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Old 01-31-2009, 08:01 AM   #1
 
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:13 AM   #2
 
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Of course it's not doomed. How does it go? It was an honest mistake, and he's now paid what was owed, so lets get on with business. You know, the hopeandchange of it all.
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I doubt he is doomed. Geithner was nominated head of the Treasury which includes the IRS; he had taxes he didn't pay and they put him through. Geithner is the one who should never have gotten through. Therefore, I would be surprised if this holds Daschle back either (though it should).
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Are you kidding? What Obama wants, Obama gets. That's the new mantra. So far it's working and to hell with the rest of us.
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This doesn't good look for Daschle or the vetting process. If however, this is the worst thing that happens during Obama's administration, I can live with that. Daschle shouldn't be confirmed if there's a problem.
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This is sort of a guano but I do not understand these tax issues. Are they old tax issues that the person took care of? Or are they ones they never took care of? If they are ones they did not take care of then of course, they should not be nominated. But if these are tax issues that they were advised and took care of them...who the heck cares? People get audited all the time - realize they made a mistake or their accountant did or maybe there were trying to get away with something but if they owned up and paid what they owed - who cares?
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Right now I'm really, really mad at him. I take it as a personal affront when Democrats cheat on their taxes.

Maybe it was a mistake....... but way too many wealthy, powerful people do this crap. Sick of it!
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The Daschle and Geithner nominations have me very disappointed in Obama. I thought he was going to be different, a new way of doing things and would make good changes. I would have more respect for him if he would say these two men defrauded the government, he wasn't aware of it initially, but he now has to remove their names from nomination. Of course, we know he didn't do that with Geithner so he won't with Daschle. These were two gestures Obama could have made that would have convinced me he really is for change.
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The title of my thread was mock concern, really. I did not believe for a second that Daschle's nomination was doomed. Particularly since the new administration seems comfortable with appointing other tax cheats such as Geithner.

But when liberal newspapers like the New York Times publishes an editorial asking Daschle to withdraw his name, even a hardened politician should begin to sweat.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/03/op...tue1.html?_r=1


"Unfortunately, new facts have come to light involving his failure to pay substantial taxes that were owed and his sizable income from health-related companies while he worked in the private sector that call into question his suitability for the job. We believe that Mr. Daschle ought to step aside and let the president choose a less-blemished successor."
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The title of my thread was mock concern, really. I did not believe for a second that Daschle's nomination was doomed. Particularly since the new administration seems comfortable with appointing other tax cheats such as Geithner.

But when liberal newspapers like the New York Times publishes an editorial asking Daschle to withdraw his name, even a hardened politician should begin to sweat.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/03/op...tue1.html?_r=1


"Unfortunately, new facts have come to light — involving his failure to pay substantial taxes that were owed and his sizable income from health-related companies while he worked in the private sector — that call into question his suitability for the job. We believe that Mr. Daschle ought to step aside and let the president choose a less-blemished successor."
But don't worry, there'll be plenty of things to dog Obama about
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/...hle/index.html
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The Daschle and Geithner nominations have me very disappointed in Obama. I thought he was going to be different, a new way of doing things and would make good changes. I would have more respect for him if he would say these two men defrauded the government, he wasn't aware of it initially, but he now has to remove their names from nomination. Of course, we know he didn't do that with Geithner so he won't with Daschle. These were two gestures Obama could have made that would have convinced me he really is for change.
He admitted the mistake immediately. I'd prefer he didn't make the mistake in the first place, but I must say I'm impressed that he owned up.

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Old 02-03-2009, 06:09 PM   #12
 
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Nancy Killefer withdrew her nomination as well.
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How does it feel?
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I hope they are not losing too many bright minds over stuff like this.

I dunno, I have relatively easy taxes to do, and I find them damn difficult to complete and easy to **** up on
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Haha. I guess that's a yes.
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"Unfortunately, new facts have come to light involving his failure to pay substantial taxes that were owed and his sizable income from health-related companies while he worked in the private sector that call into question his suitability for the job. We believe that Mr. Daschle ought to step aside and let the president choose a less-blemished successor."
I think the Daschle tax thing wasn't a big deal. He made a mistake and he paid up. Geithner's tax issue is much more troubling to me because he of all people should have known better.

I was much more troubled about Daschle's ties to big Pharma and the medical-industrial complex. How can a guy with those connections be expected to "fix" the medical system? So I'm glad he's out. Just like the Treasury Secretary should be held to a higher standard with regards to issues of taxes, the Health Secretary should be held to a higher standard with regards to his relationship with the medical industry.
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I think the Daschle move was the right one. As disappointed as I was that Obama didn't withdraw the nomination, my husband thinks possibly Obama let Daschle save face and withdraw himself rather than Obama withdrawing the nomination. With that being a real possibility, I will give Obama the benefit of the doubt in this instance.

There can't be two sets of rules. Yes, taxes are difficult, but someone at Daschle's level can afford to have a good tax person prepare his taxes, and this mistake should never have been made.
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There can't be two sets of rules. Yes, taxes are difficult, but someone at Daschle's level can afford to have a good tax person prepare his taxes, and this mistake should never have been made.
Maybe the "Rangel Rule" isn't such a bad idea after all.
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Well, well. It's nice to see a politician do the right thing. Whether he was encouraged or came to his own decision is irrelevant to me. I'm just glad he's out.

The Obama team's vetting process needs a redo, in my opinion.
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The Obama team's vetting process needs a redo, in my opinion.
Clearly!

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washing...nd-taxes_N.htm
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