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Here We Go Again (Obama Tax-evading appointee..)
Commentary ^ | 2/9/09 | J.G. Thayer

Posted on 02/09/2009 8:43:49 AM PST by Nachum

Amazing. Yet another Obama appointee apparently has tax problems. Pardon me, usher, but I think I’ve seen this movie before.

This time it’s White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. It appears that the former congressman found a handy way to save money. Most members of Congress find themselves having to support two households — one in their home district, and one in or around DC. Some members, in the past, have ended up sharing apartments or town houses. Emanuel took that one step further: he moved into the home of his colleague, Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), staying there for five years. Rent-free.

To most people, this is “imputed income” — non-financial gifts or compensation that should be reported to the IRS. Emanuel and DeLauro defend their conduct by saying that House ethics rules permit “hospitality between colleagues.”

Apparently they are not familiar with the old aphorism that “guests, like fish, start to smell after three days.”

And no, there was no impropriety or hanky-panky going on. Representative DeLauro is happily married to one Stan Greenberg. Mr. Greenberg, by the way, is not a lobbyist. No, he’s the next best thing in DC — he’s a pollster. And, by wild coincidence, Greenberg’s polling company (Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research) lists both Emanuel and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (which Emanuel headed) as clients.

Let’s see… a Democratic representative gets free housing from a pollster who enjoys some very lucrative contracts from both that representative and a very influential group said representative heads up? Why, I’d never even suggest some kind of a quid pro quo arrangement.

All through his campaign, Obama and his surrogates touted his great judgment and his commitment to change and transparency. Yet more and more of his nominees keep getting exposed for their ethical lapses, especially in the area of doing their “patriotic duty” (as Vice President Biden puts it) and paying “their fair share” of taxes.

There are numerous explanations for this pattern of behavior, but here’s a theory that’s becoming less laughable: There simply aren’t enough Democrats who are both competent and honest to fill all the vacancies in Obama’s administration


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: again; corruption; cultureofcorruption; go; here; rahmbo; taxcheat; we
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1 posted on 02/09/2009 8:43:50 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Scum the bunch of them.


2 posted on 02/09/2009 8:46:06 AM PST by lone star annie
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To: Nachum

Rahmbo, crooked? Say it ain’t so.


3 posted on 02/09/2009 8:46:28 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: Nachum
A high-ranking official in Obama-lini's administration is a tax cheat?

Calling Captain Obvious


4 posted on 02/09/2009 8:46:36 AM PST by ssaftler (Barack Obama-lini: First "American I-dull" elected President of the United States)
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To: Nachum
I bet there is some good Porkulous coming for Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
5 posted on 02/09/2009 8:47:25 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.)
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To: Nachum
he moved into the home of his colleague, Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), staying there for five years. Rent-free.

Guilty! And, just like the old Soviet NKVD, no picture necessary to convict.

6 posted on 02/09/2009 8:48:21 AM PST by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: lone star annie

bump...and what YOU said!


7 posted on 02/09/2009 8:48:35 AM PST by goodnesswins (Tell the truth - GOEBBELIZATION (propaganda) is what many voters suffer from.....)
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To: Nachum

Honestly, I can’t say this is a big deal. The guy is already paying taxes on one house (presumably), he’s got to pay more taxes on another? I suppose it would be far less egregious if he wasn’t pushing for higher taxes on all of us to support their socialism, but I imagine if I were in his place I might be tempted to do the same.


8 posted on 02/09/2009 8:48:38 AM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Nachum

Please, please, PLEASE - NO PICTURES of Rosa DiLauro.


9 posted on 02/09/2009 8:49:43 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: Nachum

The only Change Obama has brought to DC is now the corruption is bigger and bolder.


10 posted on 02/09/2009 8:50:29 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (Somewhere In Kenya, A Village Is Missing It's Idiot)
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To: Nachum
Added to the List:

The List

First president not to attend The Inaugural Medal of Honor Ball
5 exectutive orders the first week in office. Including
* -allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States.
* - Scrapping the Mexico City Policy that protected taxpayers from involvement in overseas abortions for eight years. Obama will send hundreds of millions of dollars to groups that aggressively promote abortions on a worldwide scale.

Insults China
First interview, with foreign news outlet- for Muslims
Talks about his muslim family
Picks fight with Limbaugh
Won't take question from press
Allows to FDA approve first human embryonic stem cell safety trial (3 days after Pres. Bush left)
Excludes any compromise with GOP on Stimulus bill Massive pork in stimulus bill
5% of stimulus bill to actually go to infrastructure
Offers to negotiate directly with Iran
Puts 5 millionairs on his cabinet
Makes a tax cheat the Sec. of the Treasury
Bombs Pakistan
Argues with the Pope on abortion
Signed the SCHIP bill, that gives health care to illegals
Won't allow a video of his retaking of the oath of office
Ordered the closure of Gitmo
Halts all pending Bush regulations
Second week:
Appoints extremist Samantha Powers to head foreign policy team
Secret nuke talks with Iran/Syria
Appoints tax cheat for commerce secretary
Illegal alien aunt, granted a "stay" of deportation Daschle the tax cheat/lobbiest proposed as secretary for health care
Nancy Killefer for candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for federal government fails to pay household help taxes ...withdrawn
Obama brings the U.S. Census Bureau under White House jurisdiction under protest from Republican lawmakers
12 lobbyists (or more) appointed to high gov't positions within the first 14 days of his administration (up to 17 by another source)
Administration demands defense cuts of 10% during wartime
Obama envoy George Mitchell tells Palistinians " they believe can extract from Israel concessions reaching "much further" than during talks held under the previous administration
The European Union warns the US yesterday against plunging the world into depression by adopting Obama's “Buy American” policy, intensifying fears of a trade war Obama immediately backs down from policy
After stating her priority would be "mum-in-chief", Michelle Obama goes on listening tour and then makes political speeches with her husband not yet one month in office...
George Mitchell resigns from a Saudi Lobbying firm, two weeks into his appointment as "Special Middle East Envoy"
Obama administration says it will cancel 77 drilling leases near Utah parks
Ogden, President Obama's pick for deputy attorney general, used to represent Playboy
Steven Chu, Obama's secretary of energy (not a climatologist) states: California's farms and vineyards could vanish by the end of the century, and its major cities could be in jeopardy, if Americans do not act to slow the advance of global warming
Obama names “most fined” Washington State bureaucrat Ron Simms to the #2 position in HUD
Hilda Solis, Obama's pick for labor secretary's husband is found to be a tax cheat just before the confirmation vote
Directed military prosecutors to revoked charges pending against mastermind of USS Cole bombing: Al Nashiri
Adding insult to injury: speaks to families of USS Cole dead, after decision to free Al Nashiri- not before

Third week in office

Obama changes the setup of the National Security Councel by executive order
Shauna Daly, professional “dirt digger” hired as “White House councel research director”
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel got free housing from House rep (D) Rosa DeLauro for 5 years . DeLauro is married to Stan Greenberg; a pollster (Quinlin Rosner Research) with lucrative contracts from both that representatives.

11 posted on 02/09/2009 8:50:32 AM PST by Nachum (Obama theme song: Ball of Confusion by the Temptations)
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To: Nachum

Maybe Rahm had an affair with DeLauro, and is that ever a disgusting thought.


12 posted on 02/09/2009 8:50:51 AM PST by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: Nachum

I think I am going to start sending and IOU to the government.


13 posted on 02/09/2009 8:51:18 AM PST by I Hate Obama
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To: SumProVita; HardStarboard; BradyLS; Ernest_at_the_Beach; dervish; Twotone; Free ThinkerNY; ...

“The List” ping


14 posted on 02/09/2009 8:52:00 AM PST by Nachum (Obama theme song: Ball of Confusion by the Temptations)
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To: Nachum

... so if a Boy Scout helps an old lady across the street, should she report as income the cost of hiring a guide to preform the same task for her as the Scout provided free of charge?


15 posted on 02/09/2009 8:53:48 AM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: Nachum

you got to watch this, remember Obama and McCain supported this behavior, the stupidity of it alll and it’s happening again.

Rep. Kanjorski: $550 Billion Disappeared in “Electronic Run On the Banks”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NMu1mFao3w


16 posted on 02/09/2009 8:54:53 AM PST by GoreNoMore
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To: Nachum

Some Democrat Pigz are morez equals than other pigz....

Taxes are for LITLLE PEOPLE to pay, not important Democrats. HOW DARE YOU even bring up such a thing!!

I shall have to report you to the Thought Police now....


17 posted on 02/09/2009 8:55:15 AM PST by tcrlaf ("Hope" is the most Evil of all Evils"-Neitzsche)
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To: domenad
Honestly, I can’t say this is a big deal. The guy is already paying taxes on one house (presumably), he’s got to pay more taxes on another? I suppose it would be far less egregious if he wasn’t pushing for higher taxes on all of us to support their socialism, but I imagine if I were in his place I might be tempted to do the same.

Well, I'm certainly no expert here, just another small business taxpayer. My guess is that the IRS would rule that the value of the housing is income to Emanuel.

I would also imagine that both Emanuel and DeLauro know this.

18 posted on 02/09/2009 8:59:00 AM PST by freespirited (Help save humanity. Cure the RINOvirus.)
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19 posted on 02/09/2009 9:02:14 AM PST by SparkyBass
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Hmmm.... Emanuel, a highly placed Representative and chair of the DNC. They have dozens of pollsters to choose from. They use one only, giving that pollster millions of dollars over the years. And that pollster lets you live in his house for free for five years.

OK, I’m sure there would be no problem at your office if you were in charge of selecting, hiring, and firing the PR company you use. And by the way, the person you use also happens to let you live in their house for free for half a decade.

No, there’s NO hint of impropriety at all! No hint of financial kickback. None whatsoever...


20 posted on 02/09/2009 9:04:46 AM PST by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the sting of truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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