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Tom Daschle Withdraws His Nomination For HHS Secretary

Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination for secretary of Health and Human Services after his failure to pay substantial taxes came to light. The former Senate majority leader did not pay $128,000 in taxes for a car service provided to him by a firm he did consulting for between 2005 and 2007. Daschle reported the unpaid taxes after being tapped for HHS secretary, and on Jan. 2 he paid $140,000 in back taxes and interest, but he still owes more.

Obama's nominees have been plagued with tax issues. This morning, Nancy Killefer, Obama's nominee for chief performance officer withdrew her candidacy after she failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help. And Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner managed to overcome the revelation that he failed to pay $34,000 in taxes while working abroad for the International Monetary Fund.


UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
nya - I know, and I hope you aren't mad that I had a little fun with what you typed. I've always enjoyed our reparte, even if we are on opposite sides of the argument sometimes.. :)
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
LMAO Dave I so did not see that I meant pay hehehe
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
beavis, we'll start with senators and members of the house, followed by governors, state congresspeople, and down from there, and end when the budget deficit is fixed!
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
Clearly the way to eliminate the budget deficit is to audit every registered Democrat in the country.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
zeze, I'm having the exact same problem. I think a lot of people are. Still LOTS of kinks to work out with this layout.
zeze zeze 8 years
Sorry forgot to ask this, this is a technical issue, but is anyone else having the issue of the thread not telling you when new comments are added in the new layout? Before it would tell me 56 comments 5 new...(even if it wasn't accurate, it always told me when there was new comments) now it doesn't at all.
zeze zeze 8 years
Thanks for the info Hanian. Does anyone else think it is weird that we have too look that hard to find out what this thing is going to pay for?
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
And I simply love that he was going to get confirmed and Obama hadn't spoke out about his actions until Daschle stepped down. With that said i am glad Obama spoke out against it, but it seems he was just going along for the ride.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
He failed to pay over $200,000 in taxes.... that is worse than most peoples tax evasion. He is slimy.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
zeze not sure how true it is but I found this
zeze zeze 8 years
So no one knows how this stimulus plan braks down? I read there was some 100 mil for an anti-smoking program dropped too...this thing sound ridiculious.
em1282 em1282 8 years
So he withdrew, and went all Sally Jesse Raphael on us. Way to go.
zeze zeze 8 years
I think calling them "slimy" is a bit harsh...they did pay their taxes, they just didn't report things they should have in their self-assessment. It is not exactly tax evasion. It's bad, don't get me wrong, but not as bad as not paying your taxes at all.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
I'm sure the senate would've blindly pushed him through if he hadn't withdrawn.
cynthiasolc cynthiasolc 8 years
As George Orwell once said in Animal Farm, "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others".
Roarman Roarman 8 years
"This is how Obama plans to fund the stimulus...collect back taxes from all his slimy cabinet members" Except they aren't his cabinet members. I was going to say it looks like he borrowed some woman's glasses. They don't even fit his face.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
How about all the lobbyist issues too? Mark Patterson, Cecilia Munoz, Tom Vilsack, William Lynn...
briglass briglass 8 years
a shame
zeze zeze 8 years
Yes. but he's the third on yet, you would think Obama would not be okay with 3 nominees with tax issues. From CNN: Nancy Killefer withdrew her nomination Tuesday to become chief performance officer, a new post in President Barack Obama's administration, a White House spokesman told CNN. Officials said privately the reason for the withdrawal was unspecified tax issues. The withdrawal is an embarrassment to the White House, as the much-touted post was aimed at scrubbing the federal budget.
Myst Myst 8 years
zeze... it was during the vetting process they found about Geithner... I don't know what happened with Daschle. He didn't reveal information until at the very last minute. But those who's been following the campaign, pretty much knew Obama was going to nominate him for this position, which is why I don't understand why he didn't resolve the problem sooner.
zeze zeze 8 years
What happened to Obama's great vetting process? Of those 77 questions, didn't taxes come up? And it makes me feel great that congressmen and women aren't paying their taxes and we are being given lectures from all of them on responsibility and accountability. OT - but does anyone where I can find how the stimulus package break down (i just heard they cut 400million from an STD prevention program - SERIOUSLY? That is neccessary right now?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Thanks Mich that's Bruce and he's happy because he doesn't have to pay taxes.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
This is how Obama plans to fund the stimulus...collect back taxes from all his slimy cabinet members
Myst Myst 8 years
Well that's good he did that. I wouldn't feel right if he got confirmed. I didn't like Geithner's confirmation either. How do you expect to me in charge of the treasury department if you can't even do your own taxes. And as much as I like Daschle and think he would've been a great, this is better for everyone involved.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Michelin, It's my day off so I'm wearing glasses with vibrant purple frames, but I've never seen a man with colorful frames...
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