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More on Taxes

By Brian | February 8, 2009 | Share on Facebook

Seems another Obama appointment fits into the tax problem news-catalog. The hearing to consider Rep. Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary was cancelled on Thursday after it was revealed that her husband paid off $6,400 in tax liens (some of which were sixteen years old) the day before the hearing was scheduled. Once again, we are led down the lazy path, on which all four of these problems are considered equivalent. Even though, in this case, Rep. Solis’ husband is, in fact, not being considered for Labor Secretary. To his credit, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said this:

We reviewed her tax returns, and her tax returns are in order. The story denotes that her husband had some issues with paying a business tax, and obviously that tax . . . should be paid. She’s not a partner in that business, so we’re not going to penalize her for her husband’s business mistakes. Obviously, her husband, I think, has and should pay any taxes that he owes.

On the more amusing side of news cataloging is the JammieWearingFool, who, while discussing Rep. Charles Rangel’s ongoing tax problems, comes up with this gem:

What with tax cheats being all the rage, one wonders how Charlie Rangel avoided an Obama cabinet appointment?


Topics: News and/or Media, Political Rantings | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “More on Taxes”

  1. Jeff Porten says at February 9th, 2009 at 11:14 pm :
    Buzz in the genuinely liberal media is that Solis would be the strongest pro-union labor secretary in recorded human history, so the Republicans are grasping at straws to derail her. Aside from the general disgust I have the Republican party throwing sand in the gears of the government, I don’t have much of a substantive opinion on this one as yet.

  2. Brian says at February 10th, 2009 at 2:21 am :
    I also know nothing of Solis or her record, but I do feel the need to point this out:

    When the Republicans held majorities in both houses, the Democrats whined that they were completely and utterly powerless to get anything done because they “didn’t have the numbers.”

    Now, the Democrats hold majorities in both houses, and it’s not the Republicans whining about a lack of influence. It’s the Democrats whining again about how the Republicans are undermining their agenda in the form of political maneuvering and mass media saturation!

    One of two things is true: either the Democrats did have the power to influence policy between 2006 and 2008 and failed, or the Republicans are making a lot of noise and influencing nothing today.

    Given that the stimulus package seems likely to pass easily and all of Obama’s nominees are getting confirmed (minus the ones who are self-selecting out of the process), I’d say the latter is closer to the truth. In either case, though, I can only reach the conclusion that congressional Democrats well and truly suck at this…

  3. Jeff Porten says at February 11th, 2009 at 11:41 pm :
    Brian — we are in agreement. The Congressional Democrats truly suck at governance and politics. They were spineless for the first six years of the Bush presidency, they were *more* inept for the final two when they had some legislative power, and now they pretty much want to allow Obama to carry their political water while they continue to be governmentally useless.


    I give a few points to Pelosi in that she’s at least attempted to articulate a voice for the party from time to time, but she’s generally failed miserably. Harry Reid is a complete cipher and the sooner we’re rid of him as a party leader, the better off we’ll be. But I’m not expecting a great deal of improvement from Congressional Democrats until there is internal partisan pressure to do so — Lord knows the external political pressure of being a minority party didn’t have transformative powers.

  4. Brian says at February 11th, 2009 at 11:57 pm :
    Agreement is achieved. Truly an historic moment.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to close the window before a pig flies in…


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