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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Do Any of Obama's Appointee's Pay Their Taxes?

As we've noted and complained about Obama's nominee's for Treasury Secretary and Health and Human Services past failures to pay taxes, another Obama nominee had similar problems and we hadn't even heard of her or the position. Nancy Killefer has withdrawn her candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government because she didn't pay her taxes.
When her selection was announced by President Barack Obama, The Associated Press disclosed that the District of Columbia government had filed a more than $900 tax lien on her home for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help.
It is odd that over $30K in tax fraud didn't disqualify Geithner and over $100K in tax fraud hasn't caused the Daschle nomination to be withdrawn, but under a thousand got this lady kicked to the curb. Was she a sacrificial lamb so the new administration can pretend to have some standards?

Beyond her tax issues, when did we create another job of chief performance officer for the federal government? Here's an idea. Don't make up a new position unless you subtract an old one that's no longer necessary.

UPDATE: Let's not forget Al Franken. While he is not an Obama appointee, he owes the closeness of the Minnesota senate race to Obama's election night coattails.
Franken, who is still fighting incumbent GOP Sen. Norm Coleman for Minnesota’s Senate seat, failed to pay at least $70,000 in taxes to 17 states prior to running for office.
Seems all these Dem's are in favor of higher taxes in order to expand government power. They're just not in favor of personally paying those taxes.

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