Daschle in Distress

Another Obama cabinet appointee bites the dust, as Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination to be Secretary of Health and Human Services after recent disclosures that he neglected to pay taxes on services provided him by a company he consulted for.  It was at best a huge blunder on his part to not pay taxes on that car and driver that was provided to him.  It was at worst criminal.  Obviously, he paid the back taxes with interest and the IRS will leave it go at that.  But it was also stupid that he knew about this potential problem in June but did not tell the Obama transition people when they were vetting him.  Up front disclosure may’ve saved his nomination.  Now his reputation is tarnished and someone else will get to be Secretary of HHS.


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