Obama's Vetting Problems Continue Former US Senator Tom Dashle, nominated for Secretary of HHS has problems with keeping up with paying his taxes, some $128,000, according to FNC. He did not declare as taxable income a limousine and driver put to his service as consultant and chairman of the Executive Advisory Board at InterMedia Advisors. In this case Dashle didn't inform the president until after he'd caught up on over a hundred thousand in unpaid taxes. "So when he got down to the vetting, Sen. Dashle decided to amend his returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007, and he paid all the taxes. "At the urging of Dashle, the accountant was very conservative in his estimates." Apparently Dashle goes by the philosophy that what's good for the goose is good for the gander. His appointment may not be as essential as Geithner's was thought to be. But Daschle "doesn't have to worry about finding another job in the administration, since President Obama has also appointed him to serve as director of the new White House Office on Health Reform" (this according to Jake Tapper, with reporting by ABC News' Jonathan Karl) Meanwhile it looks like to get an honest man President Obama has to go across the party aisle, asking Republican US Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire to take the job of Secretary or Commerce after Gov Bill Richardson had to withdraw his nomination with financial problems of his own. Gregg is conservative, honest and competent and would make a good Commerce Sec. but he would be giving up his seat in the Senate , in which the D's are getting very close to having a Philibuster proof majority. The New Hampshire governor is a Democrat, who could turn around and appoint a Democrat, but if persuaded could name a Republican, if some deal were made. If so it would no doubt be a RINO, which suggests even more strained musical chairs in US Senate appointments. Here's a 32 min. Interview of Sen. Judd Gregg re: TARP on C-SPAN. Watching it will give some clues as to why President Obama might've picked him.