Higher Taxes…No Problem!!

  • Rick Scarborough
  • Apr 6, 2009

Raising taxes is no problem for the Obama Team!  It appears that most of them aren’t paying them anyway…at least not until they get nominated and face disclosure.  Consider the following examples:

Kathleen Sebelius, nominated by Obama for the position of Health and Human Services Secretary.  On March 31 she wrote a letter to the Senate Finance Committee notifying them that she had filed amended tax returns for the years 2005-2007.  She also recently paid $7,040 in back taxes as well as $878 interest for those same years.  She is expected to be confirmed for the position.

Sebelius is the replacement for Tom Daschle, who infamously owed a total of $140,000 in back taxes as well as medicare taxes for his use of a car service.  Daschle was nominated in December but withdrew his name in early February after the tax problems were revealed.

Then there is also Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.  He was confirmed in January even though it was revealed that he did not pay $35,000 in self-employment taxes for several years.  His failure to pay was found in a 2006 IRS tax audit where he was assessed an additional $14,847 for the 2003-2004 tax years.  He didn’t pay the owed self-employment taxes for 2001-2002 until AFTER he found out about Obama’s intent to nominate him for the Treasury Secretary position.   On top of all of that, as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Secretary Geithner had to complete an annual ethics statement noting any taxes that were due and unpaid.  And we now have to trust him to run the very department he cheated for years!  So much for a “new era of responsibility!”

The list goes on.  Nancy Killefer was nominated for Chief Performance Officer but withdrew her name after it was revealed that she had a $900 tax lien on her Washington D.C. home as well as her failure to pay unemployment compensation tax for a household employee for 18 months.

Hilda Solis, nominee for Secretary of Labor, had her Senate confirmation hearings delayed due to concerns over tax liens on her husband’s auto repair business that dated back to 1993.  He ended up paying $6,400 in outstanding local and state tax liens.  She was later confirmed on February 24, 2009.

Finally, for now, is Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative, who was to be confirmed by March but his confirmation was delayed after it was reported that he owed $10,000 in back taxes, as well as claiming deductions for three years of season tickets to the Dallas Mavericks.  He didn’t have the proper written documentation to show that they were legitimate entertainment expenses.

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