Dec 6, 2013
Daschle Drops Out
Posted on Feb 3, 2009
Memo to anyone still angling for a top position in the Obama administration: Pay your taxes. Tom Daschle is the latest political player to find himself out of the running—in his case, to head the Department of Health and Human Services—after tax issues came to light.
Obama had tapped Daschle to lead the charge on health care reform. The former Senate majority leader said Tuesday that that effort would require a leader who did not carry any “distraction.” It might also require a leader who didn’t make millions advising (read: lobbying for) the health industry.
Another nominee, Nancy Killefer, also had to withdraw, reportedly because of tax issues. Timothy Geithner made it through the nomination process despite his own disinclination to pay his taxes.
Where is the IRS in all this? Clearly there is an epidemic of well-off people willfully ripping off Uncle Sam. We wouldn’t wish an audit on anybody, but these people were really asking for it.
All this has managed to irritate Campbell Brown, who vents about it here.
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