Senator Tom Daschle Tax Debacle, Obama Appoints ANOTHER Tax Cheat

Posted on February 2, 2009. Filed under: News of the Day |

Update- Tuesday, February 3, 2009– Sen. Daschle’s Tax Debacle has come to an end as he has withdrawn his name from the nomination process for Sec. of Health and Human Services. Finally, a win for the good guys! Here is the story:

Monday, February 2, 2009– Former Senator Tom Daschle, Demoncrat from South Dakota, has been selected by President Obama to be the Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, but the Senate confirmation has been held up due to….another failure to pay taxes. Of course Senator Daschle is “deeply embarrassed” about his failure to pay $128,000 in taxes until he learned that he would receive a cabinet job from Obama.

See Matthew 22:15-22 for Jesus’ view on paying taxes, Romans 13:6-7;

The issue was not just his failure to count a free driver and car service as income, he also “mistakenly” failed to report  consultant fees he had collected. Senator Kerry said that this was an innocent mistake that would not affect his ability to do the job. Oh really? And if it had been a Republican who “failed” to pay his taxes?

I find it ironic that the efforts of the Obama administration to raise the bar on having an ethical administration has so far produced 2 cabinet level tax cheats. The Demoncrats want YOU to pay more taxes, yet their leadership deliberately, oops, I mean, accidentally…fails to pay their taxes. This sanctimonious double-speak is an example of “some animals are more equal than others” that Orwell warned us about in Animal Farm (see my review of Animal Farm here:)

The Obama administration is getting off to a rocky start, but the lap-dog Republicans are rolling over with these appointments and simply giving the Demoncrats everything they want. The Republicrats better grow spines quickly and formulate a resistance based upon principles.

Here are some links to the Daschle debacle:,0,1820227.story

And… the good Senator from South Dakota has been receiving a LOT of money from Health Care Groups over the Years. Conflict of interest anyone? Oh, but that was approved for Senator Clinton in the State Dept. so it shouldn’t be a problem here either…riiigghhhttt.

NEVER has an administration in my memory gotten off to such an ethically challenged  start.

Here is a passage from Matt.23 where Jesus calls out the Pharisees for their double standards and gross hypocrisy. I think this can justly be applied to this story and the pattern of behaviour of the Demoncrats:

23:1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, 3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. 4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, [1] and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, 6 and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues 7 and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi [2] by others. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. [3] 9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. 11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. [4] 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell [5] as yourselves.

16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ 17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? 18 And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’ 19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it. 22 And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.

23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? 34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, 35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, [6] whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

Even the NYTimes and LATimes agree that Sen Daschle  should withdraw from the nomination:,0,49616.column

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