The Republican Party’s Tax Hypocrisy

So its not okay to mess up on your taxes if you’re seeking a cabinet level position, but its perfectly acceptable if you’re running to be the leader of the free world?:

When you’re poor, it can be hard to pay the bills. When you’re rich, it’s hard to keep track of all the bills that need paying. It’s a lesson Cindy McCain learned the hard way when NEWSWEEK raised questions about an overdue property-tax bill on a La Jolla, Calif., property owned by a trust that she oversees. Mrs. McCain is a beer heiress with an estimated $100 million fortune and, along with her husband, she owns at least seven properties, including condos in California and Arizona.

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7 thoughts on “The Republican Party’s Tax Hypocrisy

  1. When you’re married you share tax responsibility with your spouse. Their finances become yours and vice versa.

    Ask Hilda Solis the nominee for the Department of Labor who’s had her confirmation held up because of a $1,000 lien on her husband’s business from 1993.

  2. As I am painstakingly preparing my taxes right now, I do not have too much sympathy for ANYONE who fails to pay their taxes, regardless of their party.

    The excuses offered up by Sen Daschle were pretty lame, I am glad he withdrew from consideration to head HHS.

    And as for Sec Geithner, well, what better guy to head the treasury than an intelligent one who is honestly confused by the US tax code? Hopefully he makes it easier for the rest of us.

    It’s surprising how many Cabinet nominees/political appointees are having tax problems this time around, tho, no?

  3. Who cares about taxes, illegal immigrant nannies or any other silly things that have nothing to do with the potential job they would be performing?

    While I admit its certainly embarrassing for any public figure to have these issues arise during confirmation, it has nothing to do with the primary factor criteria we should use for confirmation. Can the candidate perform their job effectively?

    I’ll take an effective politician with bad taxes over an ineffective politicians with a good tax history any day. Tom Daschle’s ability to bring universal health care to America is much more important to America than his tax problems.

    PS. Geithner did pay his taxes, there was just confusion over whether he owed a certain type of taxes because he was an “international employee” when he worked with the world bank. He used Turbo Tax by the way.

    If a President of a federal reserve bank and his accountants cant figure out our tax code that should scream volumes about how complicated its become

  4. I concur with your last point about simplifying the tax code, but not your first about the “who cares” about paying taxes. As a teenager I worked for a moving company whose owner “forgot” to pay his taxes for two years running, much like Senator Daschle; the IRS seized all of his assets and he narrowly avoided going to jail, all for about 50k. I do not think it is too much to ask of our public servants to follow the rules everyone else is beholden to.

    There are plenty of good public servants out there who pay their taxes. Maybe Governor Dean will get the call. . .

  5. I’ll add on that the alternate pick when a nominee gets knocked off on a technicality is usually a worse deal than the first, though, a phenomenon not restricted to any one political party. . .

  6. Wilson

    The debate isn’t focused on whether public servants should have to pay their taxes, its about whether such a minor issue should prevent someone from holding a key government position.

    Every nominee Obama selected resolved their tax issues eventually, unlike the numerous corporations and CEO’s that find loopholes to avoid paying their taxes.

    The point I’m making is that a minor tax problem shouldn’t be enough to prevent them from holding a very important public office. Leading the country to a steady economic recovery is much more important than taking a principled stand.

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