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  • 13 Million Illegal Immigrants Living in the United States

    03/14/2009 5:25:24 AM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 43 replies · 2,031+ views
    Right Side News ^ | March 8, 2009 | FAIRUS.org
    13 Million Illegal Immigrants Living in the United States March 8, 2009 FAIRUS.org How Many Illegal Immigrants? Illegal Immigrant Problems & Statistics FAIR estimates that in 2007 the illegal immigrant population is above 13 million persons. Government and academic estimates indicate that as of 2006 there were 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. The Center for Immigration Studies estimated the illegal immigrant population at 10 million as of November 2004. It is difficult to have an exact figure because the illegal nature of their presence prevents any enumeration, but the U.S. Census Bureau estimated 8.7...
  • Unprecedented Level of Tax Evasion Among Obama Appointees

    03/11/2009 1:59:08 PM PDT · by Fenix Guy · 12 replies · 1,759+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | March 10, 2009 | Rachel Alexander
    A list of Obama's potential high-level appointees who have withdrawn from consideration - mostly for failure to pay taxes - since Obama took office in January.One of the most interesting phenomenons of the Obama administration so far is the difficulty he has had finding honest people to fill top-level positions. Every few days since he has been in office, another potential cabinet appointee is in the news for tax evasion or other financial corruption.Let's rehash the list so far.New Mexico Democratic Governor Bill Richardson, nominated for Commerce Department Secretary. He withdrew on January 4 after it emerged that he was...
  • MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Pleads 'Guilty' to Barney Frank for Media Scrutiny of Obama Appointees

    03/11/2009 12:56:13 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 59 replies · 2,993+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 11, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    The Treasury Department oversees the Internal Revenue Service. But if the Secretary of the Treasury - or any other political appointee being considered for the Treasury Department - didn't pay his income payroll taxes, it doesn't matter. That's the message from House Banking Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and he blamed the fourth estate for acting like it does matter. On MSNBC's March 11 broadcast of "Andrea Mitchell Reports," host Andrea Mitchell asked Frank to respond to criticism in a March 11 piece from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that too many appointees were being held up for...
  • No wonder Democrats like to raise Taxes, They don’t pay them!

    03/09/2009 8:35:58 PM PDT · by reprobate · 2 replies · 463+ views
    Savannah Morning News ^ | 03/07/09 | Larry Peterson
    Jackson voted against cracking down on Senate tax scofflaws Larry Peterson | Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 12:30 am Lester Jackson, who has a history of tax disputes with the state, voted against a measure this week to crack down on state Senate tax deadbeats. The Savannah Democrat opposed a resolution by Sen. Eric Johnson, R-Savannah, to allow Senate probes of those who fail to pay taxes. The Senate voted, 32-16, in favor of the measure Thursday, but that fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage. Johnson did not rule out seeking another vote on the measure. How...
  • Geithner's choice for deputy secretary withdraws (oops. Again)

    03/05/2009 4:39:11 PM PST · by dynachrome · 40 replies · 1,055+ views
    yahoo.com ^ | 3-5-09 | Yahoo Finance
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's top pick to be his deputy withdrew from consideration Thursday, a setback for the agency as it confronts the worst financial crisis in decades. Annette Nazareth, a former senior staffer and commissioner with the Securities and Exchange Commission, withdrew after several interviews and vetting of her financial history, a person familiar with Nazareth's decision said. But this person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Geithner never publicly named Nazareth as his choice, said no problems with her taxes or other issues arose. Nazareth, a partner at the law firm Davis Polk &...
  • Geithner Touts Tackling Tax Evaders After Failing to Pay Own Taxes

    03/03/2009 4:20:20 PM PST · by Baladas · 39 replies · 2,281+ views
    March 3, 2009 ^ | March 03, 2009 | staff
    The pot has issued the kettle an ultimatum: tax dodgers beware. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who was forced to fork up $34,000 in unpaid back taxes, told the House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday that the Obama administration will be going after people who avoid and evade taxes. In prepared remarks before Congress, he said the president is intent on "tackling tax shelters and other efforts to abuse our tax laws, including international tax evasion efforts." Geithner himself never used a tax haven to avoid payment, but did neglect to pay Medicare and Social Security taxes while he was a...
  • Geithner: Obama to fight international tax dodgers

    03/03/2009 4:46:02 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies · 829+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 3, 2009 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's Treasury secretary says the administration will unveil a series of rules and measures in the coming months to limit the ability of international companies to avoid U.S. taxes.
  • Geithner Touts Tackling Tax Evaders

    03/03/2009 3:26:27 PM PST · by Domandred · 38 replies · 979+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/3/09 | Fox News
    The pot has issued the kettle an ultimatum: tax dodgers beware. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who was forced to fork up $34,000 in unpaid back taxes, told the House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday that the Obama administration will be going after people who avoid and evade taxes. In prepared remarks before Congress, he said the president is intent on "tackling tax shelters and other efforts to abuse our tax laws, including international tax evasion efforts."
  • US Trade Rep Nominee Ron Kirk Has Tax Problems! White House: He has "a few minor issues"!

    Hey, it's okay! It's just another hiccup! Obama's team is pull of unpatriotic tax cheats! No big deal! Isn't it amazing that these tax cheats only agree to pay these taxes during the vetting process? How much "stimulus" money would we find if we vetted every politician (and yes, I'm sure many Republicans are equally guilty of "hiccups")? Remember: A tax cheat was confirmed, the tax cheat hired a lobbyist and violated the ethics rule, another lobbyist was hired that violated the ethics rule, a tax cheat withdrew her nomination, another tax cheat withdrew his nomination. Then a nominee violated...
  • Trade nominee is 4th Obama pick to owe back taxes

    03/02/2009 6:17:04 PM PST · by curth · 17 replies · 494+ views
    ASSociated Press ^ | 3/2/2009 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and DAVE ESPO
    WASHINGTON – Another Obama administration nominee has tax troubles. This time, it's Ron Kirk, the president's choice to be U.S. trade representative. Kirk owes an estimated $10,000 in back taxes from earlier in the decade and has agreed to pay them, the Senate Finance Committee said Monday. The committee said the taxes arise from Kirk's handling of speaking fees he donated to a scholarship fund that he set up at his alma mater, and for his deduction of the full cost of season tickets to the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team. Kirk also agreed to make changes in his accounting...
  • Trade nominee Ron Kirk agrees to pay back taxes

    03/02/2009 4:05:30 PM PST · by patriotmediaa · 29 replies · 889+ views
    news.yahoo.com/ ^ | 03/03/09 | DAVID ESPO
    Trade nominee Ron Kirk agrees to pay back taxes DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent David Espo, Ap Reuters WASHINGTON – Ron Kirk, nominated as U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama administration, owes an estimated $10,000 in back taxes from earlier in the decade and has agreed to make his payments, the Senate Finance Committee said Monday. The committee said the taxes arise from Kirk's handling of speaking fees that he donated to his alma mater, and for his deduction of the full cost of season tickets to the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team. The disclosure made the former Dallas mayor...
  • More Back Tax Issues for an Obama Nominee

    03/02/2009 2:40:04 PM PST · by jessduntno · 50 replies · 3,871+ views
    abcnews ^ | Today
    This time it's United State Trade Representative nominee Ron Kirk who owes back taxes, joining the ranks of other tax-addled Cabinet nominees such as Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, former Health and Human Services Secretary designate Tom Daschle, and former chief performance officer nominee Nancy Killifer. Kirk owes $9,975 in back taxes, most of that from speaking engagement honoraria. Kirk had told organizations to give speaking fees directly to his alma mater, Austin College. In all, $37,750 of honoraria were not reported as income for tax years 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, the Senate Finance Committee reported, saying that Kirk should...
  • Ron Kirk is latest Cabinet pick hit by tax woes; he owes $9.975

    03/02/2009 2:29:10 PM PST · by BGHater · 28 replies · 815+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 02 Mar 2009 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    Add former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to the list of Obama Cabinet picks with tax problems. The Senate Finance Committee says he underpaid by $9,975 in the last three years. Senate aides uncovered the shortfall during weeks of vetting, and Kirk – the administration’s designated point person on trade -- has promised to pay the Internal Revenue Service in full. The problems: Kirk deducted too much for season tickets to the Dallas Mavericks and too much for tax preparation fees, and failed to report as income speaking fees that he donated to his alma mater, Austin College. The full political...
  • Obama trade nominee fixes errors in tax returns [former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk.......]

    03/02/2009 1:47:09 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies · 569+ views
    Obama trade nominee fixes errors in tax returns Mon Mar 2, 2009 4:22pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's nominee to be U.S. trade representative, former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, has filed amended tax returns after a review found he failed to pay taxes on $37,750 in speaking fees he donated to his college alma mater, a Senate panel said on Monday. "Staff estimates the total tax adjustment on Mayor Kirk's amended returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007 will be approximately $9,975," the Senate Finance Committee said. Kirk also amended his tax returns to reduce the amount of business...
  • Obama's USTR Nominee Latest to Face Tax Problems

    03/02/2009 1:48:10 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 9 replies · 638+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 03/02/2009 | Jessica Brady
    USTR Nominee Latest to Face Tax Problems By Jessica Brady Roll Call Staff March 2, 2009, 4:32 p.m. Former Dallas Mayor Ronald Kirk, President Barack Obama’s pick for U.S. trade representative, misfiled taxable income and owes about $9,975, according to a Senate Finance Committee report released Monday.... Developing...
  • Obama's Chief Vetter Has His Own Tax Problem

    02/28/2009 5:11:25 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 24 replies · 1,233+ views
    Gawker ^ | Feb 27 2009 | Owen Thomas
    White House general counsel Gregory Craig has seized control of Obama's vetting process after a series of nominees with unpaid taxes. But his wife's business may also have avoided taxes. Who vets the vetter? Derry Noyes, Craig's wife, runs Noyes Graphics, a design business, out of the couple's home in northwest Washington. Between Craig's work and hers, they've been on Washington's A-list for a decade. PBS's American Stamps aired a profile of her two days ago. She designs specialty postage for the U.S. Postal Service, including a number of notable stamps. One recent series celebrating the work of famous architect...
  • TAX REVOLT (Vanity)

    02/27/2009 9:10:48 AM PST · by MeanWestTexan · 82 replies · 1,147+ views
    Natural Law ^ | July 4, 1776 | MeanWestTexan
    Flipped through Atlas Shrugged last night again. I would seriously like AM radio and some folks to get behind a serious tax revolt. Just don't pay taxes. The tax base is made of Republicans. If we don't pay, they don't play. It would have to be a mass effort to work (and to keep people out of jail).
  • Group of Rich Americans Sues UBS to Keep Names Secret in Tax Case

    02/25/2009 12:50:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 236 replies · 2,409+ views
    NYT ^ | 02/25/09 | LYNNLEY BROWNING
    Group of Rich Americans Sues UBS to Keep Names Secret in Tax Case By LYNNLEY BROWNING UBS was sued on Tuesday in a Swiss federal court by wealthy American clients seeking to prevent the disclosure of their identities as part of a tax-evasion investigation by the United States Justice Department. The lawsuit accuses UBS and Switzerland’s financial regulator, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, or Finma, of violating Swiss bank secrecy laws and of conducting what Swiss law considers illegal activities with foreign authorities. It also named Peter Kurer, the chairman of UBS, and Eugen Haltiner, the chairman of Finma,...
  • Tax Evasion vs. Tax Revolt (Tea Party Movements)

    02/23/2009 1:32:56 PM PST · by PlainOleAmerican · 45 replies · 3,568+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb. 23, 2009 | JB Williams
    Talk of a second Civil War, another revolution, a Tea Party, are growing by the day as the new fed moves to confiscate private property and power in the name of a “greater communal good” and the “general welfare” of the people at large. Last Friday, the Obama White House tried to reassure fleeing investors that it had no intention of “nationalizing” the banking industry. By Monday morning, Democrats confirmed that they were indeed planning to “nationalize” the banking industry, one bank at a time, beginning with Citi Group. For a change, people are paying attention. They simply aren’t buying...
  • Former (David) Paterson (tax cheating) chief to return in voluntary post

    02/22/2009 3:45:33 AM PST · by Zakeet · 4 replies · 329+ views
    NewsDay ^ | February 22, 2009
    Gov. David A. Paterson's former chief of staff, who resigned last year after revelations he failed to pay his taxes for five years, will return to a voluntary leadership position with the governor's 2010 campaign. Rumors had swirled that Paterson may be about to rehire Charles O'Byrne, who resigned Oct. 24 following news reports of the tax debt. O'Byrne's hopes for political survival deteriorated after his lawyers revealed the debt was nearly $300,000 - $100,000 more than he originally disclosed - and that he had only paid it off within that week. The situation went beyond the governor's control when...
  • Paterson Weighs Rehiring Top Aide Caught in Scandal

    02/20/2009 4:18:17 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies · 352+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 19, 2009 | Jeremy W. Peters and Nicholas Confessore
    Gov. David A. Paterson has begun paving the way for the return of his former chief adviser, Charles J. O’Byrne, who resigned four months ago in a tax scandal that proved deeply embarrassing to the administration. In recent days, Mr. Paterson has privately sounded out trusted political operatives and state officials about the wisdom of bringing Mr. O’Byrne back, according to two Democrats familiar with the discussions. “He is exasperated by bad press and by the perception of an administration in disarray,” one of the Democrats said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the delicate nature of the...
  • US claims 52,000 hid UBS accounts

    02/19/2009 10:20:41 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 910+ views
    FT ^ | 02/19/09 | Adrian Cox, Frances Williams and Joanna Chung
    US claims 52,000 hid UBS accounts By Adrian Cox in London, Frances Williams in Bern and Joanna Chung in New York Published: February 19 2009 19:15 | Last updated: February 19 2009 22:09 As many as 52,000 American customers hid UBS accounts from the authorities in violation of tax laws, a US government lawsuit against the Swiss bank alleged on Thursday. The Department of Justice filed a suit seeking to force UBS to disclose the holders of accounts with about $14.8bn in assets. It alleged UBS, Switzerland’s biggest bank, engaged in cross-border securities transactions in the US that it knew...
  • How Many Democrats Evaded Taxes in Swiss Banks? (Even more tax cheats alert!)

    02/19/2009 7:24:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies · 2,599+ views
    Rush Limbaugh .com ^ | 2/19/09 | The Maha
    How Many Democrats Evaded Taxes in Swiss Banks? RUSH: This just in. The Obama administration is now going after Swiss bank accounts. "The curtain is being peeled back on the infamous secrecy of Swiss banks. The largest bank in Switzerland, UBS, agreed Wednesday to reveal the names of wealthy Americans whom the authorities suspect of using offshore accounts to evade taxes. The change in policy is the result of UBS' admitted role in conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. As part of the agreement, the bank will pay $780 million in damages, and also close all offshore accounts of...
  • Federal workers owe billions in unpaid taxes

    02/19/2009 6:02:08 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 87 replies · 6,449+ views
    WTOP ^ | February 15th | Mark Seagraves
    From the U.S. Postal Service to the Executive Office of the President, thousands of federal workers have not paid their 2007 federal income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service is trying to collect billions of dollars in unpaid taxes from nearly half a million federal employees. According to IRS records, 171,549 current federal workers did not voluntarily pay their federal income taxes in 2007. The same is true for 37,752 active duty military and nearly 200,000 retired civilian and military personnel.
  • UBS to pay $780 million over U.S. tax evasion charges

    02/18/2009 3:22:58 PM PST · by Grampa Dave · 13 replies · 1,030+ views
    Market Watch.com ^ | 2/18/2009 | Wallace Witkowski
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- The Department of Justice said late Wednesday that Swiss bank UBS AG (UBS:UBS) agreed to pay $780 million in fines, penalties, interest and restitution over criminal charges it helped certain U.S. taxpayers evade taxes. UBS also agreed to exit the business of providing banking services to U.S. clients with undeclared accounts and to turn over the identities of U.S. customers with such accounts.
  • UBS Agrees To Pay $780 Million: Will name names to avoid tax-evasion prosecution

    02/18/2009 4:33:52 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies · 566+ views
    Forbes ^ | 2/18/09 | William P. Barrett and Janet Novack
    In a deal to avoid its own criminal prosecution, Swiss banking giant UBS agreed Wednesday to pay $780 million in fines, penalties and restitution to the U.S. government and provide names of suspected U.S. tax cheats. The U.S. Justice Department said that UBS (nyse: UBS - news - people ), Switzerland's largest bank, had gained approval from Swiss banking officials to "immediately provide" at least some names to U.S. tax authorities. UBS had an estimated 19,000 U.S. customers with undisclosed Swiss accounts, but the agreement spelling out how many names will be handed over was sealed.
  • Does Anyone In Obama's Administration Pay Taxes?

    02/18/2009 5:28:45 PM PST · by Grim · 11 replies · 773+ views
    The Market Ticker ^ | 2/18/2009 | Carl Denninger
    Now Rahm Emanuel is accused? "NEWS broke last week that Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, lived rent- free for years in the home of Rep. Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.) - and failed to disclose the gift, as congressional ethics rules mandate. But this is only the tip of Emanuel's previously undisclosed ethics problems. ..... Emanuel never declared the substantial gift of free rent on any of his financial-disclosure forms. He and De Lauro claim that it was just allowable "hospitality" between colleagues. Hospitality - for five years? Some experts suggest that it was also taxable income: Over...
  • Tax troubles for president's chief of staff

    02/18/2009 5:31:52 AM PST · by dascallie · 86 replies · 3,592+ views
    Tax troubles for president's chief of staff Emanuel's rent-free Washington residence draws questioning February 17, 2009 9:47 pm Eastern © 2009 WorldNetDaily There could be tax troubles on the horizon for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who reportedly has lived rent-free in Washington for five years but hasn't paid taxes on the imputed income from that, according to reports. He's the latest in a growing list of President Obama's nominees to have been involved in tax issues, according to those tabulating the tally in Washington. According to WND columnist Phyllis Schlafly, several of "Obama's major nominees are mired...
  • An Example Waiting to Be Made (Marion Barry's excuse for not filing taxes)

    02/17/2009 6:59:18 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 546+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/17/09 | Marc Fisher
    His last stint in the clink didn't seem to have much of an impact on the former mayor. As recently as 2005, he tested positive for marijuana and cocaine use. And in 2002, U.S. Park Police said they found crack cocaine and pot in Barry's Jaguar. Should Barry be jailed for doing yet again exactly what got him placed on probation in 2006? That time, after he failed to file federal and D.C. income tax returns from 1999 to 2004, a federal judge let him off. The Ward 8 D.C. Council member walked out of the courthouse smiling and laughing....
  • RAHM'S 'RENT' IS JUST THE TIP OF ETHICS ICEBERG

    02/17/2009 1:07:46 PM PST · by jessduntno · 27 replies · 1,813+ views
    vote ^ | Dick Morris
    RAHM'S 'RENT' IS JUST THE TIP OF ETHICS ICEBERG News broke last week that Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, lived rent- free for years in the home of Rep. Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.) - and failed to disclose the gift, as congressional ethics rules mandate. But this is only the tip of Emanuel's previously undisclosed ethics problems. One issue is the work Emanuel tossed the way of De Lauro's husband. But the bigger one goes back to Emanuel's days on the board of now-bankrupt mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Emanuel is a multimillionaire, but lived for the last...
  • Rahm's 'rent' is just the tip of the ethics iceberg

    02/17/2009 3:38:10 AM PST · by Zakeet · 62 replies · 3,258+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 17, 2009 | Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
    News broke last week that Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, lived rent- free for years in the home of Rep. Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.) - and failed to disclose the gift, as congressional ethics rules mandate. But this is only the tip of Emanuel's previously undislosed ethics problems. One issue is the work Emanuel tossed the way of De Lauro's husband. But the bigger one goes back to Emanuel's days on the board of now-bankrupt mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Emanuel is a multimillionaire, but lived for the last five years for free in the tony Capitol Hill...
  • Trading What You Have for What You Need

    02/14/2009 4:53:57 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies · 1,079+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 14, 2009 | Alina Tugend
    [A] growing community — offline and online — [] is enthusiastically embracing bartering, particularly in this economy, when it is often more palatable to spend time than money. As we all know, exchanging goods and services goes back, well, forever. But being a neophyte barterer, I was surprised, once I started checking around, at the deals some friends, and friends of friends, have negotiated. Jane Heyman, an artist in Los Angeles who paints portraits, has traded her work for top-of-the-line haircuts, legal services and even plastic surgery. “I had a show, and the doctor liked my painting of Warhol, which...
  • [Marion] Barry Says Kidney Issues Kept Him From Filing Taxes

    02/11/2009 7:41:58 AM PST · by freespirited · 17 replies · 485+ views
    WaPo ^ | 2/11/09 | Martin Weil
    D.C. Council member Marion Barry said last night that he has been undergoing dialysis and expects to have a kidney transplant, which has distracted him from filing a recent tax return. His failure to file a 2007 return has led prosecutors to urge a judge to revoke his probation for past tax offenses and send him to jail. Barry (D-Ward 8), a former D.C. mayor, said in an interview with WUSA-TV (Channel 9) that his health matters have been "consuming" and have dominated his thinking. He said there was "no excuse" for not filing the 2007 return, but "that's the...
  • Marion Barry Blames Failure to File Taxes on Failing Kidney

    02/11/2009 9:48:47 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies · 598+ views
    nbcwashington.com ^ | Feb. 11, 2009
    WRC: NBC4 confirmed Tuesday night that Barry is preparing to undergo surgery to receive a kidney transplant at Howard University Hospital.
  • Most Americans say cheating on taxes is unacceptable

    02/07/2009 6:35:46 AM PST · by george76 · 45 replies · 1,044+ views
    ap ^ | Feb 2, 2009
    An IRS survey finds that nearly nine in 10 Americans think it is "not at all" acceptable to cheat on your taxes. Although the survey was conducted in late August, its release comes as Tom Daschle, President Barack Obama's nominee to be Health and Human Services secretary, has acknowledged failing to pay more than $120,000 in taxes. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had similar problems on a smaller scale.
  • ABOVE THE LAW....(are Obama's tax cheats driving Rahm's hidden agenda?)

    02/08/2009 4:04:55 AM PST · by Liz · 48 replies · 2,755+ views
    NY POST ^ | 2/8/09 | EDITORIAL
    Labor Secy-designate Hilda Solis is Obama's latest appointee to fall afoul of the taxman.....As corny as it sounds, most Americans consider paying taxes an obligation of citizenship. Obama's Tax Rogues Gallery undermines that notion. It's hard to say what's more appalling: Obama's selection process - or what it says about the leadership class from which they've sprung.
  • Miller: Blago Only One Associated With Obama Who's Paid His Taxes (Video)

    02/07/2009 2:05:57 PM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 11 replies · 1,047+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | February 7, 2009 - 16:25 | Noel Sheppard
    Comedian Dennis Miller did his weekly stint on the "O'Reilly Factor" Wednesday, and was in truly rare form. Besides claiming that Hillary Clinton has "been cheated on more frequently than a blind woman playing Scrabble with gypsies," and calling her husband "a big, loopy horn dog," Miller marvelously depicted impeached Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich as "the only guy Barack Obama has met in the last five years of his life who has paid his taxes." The entire delicious video and transcript are below the fold:
  • Al Franken Admits $50,000 Tax Debt

    02/06/2009 2:16:51 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 131 replies · 8,245+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2009-02-06 | Ronald Kessler
    Overlooked in coverage of Tim Geithner’s and Tom Daschle’s unpaid taxes is the $70,000 that Minnesota Democratic senatorial candidate Al Franken has admitted to owing in back taxes, interest, and penalties. Last April, the California Tax Franchise Board revealed that Franken owed the state $5,800 in taxes, fines, and penalties because he did not file returns in 2003 through 2007. Franken then admitted that he owed more than $50,000 in back taxes to 17 states.Franken blamed everything on his accountant of 18 years, saying he failed to report the income from the comedian’s celebrity appearances and speeches in those states...
  • 55% Say Congress Members Don’t Pay All Their Taxes

    02/06/2009 8:40:02 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies · 659+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | February 05, 2009
    The majority of Americans say most members of Congress don’t pay all the taxes they owe. In fact, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 15% are confident that their elected representatives do pay the taxes they levy on others. While the Obama administration struggles over Cabinet nominees who “forgot” to pay taxes, 55% of American adults say that behavior is typical for most members of Congress. Seventy-two percent (72%) of the nation’s adults say there is double standard with one set of rules for well-connected people and another set of rules for everybody else. This skepticism...
  • MORE TAXING PROBLEMS; O'S LABOR PICK HELD UP BY HUBBY WOES (Solis' spouse 16-year tax cheat)

    02/06/2009 1:52:20 AM PST · by Liz · 64 replies · 2,353+ views
    NY POST ^ | 2/6/09 | SAM HANANEL,, AP
    Hilda Solis has tax problems.......a Senate panel abruptly postponed a scheduled vote on her confirmation as Obama's Labor Secy after revelations that Solis' husband settled tax liens on his California auto-repair business this week.....that date back as long as 16 years.....amid complaints about Solis' role as board member and treasurer of American Rights at Work which is pushing a bill to ease forming workers' unions.
  • All the President's Tax Cheats

    02/04/2009 4:27:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1,091+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    You never get a second chance to make a first post-inaugural impression. Less than three weeks into his first 100 days, Barack Obama has left an indelible mark on his nascent presidency: the mark of incompetence and hubris. Despite the administration's much-touted wealth of bright minds and high bars, the transition has been a complete disaster. n a double whammy on Tuesday, tax troubles and ethical clouds forced the withdrawal of not one but two high-profile Obama nominees. These come on the heels of former Commerce Secretary-nominee Bill Richardson's withdrawal due to a pay-for-play probe in New Mexico and Treasury...
  • Chief Performance Officer: Nancy Killefer (Hussein's "most important" nixed. Epidemic?)

    02/03/2009 8:17:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies · 909+ views
    Time ^ | 1/09/09 | Alyssa Fetini
    Chief Performance Officer: Nancy KilleferBy Alyssa Fetini Friday, Jan. 09, 2009 Washington is about to get its first official waste watchdog. President-elect Barack Obama recently tapped Nancy Killefer to fill the newly created role of chief performance officer. Killefer, a senior director at management-consulting firm McKinsey & Co., will be in charge of combing through the federal budget to weed out unnecessary programs and streamline government efficiency. The position, which Obama has described as one of the most important in his Administration, is part of a new initiative to control federal spending, reform massive government entitlement programs and curb the...
  • Time for TimGeithner to step down, too

    02/03/2009 7:06:44 PM PST · by Restore America · 64 replies · 1,742+ views
    CNBC ^ | 2/03/2009 | Larry Kudlow
    Now that Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination for health secretary because of his failure to pay taxes, and Nancy Killefer, who was appointed chief performance officer and deputy OMB director, has also withdrawn because of non-payment of taxes, it is time for Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner to do exactly the same. Geithner never answered the question put to him by senators Kyl and Bunning: Would he have paid his back taxes if he were not nominated to run the Treasury? His issue has never been resolved. He will never have the full trust of the country. Consider this: Daschle...
  • Obama's hopes Daschled (RATS not paying taxes @ epidemic proportions?)

    02/03/2009 7:00:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies · 965+ views
    Salon ^ | 2/04/09 | Mike Madden
    Obama's hopes DaschledHis ties to the former senator may have blinded him to potential ethics problems -- but in the end, the president takes the blame. By Mike Madden Feb. 4, 2009 | WASHINGTON -- Things would probably have gone a lot more smoothly for Tom Daschle if the whole country worked the way Washington does, at least at its most stratified levels. You serve in a high government post for a while, then you lose an election, and your friends step in to support you with helpful things like, say, a $1 million-a-year job in private equity, and a...
  • "Rangel Rule" Bill Introduced for Tax Cheats

    02/03/2009 5:08:25 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 13 replies · 871+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | February 3, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    Texas Republican Congressman and former judge, John Carter, has introduced legislation that gives ordinary Americans the same special privileges accorded to Democrat Charlie Rangel and our newly minted Democrat Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. As long as you pay your back taxes, all fees and penalties will be waived. More . . .
  • (Christian counselor) Kidwell Found Guilty Of All Counts In Tax Evasion Case (Dumber than Rangel?)

    02/03/2009 4:50:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies · 727+ views
    Chattanoogan ^ | 2/03/09
    Kidwell Found Guilty Of All Counts In Tax Evasion Caseposted February 3, 2009 A federal jury late Tuesday morning returned guilty verdicts on all five felony counts on tax evasion charges against Christian counselor Chris Kidwell. He remains free on bond, and a sentencing date has not yet been set. The counts carry up to five years in prison, but his sentencing range is expected to be between 21 and 27 months. The charges also carry a possible fine up to $250,000. Defense attorneys had contended he did not report large chunks of his income because he is lost when...
  • CNN interview: Obama says Daschle "made a mistake" on his taxes

    02/03/2009 4:38:03 PM PST · by boughtwithaprice · 35 replies · 1,111+ views
    ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Thanks very much for sitting down with us today. Explain what happened today, Tom Daschle, you've let one of the most important domestic issues, which is health care, get caught up in what looks to many Americans like politics as usual. BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well, I think what happened was that Tom made an assessment that having made a mistake on his taxes that he took responsibility for, and indicated was a mistake, made the assessment that he was going to be too much of a distraction in trying to lead what...
  • Franken Has Tax Problems, Too (The Tax-Cheat Party)

    02/03/2009 3:38:01 PM PST · by an amused spectator · 40 replies · 1,790+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 2, 2009 | Online
    President Obama’s Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Tom Daschle have been getting some attention regarding their failure to pay taxes, but what about Al Franken? 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. Minnesota’s Star Tribune reported Franken was paid to appear at a number of celebrity appearances across the country and file taxes appropriately in those states since 2003. Franken’s team released a spreadsheet to media detailing the debt through the...
  • O'S ETHICS 'EXCEPTIONS' (Change? None that seems to matter)

    02/03/2009 4:26:51 AM PST · by Liz · 9 replies · 539+ views
    NY POST ^ | 2/3/09 | EDITORIAL
    Does the Dems' party platform require their top dogs to have tax problems? Tom Daschle failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes ....and raked in a staggering $5.2 million from the health-care industry which he'd regulate.........tax delinquencies of Treasury Secy Timothy Geithner and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rangel make you wonder whether these guys have any shame at all.
  • Marion Barry for Drug Czar -- Democrats love taxes. Paying them, not so much.

    02/02/2009 2:08:00 PM PST · by Zakeet · 5 replies · 604+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 2, 2009 | James Taranto
    If a certain sort of conservative tends to be moralistic about sex, liberals tend to be moralistic about money. That makes Tom Daschle the equivalent of a televangelist caught in a sex scandal. Daschle, now President Obama's nominee for secretary of health and human services, was first elected to Congress in 1978 as a Democrat from South Dakota. In 2004, in the final throes of the Bush majority, voters ousted him from the Senate. Forced into the private sector, he returned to Aberdeen, S.D., and eked out a living growing wheat on the Daschle family farm. As if! Actually, he...