Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Thank You Mr. Obama
Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius has corrected three years of tax returns and paid more than $7,000 in back taxes after finding “unintentional errors,” the latest tax troubles for an Obama administration nominee.
The Kansas governor explained the changes to senators in a letter dated Tuesday that was obtained by The Associated Press. She said they involved charitable contributions, the sale of a home, and business expenses.
She and her husband paid a total of $7,040 in back taxes and $878 in interest to amend returns from 2005–2007.
Several Obama administration nominees have been derailed by tax issues, notably the president’s first nominee for HHS secretary, former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle. He withdrew from consideration while apologizing for failing to pay $140,000 in taxes and interest.
For one, I can fully say that I am appreciative of all of the nominees that Mr. Obama has put forward who have come forward to correct their tax situation. I think a good idea would be to continue the revolving door of nominees who have not paid their taxes, place them up for nomination, and then magically watch as they realize the importance of paying their back due taxes.
Our economy is definitely on the rebound, just with Mr. Obama’s tax-dodging, I mean tax ignorant, nominees.