In August of 2008, during the Saddleback Forum at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, Pastor Rick Warren asked Barack Obama a sobering question. Warren asked at what stage of pregnancy does a baby get human rights? Obama responded by saying the answer to that question was “above my pay grade.” Just one month into Obama’s Presidency and we have already witnessed one scandal after another. It appears the entire job of President of the United States is above Barack Obama’s pay grade.
First, there were four cabinet positions that Obama chose to fill with candidates with tax problems. Timothy Geithner, Obama’s choice to run the Treasury Department, was found to have not paid $35,000 in federal taxes from 2001 to 2004. It’s kind of insane to put a guy who cheats on his taxes in charge of the Treasury Department. Yet, Obama got his way and now a man who thinks he is above our tax laws is going to somehow enforce those same laws.
There were other Obama cabinet appointees who ran into problems when it was exposed that they had tax issues. They include former Senator Tom Daschle, who owed $128,000 in back taxes and Nancy Killefer, both of whom withdrew their nominations.
Then there was Congresswoman Hilda Solis’ husband. Solis’ husband was found to not have paid taxes as well. Now, Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, has been found to have tax problems of his own. While a Member of Congress, he was a roommate of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), but did not pay rent for five years. According to our tax laws, the money Emanuel did not pay as rent counts as imputed income. The IRS considers the rent Emanuel did not pay to be a gift or compensation. This money should have been reported as such, but Rahm did not report it.
During the 2008 campaign, Joe Biden said it was patriotic to pay taxes. I guess all the Democrats mentioned above have no sense of patriotism.
How about New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson? He had to withdraw his name from consideration as Obama’s commerce secretary when it was made public that a federal investigation was underway to find out how his political donors landed a lucrative state transportation contract. All of this occurred within the first few weeks of the Obama administration.
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