The Obama Administration has sworn to uphold the highest ethical standards ever.
Have we heard this before?
And haven’t we already seen ethical callenges for the new administration?
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson removed himself from consideration after the then President-elect nominated him as Commerce Secretary.
Richardson said he had done no wrong.
Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy F. Geithner told the Senate Committee considering his nomination that the nonpayment of payroll taxes in the three years he was at the International Monetary Fund from 2001 to 2004 “were careless mistakes. They were avoidable mistakes. But they were unintentional. I should have been more careful.”
Fool Timothy Geithner testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on his nomination to be US Treasury Secretary at the Dirksen Senate office Building in Washington, DC. Geithner apologized Wednesday over past tax transgressions…. He wants to run the IRS so he can make sure you pay your taxes….”I was careless”….(AFP/Mandel Ngan)
He remains the nominee for Secretary of the Treasury.
The “G Man” did do wrong, got caught making money instead of paying taxes, and paid up and got away with it.
Apparently, if you are in any questionable ethical jam in the Obama Administration: it’s your call.
Since we are in an economic mess and Timothy Geithner is apparently a well qualified nominee for Treasury, even though his recent service dolling out the people’s money might be questionable, his ego allows him to stay in contention. His President and the Senate will probably support him.
Ethics sometimes looks “situational.” No wrongdoing has been proven in the case of Illinois Governor Blagojevich, yet he stands impeached. Nobody liked him anyway.
Blago: call G-Man. He made some money and got away with it, for a while. You didn’t make a dime and got impeached. Go figure.
Not guilty of anything…In this Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 file photo, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some final words for the media after he announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat in Chicago. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revoked embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s access to classified federal security information.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty, file)
“We need Geithner in this economic crisis,” Democrats are saying all over news TV shows.
So Richardson apparently said to Barack Obama, “Please do not consider me for Commerce any more, as I have this little grand jury problem to deal with.” This is really too bad, because Bill Richardson speaks Spanish, represents well some in the minority community, and is extremely well qualified at just about anything he tries to do. He also proved his skill and experienced in talking with nasty dictators.
Mr. Richardson has my respect and admiration for pulling his name at the slightest hint of trouble…
Geithner? I can’t give him the same kudo…
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In this Aug. 17, 2005, file photo Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, left, laughs with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich during Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Ill. Blago’s real crime: nobody really likes him….