By now you’ve all heard about Health and Human Services secretary nominee Tom Daschle’s tax shenanigans.
Tom Daschle, President Barack Obama’s choice for secretary of Health and Human Services, paid about $140,000 in back taxes and interest after questions surfaced during the vetting of his nomination, according to documents being prepared by the Senate Finance Committee.
Mr. Daschle made the payments to cover a luxury car and driver provided to him by an investment firm where he was an adviser after leaving the U.S. Senate in 2005, but which he didn’t report as income, people familiar with the report said. The payments also covered unreported consulting income and unwarranted charitable deductions. The tax period covered 2005 through 2007.
Mr. Daschle told committee staff that he had grown used to having a car and driver as Senate majority leader and didn’t think to report the perquisite on his taxes, according to staff members.
Daschle is the second one of Pres. Barack Obama’s cabinet nominees with serious tax problems… As far as I’m concerned Daschle’s nomination should be withdraw. The fact that it hasn’t speaks volumes about the moral and ethical fabric our political culture.
Michelle Malkin notes White House spokesman’s Robert Gibbs rather glib answer when pressed on whether Daschle was the best suited nominee… “Nobody’s perfect.”
Nobody’s perfect??? God Save us!