Saturday, February 7, 2009

Wiener of the Week

This week the WotW could go to Team Donkey. The party of Tax and Spend has become the party of Tax Everyone Else and Spend.

They're up to three now. First it was Timothy Geithner and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (who is, IMO, a despicable, loathsome human being). Now we can add Nancy Killefer, the nominee for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Let's see. We have a Treasury Secretary who is a tax cheat. A now-withdrawn nominee for Health and Human Services who is a tax cheat. And now a OMB nominee who's a tax cheat.

Yeah, they COULD be the WotW...but they're not.

What really frosts my beak about this whole issue is that these people aren't being subjected to the draconian measures usually employed by the IRS against those who "make mistakes" on their tax returns. Contrast the kid gloves treatment employed against these scofflaws with the treatment to which the average Joe Taxpayer is subjected by the IRS. Liens. Fines. Attached wages. Confiscation and auction of property. Even jail.

But for the well-connected Team Donkey politician? Not even a slap on the wrist. Or am I missing the headlines proclaiming huge fines and penalties against any of the three?

The IRS was used during the Clinton administration as a weapon against those who opposed his policies or backed his impeachment. They've ruined the lives of ordinary Americans. But they don't seem to be interested in punishing Democrat politicians. Interesting, no?

For being tools (in every sense of the word) for oppression against the defenseless but friends of the oppressor, the IRS is the Wiener of the Week.

Update: add Al Franken to the list of Dems who skate on their taxes. Sheesh! The chutzpah of these guys!