Sunday, February 01, 2009

Can't do your taxes? Get in line behind, Daschle, Geithner, Rangel, et al

It appears that the Obama administration is working on some kind of record for cabinet members who could not figure and pay their taxes properly.

All of which reminds me of a letter written by Franklin D. Roosevelt, while President, and quoted in Amity Shlaes book, in which the President explained that he could not properly figure out how much tax he owed. He attached a partial payment of what he believed he would likely have to pay. Rather famously, he did not allow others as much latitude over differences in interpretation of the tax code.

Anyway, when the incoming Secretary of the Treasury and the incoming Secretary of HHS, not to mention the sitting Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, plead inability to understand the tax code, one is compelled to say that either the code is too complicated and should be simplified, or there are a lot of tax cheats in government. Other take aways from these current episodes are evading me.

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