February 5, 2009

From the Huffington Post:
Daschle's Premature Dash by Dylan Loewe

The only thing more implausible than believing that a multi-millionaire with national ambitions would willfully try to defraud the IRS of $140,000 is believing that a man like that actually does his own taxes. Of course, he signs his name to them and is, as such, legally responsible for their content. But morally reprehensible? It was an error on his taxes, most likely committed by his CPA.

Tom Daschle . . . was to spearhead an effort to bring real, lasting health care reform to a country desperately seeking it. He has unique relationships with the Senators he once led, an unmatched knowledge of legislative strategy and procedure, and was an eye-witness to what went wrong when reform was attempted in 1994. He is exceptionally qualified.
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Maybe the 2nd paragraph above was the point all along. I'm certain there are parties who do not want health care reform. And, bank on it, many of those parties have certain Congress people's ears.

On a kind of related note: People are gnashing their teeth over the fact that Daschle knew about this oversight and did nothing for several months.
Here's a fairly comparable situation: Several months ago, I was mailed a check I was supposed to cash or deposit. Now, a check for $3.43 doesn't call a lot of attention to itself and I put it aside and forgot about it. I went to the bank several times over the several months it sat on my desk and never remembered to take it with me.
Last week, the bank that issued it needed to settle its books and sent me a letter asking what had become of the check. Today, I finally cashed it.
To my mind, for Tom Daschle, $146,000.00 is probably about the equivalent of $3.43 for me. I knew the check was there-- but kept on putting off doing anything about it. I'll bet the same was true for him.

Acourse, I wonder what I'd be thinking if this post had been about Cheney or Rove. Hmmmmm.


an average patriot said...

Hi two crows
I found you again! $140,000 worth of car and driver use over the years doesn't sound like an oversight to me but rather a hope it would go unnoticed or can be excused away.

I am sure he had a CPA doing his taxes but it is up to you or him in this case to give him or her the information.

He has played this game too long he is not stupid but it seems to be standard politician fare today to lie be underhanded and take what you can. I hate this!

What sucks if he is still working for us! Why is it he is not good enough to be in the WH but can still run the country? I don't get it!

two crows said...

hey, Jim.
had you lost me? :)

you may be right. but I do find it unlikely he was trying to get by with something.

I've had cpa's do my taxes for years. and I'll bet I've overlooked stuff a time or 2 -- completely innocently.

what makes me sad here is the fact that he was the most qualified person for the job -- and now we'll have to settle for second best.

an average patriot said...

Yes I lost everyone when I switched over and added audio. You are probably the last one. I have to laugh! You really missed me huh?

two crows said...

been wonderin where you'd got to.