Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Under GOP Litmus Test, Sarah Palin Unqualified to take Government Job: Didn’t Pay Taxes.

The Washington Post reported “Alaska Says Palin Owes Tax on Expense Payments,” which for me means she is now disqualified from taking any future government post.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) owes income taxes on thousands of dollars she received as expense money while living in her own home, the Anchorage Daily News reported today. Palin received $16,951 in per diem payments. Palin's office would not say how much she owes in back taxes, or whether she intends to continue to seek the per diem allowance. As of December, she was still asking the state for the payments, the Daily News reported.

"The amount of taxes owed is a private matter," Sharon Leighow, Palin's spokeswoman, said in an e-mail to the Daily News. "If the governor collects future per diem, those documents would be a matter of public record."

To paraphrase Congressional Republicans: “If a person can’t find away to pay what they owe in taxes, they don’t belong in government.”

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