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Old 02-06-2009, 08:45 AM   #21
 
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I wonder if this whole tax thing is the norm and people are digging deeper this time, or there has just been some bad choices. I'm not saying they shouldn't dig, rather they should have dug this deep all along.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:50 AM   #22
 
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ITA Trenell. I think it's the norm and they should've been digging deeper all along.
It doesn't make sense that someone would have any kind of leadership in our government and hasn't paid all his/her taxes. That's for either party. I know the Repubs are having a field day with this...at least those on Fox News.
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:51 AM   #23
 
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I wonder if this whole tax thing is the norm and people are digging deeper this time, or there has just been some bad choices. I'm not saying they shouldn't dig, rather they should have dug this deep all along.
I agree with this. I think that Obama, in his quest to raise the bar, has raised it a bit too high. A certain amount of corruption has always been "acceptable" in politicians.

If these same rules regarding taxes and corporate involvement were retroactively applied to sitting members of congress and the senate, I don't think the Republicans would be quite so smug. Haliburton has practically been running the country for the last 8 years.
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:35 PM   #24
 
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It clearly was not just about the tax issue. If anything Daschle's tax problem is much more excusable than Geithner's. I think he stepped down because the NYT and other news organizations were going to probe into his consulting work and his wife's lobbying. Do not be so naive to think he stepped down because of honor and obligation or it has anything to do with Obama's "high ethical" standards. If that was the case, he would have never been picked in the first place.
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It clearly was not just about the tax issue. If anything Daschle's tax problem is much more excusable than Geithner's. I think he stepped down because the NYT and other news organizations were going to probe into his consulting work and his wife's lobbying. Do not be so naive to think he stepped down because of honor and obligation or it has anything to do with Obama's "high ethical" standards. If that was the case, he would have never been picked in the first place.
I think it was partly a matter of timing. Geithner was first so they gave him a pass; if Daschle had been first, he probably would have gotten a pass. Daschle being second though opened up a situation where Obama and his administration realized they couldn't just give all these people a free pass on tax evastion and something had to be done. If Geithner had been second, I don't think we would have seen his nomination approved and passed.
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