Does it make any sense that Tom Daschle owed $128,000 in back taxes related to the use of a car? If that was the amount of the unpaid taxes, then the unreported income would have to have been $300,000 or more. Maybe I just don’t live the high Washington life, but I just cannot see how anyone can receive that much value in car services. Are we getting a clear story here?

I am strongly in favor of Mr. Daschle being confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services. But I do think before we rush to judgment, or rush to his defense, we need to make sure we understand the tax issues with greater clarity.