Saturday, January 31, 2009

Say It Ain't So Joe: If Democratic Party leaders want to tax and spend, they first should learn to pay taxes, not forget; why are they so unpatriotic?

An increasing embarrassment to the Democratic Party and rallying point for Republicans have been back-to-back problems with President Obama's Cabinet nominees who somehow forgot to pay more than $100,000 in taxes.

The new Treasury Secretary and the incoming head of HHS failed to pay $168,000 in taxes they somehow simply forgot about. I'm sure you wished you could use that excuse each April 15, or, of course, that the dog ate your tax return.

Yet former Sen. Tom Daschle overlooked a driver and car provided to take him around Washington, D.C. and other cities to support Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

I still drive for myself in a car I paid for myself, not provided me. I'm so backwards politcally. So are average Americans and Tennesseans who pay their taxes on time.

During the presidential campaign, VP Joe Biden said that it was very patriotic to pay taxes.

So are we now to assume that Democratic leaders are not patriotic? That is a claim they refute with ferocity and indignity. But they should put their money where their mouths are.

With these two prominent cases of prominent Democrats failing to do their patriotic duty, perhaps the IRS should conduct an audit of every party leader and official to make sure they love their country according to Biden's lofty standards.

Every dollar is going to count with the almost $1 trillion the party wants to use with a stimulus plan short on stimulus and big on spend.

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