Tom Daschle, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, withdrew his name from consideration for the post after being dogged for days by disclosures that he didn’t pay his taxes on time.
Along with revelations about Tim Geithner and Nancy Killefer, this is now officially a problem for the Obama administration.
Let’s face it, at a time when many ordinary Americans are petrified about job losses and losing their homes, nominating Democrats who somehow manage to not pay the taxes they owe looks mighty bad. There may be reasonable explanations for some of these cases, but what will hit the late night shows and right wing talk radio will be a distilled version that amounts to “what a bunch of hypocrites.”
Having experienced hands on deck is an admirable goal. The problem is that a lot of the DLC-Clinton types were part of the same money-grubbing, corrupt Washington D.C. establishment that we need cleaned up.
The Obama administration has seemed to take pains to court the DC mandarins, charming them personally and making a visit to the House to speak with the GOP leadership. But this ain’t beanbag. The Republican Party will fight, scratch and claw above or below the belt to carry out the directives of their putative leader, Roach Lumpenbaugh, who has decreed that Obama must fail, even if it damages the country. They will take full advantage of any ethical lapses on the part of Democrats, and we simply cannot afford that.
Americans need reform starting now, in all sorts of areas: the financial industry, health care, energy and the way government itself operates. Might as well bring in some real reformers at this point.
Oh, and check their taxes. It’s hard being pure as the driven snow, but it’s not that hard to pay your taxes.