Tom Daschle, Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of health and human services, failed to pay approximately $140,000 in back taxes. Conservative and liberal pundits alike expressed outrage. Daschle withdrew his nomination today, saving the Republic from further “ethical” misconduct.
Lost in all the self-congratulatory Beltway hoopla: Obama will eventually nominate an HHS secretary who paid her taxes on time — and that person will preside over a bureaucracy that spends more than $730 billion annually, an amount that will expand exponentially as the new regime completes the socialization of health care.
So to recap, it’s perfectly ethical to confiscate $730 billion to finance various intervention schemes that undermine the market for health care, but it’s completely unethical for Tom Daschle to withhold .000019% of that $730 billion from the state’s machinery.