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Arrogance Blinds “Public Servants”

March 9, 2009

You damned corruptocrat, you are a servant of the public !

You’ve got to love this simple statement of fact.

Why are so many “government servants” blinded by arrogance and mischief?

When asked why the White House Chief of Staff, President Obama’s Chief of Staff, got involved with trashing Rush Limbaugh, Charles Krauthammer said, “Because he loves to make mischief, because he wants to stay in power and because it is fun.”

First rule on any communist government, based upon my 40 years of lessons: stay in power and disregard the mischief it takes to do that.  Integrity doesn’t matter: only power and arrogance matter.  Be bold.

I am tired of people, American lawmakers and “public servants,” making fun, mischief and money at my expense: not just John Thain of Merrill Lynch but also Rahm Emanuel, Charlie Rangel and a host of others…..

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.,right, asks President Barack Obama ... 
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.,right, asks President Barack Obama a question at the White House Forum on Health Reform in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 5, 2009.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

We can do better and we must.  If the White House and Mr. Emanuel haven’t noticed, the White House has a lot of fish to fry including the American economy, energy, health care, the environment not to mention Iran, Russia, North Korea, Mexico and etc……

When I hear the word “taxes” from anyone in Washington DC, I know I’ll pay more and guys like Tim Geithner and Charlie Rangel are responsible: even though they pay less.

America is turing into a banana republic; and we mean that in the worst way….

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Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

Reality Replacing Arrogance at White House

February 4, 2009

Two weeks into his presidency, Barack Obama proved that even a clearly gifted politician cannot escape the gravitational pull of Washington forces that have humbled many of his predecessors.

The new president, seen by some as arrogant, was anything but on Tuesday.

Many Obama Plans Could Suffer As Players End Their Seasons, Situations Change

“I screwed up,” Obama said repeatedly during a series of TV interviews. “I take responsibility for this mistake.”

It was a frank admission from an Oval Office where “mistakes were made” has often been the preferred dodge.

An old story, with new actors, played out Tuesday: A new president’s team imperfectly vetted top nominees. The nominees, it turns out, had not paid taxes for household help or other services when they were private citizens. The news media and political adversaries bored in. And rather than spend more valuable time and political capital defending the appointees, the administration dropped them and moved on.

In other words, Obama may be more ordinary than some admirers would like to admit. He will surely struggle, over the coming weeks and months, with the economy, health care, military matters and Congress, much as other presidents have.

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Day One: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

That’s hardly an indictment. But Obama’s rocket ride to the White House, his extraordinary speaking skills, and his smooth, I-don’t-sweat style had some people calling him “the one,” a once-in-a-generation political leader who could rise above his predecessors’ foibles.

On Tuesday, at least, he seemed to be trying to learn from their mistakes to cut his losses.

President Bill Clinton stuck with Zoe Baird, his pick for attorney general, for about 10 days after it was disclosed that she had hired illegal immigrants as workers and had failed to pay their Social Security taxes. Clinton’s next choice, Kimba Wood, withdrew after acknowledging that her nanny, too, had been illegal.

It was a painful start for a new presidency that Obama and his aides have studied closely. Obama has tapped many of Clinton’s top advisers, including his wife, for his own administration. And the Obama team has tried to avoid some of Clinton’s early mistakes, such as waiting too long to name top appointees and stumbling into sticky issues such as gays in the military.

Oddly, perhaps, Obama and his advisers did trip over an issue that bedeviled Clinton’s early weeks: the failure to pay taxes fully and on time.

At first, Obama dug in, eager to show loyalty and toughness in the face of critics. The man he chose for treasury secretary — a post that oversees the Internal Revenue Service — had been required to pay $34,000 in overdue income taxes.

Obama stood by Timothy Geithner, and the Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed him after comparatively gentle questioning.

The president got away from Daschle, the stimulus and other White House worries yesterday by visiting a school with his wife Michelle.  Photo: AP

The stakes seemed higher, on both sides of the equation, for Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader chosen by Obama to head Health and Human Services and to lead an overhaul of health care.

Daschle had more status and clout in Washington, with many senators considering him a friend and mentor. But his money problems were bigger than Geithner’s.

Daschle belatedly paid $128,203 in taxes and $11,964 in interest. He also had been paid $5.2 million over two years by industries eager for good relations with the government.

A chastened Daschle apologized in public and then in private to his old Senate colleagues, saying he was embarrassed by his mistakes. After his closed-door session with Senate Finance Committee members Monday night, many senators seemed to think he would be confirmed.

But Republicans made it clear his ride would not be easy, something the White House could not miss. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called on Daschle to withdraw Tuesday morning, shortly before it was announced he was doing just that.

“If Senator Daschle cares about President Obama’s success and the success of this new administration,” Cornyn said, “he ought to remove this distraction.”

Still, Daschle could have survived, several Democrats said. But a separate, less-noticed tax problem also was about to play out, and the combination seemed too much for the new presidency.

The Associated Press had disclosed that in 2005 the District of Columbia filed a $946 tax lien on the home of Nancy Killefer — nominated by Obama to be the government’s first chief performance officer — for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help. Killefer withdrew her nomination early Tuesday, saying she did not want to become a distraction for the young administration.

Less than three hours later, Daschle gave the same reason for withdrawing.

It was the administration’s lowest point so far. And in the end, the problem was Obama’s, not Daschle’s.

Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., noted “the fact that President Obama has said that he wants to stop the revolving door, that he doesn’t want lobbyists as part of his administration.”

“Well, I don’t know how you get paid $2 million by a lobbying firm and not call yourself a lobbyist,” Ensign said, referring to Daschle.

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