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ljm2002 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-01-09 01:31 PM
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10. Apart from everything else... pisses me off that Daschle, like Geithner, both insiders and both presumably conversant with the tax codes, nevertheless both managed to conveniently miss that they owed taxes on large amounts of money.

I think I'll try that the next time I receive $200,000 worth of perks from some company that I'm already earning millions from.

It isn't just those two, though. It's all of the Washington insiders, who enact laws and tax codes, only to try and wriggle through the loopholes or just avoid paying altogether, sure in the knowledge that they won't get caught.

And the thing is, they would not have been exposed except for the vetting process.

If a person is found to owe back taxes when they are vetted, why in the hell does the nomination continue? It really pisses me off that they get away with this nonsense. Then they "pay it back" and everything is supposed to be hunky-dory? How the hell many other taxes didn't they pay? Why do we continue to tolerate this smelliness from our representatives in Washington? Why in the hell would we want a Treasury secretary who doesn't understand how the tax codes apply to him, personally? Why in the hell would we want a HHS secretary who doesn't bother to pay taxes on $200,000 worth of perks, until forced to?

The way I see it, when the vetting turns up this sort of nonsense, they should be forced to pay back taxes and their names should be taken out of contention. If that means that the administration doesn't get its first 10 choices for the position, so be it. It will put the whole flock -- Democrats and Republics -- on notice that their ability to hold responsible public office is contingent on their being responsible in the first place.

You know, that whole "personal responsibility" mantra that keeps being thrown in our faces whenever we say anything about predatory mortgages, or predatory credit card practices and the like -- the old "you signed up for it, whaddaya complaining about?" attitude. So they signed up for the tax codes, a lot more than the rest of us did -- they had a direct hand in setting them up.
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