Shot in the Foot

Fucking Democrats.

Now Tom Daschle is running into trouble with his confirmation over unpaid taxes!  Another appointee with tax trouble.  All we need right now is to give the ornery House GOP an effective catch-phrase to demagogue the stimulus bill:

“It’s easier for the other side to advocate for higher taxes because you know what?” the minority whip asked.
“They don’t pay ’em!” the roomful of Republicans shouted back. (Politico)

ABC’s Jake Tapper has the scoop:

The nomination of former Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., to be President Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services has hit a traffic snarl on its way through the Senate Finance Committee.  The controversy deals with a car and driver lent to Daschle by a wealthy Democratic friend, a chauffeur service the former senator used for years without declaring it on his taxes…The Cadillac and driver were never part of Daschle’s official compensation package at InterMedia but Mr. Daschle — who as Senate majority leader enjoyed the use of a car and driver at taxpayer expense — didn’t declare their services on his income taxes, as tax laws require.

Apparently, this isn’t news to Team O:

During the vetting process to become HHS secretary, Daschle corrected the tax violation, voluntarily paying $101,943 in back taxes plus interest, working with his accountant to amend his tax returns for 2005 through 2007.

Hopefully that means we floated this to key players and got their assurances, along with making all the necessary amends, to minimize the damage of this thing.

It continues: Health care groups paid Daschle $220K


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