Jake Taper has the following to report:
President Obama had a one word answer when asked today if he still supports Tom Daschle, his pick for Secretary of HHS, in light of his tax problems.
“Absolutely,” the president replied.
Obama spoke briefly at the top of his meeting in the Oval Office with Republican Gov. Jim Douglas of Vermont about the need to pass the economic stimulus package, even amid some dissent.
“There are still some differences between Democrats and Republicans on the Hill, between the White House and some of the products that’s been discussed on the Hill,” Obama said, “But what we can’t do is let very modest differences get in the way of the overall package moving forward quickly.”
So, we now know two things:
- It’s really not all that important to pay your taxes, and the Obama Administration will not go heavily after tax cheats.
- The Democrats will be accepting all of the Republicans’ proposed changes to the “stimulus” bill. After all, the differences are “very modest”, and there’s no reason for them to “get in the way of the overall package moving forward quickly.” So the Democrats should have no problem with gibing the Republicans everything they want.
Happy days are here again!