From ABC News:
ABC News has learned that the nomination of former Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., to be President Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services has hit a traffic snarl on its way through the Senate Finance Committee.
The controversy deals with a car and driver lent to Daschle by a wealthy Democratic friend, a chauffeur service the former senator used for years without declaring it on his taxes.
What is it with Democrats and taxes? They hard about taxes to middle and upper class people but refuse to pay themselves. And, like Geithner, he corrected the “mistake” during the vetting process:
During the vetting process to become HHS secretary, Daschle corrected the tax violation, voluntarily paying $101,943 in back taxes plus interest, working with his accountant to amend his tax returns for 2005 through 2007.
But this is where it gets a little interesting:
Mr. Daschle reimbursed the IRS $31,462 in taxes and interest for tax year 2005; $35,546 for 2006; and $34,935, a Daschle spokesperson said, adding that Daschle had asked his accountant to look into the tax implications of the car and driver five months before Mr. Obama won the presidency.
So, if Daschle decided to pay the back taxes only during the vetting process to enact socialized healthcare become HHS Secretary, why did it take him five months to do so when he asked his accountant five months prior to Obama’s election?
But have no fear. Don’t worry about these tax-evaders running the country. It’s all good, because:
The Daschle spokesperson told ABC News that the senator, facing questions from the committee, has said “he deeply regretted his mistake. When he realized it was a mistake he corrected it rapidly.”
Shouldn’t we be getting sick and tired of apologies about tax evasion and criminal investigations? For someone who loves to lecture the country about transparency and being open, his cabinet sure has a lot of skeletons in the closet.