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More Nominee Tax Troubles



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It seems Tom Daschle recently paid a little over $100,000 in back taxes and interest after failing to tell the IRS that he was receiving a free car and driver from a Wall Street friend for three years. If you’re keeping track, that’s a little over twice the amount Tim Geithner paid in back taxes and interest.

Daschle has already been through one confirmation hearing, in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, but the HHS Secretary traditionally faces two separate committees, since both have jurisdiction over his agency. The second, which has yet to hold his hearing, is the same one that Geithner faced for confirmation—the Senate Finance Committee. Its members may be growing tired of honest mistakes, though as a former Senator Daschle will probably get a lot of leeway.

I guess we’ll soon find out if Daschle, like Geithner, is the only man in America who could do the job. Of course he always has that White House health reform coordinator post to fall back on.



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