I am Sure Glad to See Daschle Go to Jail…

It is good to see that the members of Congress, both past and present, are held accountable for their actions. We all can take solace in the fact that even a former Senate Democratic leader is not above the law. He doesn’t pay his taxes and he gets carted off to jail just like the rest of us. Hold on my wife is interrupting me again…. What!? He isn’t going to jail? He was selected to be the Secretary of what? What frackin idiot picked him for that? Oh. OK, well my wife just informed me that Mr. Daschle is NOT going to jail….

pelosi-wide-eyedAlright, maybe just a little bit of facetious (that means funny for those slower folks) banter to get us started. But this is a serious matter and I think that we really need to take a look at whether this is Change We Can Believe In! You see, Nancy “crazy eyes” Pelosi has added at least 50 trillion gallons of hot air to her carbon footprint screaming to the heavens that the Republicans are all criminals and that we need to haul them into court and prosecute them. I think that I may be beginning to understand why. 

See Nancy understands that as long as Presidents are out there on the loose, even ex-Presidents, they may have to be in charge of something. If that happens they may choose former members of Congress to help them. And the vetting process for using those members of Congress is probably going to turn up the crimes and illegal activity of those members of Congress. I GET IT NOW! Nancy wants to stop anyone from putting members of Congress under any microscopes that aren’t controlled by Congress. After all, every member of Congress has something to hide.

New President Barrack Obama has been going through the process of re-populating every position he can with loyal Democrats. I don’t blame him for this, it is what his party expects of him. But the unexpected (or the expected if you pay attention) is happening as the process unfolds: We are finding out that the Democrats are just as much thieves as the Republicans before them were. WEIRD…

geithner-testifyingFirst we got Obama’s selection for United States Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner. At the Senate confirmation hearings, it was revealed through documentary evidence that Geithner had not paid $35,000 self-employment taxes for several years, even though he had acknowledged his obligation to do so, and had filed a request for, and received, a payment for half the taxes owed. The failure to pay self-employment taxes was noted during a 2006 audit by the IRS in which Geithner was assessed additional taxes of $14,847 for the 2003 and 2004 tax years. Geithner failed to pay, or to admit his failure to pay, the self-employment taxes for the 2001 and 2002 tax years until after President-elect Obama expressed his intent to nominate Geithner to be Secretary of Treasury.

The Senate confirmed Geithner despite all of this. So let me get this straight, The Secretary of the Treasury, the highest such position in the land, did not pay his taxes, even when he knew he was supposed to? Don’t give me this “honest mistake” bullshit. And instead of going to jail for failing to pay his taxes, he was confirmed by the United States Senate to oversee America’s money?

Daschle-Confirmation HearingThen we get to our Mr. Daschle. The President also chose him for a special position in the new “clean” administration. Tom was selected to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. A great position for a powerful former Senator and confidant of the President. The problem is that former US Senator also had a bit of a problem paying the taxes he constantly voted in favor of Americans paying. 

Mr. Daschle owed the IRS $128,000 in back taxes. It seems the $5 million he made in appearance fees over the last couple of years wasn’t enough money to make him feel like he should pay his taxes like everyone else. Of course he paid them once he was caught and nominated for a higher office. But he certainly didn’t offer to pay them prior to that. 

Former Senator Daschle withdrew his name from consideration this morning for the position. But here is the kicker to this: Had he not withdrawn, the Senate was expected to confirm Mr. Daschle as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services. That is right, America. The United States Senate was set to confirm its second tax evader to a Secretary position in ten days. 

Add these to deputy budget director-designate Nancy Killefer – who also withdrew her nomination yesterday after failing to pay employment taxes on household help. And what do you have? I will tell you what you have. Three nominations for tax evaders from the administration that told us they are going to being a new clean and transparent era to the White House. Also 12 former lobbyists so far in an administration who’s first day executive order on an ethical White House forbade former lobbyists from working there. This certainly seems like the “Change We Can Believe In” is shaping up to be “More of the Same”. 

But more important, what is the message that we as average Americans are getting? That message would be that these people are above the law. Had any one of us been caught not paying our taxes the government would have stepped in and taken everything we owned and more than likely we would have found out what it is like to live in a prison cell. But these three end up with one confirmed as a new Secretary of the Treasury and two others who walk away free. Do you think Daschle is saying “I will never make that mistake again?” I certainly do. Except that mistake he won’t make again is not refusing to pay taxes, it is refusing to accept a nomination for another job where someone might dig deep enough to catch him doing it again. 

These people should all be in jail. That is the bottom line as far as I am concerned. If it was me I would have been. At a minimum I would have had a tax lien put on my house and property. God I need to be a Senator. Then I will be able to commit any crime I like without worrying about pay the consequences.

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Comments

  1. Bonnie Carniello says:

    I would be happy to work on your campaign for Senator in the future!
    It seems to me that before a person is announced to the public for a position in the government especially in the Congress, cabinet or Senate someone should have checked their background.
    I have been out of work since 1/18/08. I have continued to pay my taxes and my property taxes without a job and am told that when I apply for a position, my new prespective boss can check my credit report. If that is true, are the Senators, Congress, President and his new men and women and associates too busy having lunch at the White House with a Chef in residence to check someone’s resume or credit report? Or maybe, they are busy playing monopoly with the taxpayer’s of the future generations money.
    If they really want to help America, cut out all the earmarks and supposed help that won’t take place for 2 years. How many people have already lost their homes and jobs and 401K’s and $300.00 in a stimulus will buy a few groceries, but won’t pay their taxes. Maybe, we could all get a tax forgiveness for a year, including payroll and property taxes, that might stimulate something!
    Kudos to you for being upset at what we are watching our government do without regard for the middle class that is disappearing! They will be left with the rich and the poor and who will pay the taxes then!

  2. Black Flag says:

    The propaganda is amazingly effective on the citizens.

    The belief that the ‘middle class’ pays the taxes and the ‘rich’ do not is a horrid mistake.

    Top 5% pay 53.25% of all income taxes
    The top 10% pay 64.89%
    The top 25% pay 82.9%
    The top 50% pay 96.03%
    The bottom 50%? They pay a paltry 3.97% of all income taxes.
    The top 1% is paying more than ten times the federal income taxes than the bottom 50%!

  3. Black Flag says:

    Tax evader should be a label of honor – it means resisting thieves.

  4. No mention of the liberal media for calling him out? Interesting………..

    If you send Tommy D to jail then send him with Rush (drug crimes), Larry Craig (sex crimes), Mark Foley (sex crimes), Eliot Spitzer (sex crimes), or any of the dirtbags listed here: http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/

  5. Black Flag says:

    But Ray, why are those crimes?

    Unless you’ve been having sex with Larry, Mark and Eliot – why should you care – and worse, criminalize these guys?

  6. BF – sorry – tongue was slightly in cheek. Not sure where we draw on the line on what passes muster for acceptable / ok / criminal behavior.

    • Ray and BF,

      On the discussion of “criminal” behavior. First let me say that society imposes laws. I know BF doesn’t want that to be happening. But it is a matter of fact that the laws are in place, like it or not. I think prostitution should be legal. If someone wants to sell themselves that is their right. But since it is not legal in most places, you are a criminal if you break the law.

      I have been very clear, just so that no one is accusing me of being a hypocrite (which I wasn’t sure if Ray was saying that or not) that I think the criminals on BOTH sides of the aisle should be dealt with accordingly. I bring up Geithner, Daschle, and the like because they are today’s news. I also clearly stated earlier in the post that we are finding out that the Democrats, despite their claims to the contrary, are just as crooked as the Republicans before them.

  7. I am glad I am an outlaw. I will not initiate force (physically or financially), and I will happily break any and all counterfeit “laws” that I feel a need to break.

  8. Black Flag says:

    USWeapon

    On the discussion of “criminal” behavior. First let me say that society imposes laws. I know BF doesn’t want that to be happening. But it is a matter of fact that the laws are in place, like it or not. I think prostitution should be legal. If someone wants to sell themselves that is their right. But since it is not legal in most places, you are a criminal if you break the law.

    As always, you do the bait-and-switch by confusing LAW and law. (I use the cap’s to designate a difference).

    There is the LAW – natural law. It encompasses nature and many of the roots of human law – such as murder, theft and the like.

    Then there is law – human law – which typically the use of violence to enforce edicts upon non-violent people.

    All human law means the use of or threat of the use violence to force or enforce a behavior.

    Yes, USWep is right – by definition. A criminal is anyone who contradicts government law. Of course, that means those in Nazi Germany that broke the law by hiding Jews, etc. were criminals. Let’s see how USWep rationalizes those type of issues….

    • I don’t try to rationalize with irrational people BF. Your use of the nazi analogy is just another attempt to twist someone’s words into something despicable. I have told you many times, if you want to debate, stop using that low-brow tactic, otherwise I click my imaginary ignore button

  9. My favorite part of this whole thing is that Barack backed him until the very end. He did not care that Tom was evading his taxes because Barack wanted him for the job. Barack thought he had the skills, so Tom’s prior behavior didn’t matter.

    Clearly, Barack felt the same way about Tim Geithner, and backed him throughout the confirmation process, regardless of Tim’s clear abuse of IRS technicalities.

    Barack Obama believes he lives in a zombie apocolypse. In a zombie apocolypse, it does not matter if the person next to you avoided their taxes, it matters that they can help you survive. Barack is the person that I will want to be partnering with during a zombie apocolypse, because he obviously knows how to prioritize life and death (undeath?) situations and decisions.

    However, this is not the zombie apocolypse, and you, Barack, nominated a group of hypocrites and cheats to your cabinet to help you usher in a “new era of responsibility”, not defend your family from the shambling, stumbling hordes of undead.

  10. Black Flag says:

    USWeapon said

    I don’t try to rationalize with irrational people BF. Your use of the nazi analogy is just another attempt to twist someone’s words into something despicable.

    What twist?

    Did they not get elected?

    Did they not make the law?

    Where did they contradict your processes?

    I have told you many times, if you want to debate, stop using that low-brow tactic, otherwise I click my imaginary ignore button

    You click that button every time you end up cornered by your own beliefs.

    Too bad you haven’t figured out that button isn’t connected to anything.

  11. Black Flag says:

    Dreweth,

    Obama did nothing different than any other politician.

    Power is the goal – the means justifies the end.

    Why are you surprised?

    Every politician has done EXACTLY the same thing.

    Just because Obama got press matters nothing.

  12. There is no such thing as an honest politican, for if he is honest, he will not be reelected.

    Personally, I’d like to see all of Congress (and state pols, too)audited and vetted before 2010. And then, have that information widely distributed to the public by MSM. I wonder if those records would be accessible under the Freedom of Information Act?

  13. Black Flag says:

    So why do you support a system that has devastating systemic failure.

    If you cannot trust the people you give life and death decisions – why are you trusting these people with life and death decisions?

  14. I still have hope that the people can install representatives that are truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. I can rant and whine, but I change nothing that way. I do not feel I should sit back and do nothing, but as BF pointed out so well, the system destroys its opposition. So where does that leave me? I can but vote.

    To paraphrase Madison…one must first enable the government to control the governed, and then oblige it to control itself. Dependence upon the people is the primary control on the government, but experience has taught the people that auxillary precautions are necessary.

    The question…what precautions? The system works within its own rules.

  15. Ballot box, Soap box, Jury box, ammo box. When reality takes some options away, others remain.

    • Rowe,
      I agree. The only power that I have left to use is the vote at the moment. Is that a futile effort. Some say yes and others no. But for now it is all I have along with my voice and ability to rally others to my cause. I hold the same hope as you, that we can change things and take back control. But right now we are stopped at every turn. Keep fighting.

      Kent,
      Truer words have never been spoken. I hope that we can use #2 to get back to #1 before we are forced to #4.

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