What if it's Beck with a tax 'accident'?
No one has been less forgiving than Glenn Beck when it comes to Democrats with tax problems. Not just the well-known ones like Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner but also less serious ones such as Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, whose husband only recently paid off $6,400 in tax liens on his auto repair business, and Nancy Killefer, who withdrew her nomination to be White House chief performance officer, citing a $946.69 tax lien on her Washington home.Well, here's what I make of it. If you scroll to the second page of the Politico article you'll find that upon being notified by the IRS that monies were owed, Beck, or more accurately, Beck's company paid the taxes. The shortages were due to the differences between tax codes in different states and Beck's company had moved to a different state mid tax year. I understand that a mistake could happen and I appreciate that once the mistake was discovered it was immediately rectified.
Their tax issues are just one indicator of “a culture of corruption among some of the left,” Beck declared just last month in a segment on his hugely popular Fox News television show, in which he branded Geithner, Killefer, Solis and a handful of other Obama nominees “tax cheats,” whom he wouldn’t trust “with my children, let alone my children's future.”
Mocking the excuses offered by the nominees, Beck sarcastically intoned: “Oh, the tax thing, it was an accident. It was my husband's fault. I didn't do it, he did it. I didn't mean to do it. I was just working hard for the people.”
So what to make, then, of the fact that Beck has had his own minor tax problems over the past few years?
Geither, Daschle and company didn't make a mistake. They cheated and they didn't pay up until it affected their political careers. It is a cheap shot for Politico to lump Beck, and myself, in the same category as people who take citizen's money to pay for their socialist programs but fail to put out their own money until it is convenient. They didn't have accidents, they cheated and they are hypocrites to boot.
In fairness to Politico, it is pointed out in the article that our tax code is far too complicated. Maybe Timothy Geithner will fix that. Yeah, right.