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March 02, 2009

Amazing...Another Obama Appointee Owes Back Taxes

Do any Democrats actually pay their taxes?

Ron Kirk, nominated as U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama administration, owes an estimated $10,000 in back taxes from earlier in the decade and has agreed to make his payments, the Senate Finance Committee said Monday.

The committee said the taxes arise from Kirk's handling of speaking fees that he donated to his alma mater, and for his deduction of the full cost of season tickets to the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team.

The disclosure made the former Dallas mayor the latest in a string of top-level Obama administration appointees found to have underpaid their taxes, following Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Tom Daschle, who withdrew as candidate for Health and Human Services secretary. Nancy Killefer, Obama's pick for chief performance officer, also bowed out amid tax problems.

White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said Kirk was working to clear up "a few minor issues" uncovered by the committee and expressed confidence he would be confirmed.

Look, I doubt most people could survive this kind of scrutiny of their taxes but Republican nominees did for 8 years (or they never made the cut once the issues were discovered) so what the hell is the problem here?

No word yet on if Joe Biden has questioned this guys patriotism yet.

(h/t The Page)


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