We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"The White House believes that if you owe taxes you should pay them."Robert Gibbs, White House spokesman. Gee, d'ya think? "Believes"? I always thought it was a legal issue, not a moral issue. From NRO on the Sec of Labor's tax problems. Yes, yet another one.
The three most feared letters in the alphabet. I, R, and S. I got audited many moons ago over depreciation allowance on my truck. The guy I had went thur me with a fine comb. A real prick! They make the Mafia blush.
The Daschle affair was more serious because his offense involved more than taxes. As Michael Kinsley once observed, in Washington the real scandal isn't what's illegal, but what's legal. Not paying taxes is one thing. But what made this case intolerable was the perfectly legal dealings that amassed Daschle $5.2 million in just two years.
He'd been getting $1 million per year from a law firm. But he's not a lawyer, nor a registered lobbyist. You don't get paid this kind of money to instruct partners on the Senate markup process. You get it for picking up the phone and peddling influence.
This guy Gibbs is a real smug piece of work. There's a film clip on the web today of Jake Tapper taking Gibbs down during a White House press briefing. Tapper asked him a hardball question and when Gibbs tried to shame him, continued to chase him. It's very soul-satisfying.