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Daschle ‘Withdraws’ As Health Nominee

From a deeply saddened Reuters:

Tom Daschle’s 1999 Comments On "Tax Cheaters"

Daschle withdraws as Obama’s healthcare nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination as President Barack Obama’s health secretary on Tuesday, saying he did not want to be a distraction after tax errors forced him to pay $140,000 in back taxes.

"This morning, Tom Daschle asked me to withdraw his nomination for secretary of health and human services," Obama said in a statement. "I accept his decision with sadness and regret."

Daschle also will not be taking the White House job he was slated to hold concurrently to spearhead a major reform of the costly U.S. healthcare system.

Daschle said in a statement he was withdrawing because he did not want to be a distraction.

"This work will require a leader who can operate with the full faith of Congress and the American people, and without distraction," Daschle said in a statement released by the White House.

"Right now, I am not that leader and will not be a distraction," he said.

Don’t tell me the Democrats can be shamed over just a little tax cheating and lobbying.

There must be a lot more to the story.

Well, anyway, it’s back to being a multi-millionaire for Mr. Daschle.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

35 Responses to “Daschle ‘Withdraws’ As Health Nominee”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    I’m sure the press will wax on about how we ought to be ashamed for ruining Obama’s day.

  2. proreason says:

    vast right wing conspiracy torpedoes best qualified candidate because of accounting glitch

    The Moron will punish by nominating someone to the left of Michael Moore

  3. Confucius says:

    Poor Tom. Settled up with the IRS and still didn’t get the job.

    Now that’s a bad job interview.

  4. Texas Mom says:

    The gentleman who is running the treasury had problems with the IRS and still was approved. It makes me wonder what else Ole Tommy had out there that did not come out. What was the real reason since not paying taxes isn’t enough to keep you from being approved.

  5. AuntieAM says:

    DemocRATS are so baffling. Remember back when the O was preparing to take office, and all the stories about how careful the vetting was, and how even owning a gun would take you off the list of possibles.

    So I guess being a tax cheat is ok, owning a gun isn’t.

    A few of these tax cheats withdrew, most didn’t. The ones who withdrew wouldn’t have if we hadn’t raised a fuss about it.

    Someone please tell me this is all just a bad dream…

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”So I guess being a tax cheat is ok, owning a gun isn’t……”

      Maybe Obama should re-think that part of the application process. If you did own a gun it would mean that you had already survived the scrutiny of “big brother” and were of good character and moral standing, otherwise you would not have qualified in the first place.

      Isn’t irony delicious? If you have any doubts, jus’ as’ ol’ Barack.

  6. TickTock says:

    The ObamaLand Circus is a laugh riot. Where else can one find such a sideshow of misbegotten thugs, has-been socialist ideologues, and rank opportunists? Who can listen to the MC, Clown Master Gibbs, with a straight face? And the clowns just keep coming…

    It’s a laugh-a-minute, but why do I feel like crying?

    Obamy’s “administration” is floundering amid legal and ethical turmoil, and his own poll numbers are faltering. MSM is beginning to ask some real questions for a change.

    (The Cannibals will eat their own, you know, and what could be a more tastey and satisfying morsel than their own Divine Creation? Yum!)

    Obamy woke up this morning with an Epiphany: “Gee, I’m not in Chicago anymore…’Chell, turn up the thermostat and check the wind-gage, I got president’n to do!”

    Obamy has reached his Peter Principle.

    • dandean says:

      Which reminds me of the old joke about two cannibals eating a clown. One turns to the other and says “Does this taste funny to you?”

  7. oldswimcoach says:

    “This work will require a leader who can operate with the full faith of Congress and the American people, and without distraction,” Daschle said in a statement released by the White House.

    I guess this means Obama won’t be getting a Democrat for this position!

  8. canary says:

    My first thought too, is there may be more to the stories. We sure don’t need an Enron circus, who believe they are above the law. But, this alone wouldn’t stop their hunger. I hope the Democrats 800 billiion party will also go to everyone getting a free nanny and butler like Nancy Killefer. What I dont’ understand is how she let it get to the point that a lien was placed on her house. One of those bad mortgages?

  9. Melly says:

    “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.

  10. canary says:

    This is all Obama’s fault. He didn’t read the answers to the over the 80+ questionare he gave out for applicates. Tom bowed out, because Obama is changing the IRS to have 3 or more directors to oversee it. Tom, Geithne, and Killefer, are being considered. It’s the only way to fix this tax problem.

  11. pdsand says:

    Who’s coming next at health and human services, donna shalala? ruth bader ginsberg? angelina jolie?

  12. TheChicagoWay says:

    Angelina Jolie leans conservative, believe it or not…(Her father is Jon Voight). She would probably be a better choice than any of these other clowns….

  13. TheChicagoWay says:

    Speaking of clowns…..Does this mean that Hillary Clinton is the “cleanest” cabinet member? (Shudder, hurl, repeat….)

    • A Mad Pole says:

      How dare you? Everyone knows that “that one” is the cleanest, brightest and above all reproach.

      Just kiddin’

  14. BillK says:

    Let’s face it, I’m sure he simply didn’t want to take the pay cut.

  15. seanrobins says:

    And now, a moment of mature reflection upon the withdrawal of Tom Daschle:

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    This has been a moment of mature reflection upon the withdrawal of Tom Daschle.

  16. Reality Bytes says:

    You know, when you think about it, Hillary would be showing a lot more balls than Obama. Imagine the rage, the feined indignation we’d be enduring right now of this the latest example of “Politics of Personal Destruction”.

  17. proreason says:

    “President Barack Obama’s spokesman is defending the administration’s ethical standards.
    Robert Gibbs told reporters Tuesday, “The bar that we set is the highest that any administration in the country has ever set.”

    But after the 3rd round, even the tallest drinkers find it hard to keep their elbows on the bar.

  18. BillK says:

    The real question is why these people are withdrawing.

    The results we’ve seen to date is that things like the failure to pay taxes are revealed, the press generally ignores it, and both Democrats and Republicans unanimously approve the nomination anyway.

    So there’s got to be more here than meets the eye, as I doubt either Daschle or Killefer would have received a single “no” vote on their confirmations.

  19. canary says:

    Below is link to view Tom Dashle statement in 98. ” 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. …
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/02/daschle_on_tax_cheats_irs_shou.html

    an old campaign add for Tom Daschle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avG9DvLi-aQ

    All I can say is an awful lot of honky tonk turkeys in the news lately.

  20. BillK says:

    Oh, it gets better.

    From the AP:

    Obama: ‘I screwed up’ in handling of Daschle tax issue

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is taking responsibility for mistakes in the handling of the tax controversy that led to Tom Daschle’s withdrawal as Obama’s nominee to be health and human services secretary, saying: “I screwed up.” The president did a series of back-to-back television interviews in which the subject of failed nominees was a top subject.

    Obama told NBC “I’m frustrated with myself” for unintentionally sending a message that there are “two sets of rules” for paying taxes, “one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks.” “I take responsibility for this mistake,” he told Fox News.

    Earlier today, Daschle withdrew as President Barack Obama’s nominee to be health and human services secretary, dealing potential blows to both speedy health care reform and Obama’s hopes for a smooth start in the White House.

    “Now we must move forward,” Obama said in a written statement accepting “with sadness and regret” Daschle’s request to be removed from consideration.

    A day earlier, Obama had said he “absolutely” stood by Daschle in the face of problems over back taxes and potential conflicts of interest.

    The stunning Daschle development came less than three hours after another Obama nominee also withdrew from consideration, and also over tax problems. Nancy Killefer, nominated by Obama to be the government’s first chief performance officer, said she didn’t want her bungling of payroll taxes on her household help to be a distraction.

    “They both recognized that you can’t set an example of responsibility but accept a different standard of who serves,” said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

    Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader, a strong and early backer of Obama’s presidential bid and a close Obama friend, said he would have been unable to operate “with the full faith of Congress and the American people.”

    “I am not that leader, and will not be a distraction” to Obama’s agenda, he said.

    Obama had given Daschle two jobs — to be White House health czar on top of the post leading the Health and Human Services Department — and Daschle is relinquishing both.

    The developments called into question whether Obama will be able to move as quickly as he has promised on sweeping health care reform — one of the pillars of his first 100 days agenda and expected to be among the hardest to accomplish.

    “It really sets us back a step,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. “Because he was such a talent. I mean he understood Congress, serving in the House and Senate; he certainly had the confidence of the president.”

    http://rockymountainnews.com/news/2009/feb/03/daschle-withdraws-nomination/

    Of course it still doesn’t change the fact that Rangel and Geithner paid their back taxes only when caught, and completely penalty-free.

    But I guess having the man who didn’t pay taxes in charge of the IRS isn’t an example of setting “an example of responsibility” but accepting “a different standard of who serves.”

    • BigOil says:

      “I’m frustrated with myself”…“I take responsibility for this mistake”

      Why is it every time this guy speaks he sounds like he just stepped out of a bad Dale Carnegie seminar? I guess if you have never actually been in charge of anything or had to make a real decision, you resort to trying to make it sound like you have a clue.

      This train wreck began even faster than I had expected. If the Senate kills the Democrat Payoff Bill, even his worshippers in the msm may not be able to spin the Messiah back to savior status.

  21. JohnMG says:

    ………accepting “with sadness and regret”………..

    This is one of the few believable things he has said of late. Obama is sad and regretful that Daschel got caught. Beyond that, he doesn’t give a shit!

  22. canary says:

    Chris Wallace: “Would you have continued to back him?”

    Obama: “uh bah uh bah bah bah, I da do don’t wanna ta to get into to any hypothetical’s question….”

    That’s as close I could get it transcripted. Maybe Fox can get the blooper “hypothectical’s questions” instead of “hypothectical questions”. I think Obama could have at least speculated the easy question.

  23. brad says:

    I WOULD LOVE to forgive him, let him pay what he needs to, and get on to the business of fixing our country’s problems…..

    BUT

    These scumbag lawyers, politicians (lawyers), prosecutors (lawyers) and judges (also lawyers) lower the HAMMER on the common person whenever they get the opportunity. There is no mercy for us, unless you call running up the charges, and then blackmailing the defendant into lesser charges instead of blowing all his dough defending himself.

    All the court system hears is “ching ching ching ching ching” of our money, fueling their corrupt injustice system.

    Daschole, should be in prison, where, trying to defend himself from getting shived in the back, he kills an inmate, then gets 20 years tacked onto his original light sentence.

    No, no no, this guy tries to act like he is falling on his sword to save the blessed Obama from embarrassment, (and Obama falling on his sword to save face for a fellow lawyer) instead of admitting he may be a crook himself.

    Screw ’em….he should be in prison, where 100% of the rest of us would be if we didn’t pay $128,000 in taxes.

  24. gipper says:

    “Don’t tell me the Democrats can be shamed over just a little tax cheating and lobbying.

    There must be a lot more to the story.”

    I think the Obama will use Daschle as an excuse when the health care reform act doesn’t pass.

    Obama, 2010: “My good friend Tom would’ve gotten this act passed. But some people couldn’t look past an honest mistake. I want to take back what I said in February of last year when I said ‘I screwed up’. Well, I never screwed up. Daschle was the right person for the job.”

  25. LastconservativeinMA says:

    These clowns are the same ones who criticized John McCain for not “vetting” Sarah Palin. Another example of the liberal credo “Do as I say, not as I do”.

  26. B17Engr says:

    I don’t hear Biden calling these tax cheats “Unpatriotic”!

  27. proreason says:

    It’s amazing.

    The scandels have come so fast and furious that the Bill Richardson fiasco has fallen off the radar.

    Today, the Moron is backtracking after one limp-wristed salvo in the Democrat’s trade war because those forbidding Europeans gave him the stink eye. He’s about mastered his surrendering technique and it’s only 15 days into his misadministration.

    Bonus: here’s a hilarious campaign ad for Tom Dashole

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMaMT52CQtk&eurl=http://www.poorandstupid.com/chronicle.asp&feature=player_embedded

  28. VMAN says:

    So a couple of these tax cheating clowns back off and the tax cheating clown that is going to head the IRS skates through.

  29. artboyusa says:

    In 1974 I had a summer job working for the IRS in Boston. I was only some 19 yo art student but even so I had enormous power to fix penalties, attach salaries, take people’s houses, cars, boats etc if they had in some way contravened our nation’s incomprehensible tax laws. I hated that job. It was so depressing; I had grown men crying down the phone, begging and pleading with me, calling me “sir” and “Mr Artboy”, telling me all their problems…just awful.

    Anyway, the point is that at no time in my training was I told that “I forgot” was an acceptable reason for failure to file, quite the contrary in fact. That kind of statement would have triggered a much wider investigation to try to discover what else an individual might have “forgotten” about but again , these were just ordinary Americans, not priviledged glitterati like Tom Daschole and Tiny Tim Geithner, so screw them, right?


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