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Obama Sorry For Daschle, Other Ethical Flaws; But Bigger Government Could Mean Worse

February 5, 2009

A United States president who admits a mistake is almost as rare as a Wall Street executive who refuses a bonus after losing money. When such humility strikes, it should be cheered to spur reform. But for a regretful Obama White House and a somewhat-rueful Wall Street, it’s still unclear what reforms lie ahead for each.

President Obama admitted Tuesday he made mistakes after two of his cabinet nominees, Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer, were forced to bow out because of revelations over their nonpayment of taxes. But what kind of mistakes?

Christian Science Monitor
Editorial Board

One was clear. “There aren’t two sets of rules,” he told NBC News, “one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes.”

Still, how should Americans square that new-found lesson on double standards with the fact that another tax-dodging nominee, Tim Geithner, was made Treasury secretary? Or that Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State despite her husband being allowed to accept money for his foundation from foreign governments that also make deals with the top US diplomat?

And what of the White House vetting process or that two Obama nominees are former lobbyists or that the president backed Mr. Daschle to the end?

For a politician who promised a high bar of ethics and a new era of responsibility, this president still has far to go to understand why it is so easy for many in Washington to claim immunity or a sense of entitlement not available or accepted by other Americans.

When the Senate salutes one of its own, Republican Ted Stevens, despite his felony conviction, or the House leaves Democrat Charles Rangel as head of its tax-writing committee despite his avoidance of taxes, such lapses of common sense erode faith in government.

It also makes people wary of bigger government with new programs such as universal healthcare. The more power that Washington commands, the more temptation there is for exploitation by special interests and revolving-door politicians. Daschle, for instance, was slated to head up healthcare reform even though he used his Senate tenure to advise that industry and make millions.

Read the rest:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0205
/p08s01-comv.html

Obama Nominee Withdraws Over Unpaid Taxes; Pressure Builds on Daschle To Do The Same

February 3, 2009

The growing number of Obama nominees with “issues” is now an embarrassment and a black mark on the president’s effort to hold ethics to the highest standard.

Nancy Killefer, who failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help, has withdrawn her candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government, the White House said Tuesday.

Related on FEB 3 about 1 PM Eastern:
Daschle Out; Major Obama Setback

Nancy Killefer says she is withdrawing her candidacy for chief performance officer because she doesn’t want her tax issue to become a “distraction.”

Too late: Taxes were made a distraction by now Treaury Secretary Geithner and now Mr. Tom Daschle is reaping the whirlwind….

Killefer was the second major Obama administration nominee to withdraw and the third to have tax problems complicate their nomination after President Barack Obama announced their selection.

Chief Performance Officer Nancy Killefer
 Nancy Killefer

The White House said Obama had accepted Killefer’s decision and that the 55-year-old executive with consulting giant McKinsey & Co., would explain her reasons for pulling out later Tuesday.

When her selection was announced by Obama on Jan. 7, The Associated Press disclosed that in 2005 the District of Columbia government had filed a $946.69 tax lien on her home for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help.

Since then, administration officials have refused to answer questions about the tax error which she resolved five months after the lien was filed.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090203/ap_o
n_go_pr_wh/obama_killefer

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In the Tom Daschle unpaid taxes caper, several newspapers now have editorials suggesting he withdraw…

Editorial
The New York Times

When President Obama nominated former Senator Tom Daschle to be his secretary of health and human services, it seemed to be a good choice. Mr. Daschle, as the co-author of a book on health care reform, knew a lot about one of the president’s signature issues. As a former Senate majority leader, he also knew a lot about guiding controversial bills through Congress, where he remains liked and respected by former colleagues.

Unfortunately, new facts have come to light — involving his failure to pay substantial taxes that were owed and his sizable income from health-related companies while he worked in the private sector — that call into question his suitability for the job. We believe that Mr. Daschle ought to step aside and let the president choose a less-blemished successor.

Read the Rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/03/opinion
/03tue1.html?_r=1&scp=4&sq=daschle&st=cse

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/03/to
m-daschles-other-tax-problem/

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090203/a
p_on_go_pr_wh/obama_killefer

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Time Magazine Was Thrilled by the Nomination of Nancy Killefer as  Chief Performance Officer
See TIME:
http://www.time.com/time/politics/articl
e/0,8599,1870541,00.html

Just yesterday President Barack Obama reinforced his support for health and human services secretary-designate Tom Daschle, despite tax errors that prompted Daschle to pay $140,000 in back taxes.

During a meeting with Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, Obama was asked if he still supported Daschle.

“Absolutely,” Obama replied.

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/0
3/performance.nominee.withdraws/index.html

Barack Obama: Credibility Lost?

February 2, 2009

In two weeks as president, Barack Obama has thrown away his credibility and destroyed trust — more than any other President of the United States in the History of the Republic.

Let’s just say that for the sake of argument.

This is now like bleeding from a thousand cuts.

Related on FEB 3 about 1 PM Eastern:
Daschle Out; Major Obama Setback

Nothing like Bill Clinton’s early-going gays in the military effort or Hillary’s closed door try at revising the American medical system in the dawning days of Bill’s presidency….

But Barack Obama’s preaching about “bipartisanship” was not matched with actions as Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats crafted the economic stimulus package without taking into account Republican viewpoints.

Maybe if Barack had been in the Senate longer he’d know more about bipartisanship….

“We won” Republicans were told, when they objected to certain stimulus package goodies like funding to fight bird flu.

That only saves jobs if workers don’t die at work….

The Treasury Secretary admitted to tax evasion.  Ditto the president’s nominee for HHS, Tom Daschle.

Psst: This is what transparency gets us.  The right thing to do when things like this come up is to ask the guy to withdraw, not ask for an ‘exception.”

Nancy Killefer, who failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help, has withdrawn her President Obama nomination to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government, the White House said Tuesday.

Chief Performance Officer Nancy Killefer
Nancy Killefer
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Robert Gibbs
 
White House spokesman Gibbs said, “Nobody’s perfect.”  Did he mean Daschle?

The nominee for Deputy Secretary of Defense used to be a lobbyist.  He’s still in the running, despite the president’s vows against lobbyists and for ethics.

On al-Arabiya TV the president made a plea to Muslims.  So Iran demanded an apology for American wrongs.

Just 11% of U.S. voters think America should apologize to Iran for “crimes” against the Islamic country.

The stimulus bill written by Democrats has a “buy American provision.”  China, Germany and others objected.

Canada hopes U.S. officials will exempt America’s top trading partner from “Buy American” provisions in the economic stimulus bill before Barack Obama arrives in Canada this month for his first foreign trip as president.

The stimulus, meant to create jobs, contained at least two two questionable items  — $75 million for smoking cessation programs and $400 million to slow the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted disease.  Both  have already been dropped from the most recent draft of the measure.  You can recall others like the sod for the Mall in Washington DC….

Nearly half of U.S. voters (49%) say Barack Obama is politically more liberal than they are.

The president promised to close Gitmo and pull out of Iraq.  He has done neither: but has angered some militay people.

He has cut defense by 10% and started to discontinue the term “war on terror.”

The president has opened an exchange of words with radio personality Rush Limbaugh….

The number of voters saying Obama is more liberal than they thought on election day is growing…..

Tough two weeks.  Even with a dedicated Democratic House and Senate the public can lose trust and confidence …..

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

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Troubling Obama Trends Seen By Some In Military? Why Die For “Limited Goals” In Afghanistan?

Obama’s Unnecessary Muslim Apologia; Misguided on al-Qaeda

US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits ... 
US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits alongside Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS
/02/02/campbell.brown.transparenc
y/index.html

The New York Times also has an editorial on Tuesday suggesting that Mr. Daschle should withdraw his name too.

Bill Richardson withdrew after being nominated as Commerce Secretary as a grand jury was at work investigating portions of his state government.