it was said during the campain that paying taxes was patriotic,then why?

did so many appointees owe so much in back taxes,dosent that meen they wernt patriotic?if so then why did they get appointments when they had proven they were not honest with the tax man,how can we trust them to have mended their ways?and why if it were just plain old every day citizens didnt the severe laws apply to them?are the special because they are politicians?do they have special exemptioms from the force of law?