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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

President Obama Blocks 'Tax Cheats' From Government Work

President Obama today issued a presidential memorandum directing the Office of Management and Budget, the Treasury Department, and other federal agencies to block contractors who are delinquent on their taxes from receiving new government contracts. The memorandum also directs the IRS to review the accuracy of companies' tax delinquency claims and asks Congress to enact enforecement tools.

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This is not a comment on the utility of the program. But.... I would think a tax cheat is someone who either does not owe the government tax or has been convicted criminally or civilly of tax fraud. People who acknowledge they owe the government but haven't the funds to pay are not cheats, IMHO.

Posted by: Andre | Jan 20, 2010 4:07:46 PM

So he's fired half his cabinet?

Posted by: SDN | Jan 20, 2010 8:29:46 PM

This is more of the imperial gov't at work.... Are we going to go back to the days prior to the Magna Carta when the royalty has more rights than the common man?

Posted by: Roux | Jan 20, 2010 8:30:07 PM

Does this mean that the Treasury Secretary will resign?

Posted by: Arnold Williams | Jan 20, 2010 8:34:25 PM

Too bad he does not apply the same standard to his appointees.

Posted by: Dr. K | Jan 20, 2010 8:38:55 PM

Don't tell Geithner.

Posted by: Tim | Jan 20, 2010 8:45:11 PM

I've been saying for a while that this administration is politically tone deaf. Now I'm trying to think what lies beyond tone deaf. They just handed Rush Limbaugh 90 minutes of Geithner bashing. JUSTIFIED Geithner bashing.

Posted by: Martin L. Shoemaker | Jan 20, 2010 8:46:56 PM

I suppose they already filled their quota...

Posted by: Neil | Jan 20, 2010 8:55:59 PM

Oh, the ironing!!

Posted by: MCPO Airdale | Jan 20, 2010 9:07:02 PM

Please. How many of his cabinet will need to resign? Quite frankly, I'm shocked that WE continue to put up with this crap. At some point, the people will take back the streets - even if that means voting from the rooftops.

Posted by: Sparky McDougall | Jan 20, 2010 9:15:46 PM

Unprepared to be the First, already the worse.

Obama is quite likely the most inept and ignorant man to ever hold the office.

Posted by: LogicalUS | Jan 20, 2010 9:19:19 PM

Just a reminder that Geithner NEVER paid ALL his back taxes. Two years of delinquent taxes were past the statute of limitations. But they were never paid. He may not have had a legal obligation to pay them - but, I think, he has a moral obligation to pay them since his is the head of the IRS.

Posted by: Lily | Jan 20, 2010 9:19:24 PM

What?? After Brown's election yesterday, is Obama still not listening? Does he still think we're all stupid?

Posted by: MochaLite | Jan 20, 2010 9:30:39 PM

Andre.

I don't think Geithner acknowledged anything until he was caught. Into which bloody boardwalk crack does this nicety fall? Pray, tell.

And is there--was there EVER--a question that Low-Life Geithner simply lacked the funds to pay? Again: Pray, tell.

Chicago thugs. Ugh.

Posted by: betsybounds | Jan 20, 2010 9:33:28 PM

does Charlie Rangel still get a check?

Posted by: Papa | Jan 20, 2010 9:45:23 PM

At the political level, the tone-deaf arrogance of this is...no longer surprising.

At the pragmatic level, I conjecture that the cost of implementing this new bureaucratic requirement will more than compensate for any additional taxes that might be collected.

My opinion is considerably more vehement than the above, but I don't want to abuse the open forum in this professional blog.

Posted by: gs | Jan 20, 2010 10:01:00 PM

Too bad I've not seen any bills yet with Geithner's name on them. I'm really looking forward to seeing them all with a big red 'TAX CHEAT' replacing his signature. Anyone know when the bills with his name on them will finally come out?

Posted by: David | Jan 21, 2010 1:08:27 AM

Yet they still are allowed to work IN government.

Posted by: drjohn | Jan 21, 2010 7:24:51 AM

ACORN owes more than $1 million in delinquent federal taxes. I guess this will finish them off!

Posted by: CassieP | Jan 21, 2010 7:30:42 AM

Ha-ahaha-BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! No really, this is comedy, isn't it? The President told a joke, right?

Right?

Posted by: BrendaK | Jan 21, 2010 8:12:46 AM

Why does this have anything to do with Obama being inept, ignorant, or unprepared? I would figure that you people would actually be happy with this ruling. It has only taken almost 100 years of tax law for the government to enact this. I would have thought this would be in place from day one! Obama and his staff should be lauded for FINALLY putting this into place.

Typical partisan hackery. Look at this one concept, and judge this one concept. I don't understand why any person would have an issue with this, unless you're only looking to debase the President of the United States.

It is simple logic that every other presidential administration has ignored. Those who do not pay their taxes are not allowed to have tax money. Period.

Posted by: Aaron | Jan 21, 2010 12:22:28 PM

Geithner is waitng for TurboTax to pay his back taxes, since he considers it their mistake.

Posted by: Woody | Jan 21, 2010 1:04:07 PM

Aaron, who's partisan...the people who want equal application of tax policies or the people who want different standards for companies and government officials?

Posted by: Woody | Jan 21, 2010 8:36:32 PM

Woody, that argument has nothing to do with the post referenced. The post only deals with the fact that our executive branch is FINALLY going to try to prevent people who aren't in compliance with the law from getting federal contracts.

That sounds like good thing doesn't it? Does Obama deserve the credit? Probably not. But someone in his administration woke up and decided to push this through. No other administration has cared.

Posted by: Aaron | Jan 22, 2010 1:06:11 PM