Palin Standards, This Time for Another Democrat up for Promotion

You know, as Ann Coulter pointed out on Geraldo last week (even making liberal, Kirsten Powers chuckle), “Wesley Snipes is ready to step in.” 

It’s really the only thing Obama has left to do.

Hey, maybe Snipes can even write the tax code for ACORN voters and Obama’s staff. 

Perhaps a new tax form can be introduced for 2010?  How about a form 1040-LIB?

In any case, the new gal on the block is Kathleen Sebelius, another liberal up for a promotion in the new Obama administration as Health and Human Services Secretary, has been doomed another tax cheat.

 To prepare for confirmation hearings, Kathleen hired a new accountant to “scrub her taxes.”

“Unintentional” tax errors were found in the areas of  “charitable contributions, the sale of a home and business expenses.”

What is “unintentional” about failing to report the sale of a home or posting too many selling expenses against the capital gain?

What is “unintentional” about overstating charitable contributions?

What is “unintentional” about overstating business expenses against business income?

These “unintentional” mistakes are areas people are most likely to “cheat” with.

Our beautious Sarah, last month, as I pointed out had the ENTIRE state staff’s per diem expenses (an area much easier to make an honest mistake on) fully investigated to make sure full compliance with the Internal Revenue Code was carried out.  As a result, Palin amended her taxes and immediately paid.

What’s the difference?  Well, other than the fact that per diem expenses are less an issue than company perks like a car or business expenses, or CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS, Sarah Palin did not have her taxes amended because she was up for a promotion.  The November elections were long over with.

Now, this Democrat Kansas Governor decided it was time to do the same – in preparation for confirmation hearings as HHS Secretary, of course!

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14 thoughts on “Palin Standards, This Time for Another Democrat up for Promotion

  1. I like the blog and am a rabid conservative, but this particular issue is (at this point) much ado about nothing. This is picking at nits .. $7k in errors over 3 years with incomes likely near $300k/yr is pretty small. It certainly pales in comparison with Daschle and Geithner.

    In particular the interest deduction issue is pretty tough. She short sold her house, and made payments on the difference. This is the good and honorable thing to do. She thought the interest would be deductible .. I would think it would be as well.

    As to the snark about preparing for a nomination .. cut her some slack. If you have special or important people coming over to the house, you look a bit harder when cleaning up!

  2. I know I am too forgiving but here goes. Fix the tax mess, pay the tax, penalties and interest and don’t do it again.

    The only one I won’t forgive is Tom Daschle. That guy commited borderline tax fraud.

  3. “I like the blog and am a rabid conservative, but this particular issue is (at this point) much ado about nothing. This is picking at nits .. $7k in errors over 3 years with incomes likely near $300k/yr is pretty small. It certainly pales in comparison with Daschle and Geithner.”

    I agree Tom J. If someone did not correctly compute their Nanny Tax, then fix it and move on. Pay up and move on.

    Every year I report $10 of interest from a small savings account becuase I do not receive a 1099. I don’t have the time or desire to look up the exact interest received. But I know it is less than $10 because I do not receive a 1099.

    So I guess if I were appointed by a President I’d get in trouble for paying too much tax?

  4. “I like the blog and am a rabid conservative, but this particular issue is (at this point) much ado about nothing.”

    Did we read the same article guys? I’m not disputing the amount. $7K for three years is $2,333 a year. Plus, let’s not forget that the IRS is only allowed to audit the last three full tax years.

    More importantly, I am disputing the idea that she waited until she got a call from the Obama administration telling her she was up for promotion. Why couldn’t she; as governor – like Sarah Palin did, set a proper example long ago and hire a new accountant to “scrub” her taxes.

    These people are paid wages that come from our tax money! They should be MORE accountable than any executive on Wall Street. It’s all I am saying.

  5. “Why couldn’t she; as governor – like Sarah Palin did, set a proper example long ago and hire a new accountant to “scrub” her taxes.”

    Maybe she has Steve? What if the scrub reveals her taxes are accurate?

    If we keep knocking out appointees over nit picky stuff then who will want to be appointed?

    You are correct when you say elected officials should set the right example.

    For what it is worth, Obama is going to appoint one wretched snake head after another. It’s only a matter of time before one shows up with clean taxes. But we still get a snake head period. It’s the time for snakes unfortunately but there is a bright shining star here.

    Obama is acting like a lame duck with his misguided policies and pie in the sky debacles. He knows he is a one term President. We can fix his mess two years from now and then finish him off in 2012. Hopefully we can take down Reid, Pelosi and Frank too.

  6. My Dad was just a small time politician – he was a City Manager. The one lesson above ALL ELSE he demanded we learn was that there was no privilege that came with rank – just more responsibilities.

    Once my Mom was pulled over for driving haphazardly. The officer didn’t even ask for her license or registration, because upon seeing my Mom’s agitation (she was very sick and trying to get home before real problems erupted), he not only let her go, but escorted her home and made sure she made it into the house okay.

    When my Dad found out, he had the police issue a ticket anyway, which my Mom then paid. But she also made a big darn deal about how the Cop had done such a wonderful job taking care of the public (and he was a much better cop than the one who kept the football player from seeing his dying MIL, wasn’t he?).

    I don’t have a lot of sympathy for tax cheats in government. It’s too easy to give the IRS the benefit of the doubt even if it means you lose money.

  7. Our tax code is ridiculous. If you take your data to 5 tax professionals, you are going to get 5 different numbers. The conclusion that Governor Sibelius (who I politically despise) cheated because a tax pro found some errors does not stand up to scrutiny.

    Ignore this stupid stuff .. focus on the stuff that matters .. her policies and past political actions.

    As to the “why didn’t she do this sooner” … how many times are we expected to review and file our taxes? She looked harder because she knew others would be looking harder. Sounds smart to me. And do you seriously think that Gov. Palin’s review was not politically motivated?

    And as to the idea that we should “give the IRS the benefit of the doubt” … that doesn’t merit comment beyond a snort of derision.

  8. “Our tax code is ridiculous. If you take your data to 5 tax professionals, you are going to get 5 different numbers. ”

    That is true and that does not make our tax code ridiculous.

    If I own a business and buy capital equipment, I have many choices about expensing it vs. depreciating it. I can come up with five or more different tax liabilities based on what I choose. Each tax liability would be correct based on the parameters I selected.

  9. “Our tax code is ridiculous. If you take your data to 5 tax professionals, you are going to get 5 different numbers.”

    No, it is very clear. You don’t write off a business expense unless it’s a legitimate expense against income. You don’t take a write-off for a charitable contribution if you can’t substantiate it with a cancelled check. You don’t withhold reporting the sale of a second home. These are clear.

    “Maybe she has Steve? What if the scrub reveals her taxes are accurate?”

    She has been governor for a while. Why did it take this long to perform the “scrub” to begin with? OH WAIT, SHE’S UP FOR A PROMOTION!

    “If we keep knocking out appointees over nit picky stuff then who will want to be appointed?”

    Nit picky? Ask her opinion on the stimulus. Then ask what she thinks of people who earn over $250K in the free market and what should happen to their mortgage interest deductions or their tax rates.

    Knowing she’s an Obama loyalist, ask her how we’re supposed to take her seriously as she lives off of wages paid for by taxpayers of Kansas while she simultaneously advocates an extremely unfair tax code for any person owning a small business who may profit more than $200K in a single tax year.

    I suppose “nit picky” can go a long way either way. But it wasn’t my position as a conservative that contributed to setting up that “nit picky” structure in the first place with regard to taxes, it was theirs in their attempt to “spread the wealth around.”

    And until they back off, don’t expect me to anytime soon.

  10. As agitated as I got with Bush during his second term, I don’t recall him having so much trouble finding Treasure Department appointees with clean noses. He may not have had the best taste in SCOTUS nominations, but how many genuine questions were raised about his Treasury folks?

  11. “Nit picky? Ask her opinion on the stimulus. Then ask what she thinks of people who earn over $250K in the free market and what should happen to their mortgage interest deductions or their tax rates. ”

    If a Nobama appointee wishes to tax people over $250K then that is cause for alarm. Nit picky is some of this tax non compliance stuff. I’d rather focus on what this appointee will do with regards to our nations future vs. whether they paid their nanny tax in full.

    For the record, not reporting the sale of a second home is above nit picky. Receiving taxable goodies and not reporting them is above nit picky. If you guesstimated your chairty and were a tad high, then I don’t care about little things like that.

  12. “I’d rather focus on what this appointee will do with regards to our nations future vs. whether they paid their nanny tax in full.”

    I can assure you, she’ll continue to be a government employee with a secure wage. But I cannot assure you that she’ll report all her income unless she gets another promotion someday.

    😉

  13. I can assure you, she’ll continue to be a government employee with a secure wage. But I cannot assure you that she’ll report all her income unless she gets another promotion someday.

    I agree there. Othe than a conflict of interest, I don’t see the need to hand over tax returns. It is the job of the IRS to enforce the tax code not the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    I recall reading during the campaign Cindy McCain refused to turn over her tax returns. She has never filed jointly with her husband. I think she stood her ground too. I agree with her decision on that because she wasn’t running for office.

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