Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Those crazy Democrats just can't figure out how to pay their taxes; but boy can they spend ours

President Obama's nominee for HHS has disclosed that she and her husband could not figure out how to pay all their taxes from 2005-2007, reports The New York Times.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is the second Obama nominee for HHS to forget to pay taxes owed. Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle forgot to pay all his taxes on his private driver provided by a financial firm. Who knew people from the Dakotas didn't know how to drive?

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner forgot to pay all his taxes, but he has had no troubled giving away an incredible amount of our money to bail out the nation's financial industry.

It is fortunate for Obama that Sebelius' forgetfulness did not amount to a lot of money. But it remains indicative of a political party that has been shown not to be so keen on paying all its taxes but anxious to spend everything we pay and so much more.

This is politics at its most disgusting.

Here is The Times' story:

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of health and human services, said Tuesday that she and her husband had paid $7,040 in back taxes and $878 in interest after discovering “unintentional errors” in their tax returns for 2005-7.

Ms. Sebelius said she had erroneously taken tax deductions for certain mortgage interest and several charitable contributions. In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, Ms. Sebelius said: “In July of 2006, my husband and I sold our home for an amount less than the outstanding balance on our mortgage. We continued paying off the loan, including interest we mistakenly believed continued to be deductible.”

Ms. Sebelius said she had been unable to locate records needed to document three of the 49 charitable contributions she and her husband, Gary Sebelius, had made. She is the latest of several Obama nominees to acknowledge underpaying taxes. Mr. Obama’s first choice for health secretary, Tom Daschle, withdrew after paying $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest, arising in part from the use of a luxury car and driver.

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