Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Obama's Better Mouse Trap

Obama's picks for major offices didn't do so well today.

Tom Daschle, former Democratic Senate leader, withdrew his name from nomination to head the Dept of Health and Human Services after admitting he didn't pay taxes on $95,000 for charitable contributions and car services, and $45,000 in delinquent tax interest.

Nancy Killefer, nominated by Obama to be Chief Performance Officer and Deputy OMB Director, withdrew from the process when her tax evasion was made public. Killefer did not pay employment taxes for a year and a half on her household servants. The District of Columbia levied a $946.69 tax lien against her home for failure to pay the unemployment compensation tax.

Timothy Geithner was nominated and confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury despite his failure to pay a $34,000 tax debt. It's being suggested that Geithner step down, too. Larry Kudlow pointed out today that Geithner not only failed to pay his taxes, but also failed to answer the question of Senators Kyl and Bunting. If he were not nominated to run the Treasury Dept, would he have paid his back taxes?

Frankly, I've got to hand it to Obama. In the first 15 days on the job, he has caught three high level tax evaders and collected over $150,000 in unpaid taxes. Not bad for a beginner Messiah.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Anonymous said...

I really have no desire to serve in his majesty's cabinet, so I am just going to go ahead and pay my taxes. Don

Indigo Red said...

But, Don, a government job is forever. You can't be fired and your salary only goes up no matter how you perform, or even if you perform.

Gayle said...

Perhaps we should feel sorry for Obama, Indigo. ;) After all, It's so hard to find an honest politician nowdays, especially an honest politician who also happens to be a Democrat.

Indigo Red said...

"Honest politician" has always been an oxymoron.