What the Daschle Debacle Really Means

President Obama says he screwed up with the Senator Tom Daschle's nomination. The issue is not his screw up or Senator Daschle's but what this really means.

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Senator Daschle had decades of public service and this yelping by the conservatives shows their hypocrisy. -- Theirs are the first voices that call out to simplify the tax code yet anyone could make the kind of mistake that was made here.

Reforming the tax law is not a conservative or liberal issue.

But what about the millions of homeowners who are going to have mortgages reduced or forgiven? That is "imputed" income and how many of them are going to list that on their tax forms? How many are going to know that they must pay tax on it?

This IRS set of laws eats everyone. It is wrong to have to pay accountants to keep ordinary people from not breaking the law. Reforming the tax law is not a conservative or liberal issue. Senator Daschle is deserving of public service he did not deserve this public hanging.

Ellen Ratner joined Fox News Channel as a contributor in October 1997. Currently, Ratner serves as chief political correspondent and news analyst for "Talk Radio News Service" where she analyzes events, reports breaking news, and provides lively interviews with newsmakers in government and entertainment. She is founder of "Goats for the Old Goat." Over the last three years, donations have been made to acquire goats for liberated slaves who were returning to South Sudan. More than 7,000 goats have been donated to the people of South Sudan to provide sustainable sustenance for their families and a means to begin their lives again.