On Daschle’s tax issues, and media double standards

Posted by: ST on February 2, 2009 at 10:14 am

Ed Morrissey says it best:

At some point, this nomination has to be more trouble than it’s worth. After all, no one will buy the notion that Daschle’s “uniquely qualified” for the HHS position as some did with Geithner at Treasury. The HHS position is a payback for Daschle’s support in the primaries, and Obama has a perfect excuse now to dump Daschle regardless of loyalty. By keeping his tax problems secret, he’s proven rather untrustworthy.

And that gets to the heart of why the Senate should have rejected Geithner and why they should refuse to confirm Daschle. It’s a matter of trust. Neither man shows a compelling reason why they should have the public’s trust placed in them. Both men will run vast bureaucracies and enforcement mechanisms, Geithner especially. The public has the right to demand people with proven accountability, not people who blame their accountants — or their accounting programs.

Unfortunately, the public hasn’t demanded it, in part because the press has been willing to portray these as “glitches”. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) noted the double standard of the press in covering the Obama administration and its obvious ethical issues, and wondered if a Bush nominee with even one-tenth the tax issues of Daschle would have gotten such supportive coverage. If Daschle had been Republican, we would have seen screaming headlines pointing out how out of touch the free limo service would be for a nation struggling with economic crisis, and how Bush did nothing but appoint fat cat lobbyists to positions of power. The silence along those lines with Daschle and Obama speaks loudly.


He knows he’s got the media in the bag. And so far, the media has done very little to counter the fact.

And this is supposed to be the “accountability presidency”? I don’t think so.

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3 Responses to “On Daschle’s tax issues, and media double standards”


  1. Lorica says:

    Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) — Thomas A. Daschle, picked by President Barack Obama to be Health and Human Services secretary, said he was “deeply embarrassed” about $128,000 in errors on his taxes, and promised in a letter to answer all questions about how it happened.

    Well there you go problem solved. No interest penalties, no late fees, no added water of any kind, because Tommy Boy is a good liberal, and we only use the IRS to crush conservatives.

    If you have ever read the book “The power to destroy” there is a story about a guy, whose accountant made a 80K error about a deduction. Well 7 years later the IRS decides to audit this poor soul and they find this error. So the IRS bills the guy almost 700,000.00 for the mistake. Now I ain’t no super genius, like Tom Daschle, but I think Tom should have to pay back the IRS 9 times what he owes, just like you or me.

    Ohhh and what happened to the poor soul that made the 80K error??? He bartered the IRS down to 250,000.00 and then killed himself so that his family could keep their house and the family business as his insurance would cover that amount. 2 weeks after that, his wife gets a phone call from the IRS telling her they want their money. Upon being notified that her husband was dead, they told the poor widow the deal was made with the deceased, and so it was no longer valid, and they foreclosed on her house, business, and kept the insurance money. This was the IRS of the 1990s. – Lorica

  2. Nettie says:

    Didn’t Obama ask on that 63-page job application, “Have you paid your taxes?”