RightinNYC asked earlier if there is anyone at all impressed by Obama accepting blame for this. And I saw several posters essentially responding that they were impressed suggesting that Obama's acknowledgment of a mistake is refreshing, responsible, etc.
Just the day before saying that he "screwed up", Obama was "absolutely" committed to Daschle. Obama was "absolutely" committed to Daschle knowing that Daschle had this tax problem. One day he’s totally committed to something, and the very next day he “screwed up”? That's nonsense.
The WaPo had this stunning account:
The Obama team knew about these matters but hid them from public view; it was, the congressional investigation that brought these things to light. A President and administration that was genuinely committed to transparency and a "new politics" would not hide such matters from the public. Obama is simply spinning and doing a bad job of it, too. That's not accepting responsibility, it's another cop-out after getting caught. And some of you are lapping it up like the good little lap-dogs that you are.Officials said yesterday that myriad tax questions had been posed to Daschle, Killefer, and Geithner. But the problems were largely dismissed as less important than the nominees' qualifications for the major tasks they were expected to confront in office, the officials said.
One person familiar with the appointment process said Obama and his top advisers were concerned about the possibility of political "combustion" occurring over the tax issues. "People were not unaware that might happen," the official said. But they believed that Geithner and Daschle were uniquely qualified.
Does anyone recall VP candidate Biden telling us that those who don't want to pay higher taxes are not fulfilling their patriotic duty?
With Solis we're up to what, 4 or 5 nominees who didn't pay the taxes that they owed?
First off, let me say that I'm truly not opposed to the idea of lobbyists working in government. Being a lobbyist doesn't mean that someone is evil, it simply means that they have a lot of experience in a field.
Do I think the fact that that guy lobbied for oil companies before working in that climate office and that Daschle worked for health care companies before trying to go to HHS means that they shouldn't have those jobs? No. Does it mean that they're less appealing as candidates than they would otherwise be? Yes. Even setting aside the possibility of actual bias, the social costs of having a large portion of the population perceive someone as being biased/corrupt is such that it makes it a bad idea in many cases.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Graham Says Obama Is 'AWOL' on Stimulus Debate - First 100 Days of Presidency - Politics FOXNews.com
President Obama has been "AWOL" in negotiations over the economic stimulus package, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday in a scathing rebuke of the new president.
Is society was made of coral our world would be floral.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)