It seems to have escaped the notice of very few people that the Democratic Party is incessantly calling for taxes on the American people even as some of its highest ranking members have cheated on their taxes. This has produced a bevy of great quotes today,
"Change... It Used to Be We Found Out About the Crooks After They Were In Office." -- Gateway Pundit
"As one leading Democrat put it: "Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter."
That Democrat was then-Sen. Tom Daschle in 1998. The same Tom Daschle, we've since learned, who failed to pay more than $100,000 in back taxes for perks he received as one of Washington's most relentless influence-peddlers -- that is, until he realized he might receive a job in the Obama administration spending the money most Americans conscientiously send to Washington.
Daschle's hardly alone. The recently confirmed Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, also failed to pay taxes he owed (even though he surely must have known he owed them) until it became politically expedient to pay them. Now he runs the IRS. Take that, suckers." -- Jonah Goldberg
"(Al) Franken, who is still fighting incumbent GOP Sen. Norm Coleman for Minnesota's Senate seat, failed to pay at least $70,000 in taxes to 17 states prior to running for office.
...Franken refused to answer questions and blamed his attorney Allen Chanzis for the error-- much like Geithner blamed the mass-market tax software for his failure to pay $34,000 in taxes.
...There a few other Democrats who have gotten in trouble for their finances lately although the media has been slow to make a narrative out of the obvious big picture story: Democrats Campaign to Raise Taxes, Fail to Pay Their Own." -- Amanda Carpenter
"Daschle Never Forgot to Vote for Higher Taxes." -- Josiah Ryan
"First Tim Geithner. Now Tom Daschle? Who's Obama's next cabinet pick - Wesley Snipes? Dianne Wilkerson?
Not to upset the loyal O-Bots out there, but the last guy from Chicago to have this much income tax trouble was Al Capone. And at last report, he still had an outside shot at getting Commerce secretary.
President Obama pledged to change Washington, and he has. Before Obama, tax cheats used to lose jobs." -- Michael Graham
"Did the Democrats adopt a plank in their party platform last summer re quiring all of their top dogs to have serious personal tax problems?" -- New York Post
"Tom Daschle failed to pay taxes on a quarter-million dollars of income related to the chauffeured Cadillac that ferried him about town for three years. But don't call the guy a limousine liberal.
...Indeed, the senators will almost certainly confirm the former member of their club, barring the discovery of more tax problems. But in doing so, they risk leaving the impression that they operate under the Leona Helmsley rule: Only the little people pay taxes." -- Dana Milbank
But, that's just it, Democrats apparently do think "Only the little people pay taxes." Why else would Obama even want Tim Geithner to run Treasury? Why in the world would the Democrats allow a tax cheat like Charles Rangel to run the Ways and Means Committee, where he's actually writing tax code that the rest of us have to follow? This is not just hypocrisy. This is hypocrisy on the scale of Jim Bakker preaching from the pulpit during the day and groping Jessica Hahn in a seedy hotel room at night.
The Clintonesque idea that "character doesn't matter" has obviously permeated the Democratic Party from top to bottom, which is no surprise when the guy at the top of the party habitually lies, laughs off campaign promises, and knowingly appoints people who don't even follow the laws they're in charge of enforcing. It's sickening really, how openly corrupt the Democratic Party has become now that they have enough votes not to even have to pretend to care about what the American people think.
Update #1: And they're not done yet!
Nancy Killefer, who failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help, has withdrawn her candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government, the White House said Tuesday.Killefer was the second major Obama administration nominee to withdraw and the third to have tax problems complicate their nomination after President Barack Obama announced their selection.
The White House said Obama had accepted Killefer's decision and that the 55-year-old executive with consulting giant McKinsey & Co., would explain her reasons for pulling out later Tuesday.
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."
At this point, it's like they're rubbing it in America's face. "Ha! Ha! We're going to tax and spend until our hearts are content, but we're not going to actually pay the taxes we put on you -- and we'll get away with it, too!"
Update #2: "What is the purpose of vetting if the process doesn't disqualify Richardson/Geithner/Daschle/Killefer, etc from being offered the job??" -- Amanda Carpenter