting money, this is typical democrat, liberal, thinking…the laws don’t apply to them.

right2bright on February 2, 2009 at 9:01 AM

And that gets to the heart of why the Senate should have rejected Geithner and why they should refuse to confirm Daschle. It’s a matter of trust. Neither man shows a compelling reason why they should have the public’s trust placed in them.

Thanks, Ed, for getting to the point. If only the MSM would put it in just those words, or any words at all, for that matter.

Sloan Morganstern on February 2, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Democrats hurt the poor and the sick when they don’t pay their fair share of taxes. Biden stated: “it is patriotic to pay more taxes”. Why do the democrats hate sick children and our country?

trs on February 2, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Man, the federal government is turning into a larger version of Minnesota.

I love my state but when I see Franken on the verge of winning and compare him to the buffoons running things in D.C., I don’t see much difference.

The morons are taking over.

Bishop on February 2, 2009 at 9:00 AM

I don’t worry about them modeling their little junta after Minnesota.

I’m worried it will resemble Rawanda or the Sudan.

War lords and all.

jeff_from_mpls on February 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM

The lobbying rules are very clear. You can advise clients about pending legislation and regulations, help them design their lobbying strategy, and help develop their policy positions, all without registering as a lobbyist. You can even make up to two direct contacts with a member of Congress or federal official without registering. “Lobbying” constitutes direct contact of members of Congress or staff, or federal officials about specific legislation or regulations. Former members of Congress and high-level Hill staff use this loophole all the time to avoid violating the rules. So I doubt that Daschle violated them. Of course, this is all lost on the public who don’t get the nuances of lobbying laws. If you go to work for a bigtime lobbying firm, and you advise their clients and make millions of dollars, you sure look like a lobbyist to most Americans.

rockmom on February 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Democrats like to raise our taxes because they don’t have to pay their own.

petefrt on February 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM

“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.

Keemo on February 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM

The Post reported yesterday that Daschle kept Barack Obama in the dark about his tax problems for over a month after being nominated.

The Paparazzi President and his “superior judgment” seems to always be in the dark.
How long is this line going to keep working for this failed community organizer.

Richardson,Geithner,Rev. Wright,Blago just to name a few,are either close associates or recommended by the liberal Messiah and he appears to be clueless about them.

How much longer is the press and liberals going to keep covering up for Mr. 57 states that tries to walk through windows to get into the White House.

He is breaking promises left and right,serving up “pay to play” by the billions using our recession as cover,and also
is trying to start a trade war:(via Ace of Spades)

US-EU trade war looms as Barack Obama bill urges ‘Buy American’
The prospect of a trade war between the US and Europe is looming after “Buy American” provisions were added to President Barack Obama’s $820 billion (£573 billion) stimulus package.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/4389597/US-EU-trade-war-looms-as-Barack-Obama-bill-urges-Buy-American.html

The EU trade commissioner vowed to fight back after the bill passed in the House of Representatives late on Wednesday included a ban on most purchases of foreign steel and iron used in infrastructure projects.

The Senate’s version of the legislation, which will be debated early next week, goes even further, requiring that any projects related to the stimulus use only American-made equipment and goods.

The inclusion of protectionist measures has quickly raised hackles in Europe.

A spokesman for Catherine Ashton, the EU trade commissioner, said: “We are looking at the situation. The one thing we can be absolutely certain about, is if a bill is passed which prohibits the sale or purchase of European goods on American territory, that is something we will not stand idly by and ignore.”

Hey,genius,we all want to buy American,but not at the expense of our free trade and eventually our economy.
Did Obama learn nothing from the disastrous policies that got us into the great depression.

So much for all that “the world will love America again” crap.Welcome to reality liberals.

Obama is showing his inexperience and extreme liberal agenda very early on and it’s going to lead to disaster if Congress and our MSM doesn’t get off their knees and start holding this clown accountable.

Baxter Greene on February 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM

“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.

Keemo on February 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM

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the_nile on February 2, 2009 at 9:04 AM

I suppose if a democrat were involved in the KKK, the WaPo would call that a glitch over clothing attire? Or if the paper found a man hanging in a tree in the dem nominee’s backyard that would be a glitch over tree decorations?

eaglewingz08 on February 2, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Good catch, Ed.

I have to laugh when I see that the cringe-worthy Jenny Backus is Daschle’s spokesperson. She once said:

“We can’t play defensive. And we have to take our message beyond simply that Washington is gripped by a ‘culture of corruption.’ We’ve got to show the American people that things don’t get done, that taxpayer dollars get wasted and that there’s no accountability when there is one-party rule in Washington.”

Backatcha, Jen!

Buy Danish on February 2, 2009 at 9:05 AM

And by the way, can I interrupt this thread to complain about the almost total media blackout of the catastrophe in Kentucky? It’s the biggest natural disaster in the history of the state, and the media silence is deafening.

Where is the President? Where is FEMA? Where are the celebrities?

rockmom on February 2, 2009 at 9:06 AM

They may as well seat him. I don’t know if there are enough honest Democrats to choose from for his replacement. Then we would have to choose from either Sponge Bob or Daffy Duck. Porky Pig was already chosen to aid in Congressional spending.

DL13 on February 2, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Did Obama learn nothing from the disastrous policies that got us into the great depression.

Baxter Greene on February 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM

It lead to almost democratic monopoly on power.
He learned alright..

the_nile on February 2, 2009 at 9:07 AM

“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.

Bishop on February 2, 2009 at 9:07 AM

a “jaw-dropping” sum

Really, Tom? I thought you supported increasing taxes to “spread the wealth around”. Hopenchange afterall. I guess it’s easy to support when you don’t pay your taxes…

batter on February 2, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Short version of this post:

The Washington Post is corrupt.

faraway on February 2, 2009 at 9:09 AM

“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.

Keemo on February 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM

More “Do as I say,not as I do” from the “smart ones”

Just another reason to bust out the “Rangel Rule”.

LEGISLATING A NEW “RANGEL RULE:”
http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NDQ2NjlmZmRiOTQzODNhYzMxMjJiNzY1OWQxZDhjODA=

All U.S. taxpayers would enjoy the same immunity from IRS penalties and interest as House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Obama Administration Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, if a bill introduced today by Congressman John Carter (R-TX) becomes law.

Carter, a former longtime Texas judge, today introduced the Rangel Rule Act of 2009, HR 735, which would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from charging penalties and interest on back taxes against U.S. citizens. Under the proposed law, any taxpayer who wrote “Rangel Rule” on their return when paying back taxes would be immune from penalties and interest.

Nothing to see here,this is just a DISTRACTION!!

Baxter Greene on February 2, 2009 at 9:09 AM

New caption for photo:

Five dollar…five dollar…five dollar foot longs.

Disturb the Universe on February 2, 2009 at 9:11 AM

rockmom on February 2, 2009 at 9:06 AM

God Bless y’all. I was in a big Dixie ice storm in ’94 and it’s not a whole lot of fun. You’re right about the lack of coverage. I’m guessing Kentucky does not qualify for coverage due to the wrong population.

By the way, I hear the Dixie Chicks offered to perform a relief concert. The people refused. They said they had suffered enough.

kingsjester on February 2, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Bishop on February 2, 2009 at 9:07 AM

You’re not that naive. You know that only applies to political opponents and the “little people”.

Sheesh, it’s like you expect everyone to live by the same standard, or something.

batter on February 2, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Jim Treacher on February 2, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Yeah.

Wearying, none the less.

Driving home from work the other night Harley Karnes of CBS news, which is the hourly report on my local radio station, gave note to the Daschle Tax problem and then said in the same breath that his nomination shouldn’t see any major opposition. I just shake my head these days.

And of course the liberal trolls come here and read our posts and I’m sure giggle about their arguments with us about it being our imagination.

hawkdriver on February 2, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Sheesh, it’s like you expect everyone to live by the same standard, or something.
batter on February 2, 2009 at 9:12 AM

I apologize. It’s time for me to get back to the rice fields now.

Bishop on February 2, 2009 at 9:13 AM

I take it Daschle was using the same version of TurboTax as Geithner?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 2, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Clearly this is another instance of whitey making a clean articulate negro look like a moron and a crook.

csdeven on February 2, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Heeh hee, funny.

anniekc on February 2, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Bishop on February 2, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Arugula fields, peon.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 2, 2009 at 9:14 AM

“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.

Keemo on February 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM

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the_nile on February 2, 2009 at 9:04 AM

lol, OMG if that isn’t the best cut and paste evah.

hawkdriver on February 2, 2009 at 9:14 AM

And by the way, can I interrupt this thread to complain about the almost total media blackout of the catastrophe in Kentucky? It’s the biggest natural disaster in the history of the state, and the media silence is deafening.

Where is the President? Where is FEMA? Where are the celebrities?

rockmom on February 2, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Yea,Obama was busy at the Alfalfa Club having the MSM gloat about how magnificent he is:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/18247.html

Even the well-heeled, well-tailored and well-connected members of the Alfalfa Club all but tripped over their patent leather shoes and floor-length gowns to get a moment Saturday night with the man who happens to be both the new president and the world’s most buzzed-about living figure.

rockmom,it’s only a disaster if it happens when a Republican is President.

Baxter Greene on February 2, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Well, they can’t use the term ‘tax cheat’, because he has a ‘d’ after his name.

Vashta.Nerada on February 2, 2009 at 9:15 AM

The thing of it is, Daschle would never, ever have paid these taxes and penalties IF he had not been asked to serve in Dear Leader’s administration. Everybody including his Senate “buddies” knows this. It’s just more phoniness from the hope-and-change people. Get used to it – it’s only the beginning.

abcurtis on February 2, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Arugula fields, peon.
Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 2, 2009 at 9:14 AM

I can’t win today.

Bishop on February 2, 2009 at 9:15 AM

One other thing- he’ll be confirmed anyway.

abcurtis on February 2, 2009 at 9:15 AM

i don’t know what else to do other than write my 2 dem senators & ask them if they vote for daschle, can i not pay my taxes. dont’ they get it?

kelley in virginia on February 2, 2009 at 9:17 AM

hawkdriver on February 2, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Wait a sec. The King of Cut and Paste is on the Palin thread. He’ll be angry with you.

If the Republicans don’t at least state objections to Daschle, they have no spine at all.

kingsjester on February 2, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Yea,Obama was busy at the Alfalfa Club having the MSM gloat about how magnificent he is:

Wait, what? The black President went to the “Alfalfa” Club?

Oh shi….if only Sam Kinnison were alive.

Bishop on February 2, 2009 at 9:17 AM

kingsjester on February 2, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Nope.

Funniest and most ironic cut and paste statement in the corrupt windbag catagory goes to to…

Envelope please…

Keemo of Hot Air at 9:03.

Accepting the award for Keemo are two brutish looking guys in dark suits with their fingers in their ears leading him off by the elbows. Wait, now Keemo is kicking and screaming and going on about thanking someone.

Sad display.

hawkdriver on February 2, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Bishop on February 2, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Alfalfa: Love note? NO! This is gonna be a hate note!
Buckwheat, Porky: Sounds good to me!

*********

Waldo: We just moved into town. My father bought the oil refinery.
Darla: That explains why you’re so refined!
Alfalfa: Yeah, and so oily!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 2, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Keemo, your post “is” my next homemade bumper sticker.

hawkdriver on February 2, 2009 at 9:24 AM

If you saw Schumer on Disgrace the Nation and Sheiffers softball handling of him it made me want to reach out smack them both along side the head. Schumer saying “Tom” is such a good man and this was just an “oversight”. He’s the man for the job blah blah. I told my wife if I ever came face to face with Schumer on the street I’d end up in jail. Durbin/Turbin also groveled about “Tom” and how best he was to serve the nation. If this isn’t tyranny I don’t know what is.

wepeople on February 2, 2009 at 9:25 AM

“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.

Keemo on February 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM

See, the key word there is “our” laws. There is one set of laws for us and another for the Masters of the Universe. If he had said “the” law that would have been different. Now that we understand that, we’ll all feel better about paying our taxes.

abcurtis on February 2, 2009 at 9:25 AM

The silence along those lines with Daschle and Obama speaks loudly.

All my little liberal friends have been very quite the past week or so…I think even they are beginning to notice the double standard.
Of course they like it, but they recognize it. What they don’t know, is that it will get worse before it gets better. This is just the first couple of weeks and Obama has committed a series of mistakes.
I can hardly wait for the review of his first 100 days…probably some of the best fiction we will ever read.

right2bright on February 2, 2009 at 9:26 AM

hawkdriver on February 2, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Right on Hawk!!! These Liberals live in their own world don’t they! ABOVE THE LAW!

Keemo on February 2, 2009 at 9:27 AM

This whole tax thing is a cluster now. Why, is Daschle paying these medicare taxes? Who hand this chauffeur his pay check during these three years? If he was on a payroll, why wasn’t the employer medicare portion not paid? And if it wasn’t, was the 6.2% SS portion paid?

Is Daschle actually paying medicare or is he paying the income tax on the medicare portion of the Benefit (car and driver) he received? If he is paying the medicare tax, because he acknowledges it is owed and owed by him, isn’t he also obliged to pay the employer’s SS portion, or the full 7.65%?

I’m also kind of surprised at the $6,000 amount. If one assumes it is tax + interest and interest is half of the amount, that leaves $3,000. The employer’s portion is 1.45%. Calculating compensation, that’s $207,000 or about $70K per year (for three years). Nice job if you can get it.

Dusty on February 2, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Paul Kane and Ceci Connolly and the Post actually report better than the headline suggests, though

Of course they do. They know that many people decide if they want to read the story based on the headline alone. Who wants to spend time reading a story about a simple “glitch”? Could it be a case of a biased press hoping people don’t read the story they reluctantly must print in an attempt to preserve their own dying creditability?

Dollayo on February 2, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Guess he will have no change left in his pocket. Ugh this administration is like a dream turning into a nightmare and fast. I hope it doesn’t get as bad as some people are saying it’s going to get. Espically if this is just the beginning.

Brat4life on February 2, 2009 at 9:28 AM

This DOES NOT MATTER to the Democrats. A Demcrat lying and cheating on their taxes is not big deal. Heck, they get on committee chairs for stuff like that.

But let a Republican Vice President collect on his severance from a company….. and it’s THE reason we got into Iraq.

originalpechanga on February 2, 2009 at 9:28 AM

everyone, please melt the phones on this frakker!!

contact your senator

call your Senatorial Critter and get him OUDDA THERE!

ginaswo on February 2, 2009 at 9:30 AM

I’m with Laura Ingraham on this one.

Just about the time our pols start to show a little spine, they go along with toxic nominations like Tom Daschle.

If the GOP Senator roll over on the Daschle nomination, I’ll be livid.

petefrt on February 2, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Gotta email our “Useless as tits on a bull” senator Bob Casey AGAIN and once AGAIN ask him to not confirm a tax cheat.

Once again, the partisan apparatchik will almost certainly vote the democraptic party line.

bullseye on February 2, 2009 at 9:33 AM

Just what exactly constitutes a “swamp” in the eyes of a liberal:

Special treatment
Another Cabinet pick didn’t pay taxes

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20090202/OPINION01/302029964
Apparently it is fine not to pay one’s taxes. That seems to be the message from the Obama administration.

First it was disclosed that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner failed to pay more than $34,000 in self-employment taxes. That held up his nomination for the post briefly, but did not derail it; he was confirmed by a vote of 60-34.

Now it is apparent that former Sen. Tom Daschle, President Barack Obama’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, has been negligent as well. The former South Dakota senator recently filed amended tax returns to report $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest, the Associated Press reported.

The list gets bigger everyday of corrupt officials and lobbyist making there way into the Paparazzi Presidents administration.

If this is not a “swamp” that needs some serious cleaning up,than what is?

Baxter Greene on February 2, 2009 at 9:35 AM

In only a couple of weeks the new administration was able to help identify and fix a number of tax glitches which previously went unnoticed under the Bush regime. The Harry Reid voluntary tax loophole is now closing.

moxie_neanderthal on February 2, 2009 at 9:35 AM

melt the frakin phones!

please, I dont want this guy running our health policy as he paysback eveyrone who gave him a freebie in the past 2 yrs, argle

http://senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

ginaswo on February 2, 2009 at 9:37 AM

This would be laughable if it weren’t so disgusting. Obama is setting himself up for failure with his cabinet picks, his ridiculous porkaholic bill, and his failure to keep his campaign promises. He’s trying to throw money at special interest groups and call it a stimulus, and the public is finding out about it and they’re starting to make it clear they don’t want more of this crap. And having this bunch of clowns up there trying to straighten out the country’s economic problems will result in nothing but mayhem. The public is swiftly losing confidence in his decisions and in times like these, they won’t stand for it. His ratings will be in the toilet by June.

scalleywag on February 2, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Remember Linda Chavez was rode out on a rail for less.

P.S. I can’t stand that non-Mexican Mexican and her amnesty.

Tim Burton on February 2, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Gotta email our “Useless as tits on a bull” senator Bob Casey AGAIN and once AGAIN ask him to not confirm a tax cheat.

Once again, the partisan apparatchik will almost certainly vote the democraptic party line.

bullseye on February 2, 2009 at 9:33 AM

There’s no excuse for Casey to vote for this bag of slime. Daschle was out of the Senate when Casey came in. I’ve already called his office and given his staff critter a piece of my mind.

rockmom on February 2, 2009 at 9:38 AM

It looks as though I will need to buy an updated dictionary for the next few years.

OldEnglish on February 2, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Daschle kept Obama in the dark! What else will he keep Obama in the dark about? If Daschle is approved I will personally grap my pitch fork and torches and head to the door of the senate cloak room. ENOUGH! If this had been a Republican, the person would have been horse tied and dragged down Pennsylvania Ave. Does Obama think the American people are this stupid? Geithner and Daschle should pay penalties like the rest of us would, if we were caught. If another one shows up like this, I say we should, as a nation, boycott paying our taxes. Do as I say not as I do! The Democrats rallying cry.

Atlanta Media Guy on February 2, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Democrats couldn’t care less about raising your taxes. They don’t care, it doesn’t effect them . . . they don’t pay taxes.

rplat on February 2, 2009 at 9:42 AM

“Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter.”

Sen. Tom Daschle
Congressional Record p. S4507.
May 7, 1998

albill on February 2, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Does Obama think the American people are this stupid?

Of course he does . . . they elected him, didn’t they?

rplat on February 2, 2009 at 9:44 AM

He’s a fool. A self-absorbed, arrogant, elitist fool who’s in WAY over his head. He thinks he can get away with appointing the lobbyists and the cheats and the shady characters for our highest offices and line his best donor’s pockets with pork. Well guess what, he’s right..YES, HE CAN. Plus, he’s tried to appease one of our greatest enemies and he got pwned. Off to a great start aren’t we?

scalleywag on February 2, 2009 at 9:47 AM

ACORN Tax Return Service: Pay us instead of the IRS

faraway on February 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Are there ANY Democrats who pay their taxes?

Glitch my ass.

drjohn on February 2, 2009 at 9:51 AM

AND, he ought to be tried as a traitor if it turns out to be true that he was trying to negotiate with terrorists behind our Presidents back. Arrogant fool. Sorry, can’t say that enough.

scalleywag on February 2, 2009 at 9:51 AM

I”m getting a cognative disconnect here.

Obama is supposedly super smart and is the only person to lead us out of trouble BUT he can’t seem to judge people worth a darn.

How is this possible???

bullseye on February 2, 2009 at 9:53 AM

bullseye on February 2, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Obama needs to vet his vetters because they can’t seem to vet his vettees.

kingsjester on February 2, 2009 at 9:55 AM

This is going to be a fun four years — if we manage to survive them.

RickZ on February 2, 2009 at 9:55 AM

“thought it was being taken care of” by his accountant

Did he think the accountant was going to write the check too? What a joke. It is tax evasion, and should be investigated by the criminal division of the IRS, since he admits knowing he was supposed to amend his return but didn’t for 6 months. It’s been reported that he paid the amount plus interest. I hope he had to pay the penalties too. This is so outrageous. Daschle’s 2008 quote is getting ready to be e-mailed to my two senators.

TennesseeRed on February 2, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Obama needs to vet his vetters because they can’t seem to vet his vettees.

kingsjester on February 2, 2009 at 9:55 AM

haha, absolutely. But it doesn’t appear it would make any difference even if they did, they still get put through.

scalleywag on February 2, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Gotta email our “Useless as tits on a bull” senator Bob Casey AGAIN and once AGAIN ask him to not confirm a tax cheat.

Once again, the partisan apparatchik will almost certainly vote the democraptic party line.

bullseye on February 2, 2009 at 9:33 AM

This was the last year I threw my absentee ballot vote away in PA. I’ll be voting as a North Carolinian next year. (retring here)

I always liked to think I was canceling out at least one of the 20 votes a wino in Philly was casting.

hawkdriver on February 2, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Gotta email our “Useless as t@ts on a bull” senator Bob Casey AGAIN and once AGAIN ask him to not confirm a tax cheat.

Once again, the partisan apparatchik will almost certainly vote the democraptic party line.

bullseye on February 2, 2009 at 9:33 AM

This was the last year I threw my absentee ballot vote away in PA. I’ll be voting as a North Carolinian next year. (retring here)

I always liked to think I was canceling out at least one of the 20 votes a wino in Philly was casting.

hawkdriver on February 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Democrats..taxes for thee, not for me.

becki51758 on February 2, 2009 at 8:55 AM

It’s just perfect, ain’t it?

Taxes are patriotic, the rich really ought to just throw in some extra, blah blah blah.

But Charlie “You’re in the Army now” Rangel still takes the cake, though Geithner’s a close second.

misterpeasea on February 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

We should all change our political affiliation to Democrat. That way we can all:

1. ‘forget’ to pay taxes
2. Engage in corrupt, illegal activities
3. Get elected as town mayor to engage in NAMBLA approved sex
4. Sell vacated Senate seats to the highest bidder
5. Be an empty suit and still get elected President of the United States

Then, the world will be fine.

SeniorD on February 2, 2009 at 10:12 AM

csdeven on February 2, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Guys, can we not do this racist crap here please?

factoid on February 2, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Aww, give the poor guy a break, CNN reports he’s “embarrassed”

Daschle ‘embarrassed’ over tax issues
President Barack Obama’s choice to oversee health care reform in his administration is expressing regret to Senate leaders over tax issues dogging his nomination. Former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle wrote to leaders of the Senate Finance Committee that he is “deeply embarrassed and disappointed by the errors that required me to amend my tax returns.” full story

Pitiful.

scalleywag on February 2, 2009 at 10:19 AM

I think they are glitches. The $88K was left mistakenly left off of his 1099 by his employer, and all the other stuff is happening due to his taking of “free” limo services.

If my employer left off a month’s worth of pay from my 1099, I probably wouldn’t notice it either. In fact, if they added a month’s worth of pay, ditto. I’ve never compared my 1099 with my last paycheck stub, but, by golly, this year I will!

Of course, there’s a difference between Daschle and most of us here — for Daschle, a “lost” monthly wage of $88K (lost to the 1099, not his coffers) is almost in the noise, whereas, for the rest of us, it comes to nearly a year’s wages. This is why these guys want to tax us so much — they’ve lost track of what it’s like to be middle class, and they think that, because they have so much disposable income, that the rest of us are likewise endowed.

I mean, he just paid $140K in extra taxes! That’s just 4 months of net income to him — or a bit over one month per year that he failed to pay these taxes. For those of us who work nearly half a year to pay the governments in our lives, I hope the message hits home, because we have to endure what Daschle just had to do once every year of our lives.

unclesmrgol on February 2, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Can you imagine if Karl Rove, Don Rumsfield or Rush Limbaugh were found to be in a “tax” confused state.

hawkdriver on February 2, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Geithner and Daschle are just tax impaired.

Johan Klaus on February 2, 2009 at 10:22 AM

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