The Double Standard of Unpaid Taxes for Trump’s Nominee
When President Elect Donald Trump nominated Representative Michael “Mick” Mulvaney, (R-SC) to lead the Office of Management and Budget, the nomination looked like it was just a matter of checking off all the boxes and swearing him in. Wednesday, a bump on the road to OMB was discovered and announced by Mulvaney. He admitted in that between the years of 2000 to 2004, Mulvaney, did not pay any taxes to or for a nanny that was employed in his household.
There has already been instances in confirmation hearings that are similar to what Mulvaney has admitted to. Republicans who are sitting on Mulvaney’s confirmation hearing have stated they believe that Mulvaney’s nomination should move forward. President Elect Donald Trump has also related his support for Mulvaney. “President-elect Trump fully stands behind Rep. Mulvaney and looks forward to his efforts to help make America great again,” said Trump transition official John Czwartacki in a statement. Problem is, when this happened to Democratic nominees they were stopped in their tracks.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stated that “If failure to pay taxes was disqualifying for Democratic nominees, then the same should be true for Republican nominees.” Proof can be found only 8 years ago, when former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) was forced to withdraw his nomination as secretary for Health and Human Services in the Obama administration after it was revealed he failed to pay $128,000 in taxes for a personal car and driver, among other fees and contributions. Another case can be found President Clinton in 1993 nominated two different people to sit on the Supreme Court and they were found to have the same problem, payments to their nanny weren’t reported.
The Republicans are saying that Mulvaney should be given the benefit of the doubt. They also call the case of former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner who was confirmed after it was learned he had to pay $40,000 in back taxes. So the question is, will the Senate pass Mulvaney even though this issue has come to light.