We all know that having our taxes done, even if we’re getting back a refund (I haven’t had a refund in 15 years; I wonder what it’s like) isn’t easy. Sometimes we fall behind; sometimes we get it wrong. I’ve been in business for myself for over seven years, and I finally hired an accountant 3 1/2 years ago to help me keep track of my finances and to do my taxes.
It’s amazing to me that, with the pop some of these politicians and business people have, we had three cabinet choices of President Obama that have run into tax issues. All three of them, Tom Daschle, Nancy Killefer, and Tim Geithner, should have known better, because all of them were on finance committees, or worked in areas that knew all about tax laws, and therefore have on real excuses. Even still, all of us knows that none of those folks did their own taxes. They all have to have accountants and financial advisors helping them handle their finances.
Two of the three names above resigned before being confirmed. The one who’s still on the job, Tim Geithner, faced some tough questions, but got confirmed anyway. He probably has the most important job right now, other than the President, as Secretary of the Treasury. That this guy, who was supposed to be a financial genius, didn’t know that he was supposed to pay taxes on his household help, or that he didn’t hire an accountant who should have told him that, really does reduce his credibility just a bit, if not more, in the eyes of the American public.
Still, the question to ask is if no one who applies for a political office, even if it’s an appointed office, is allowed to make mistakes. Whoopi Goldberg posed this question earlier today on The View, saying she would bet that every single person in Congress has something in their past that could be brought up that would not only embarrass them, but disqualify them from ever making it in politics. Someone else on the show said “it should depend on what they’re called to do”.
I’m not really sure. I will say this; I’m so glad that I never want to hold public office, because I’m not sure I’d want to deal with all the scrutiny. Is there anyone left who’s pure enough to make it in politics? Is politics a place for pure people to begin with? And are taxes really the main issue to look at when it comes to some of our politicians? I wish I knew; what are your thoughts?