And Small Time Ones At That
Nancy Killefer withdrew her nomination to be Pres. Obama’s Chief Performance Officer because of tax troubles. Although there may have been nannys involved, her tax lien amounted to $946.69, which sounds like small change to me. Piker.
Tim Geithner did a much better job on his way to winning Senate approval for his nomination to become Treasury Secretary. He owed the IRS a cool $34000 from his days at the International Monetary Fund. But apparently the Senate thought that this was a trifle too – So Geithner can be labelled a piker also.
Eric Holder? Oh, talk about small stuff. He only helped scandalize the Clinton administration. Doesn’t owe the IRS one cent!
You may not always agree with his political analysis but Dick Morris, perhaps better than anyone willing to talk about it, knows his Clinton-ology. Morris reminded us that Eric Holder played a leading role in one of the most infamous events of a presidency filled with infamy: the pardon of billionaire fugitive Marc Rich.
Well, maybe Tom Daschle is in a different class. He owed a cool $101000 to the IRS (plus taxes on “consulting” income not reported in 2007). Now we’re talkin’ real money.
Wait a minute. Wasn’t Daschle a lobbyist after he left the Senate? In fact, wasn’t he some sort of “K-Street Super Lobbyist”? Oh, no, his wife is the super-lobbyist in the family (sorry!). Still, couldn’t he have pilfered more than a mere $101000 with his connections? Piker. A good one, but a piker nonetheless.
But Charlie Rangel, now that’s another story.
Consider just one aspect, for which documents are in the public record: Rangel’s financial disclosure forms. We took a look at his filings going all the way back to 1978, the first year members were required to disclose information on their personal finances, and found 28 instances in which he failed to report acquiring, owning or disposing of assets. Assets worth between $239,026 and $831,000 appear or disappear with no disclosure of when they were acquired, how long they were held, or when they were sold, as the operative House rules at the time required.
It’s a good thing he’s not a part of the Obama administration, don’t you think? After all, these are just distractions from the serious business of resurrecting the catastrophically collapsing economy with stimulii.
Republicans wasted little time pointing out items they said in no way qualified as emergency stimulus spending, such as $650 million to help television viewers convert from analog to digital. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R., Ohio) took a swipe at several items, including $400 million the plan sets aside for “national treasures,” including repairs of the walls of the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial.