Do ANY Democrats pay taxes?
March 31, 2009
This is simply outrageous.
Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius becomes yet another Obama nominee who can’t seem to figure out the tax code. Apparently, she has corrected three years worth of tax returns after finding “unintentional errors.”
This embarrassment is just the latest example of Democrats’ failing to pay taxes:
- Obama’s original nominee for secretary of HHS Tom Daschle.
- The “Indispensable Man” Tem Geithner.
- Nancy Killefer, who was supposed to be the government’s “chief performance officer”. Ooops.
- Ron Kirk, the former mayor of Dallas whom President Obama nominated to serve as United States trade representative, who “agreed to pay $9,975 in back taxes for failing to report speaking fees as income and for incorrectly deducting season tickets to Dallas Mavericks basketball games.”
- Congressmen Pete Stark and Eliot Engel, from California and New York, respectively, who claimed to have lived in Maryland in order to claim property-tax breaks on million-dollar vacation homes.
And when they’re not avoiding their taxes, Democrats seem to find other ways to engage in financial shenanigans:
On March 25, yet another Obama administration nominee was forced to withdraw under a cloud of scandal. Jon Cannon had been President Barack Obama’s choice to become second in command at the Environmental Protection Agency. But the appointment has been scuttled by allegations of financial “irregularities” at the now-defunct America’s Clean Water Foundation, on whose board Cannon once served.
Two days later, the administration was hit with another personnel problem. One of the country’s main bank regulators, Scott Polakoff, was forced to take an open-ended “leave of absence” from the Treasury Department after internal audits suggested that he allowed financial institutions like IndyMac and AIG to exaggerate their balance sheets – in effect, to cook the books – a failure of oversight that contributed to the current financial meltdown. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told the Senate Budget Committee on March 3 that American International Group (AIG) “exploited a huge gap in the regulatory system” and that “there was no oversight of the Financial Products division,” an indictment that would seem to fall on Polakoff, who was second-in-command at the Treasury Department unit known as the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS).
Oh, well. At least the “culture of corruption” is over.