Tax Cheat Daschle Selected For HHS Secretary
Is this really change we can believe in? The Obama answer is – it depends on your definition of change. Apparently, the Obamanation has funny ideas about who to recruit into his administration. His latest choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services is tax cheat Tom Daschle.
Former democratic senate majority leader, Tom Daschle enjoyed the use of a personal limo and chauffeur for 3 years. In an attempt to evade tax payments and hoping it would go unnoticed, Daschle didn’t declare this service on his income taxes, as tax laws require. Just an honest mistake, right Tom?
During the vetting process to become HHS secretary, Daschle corrected the tax violation by paying $128,000 in back taxes including interest and amended his tax returns for 2005 through 2007.
It was also discovered that Daschle has a list of questionable charitable contributions and income from consulting fees.
A Daschle spokesperson said, “He deeply regretted his mistake. When he realized it was a mistake he corrected it rapidly.”
In non-political speak he really said,” He deeply regretted getting caught cheating on his taxes. After he realized this situation would harm his chances to become HHS secretary, he quickly paid the tax money he had stolen.”
How ironic that Obama keeps appointing tax cheats for positions where they will determine how other people’s taxes are spent. I may be a bit of a cynic, but this pattern doesn’t seem to bode well for the Obamanations’s ability to make good judgments.
Or maybe he just likes like-minded people, which raises the question – has anyone bothered to check Obama’s tax returns lately?
Update: Under pressure for being a tax cheat, Daschle tosses in the towel and withdraws from consideration as HHS secretary.