Hopes Daschled

It wasn't a good day for President Obama yesterday, as two of his nominees bit the dust due to tax problems. Former Sen. Tom Daschle, who had been tapped to become Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Nancy Killefer, who was supposed to become the newly-created Chief Performance Officer, both withdrew their names from consideration after their tax problems came to light. This was after Timothy Geithner survived his tax scandal to become the new Secretary of the Treasury (which oversees the Internal Revenue Service). As many people have asked on the internet in recent days, "Don't ANY of these people pay their taxes?" Or is tax-paying just for "the little people" like you and me? All I can say is that if Leona Helmsley was still alive, she'd probably have been nominated for a cabinet post!

Pity poor President Obama! He announced upon taking office that he would have the most ethical administration in history, but alas, all he had to work with to create an ethical administration were Democrat politicians and apparatchiks. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Not that the Republicans are much better; if Diogenes were to come back to Earth seeking an honest man, he might as well just skip Washington.