Great commentary by Michelle Malkin regarding the tax problems of Daschle who describes having an epiphany last summer that maybe he owed taxes on the imputed income of being given a limousine with chauffeur by the company that hired him after he lost re-election to the Senate.
For you primary care doctors, this is the guy who wants nurses to takeover all primary care, because doctors are “too expensive. ” Yeah, primary care doctors are getting rich off all those $60 office visits, when your overhead for each patient is $55. And our wonderful Congress receives free Caribbean vacations from lobbyists, but doctors now are forbidden to take a pen or cup from a drug representative because doctors will then only prescribe that company’s expensive medications. Such hypocrisy.
I am sorry, but I am mad as hell and I am not gonna take it anymore! Are there any ethical people left in Congress? **Is it now an option for Congressmen and ex-Congressmen to pay all their back taxes & interest only when they are about to go for confirmation of a White House job or get caught red handed?
Voters, we need to clean out the swamp.
UPDATE 2-1-09: Fox News is reporting Daschle made $220,000 in speaking fees from health groups he would be involved with when confirmed Secretary of HHS. One of the things Daschle wants to regulate is how money is paid to doctors for speaking fees from pharmaceutical companies. Daschle has lost any credibility to change/reform the healthcare system.
UPDATE 2-2-09: Daschle’s income from several sources was in the millions of dollars, and, he had at least $88,000 unreported income as well as unpaid Medicare/household employee taxes for his “chauffeur.” There is more than enough reason for the IRS to do complete tax audits for the last 10 years, since unreported income is considered tax fraud. Were there penalties assessed by the IRS for all of this unpaid tax?!