Come on people.
Let's not let party affiliations blind us to the facts.
1) The guy signed papers that indicated he knew he would face some tax liability through his IMF
2) Even if the IMF
stuff confused him, he claimed overnight camps as "dependent child care expenses." Publication 503 from the IRS clearly explains that overnight camp is NOT an allowable expense.
3) He was audited a couple of years ago and paid taxes for the years covered by the audit, but didn't pay for the other years that he made the same "mistake" in until the nomination came up. (Hmmm, if it were an honest mistake, and he were a person of integrity, he would have said, after the 2006 audit, "If I made this mistake in these years, I obviously made it in other years because my understanding was that I didn't have to pay. I should pay those taxes as well."
4) Yes, he is human, and humans make mistakes. That doesn't mean he is qualified to be in a position to oversee tax policy and enforcement. How many "mistakes" will he allow other filers? Is he going to waive penalties on them since penalties were waived for him?
5) Even if these were honest mistakes, his work in regards to tax payments and liability is sloppy and not confidence-inspiring.
The bottom line is that this doesn't pass the sniff test. There are others more qualified who have PAID their taxes in full, correctly and on time.
I'm sorry if those of you who take this as "liberal bashing" or hate-mongering or whatever can't see it for what it is. As a side, I was buried last week and didn't see this story come up in the news.
It was told to me last night by a VERY pro-Obama member of my family who generally doesn't believe he can do any wrong...and yet even he is extremely disappointed in this nomination and believes Obama is completely wrong on this one.