The most famous of these delinquent tax payers (otherwise known as "tax cheats") is now the head of the IRS, Timmy Geithner, who "forgot" to pay a boatload of taxes. I know, I know, the irony is just too rich. But the damn Congress passed him anyway - even knowing he owed $26 thousand dollars in back taxes. Wow. I cannot dwell on this too long, or else my head will explode.
Well, now another member of Obama's Administration has been identified by Rep. Darrell Issa as not paying his taxes and reporting earned income. Presumably, Patrick Gaspard may have continued to "forget" that he received $37,000 in funds from SEIU last year had Issa not made the discovery. And, yes, that SEIU of the purple shirts union which utilizes scare tactics, intimidates people at their homes, and demands the US Government bend to its will, which Obama seems all too willing to do.
Remember, the now-retired director, Andrew Stern, of the SEIU was a frequent visitor to the White House, and may have even violated lobbying rules. I wouldn't look for any investigation into that at any time soon, though. Not with this crowd anyway. Bear in mind the Department of Justice dismissed out of hand a clear case of voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers. So, don't look for them to do anything about Andy hanging out with Barry in the White House.
Anyway, I don't know how one forgets that kind of money, but that's just me. Here are the particulars:
The discrepancy was caught by California Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a letter to the White House, he told Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina of the unstated income.
"As I am sure you are aware, there are very specific limitations on the outside earned income of presidential appointees," Issa wrote.
The administration downplayed Gaspard's failure to include the income on this and last year's disclosure forms. White House spokesman Bill Burton told Politico that the political director was in the process of correcting the forms to reflect that he did have an agreement for severance.
"We have made the small administrative change to this year's and last year's forms to indicate that part of the final payout to Patrick reflected in their typical severance of one week of pay for each of his nine years of service at Local 1199," Burton said.
So for two years he "forgot" that he had to pay taxes on this income? Seriously - have NONE of these people heard of TurboTax? It is not that hard. And he should have gotten a slip of paper indicating that he received these funds that the IRS woulds have gotten, too.
I'm just curious. How is it that these people in government never have the IRS come after them? They don't sound hard to find, do they? I mean, gee willikers - they are right there in DC. I just don't get it. And this cavalier attitude just irritates me.
Oh, one last quote from this article, which you can finish reading here:
Gaspard is a key player in the Obama White House, which maintains deep ties to labor unions, especially the service-industries' union. He worked for nearly a decade for SEIU 1199 before joining Obama's campaign.
In other words, he can't be dismissed as some flunky in the Administration who slipped through the cracks. Huh uh. He is a close aide to the president. And he's a tax cheat along with Tim Geithner. What stand up people Obama hangs with, am I right?
And isn't it a comfort that the SEIU has someone right there in the White House who worked for them for 10 years? That's just perfect.
Hey, here's a thought. Instead of hiring over ten thousand new IRS agents for $1 billion a year to harass business owners to cough up big bucks for Obamacare, maybe they can just enforce the laws as they stand now to make federal employees, including those in the White House, pay their due. Shoot, they probably wouldn't even need a thousand new agents to do that, and they would bring in several billion bucks easy. I realize that getting federal employees and White House aides to pay their taxes like the rest of us do is a stretch, but hey - it would sure help offset the costs of programs like Obamacare, wouldn't it?
Maybe this is just too much of a common sense solution - hire fewer people to enforce current IRS laws for federal employees to reap bigger benefits. But it's worth a shot, right?
One last thought - maybe instead of these people in government only ponying up their fair share when they get caught (Geithner, Rangel, and this Gaspard guy come to mind), maybe they can just do the right thing and obey the LAW. What a concept.
Any other suggestions for people like Gaspard? I'm sure can think of a few...