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Recently we have found out about two high government officials who have cheated on their taxes. Timothy Geitner and most recently, Tom Daschle. It is a shame that the same people that extol the virtue of paying taxes and seek to raise them on all of us, won't pay them themselves.

I could go on and on about the hypocrisy of it all and how this proves so many theories we have about power corrupting and double standards, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla...

THAT IS NOT MY POINT. I do wonder, though if Congresspeople are more likely to cheat on their taxes as they may be less likely to get audited. I do not know the odds of a Congressperson being audited but I assume they are low. It is Congress that appropriates budgets, including the IRS's. I would guess that the IRS does not want to ruffle any feathers in Congress so they can continue to get large budgets and free reign to terrorize the populace. So, why would the IRS want to audit any member of Congress and risk pissing them of? Knowing this power, what is to stop a Congressperson from cheating on their tax return?

Ignorance has never been an excuse to break the law and certainly should not be used by someone who writes and votes on the law. In fact, the taxes that were dodged by both Geitner and Daschle were simple taxes that even I know of. These were not small arcane taxes, these were common taxes that every small businessperson has to pay.

SO , here is my way of solving the problem. Make it mandatory that every Congressperson be audited by the IRS anonymously every 2 years. What I suggest is that every Congressperson have their tax returns put in the system and somehow made anonymous so that it can be accurately and honestly audited for errors. Use a fake name or something. We could have some special citizens panel oversee this process. The point is to audit each and every one of them to prevent these types of abuses. Maybe they would make different laws if they, too were to abide by them. By auditing all of them you take the culpability off of the IRS.

We could start with Congress, but maybe later, expand the practice to every high level government official.

Public servants used to be held to a higher standard. Today, they are held to a much lower standard. It is time that we hold their feet to the fire and demand that they be of good moral character. We should trust but verify.


Mark MacKenzie
Phoenix, AZ

Just when I think Congress' reputation couldn't sink any lower, more things come out to further erode their reputation.  And what I don't understand is knowing all of this, why are these individuals still promoted to higher office?

Feb 02, 2009 04:47 AM
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Coconut Creek, FL
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Hypocricy cannot sink any lower than the democratic congressman and appointees who cheat on theor taxes and still get appointed, meanwhile if George Bush put them through they would have been destroyed before even being questioned by Congress.

This is appalling and outrageous, but then again I am singing to the chior.

The liberals and the liberal media aren't honest enough to tell the truth.

Feb 02, 2009 07:26 AM
Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
Realtor, Sussex County NJ

Change we can believe in a new level of corruption

Feb 02, 2009 07:56 AM
Scott Smith
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Gloucester, MA
Gloucester & Rockport, Massachusetts

Nicholas: Hypocrisy? I believe that would be Republican Larry Craig looking for a little man-on-man action in a public restroom while voting against equal treatment for gays. Hypocrisy? Republican David Vitter, who liked poopy diapers with his prostitutes who is a champion for moral values.The "liberal media" is trying to make something of Obama's half brother in Africa in relation to drugs, but the same "liberal media" said nothing when George W. Bush's brother Neil was using underage prostitutes in Southeast Asia.

Let's not get into how bad Congress is. Both parties are dismal. There are a couple in each party that put the well being of the country first.

CF: I agree. Every member of congress should have their taxes made public, so we can see just where the money is coming from. There also should, if there isn't already, a public accounting of monies received from lobbyists...and the correlation to legislation done (or not done)


Feb 02, 2009 08:53 AM
Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake
Nothing has changed. DO NOT TRUST BIG BROTHER. It doesn't matter which party is in charge.
Feb 02, 2009 01:12 PM
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

I think they are all afraid to cast stones.  They are all a bunch of crooks.

Feb 02, 2009 04:09 PM
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Coconut Creek, FL
Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service

No the greatest hypocricy in my opinion is all the liberals saying it is so patriotic to pay high taxes, meanwhile they are not even paying the Bush tax cuts for the so called rich like Tom Daschle.

Feb 02, 2009 11:14 PM
Scott Smith
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Gloucester, MA
Gloucester & Rockport, Massachusetts

Hypocricy Nicholas? Championing and cheerledding a war and calling those against war as unpatriotic...and those biggest cheerleaders themselves having NEVER WORN THE UNIFORM. Cheney, Limbaugh, et al.

Feb 03, 2009 08:45 AM