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When Crooked Politicians Had Some Decency

Posted February 14th, 2011 –

When I was growing up, the crooked politicians at least had the decency to step down when they got caught red-handed (Spiro Agnew). Not anymore. This is another “change” Barack Obama brought with him from Corrupt-O-Cago.

By Peter Andrew
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Only basking in the corruption that is Chicago could it become “cool” to be a crooked politician. Then the Chicagoans moved to Washington.

Among President Barack Obama’s 175+ Appointment Scandals to date, are nearly a dozen people with are “tax-challenged,” that is to say, people who didn’t seem to pay their taxes. One might even say, “Tax Cheats.”

You know how they say even criminals have a code of conduct? That’s why sometimes the really disgusting criminals get killed in prison. It seems these criminals now have higher standards that politicians!

When Vice President Sprio Agnew found himself in major trouble in the summer of 1973, he initially claimed he would not resign, even if he was indicted on charges of taking kickbacks. Later on, reality set in. Alexander Haig helped secure a deal for Agnew; “Haig assured Agnew’s staff that, if the vice president resigned and pleaded guilty on the tax charge, the government would settle the other charges against him and he would serve no jail sentence. But if Agnew continued to fight, “it can and will get nasty and dirty.” From this report, Agnew concluded that the president had abandoned him. The vice president even feared for his life, reading into Haig’s message: “go quietly—or else.” General Haig similarly found Agnew menacing enough to alert Mrs. Haig that should he disappear she “might want to look inside any recently poured concrete bridge pilings in Maryland.”

In the End, Agnew was only “caught” on tax-evasion charges. He was allowed to pay his back-taxes and resign quietly into the sunset.

Now with President Obama in office, there is no one playing the role of Alexander Haig. Tax cheaters, instead of fighting for their political lives and struggling to stay out of jail, are instead rewarded with powerful positions in the government. And, just as bad, the media pays no attention at all. We all know they’d be all over it if this was a Republican administration.

Do any of Obama’s Tax Cheaters have any plans to resign? Nope. Any of them sweating bullets that they have been caught? Nope. Nothing. It’s just taxes after all, who cares, riiiiiiight?

So, who are the Obama Pals with “Tax Issues?”

  1. Obama Appointment Scandal # 1 Timothy Geithner (Tax Cheat #1) 11/22/8 – Obama’s pick for Treasury Secretary (oops) “FORGOT” to pay taxes! Gosh, that’s an easy oversight, right? Could have happened to anyone? Hmmm. He failed to pay social security and medicaid taxes for years and didn’t notice that a housekeeper he employed on the side wasn’t here legally. He knew darn well he owed the taxes and chose not to pay them. More proof Obama is lousy at picking friends! UPDATE: 2/5/9 Mark Stein laughs on Limbaugh’s show as he explains Geithner deducted summer camp for his son! UPDATE: 3/9 Geithner promises a crack down on tax cheaters! Like himself & others on Team Obama?! Video from Sean Hannity explains…
  2. Obama Tax Cheat Scandal # 2 (& Appointment Scandal #13) Tom Daschle – The theme to this list: Barack does a lousy job of picking friends. AP reports former US Senator Tom Daschle, picked by Obama to lead health reform, “recently filed amended tax returns to report $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest.” Hey, it was okay for Geithner, so it’s okay for Daschle. Chicago-Style Democrat Senator Dick Durbin says Daschle “lost an election ending his public career…he went out in the private sector, and now he’s found himself having made a mistake and admitted to it. He took the steps necessary to start paying the taxes, make sure they’re paid. Now, that’s the right thing to do.” I doubt Durbin would say that about a republican! UPDATE 2/20/9: I was right. Durbin kept quiet about taxes Palin owes after laws were changed to hurt her. UPDATE 2/3/9: “President Obama admitted he made a “mistake” in his handling of Daschle’s Cabinet nomination, telling FOX News he takes full responsibility for a process that ended in Daschle withdrawing. “I consider this a mistake on my part, one that I intend to fix and correct and make sure that we’re not screwing up again,” Obama said. And this: All Voices reports Obama said “”So this is a mistake — probably not the first one I’m going to be making in this office, but what I’m absolutely committed to doing is fixing it.” – Excuse me, Mr. President, but somethin’ ain’t right with that statement. Don’t you mean “probably not the last one I’m going to me making in this office” or at least “not the first one I made in this office”?” UPDATE 3/29/2010: Daschle is number three on Conservative American U.S. Senator Jim DeMint’s “Top 10” list of President Obama’s nominees and appointees who have resigned in disgrace.”
  3. Obama Tax Cheat Scandal # 3 (And Appointment Scandal #15) Nancy Killefer 2/3/9- This is ridiculous. The USA has elected an unqualified man with incredibly poor judgment as our President. You’d think after the first two tax-cheats he wanted to hire caused so much trouble, he might learn his lesson. Nope. Fox News reports “the administration had refused to answer how its choice [Nancy Killefer] to make government workers more efficient and more responsive had bungled her household payroll taxes.” She took herself out of the running for Obama’s newly created “Chief Performance Officer” position. She failed for 18-months to pay employment taxes on household help. UPDATE 3/29/2010: Killefer is number four on Conservative American U.S. Senator Jim DeMint’s “Top 10” list of President Obama’s nominees and appointees who have resigned in disgrace.”
  4. Obama Tax Cheat Scandal # 4 (And Appointment Scandal #18) Hilda Solis’ Family 2/5/9 – Obama tells press he has “learned” you can’t have “two sets of standards.” He just learned that??!! Despite that nonsense, yet another tax scandal has popped up for the Obamanator. This guy has only been in office 16 days! Seems the husband of Obama’s nominee for US Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, has more than $7,600 in tax liens on his auto repair business. Obama spokespal says they won’t punish her for her husband’s mistakes. UPDATE: KOA Radio reports Solis made her own mistake when she lobbied for herself as a member of Congress, violating House ethics rules.
  5. Obama Tax Cheat Scandal # 5 (And Appointment Scandal #26) Ron Kirk 3/2/9- nominated as U.S. Trade Rep, the latest Obama tax cheater owes an estimated $10,000 in back taxes from earlier in the decade. Fox says he has agreed to make his payments now so he can get the job. The trouble surrounds his claiming sports tickets as deductions and donating speaking fees while not counting the fees as income.
  6. Obama Tax Cheat Scandal # 6 (And Appointment Scandal #29) Caroline Atkinson 3/12/9 – nominated for Undersecretary for International Affairs, Atkinson is told to withdraw because of a “tax problem.” ABCDEmocrat News’ George Step-in-a-lot-of-it tries to spin the Obama failures to pick good people into a positive by saying, “dozens of candidates…have been forced to pull out because they couldn’t meet…Obama’s ethics standards!” That’s because he doesn’t have any!
  7. Obama Appointment Scandal #36 -Chief of Staff Helped Ruin Economy! (& Tax Cheat Scandal # 7?) -3/26/9 Bankrupt Chicago Tribune: “Before its portfolio of bad loans helped trigger the current housing crisis, mortgage giant Freddie Mac was the focus of a major accounting scandal that led to a management shake-up, huge fines and scalding condemnation of passive directors by a top federal regulator. One of those allegedly asleep-at-the-switch board members was Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel —now chief of staff to (Obama) —who made at least $320,000 for a 14-month stint at Freddie Mac that required little effort. Emanuel now plays a critical role in addressing the nation’s mortgage woes.” UPDATE 2/8/9: National Review Online: “Another Possible Obama Tax Problem? The White House chief of staff [Rahm Emanuel] said this week that he did not pay rent during the five years he bunked at the Capitol Hill home of Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn). But that raises questions whether Emanuel reported the rent-free lodging to Congress, since DeLauro is married to pollster Stan Greenberg. And will either of the parties report what could be “imputed income” to the IRS? Reps for Emanuel and DeLauro argue that House Ethics rules allow “hospitality between colleagues.” Both Rahm Emanuel and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (which Emanuel was formely the chairman of) are listed as clients on the website of Stan Greenberg’s polling company.”
  8. Obama Tax Cheat Scandal # 8 is his Health Nominee!3/31/9 AP: Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius has corrected 3 years of tax returns & paid more than $7,000 in back taxes after finding “unintentional errors!” — she’s the 8th tax cheat Obama has nominated. She said the “errors” involved charitable contributions, the sale of a home and business expenses.
  9. Obama Tax Cheat Scandal # 9! (& Appointment Scandal #54) – Capricia Marshall! 6/18/9 –

    The NY Times headline reads “Pick for Protocol Post Corrects Failure to Pay Taxes in 2 years.”
    From the NY Times
    : “The nominee, Capricia Penavic Marshall, has placed blame for the problem on the Postal Service and on miscommunication between her husband and their accountant. Ms. Marshall, who was the social secretary in the Clinton White House, notified the Obama administration about the late filings before she was nominated on May 14. She has since provided written answers to questions about the matter from Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing on the appointment next Wednesday. The post requires Senate confirmation.”
  10. Liberal Media Turning on Obama! – Obama Appointment Scandal # 64 – Pete Rouse (& Obama Tax Cheat Scandal # 10!) 8/23/9 You know President Obama is having big problems when the NY Times blasts him for using Tom Daschle as a “Non-Secretary” of Health and the H.R. Huff-n-Stuff Huffington Post blasts one of his top advisors! Lee Stranahan from Huffington Post: “While it appears that Rouse may have been voting legally according to Alaskan election law, his voting status creates a conflict with his claim of a homestead deduction on his Washington D.C. residence. In an email today from the Homestead Unit of the Office of Tax and Revenue, Joseph Culligan was told…’Upon review of Mr. Peter M. Rouse’s case, he has not completely severed all ties to another state by voting outside of D.C.; therefore, we are reversing his homestead deduction and sending him a corrected bill.’…Pete Rouse is listed as one of three Senior Advisors to President Obama and previously served as a top staffer to Tom Daschle for twenty years.” — So Rouse is voting in Alaska but telling D.C. he lives there to get the tax deduction on his house. If that is true, we call it cheating on your taxes! Turns out Obama was right about changing how Washington does business…he’s made the Democrat Culture of Corruption even worse!
  11. Obama Tax Cheat Scandal # 11 – Lael Brainard 11/18/9 The Associated Press reports today on what they call Obama’s “fifth” nominee with tax problems…the must have missed a few! Our count is up to Ten! AP reports on Obama’s pick for undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs: “Brainard was late in paying real estate taxes in 2005, 2006 and 2007 on property in Northern Virginia, according to the report by the Senate Finance Committee staff. The report also challenges the accuracy of a deduction Brainard claimed for running an office from her home. The challenge led Brainard to reduce the deduction on her 2008 return, though she declined to adjust returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007, telling committee staff she used a reasonable method to calculate the deductions. Brainard paid most of the late property taxes before she was nominated, in March. However, she told the committee that she realized after her nomination that her 2008 property taxes had not been paid. They were paid in September, the report said.”

And let’s not forget Obama’s Tax Evasion Hypocrisy! From the Official Obama Administration Scandals List: “ Obama’s Tax Evasion Hypocrisy-5/4/9 Obama tells the press: “The way to make American businesses competitive is not to let some citizens and businesses dodge their responsibility, while ordinary Americans pick up the slack. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what we’re doing.” He is right that this is exactly what HE is doing and HIS administration is doing. Why does the President let people like Tim the Tax Cheat Geithner dodge the responsibility? Why does Obama let ordinary Americans pick up the slack? Of course the Hypocrite-in-Chief wasn’t talking about his own friends who are tax evaders or the seven nominees for top posts he picked who are dodging their responsibilities! This one’s a blood boiler.”

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