Today it was revealed that another Obama nominee cheated on his taxes over several years. Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk, nominated by the President to serve as U.S. Trade Representative, failed to pay nearly $10,000 in taxes over the past three years, due to a series of entirely unintentional mistakes, all made in his favor.
Tim Geithner, currently running the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, the branch of government responsible for enforcing tax law, failed to pay $34,000 in Federal payroll taxes when he worked for the International Monetary Fund. The President insisted that Geithner was the man with the know-how to fix our nation's economic crisis, in spite of his minor tax issue, sending a sigh of relief through the nation as we collectively realized that solving the economic situation was easier than paying your taxes.
Former Senator Tom Daschle was withdrawn as Obama's pick for Health and Human Services after it was discovered that he had accidentally neglected to pay $140,000 in taxes. President Obama apologized for "screwing up" and reiterated his promise to maintain the highest ethical standards for his cabinet members. Tim Geithner remains in charge of the IRS.
Nancy Killefer, Obama's pick for "Chief Performance Officer", was withdrawn when it was determined that she had evaded her tax liability.
The Senate is feverishly working to pass new legislation making it legal to not pay your taxes until you have been nominated for a high-ranking position in the Obama administration, at which point your confirmation will sail through so long as you pay up and claim that it was an honest mistake.
The Obama administration issued a statement today, calling for an end to criticism of tax evasion committed by highly placed Obama nominees. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said, "It is time that we get back to the important business we came to Washington to do: attacking rich people for failing to pay their fair share of the tax burden."