Earlier today, Obama-messiah’s nominee for Health and Human Services head, Tom Daschle, who had once pushed for “no mercy” prosecution of tax cheats, was forced to withdraw his nomination after it was discovered he had failed to pay some of his own taxes, to the tune of $128,000.
This followed on the heals of last week’s debacle, which saw Obama-messiah’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, also have to admit that he had failed to pay taxes he owed.
Now, Obama-messiah nominee for federal government “chief performance officer,” Nancy Killefer, has had to withdraw her candidacy due to failure to pay taxes.
Meanwhile, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the supreme tax-writing body in the United States, the House Ways and Means Committee, is under investigation for, among other things, dodging taxes.
Democrat hypocricy on the issue of taxes is now so thick, you would be hard-pressed to cut through it with a knife. They want us to pay more, while they simply ignore paying their own taxes (at least, until they want to be appointed to higher office, at which point their public records are scrutinized and their true colors are discovered).
For the last eight years Democrats made political hay over what they called “endemic Republican hypocricy.” But those finger-pointing Dems are now on the defensive, considering the obvious hypocrisy in their own house.
Another Obama-messiah Nominee Bites the Dust Due to Failure to Pay Taxes
WASHINGTON (AP) – Nancy Killefer, who failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help, has withdrawn her candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government, the White House said Tuesday.
Killefer was the second major Obama administration nominee to withdraw and the third to have tax problems complicate their nomination after President Barack Obama announced their selection.
“Nancy Killefer has decided to withdraw her nomination, and we accepted her withdrawal,” Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman, said Tuesday.
The 55-year-old executive with consulting giant McKinsey & Co., was expected to explain her reasons for pulling out later in the day.
When her selection was announced by Obama on Jan. 7, The Associated Press disclosed that in 2005 the District of Columbia government had filed a $946.69 tax lien on her home for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help.
Since then, administration officials refused to answer questions about the tax error, which she resolved five months after the lien was filed.
Obama’s first choice for commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, took his name out of consideration when his confirmation appeared headed toward complications because of a grand jury investigation over how state contracts were issued to political donors.
More recently, Timothy Geithner was confirmed as Treasury secretary despite belatedly paying $34,000 in income taxes, and Tom Daschle is still waiting to see if his late payment of more than $128,000 in income taxes will harm his nomination to be health and human services secretary.
On paper, Killefer brought impressive credentials to the two jobs Obama selected her for: deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, which requires Senate confirmation, and a new White House post, chief performance officer for the entire federal government, which does not require confirmation.
Killefer oversees McKinsey’s management consulting for government clients. During 1997-2000 in the Clinton administration, Killefer was assistant Treasury secretary for management. As such she was the chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the Treasury and its 160,000 employees and led a modernization of its largest component, the Internal Revenue Service.
But for nearly a month, the administration had refused to answer how its choice to make government workers more efficient and more responsive had bungled her household payroll taxes.
The AP reported that on March 7, 2005, the D.C. Department of Employment Services slapped a tax lien on her home in the tony Wesley Heights neighborhood.
The local government alleged that just three years after she left the high-powered Treasury post she began to fail to pay unemployment compensation tax for a household employee.
And she failed to make the required quarterly payments for a year and half, whereupon a lien for $946.69 was placed on her home.