Saturday, January 31, 2009

Dr. Michael Siegel: "Failure to Pay Taxes Should Eliminate Daschle from Consideration for HHS Secretary"

I was surprised to see Dr. Michael Siegel from the Boston Univerity School of Public Health say Daschle should be eliminated from consideration for HHS Secretary:

"The appointment of the next secretary of the Health and Human Services Department is critical to tobacco control issues because the Department heads many federal agencies that deal with tobacco - including the Office of the Surgeon General, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the NIH - and because if the proposed FDA tobacco legislation is enacted, the head of the DHHS will play a key role in implementing this legislation.

If the facts of this article are true, then I think that Daschle should be eliminated from consideration immediately. These allegations, taken as true, mean that Daschle knowingly misled the Internal Revenue Service for at least seven months and "intentionally" failed to pay taxes he owed for this seven month period."