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This is getting silly

Okay, that's it. I don't want to see any US citizen prosecuted for tax evasion under an Obama Administration, ever. (All right, I've never enjoyed seeing citizens hauled in front of a tax court no matter who's president, but you know what I mean.)

Republicans cheat on their taxes too, of course, but without all the hypocrisy. It doesn't take much reading between the lines of the Republican message to get to the central, subliminal bit that says, "We need to keep every dime we can out of the filthy paws of those greedy IRS bastards!" But with Democrats it's a different story. There we have a preening Joe Biden talking about how "patriotic" it is to pay more in taxes, and Daschle himself moralizing about how "tax cheaters cheat us all." And yet this is how they behave in practice. And it's not only the three Obama nominees, either. There's also Charlie Rangel and Caroline Kennedy, all within the past month. Do any Democrats pay their taxes?

You know, I've read a lot of lefty bloggers who love to play amateur psychoanalyst for the conservatives they despise. Theocons oppose Proposition 8, for example, because they harbor repressed homosexual tendencies themselves, and are engaged in projection. Well maybe these bloggers are on to something. Maybe the reason that Democrats love taxes so damn much is to compensate for their own psychological pathologies that compel them to defraud the IRS at every opportunity.

Update: HT to Adam for the Daschle quote.

Update II: Maybe if Al Franken's senate bid doesn't work out, he can join the administration too.


“Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter.” Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.


After eight years of being lectured about how Bush was "putting foxes in charge of the henhouse" it is somewhat amusing to see a bunch of tax evaders and lobbyists put in power within five minutes of Obama taking office.

I don't even hold it against Obama. I just wish my left friends and family would quit being so moralistic about Republicans if they're going to be so hypocritical about Democrats.

Hey, look! Daschle withdrew: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090203/ap_on_go_pr_wh/daschle_taxes

Didn't expect that, I have to say. Guess there were only so many tax-evadors that they could slip through.

>Daschle withdrew:
Didn't expect that, I have to say

I guess they couldn't have the woman withdraw while both the dudes skate.

>I don't even hold it against Obama. I just wish my left friends and family would quit being so moralistic about Republicans if they're going to be so hypocritical about Democrats.

That's exactly it! I agree 100%.

Thanks for the shout out. Just found yet another appointee who stepped down for tax reasons: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/03/citing-tax-troubles-an-obama-appointee-withdraws/?hp

Hilariously, she was supposed to be in charge of monitoring government spending.

That's exactly it! I agree 100%.

I think for guys like you and I, who aren't exactly partisan, this is the most frustrating thing to live with.

Not to mention Charlie Rangel's whitewashed tax woes and he heads the Committee that writes the tax laws!

I fully support "the Rangel Rule Act of 2009" (HR 735) introduced by Rep. John Carter (R-TX). Under this bill, any American citizen who owes back taxes could pay them and automatically waive any and all interest and penalties by writing "Rangel Rule" on their return.

SEE: http://www.nypost.com/seven/02022009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/the_rangel_rule_153222.htm

Could YOUR tax returns stand up to the scrutiny of the US media?

I doubt ours could and one of us is a freakin' CPA!!!


Katy, Geithner, Rangel and Daschle didn't have any mere "irregularities" in their tax returns. That is, NONE of their "tax issues" had anything to do with the long cherished American tradition of "tax avoidance" - trying to pay as little taxes as legally possible. They were ALL found to be engaged in willful and deliberate TAX EVASION - a felony for the likes of you and I.

In Geithner's case, he'd been made aware of the taxes he owed back in 2003 and still didn't pay them until just prior to the proceedings.

Rangel's tax evasion was even more blatant!

One thing I'm sure we can all agree on is that our servants (mere elected officials...sniff) should NEVER be given treatment their masters (us) are not accorded by the government and the people (us) whom they serve.

My wife's a CPA and she doesn't do tax accountancy, but our tax returns would certainly stand up to ANY scrutiny.

We paid more in taxes last year than some of the people already mentioned. They all must be exceptionally adept at (ahem) tax avoidance.

>Could YOUR tax returns stand up to the scrutiny of the US media?

Doubt it. The whole thing is an argument for drastic tax code simplification, IMO. But I'm guessing that won't happen. :-)

Could YOUR tax returns stand up to the scrutiny of the US media?

And I'm sure if the IRS found irregularities in your tax returns on the scale of Daschle's, you'd get off without prosecution as well. Right?

Ah, it's a beautiful sound, the loud whine of loser Republicans put back in the permanent minority they came from.

You had all the power, and you proved yourself worse than any Democrats, ever.

Admit it, you are more comfortable whining like the losers you are ... I listen into to Rush and Hannity to hear them whine for a few minutes a week. It makes me laugh.


Federal Case Alleges Political Elite Get Favorable Tax Treatment Over Ordinary Citizens

On 5 March 2009 a Motion was filed in U.S. v. David Jacquot, Case # CR 08-1171, in the Federal District Court, in San Diego, California seeking to dismiss a false tax return indictment on the grounds that the Defendant was not treated in the same manner as politically prominent individuals. A hearing on this matter is set for 30 March 2009 in San Diego and the Defendant in this case intends to subpoena Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, and others.

The Defendant in this case is David Jacquot, an attorney and retired Army Officer. He is a decorated disabled Desert Storm veteran living in rural Idaho with his family.

This “Geithner Motion” cites HR 735 titled the “Rangel Rule Act of 2009,” which if enacted, would eliminate penalties and interest for common citizens to allow them to be treated in the same manner as House Ways and Means Chairman Representative Charles Rangel. The Geithner Motion also quotes President Obama stressing the need to “treat common citizens in the same manner as politically prominent individuals in regards to tax matters”.

The Geithner Motion details how Mr. Jacquot was vindictively indicted in retaliation for his successful defense of his clients against the IRS. The tax returns of his corporate law firm for the four (4) years of 2001 to 2004 were investigated and the government alleges that the law firm declared almost $200,000 TOO MUCH income during this time period. The Geithner Motion contains descriptions of numerous actions by the government and Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Faith Devine that are the basis for the claim of retaliation against Mr. Jacquot for his zealous representation of his client’s Constitutional and statutory rights. The improper actions of AUSA Devine have been reported to the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility for disciplinary action and are currently under review.

A copy of the Geithner Motion can be downloaded at:



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