White House: Daschle Had ‘Tax Issues,’ Shouldn’t Bar His Cabinet Confirmation
The White House has acknowledged that former Sen. Tom Daschle, President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, had “some tax issues,” which, the administration says, have been resolved and shouldn’t bar his confirmation as secretary.
FOX News confirmed that Daschle alerted the Senate Finance Committee, which will oversee his confirmation hearing, that the matter involves more than $100,000 in back taxes and interest for a car and driver that was provided to him for four years by Leo Hindery, a wealthy Democratic donor and longtime friend of Daschle’s.
Daschle incorrectly assumed the use of the car and driver was not subject to taxation. But the White House says he discovered the error during preparation for his confirmation and filed amended tax returns with the proper payment and interest.
In other words, when he was nominated, Daschle paid his back taxes to hopefully settle the issue.
Anyone other than myself see a disturbing trend here ? When Obama said he wanted the rich to pay more taxes, he was referring to those outside of his own party ?