*Daschle

Daschle

What is it with these people and their taxes? First Geithner, and now, as Steve mentioned, Daschle.

I don’t understand why people in public life don’t just recognize that they should report anything that might even conceivably count as income, and do things right the first time.

What’s more, I really don’t like this, from the WSJ:

“Mr. Daschle told committee staff that he had grown used to having a car and driver as Senate majority leader and didn’t think to report the perquisite on his taxes, according to staff members.”

Part of what bothers me about this is the sense of entitlement: the sense that having a car and driver is just one of those ordinary things that happen to a person, not worth noticing or thinking of as compensation or a gift.

I think Obama should ditch him. But then, while I didn’t get down into the weeds and figure out the ins and outs of Geithner’s tax situation, I thought he should have ditched Geithner too. And while I see the problem with uncertainty about one’s Treasury secretary in the middle of a financial crisis, the fact that Obama didn’t drop Geithner will make it a lot harder for him to drop Daschle, and whoever else comes along.

I also have to ask: didn’t this come up during the vetting? If not, why not? And if it did, what’s up with that?