The New York Post sees the “irony” in MSNBC’s Al Sharpton discussing tax policy with President Obama:

… Obama’s decision to invite Sharpton (and several other MSNBC hosts) [is] baffling. Why ask a man with a terminal case of tax allergies to make the case for higher rates for everybody else?

The Rev’s issues go back decades: In 1993, for example, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor tax crime to avoid two felony charges.

Asked about all this yesterday — specifically, whether he’s gotten square with the tax man — Sharpton said simply that he has “resolved all matters.”But his spokeswoman later refused to respond to a simple question: Has Sharpton actually paid his taxes?

It was reported Tuesday that in addition to Sharpton, MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell met with Obama at the White House to “discuss importance of extending the Bush middle-class tax cut.”