BREAKING: Senate Panel: “errors in USTR Nominee Kirk’s Tax Returns..Amended Returns WILL be filed for 2005/06/07”

I think I have figured out who is doing the vetting and financial planning there in the WH….the F Troop… smooth moves Team Obama, BWAAAHAA!!

UPDATE: Ben Smith has it up:February 2009

The Senate Finance Committee tells reporters that USTR nominee Ron Kirk, too, has had to pay some back taxes over honoraria that he did not collect — the were recorded as a donation to his school — but, in some cases, did deduct.

SENATE CMTE REPORT: The Senate Finance Committee today released its report on the nomination of Ron Kirk to be United States Trade Representative. The report, compiled from information received and discovered in the Finance Committee’s vetting process of the nominee, reflect certain errors in the nominee’s past tax returns. Steps have been taken by the nominee to bring tax returns into compliance.

After reviewing Mayor Kirk’s tax returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007, Finance Committee staff submitted several questions to Mr. Kirk on February 6, 2009. The questions included a request for clarification of his practice of assigning honoraria to Austin College and whether the honoraria should have been reported as taxable income, substantiation of various charitable donations and other miscellaneous tax questions. Mayor Kirk provided written responses to the questions on February 17, 2009. He met with Finance Committee staff on February 19, 2009 for a due diligence meeting and to answer tax questions that had not been resolved by his written responses. Mayor Kirk submitted additional information to Committee staff on February 24, 2009 and February 28, 2009.

The results of the staff review of Mayor Kirk’s information are described below. Mayor Kirk has agreed to promptly file amended returns reflecting the adjustments discussed in this memo. Staff estimates the total tax adjustments on Mayor Kirk’s amended returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007 will be approximately $9,975.

From the what the frak is wrong with these people, (especially the vetters) files:

Senate Panel: “errors in USTR Nominee Kirk’s Tax Returns…”

Senate Panel: “Kirk will file Amended returns for 2005, 2006, 2007”

Background on Kirk nomination here

flashing on CNBC Chryon now, Reuters byline, nothing online yet, will keep checking..

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March 2, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Entertainment, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Omnibus Budget Bill: Healthcare gets $634 billion over 10 years…

MiM has been pushing for UHC for years and years, but I hate everything about the way this is being done, without hearings, sneaking things through a backdoor in unrelated legislation like the stimulus and Omnibus Budget Bill…

Having a bunch of government pencil pushers decide what is cost-effective treatment is just unacceptable, having spent years processing Medicare claims I assure you, the government WILL decide a stent is too expensive for people of a ‘certain age’.

The Baby Boomers who voted for Team Obama are in for a rude awakening IMO…they use a LOT of resources donchaknow…Soylent Green IS GREEN!

Via AP, (home of noted hack Nedra ‘crotchshot’ Pickler):

President Barack Obama‘s first budget will seek $634 billion over 10 years as a down payment on health care reform, a senior administration official said Wednesday. The official said Obama’s proposal is meant to start a dialogue with Congress over how to provide coverage for an estimated 48 million uninsured while also slowing health care costs, which amount to $2.4 trillion a year and keep rising even as the economy is shrinking.

Obama’s request comes on top of recent health care expansions approved by Congress and also described by his administration as down payments toward overhauling the health care system. Those include $32 billion to expand coverage for the children of low-income workers and $19 billion to speed the adoption of computerized health records.

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February 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Fantasy, Film, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized. Comments off.

REPOST: Un-Dynamic Duo: Sebelius and Orszag to lead Healthcare & SS Reform?

REPOST: It’s official Shebores us has been nominated for HHS, here is the writeup we did last month…2 best things IMO, Daschle screwed himself out of the job and Howard Dean who broke TEH ROOLZ for Obama to win the primaries is UNDA DA BUS….BWAAAAHAAAAAA! Frakkers..

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February 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Hillary Clinton, Obama Administration, Politics, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Tax Tribbles: Secretary of Labor nominee Hilda Solis’ husband pays 16 y/o tax lien YESTERDAY….

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Oh boy via MM:

USA Today reports that the Obama White House sheepishly disclosed today that Labor Secretary nominee Hilda Solis’s hubby has just paid up 16-year-old tax liens…yesterday. The disclosure comes just hours before the nomination vote.

“The husband of President Obama’s Labor secretary nominee paid about $6,400 Wednesday to settle tax liens that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years against his business, the Obama administration told USA TODAY this afternoon.

The disclosure came shortly before a 2 p.m. meeting of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which is scheduled to vote on Rep. Hilda Solis’ nomination as labor secretary.”

None of these people KNOW they have a LIEN with the IRS? How is that possible? What about wage garnishments? Little people get garnished…

This is just ridiculous. I say she steps aside, b/w this and her failing to report she was managing the money of an EFCA lobbying group while governing, it is too much,

I say Linda Sanchez would be fabulous at the job :0)

February 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

BREAKING: DASCHLE WITHDRAWS…EXCELLENT!!

WOOHOO!!! Breaking LIVE on FOX

I feel like Mister Burns…:0)

CBS 13 has it

om Daschle has withdrawn his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary.

That’s according to a joint White House statement from President Barack Obama and his former nominee.

Obama said Tuesday he accepted the withdrawal “with sadness and regret.”

Daschle has been battling for his nomination since it was disclosed he failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes.

He said he’s withdrawing because he’s not a leader who has the full faith of Congress and will be a distraction.

Thank you for everyone who made calls, it really is good to communicate with your legislators and media outlets it may not always work but it adds pressure and that is all we have in a representative form of govt like we have, what with incumbents and Lordly Senatorial Tradition, IMO it is more important than evah to give feedback to your legislators local state and federal…despite the see no evil hear no evil speak no evil ‘tude of some Obots…….

if they didnt want to live by these staandards on lobbying relationships they shouldnt have made it the centerpiece of their campaign, live by the CHANGE .tm, die by the CHANGE, tm

Hey this really harshes the buzz for the one on one interviews Obama is giving to news anchors tonight to push the stimulus huh?

IMO it is damn impressive after last night’s marker they laid down, when Rockefeller, Kerry and assorted DEMS stood with Daschle at that lecturn saying the idea of health care without Daschle was ‘inconceivable’, what a difference a day makes…

I feel like Braveheart, LOL!!! This was a good victory to throw to the people by T.O. (Team Obama), I feel less wild eyed and bushy tailed about the stimulus right now..and more like getting my w2s and 1099s together to drop off at my accountant, it IS tax time starting after all…aww the pundits are SO UPSET, oh noes, wahhhh wahhhhh, BWAAAAHAAAAA!!!!

I guess the 55 page vetting questionairre missed some things, lol

okay now who can we get, NOT HOWARD DEAN, SURELY there is someone who is as qualified for this as our Hillary was before she was pushed aside by Daschle and Reid and denied any chance to work on this issue, she is working on a global level to help people get access to health care, now who can we get to help Americans get access?

DONNA SHALALA? I lurvs her…

PostScript, I have been on the warpath on Daschle, but let me say I have worked in health insurance my whole life and I have fought for UHC since 92, but Daschle was IMO a huge obstruction to the Universal mandate and Baucus felt the same way, and he should know he is drafting legislation..

the thing that really did it for me aside form the basic policy argument which is foremost;, was the interview Daschle gave Politico a few weeks ago in which they lauded his wonderful approach to health care which he and his staff described as the ABCs, Anything But Clinton.

That makes me mad enough to spit. and the CAPPER he goes to the hearing sits down and thanks BOB DOLE who is not there, BOB DOLE who blocked UHC. arrrrgggglle DASCHLES INCOMPETENCE AND COZYING UP TO DOLE and the OBSTRUCTION OF DEMS LIKE BOB KERREY KILLED UHC…and I wasn’t there but don’t tell me those Congressmen didn’t get INCREDIBLY PISSED AND ARROGANT with the VERY IDEA that a FIRST LADY was going to run policy and tell them what would be in the bill..yeah that had a LOT to do with it I am sure…..I remember the environment in the media and more in DC via the media filter then VERRRY well, it was verrry anti Hillary, they didn’t think she was classy enough, her dinner parties were too redneck, she thought she was something with her WORK in LAW, she was ‘abrasive, assertive, aggressive’ (the nicest words they used), in other words she wasn’t the old model for First Ladies…okay now I’m going all primary mode ..someone get me off this crazy segway!!!

yeah we could have done it differently,as Gibby would say,  “nobody’s perfect” BWAAAHAAAA! anyway, my Clintons (yes they are mine but I share them with America and the world) approached it as they had at the state level..but anyway Hillary has done more to promote UHC than Daschle has had free rides in limos, m’kay?

So now that the backstabbing-universal-mandate -blocking-limo-ride-taking-international -lobbying-tax-evading Hillary-bashing pinhead is gone, let’s move forward :0)/rationalization rant off

February 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Healthcare, Hillary Clinton, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Update: Senator breaks ranks… DeMint says Daschle should withdraw…and Daschle’s Campaign Ad: he must have traded in his Pontiac for a Limo..

A previous Tom Daschle campaign ad showcased how Daschle drove to work daily for 15 years in an old Pontiac.

h/t to  RightWingSparkle

UPDATE: And FINALLY a Senator has stepped up to say STEP DOWN DASCHLE..and it is Jim DeMint, R-SC:

DeMint told FOX News that Daschle’s failure to pay $134,000 in federal taxes reflects a “problem with integrity” that the government cannot afford to tolerate. DeMint spoke out against Daschle as a number of prominent newspapers, including The New York Times, called for the South Dakota Democrat to drop his bid.

“It’s very unfortunate with Tom Daschle that this has occurred, but the president needs to lead. He needs to step in here and he needs to withdraw this nomination,” the South Carolina Republican said.

DeMint said he came to that conclusion after it became “obvious” that Daschle knew about the tax problems long before his nomination and did nothing to make it right.

“The average American would likely face criminal charges with tax evasion of this size, yet he did not address the issue until he was nominated,” he said.

February 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Politics. Comments off.

Another Obama Nominee withdraws due to Tax Troubles…sadly it isn’t Daschle..(yet)

Oh this is just too much..hey Ice Miser even looks like Daschle wot?  He’s Mr Tax Miser…..he earns too much….

(The Original Miser Brothers, Courtesy of Giulibear)

Tapper has it again:

The informal battle between members of the Obama Administration and the Taxman resulted in a casualty Tuesday, with news that President Obama’s nominee to be chief performance officer, Nancy Killefer, will withdraw her nomination following the revelation that she had a $946.69 lien on her property in 2005 for failure to pay taxes.

Killefer, who was announced to much fanfare by President Obama on Jan. 7 to serve in the new position to make the U.S. government “more effective, more efficient, and more transparent,” is the third high-level Obama Administration official whose failure to pay taxes in recent years was disclosed in the past month.

To be PERFECTLY CLEAR, Nancy owed less than $1000.00 and withdrew, Daschle owed over $100,000 and has not withdrawn, and Team Obama says they still back him…

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It could not be more clear that Daschle is getting the Royal Treatment from his fellow Lordlings in the Senate…

…wake up and smell the frustration and simmering anger in the country Senators, Daschle needs to STEP DOWN….

This just adds another layer of hypocrisy to it, that the woman who wasnt a former Senator is out for less than 1/100th of the tax evasion Daschle pulled….

February 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Entertainment, Fantasy, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

UPDATE 5 Newspapers want him out!!NYT Calls for the Tactless and ‘Taxless’ Tom Daschle to Withdraw…

WooHoo!!! Get the lobbyist OUT!!!!! Fox says 5 major newspapers now calling for Daschle to withdraw!

(They couldn’t find a way to put the blame on HRC for the first time in 2 years over at the Times, heh)

Tom is IMO Tactless b/c he should just withdraw his name, he is hurting UHC and the Administration he purports to support AND his rushed ‘apology’ in front of cameras yesterday (where he wouldn’t take questions) failed to include the UNDECLARED INCOME OF over $80,000, (he apologized for misunderstanding the need to declare the car and driver as if that were the only issue….)

Well coincidentally (NOT!) for the first time in 2 yrs I agree with the NYT OpEd (do I need a vaccine of some sort?!) , lol, via Ed @ HA:

NYT OpEd (kooties blocked for your safety):

…new facts have come to light — involving his failure to pay substantial taxes that were owed and his sizable income from health-related companies while he worked in the private sector — that call into question his suitability for the job. We believe that Mr. Daschle ought to step aside and let the president choose a less-blemished successor.

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But Mr. Daschle is one oversight case too many. The American tax system depends heavily on voluntary compliance. It would send a terrible message to the public if we ignore the failure of yet another high-level nominee to comply with the tax laws.

Gee ya think?

…hundreds of thousands of dollars for speeches to interest groups, including those representing health insurance plans, medical equipment distributors and pharmacy boards.

Although Mr. Daschle was not a registered lobbyist, he offered policy advice to the UnitedHealth Group, a huge insurance conglomerate. He was also a trustee of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, on whose behalf he voiced opposition to a federal loan for a freight rail line near the clinic’s headquarters in Rochester, Minn. The loan was subsequently denied by the Federal Railroad Administration.

Mr. Daschle is another in a long line of politicians who move cozily between government and industry. We don’t know that his industry ties would influence his judgments on health issues, but they could potentially throw a cloud over health care reform. Mr. Daschle could clear the atmosphere by withdrawing his name….

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February 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Film, Healthcare, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

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