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It's just pathetic

Watching the parade of tax-dodging assholes nominated by Obama is making me ill. According to CNN, they had to delay the confirmation vote for yet another Obama nominee due to tax issues. That's now the third or fourth person who has cheated on their taxes and been tapped for a job in the cabinet. It's repulsive all around. First and foremost because you often see democrats defending tax increases or at least leading the charge against tax cuts. You'd think that given that ideology, they would actually pay their own taxes. It's beyond hypocrisy to suggest that others should pay more and then be found to be dodging your own responsibilities. It's not like these are no-name people either. You don't get much higher or more prominent than Tom Daschle.

Second, it's pathetic because these weren't surprise discoveries. It's been reported many times now that the Obama people knew about these tax problems in the course of vetting the candidates. They just figured that they could push them through regardless because people would be too stupid to notice or care. He has repeatedly claimed to bring change and transparency to washington but we see once more that it's a case of do as I say and not as I do. It's just like his rules for lobbying and lobbiests. He's set new rules restricting their access to his administration but has broken them and made exceptions for his own staff. It's just rank hypocrisy.

I don't think it's enough to give him his first strike, but it's definitely disappointing.


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Feb. 6th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
In all honesty, though, this same crap would have happened if McCain were president. Politicians might start out with noble ideas, but they're easily swayed/pushed in different directions in order to fund these "noble ideas" of theirs. I love politics, but I'm aware that corrupt politicians are everywhere - it's just something we all have to deal with. Most of just hope that we elect the lesser of two (or more) evils into office.
Feb. 6th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
Nah, you're dead wrong there. This would not have happened under McCain. Remember, these weren't surprise revelations. The Obama people knew these people hadn't paid their taxes. They thought they could get them through anyway because of the democrat controlled senate. McCain would never have even tried getting people with blemishes this obvious through because there was no chance in hell. It would have only cost political capital and still failed in the end. This wasn't an error of lack of knowledge. It's an error of hypocrisy and of arrogance.

It's possible under McCain that something similar would have happened, but those would have been actual surprises.
Feb. 6th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
That's why democrats LOVE raising taxes. Because they don't pay them.
Feb. 6th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
I think the IRS should run a mandatory audit of all congressmen/senators/whitehouse staff, etc each year.
Feb. 6th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
How mad would that make all of them??? I think it'd be great to do something like that.
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