An Anniversary Present for the Taxpayers

On this day ninety-six years ago, February 3, 1913, the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. The Sixteenth Amendment gave the federal government to authority to collect income taxes. Today, in an affront to all Americans who have labored these past ninety-six years to pay their fair share – and then some – to the government, President Barack Obama has a tax cheat in charge of the Internal Revenue Service, and had another in line to take the reins at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The withdrawal of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle from consideration for a Cabinet post is an anniversary present for the American taxpayer. Today of all days is a day to celebrate tax cheats getting their just desserts.

Mr. President, on this anniversary of the income tax, can you assure Americans who dutifully pay their taxes in full and on time that there will be no more tax cheats nominated for or discovered to be holding positions of power and influence in your Administration? It’s the least you can do on our anniversary.