Even the New York Times thinks that Daschle's nomination ought to be pulled

The New York Times has this:

When President Obama nominated former Senator Tom Daschle to be his secretary of health and human services, it seemed to be a good choice. Mr. Daschle, as the co-author of a book on health care reform, knew a lot about one of the president’s signature issues. As a former Senate majority leader, he also knew a lot about guiding controversial bills through Congress, where he remains liked and respected by former colleagues.

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 particularly liked this:

He paid some $140,000 in back taxes and interest on Jan. 2 to settle several tax problems — and he acknowledges owing more.

If he owes even more money, why is everyone quoting just the $140,000 figure?

Senator Jim DeMint calls for Daschle to withdraw his nomination.

"The average American would likely face criminal charges with tax evasion of this size, yet he did not address the issue until he was nominated," he said. . . . .

And another nominee withdraws her nomination because of even much, much smaller tax problems.

"Nancy Killefer has decided to withdraw her nomination, and we accepted her withdrawal," Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman, said Tuesday. The 55-year-old executive with consulting giant McKinsey & Co., was expected to explain her reasons for pulling out later in the day.

When her selection was announced by Obama on Jan. 7, The Associated Press disclosed that in 2005 the District of Columbia government had filed a $946.69 tax lien on her home for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help.

Since then, administration officials refused to answer questions about the tax error, which she resolved five months after the lien was filed.

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Blogger Ken Mott said...

$Not only is it $140,000 in taxes. Thats about $450,000 in income he "forgot" about.

2/03/2009 10:38 AM  

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