Submitted By Todd on February 1st at 9:50am
Just a mistake. For Tom Daschle?
Former South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle waited nearly a month after being nominated to be secretary of health and human services before informing President Obama that he had not paid years of back taxes, the Washington Post reports.For Daschle it was someone else's fault.
On Jan. 2, Daschle paid $140,000 in back taxes and interest to the U.S. Treasury and about two days later informed the White House and the Senate Finance Committee, the White House confirmed to the Post.He didn't even think it was his responsibility to let the Obama team know that he was damaged goods.
Daschle spokeswoman Jenny Backus said he had known since June 2008 that his luxury car and driver provided by wealthy Democratic donor, longtime friend and business associate Leo Hindery might be taxable, but never expected the amount to be such a "jaw-dropping" sum and "thought it was being taken care of" by his accountant.These guys are Profiles in Courage, aren't they? Caroline must be working on the book now.
"Senator Daschle is embarrassed and disappointed by these errors," Backus said. "He apologized for his part in these errors and expressed his deep regret that the committee had to devote time to them."When it comes to tackling the tough jobs in Washington, it seems there is only one man for each job, and that man is a tax dodger who lies about it.
A statement issued by the White House affirmed that Daschle "is the right person to lead the fight for health care reform."Needed to save the country - A Few Good Liars.
"Senator Daschle brought these issues to the Finance Committee's attention when he submitted his nomination forms and we are confident the committee is going to schedule a hearing for him very soon, and he will be confirmed," it said.Notice how they mention the timing of his revelation, as if disclosing it when submitting his paperwork proves him to be honorable. But submitting the nomination forms comes long after being asked if you're interested in the job.
Obama's transition team discovered in December that $15,000 of the $276,000 in charitable contributions claimed by Daschle lacked proper documentation. But Daschle waited until after amended returns were filed before he mentioned the larger tax liability.It's one thing to sandbag the American people. Doing it to the boss, before you've even gotten the job? That should be another thing entirely. But the job of getting health care passed is too important - and only Daschle can do it. Ends Justifies Means.