OBAMA-APPOINTED OFFICIALS TO BOW OUT…

Posted on February 4, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

 

Obama has been making poor decisions since becoming president.  He is currently having some trouble getting honest, ethical people to round out his administration.  That’s what you get when you look for Democrats to fill up most of the slots.  His choices are taking more bows than opening night performers at a sold-out Broadway show.

 

Obama’s first choice for Commerce Secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, withdrew when his confirmation appeared headed toward complications because of a grand jury investigation over how state contracts were issued to political donors.

 

Obama recommended that Caroline Kennedy fill Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat, but she had to bow out because of "personal issues", with leaks about her problems with taxes and a housekeeper, and sharp criticism of the governor’s ham-handed appointment process.  The almighty Obama nod coupled with her “Uncle Teddie’s” backing didn’t help her win the seat.  My guess is that she nodded out for the same reason I think they all did…because they’re hiding a lot more than we know and they don’t want to run the risk of any more getting out.

 

Tim Geithner was confirmed as Treasury Secretary despite belatedly paying back taxes.  That’s not the half of it…he has a long rap sheet of non-payment of taxes.  At the Senate confirmation hearings, it was revealed through documentary evidence that Geithner had not paid $35,000 self-employment taxes for several years, even though he had acknowledged his obligation to do so, and had filed a request for, and received, a payment for half the taxes owed.  The failure to pay self-employment taxes was noted during a 2006 audit by the IRS, in which Geithner was assessed additional taxes of $14,847 for the 2003 and 2004 tax years. Geithner failed to pay, or to admit his failure to pay, the self-employment taxes for the 2001 and 2002 tax years until after President-elect Obama expressed his intent to nominate Geithner to be Secretary of Treasury.  Ah, there’s his motivation!  He also deducted the cost of his children’s sleep-away camp as a dependent care expense, when only expenses for day care are eligible for the deduction.  Geithner subsequently paid the IRS the additional taxes owed, and was charged interest of $15,000, but was not fined for late payment.  That wouldn’t happen in our world now, would it?  In addition, his housekeeper’s work authorization lapsed during the last three months she worked for him.  He retained his cushy job with Obama, and I would like to know how he accomplished this while the others are dropping like flies.

 

Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s Chief of Staff, currently rents a basement apartment on Capitol Hill from Rep. Rosa DeLauro, but a private investigator has discovered that the house is zoned as a single-family dwelling—meaning the basement can’t be rented out.  Emanuel is currently house-hunting.  Hmmm…if this wasn’t brought to light, do you think this would be taking place?

 

Nancy Killefer withdrew her candidacy to be the First Chief Performance Officer for the federal government on Tuesday, saying she didn’t want her bungling of payroll taxes on her household help “to become a distraction for the Obama administration”.

 

Tom Daschle withdraws his nomination for Health and Human Services Secretary because “he forgot to pay” $128,000 in taxes.

 

Obama’s advisers insist that Daschle and Nancy Killefer withdrew “of their own accord”.  Don’t you think Obama would have looked more strong-minded and ethical if he did the dirty work himself?  This is speaking volumes as to the decision-making abilities of Obama,  He appears to be clueless to the goings on around him and his administration.  Who are his vetters?  Why aren’t they doing their jobs on vetting these people?  They all logged many hours scrutinizing Palin when she was quite capable and showed no red flags, yet all these bozos received green flags from the Democrats.  If only they can put that same energy into the incoming administration, we’d get somewhere.

 

This is politics as usual, and with all these bow outs, I’m inclined to think that all these people are bowing out not on principle, but because they’ve got something more to hide.  The Obama team thought that they would continue to get free passes, but America is finally starting to wake up, and the Republicans are uncovering some of the crap that the Democrats are trying to sweep under the rug.

 

I really believe that Obama is trying to push this “pork-filled stimulus bill in a hurry so that we won’t be able to see all the fat.  Even Pelosi is telling us that we’ll all lose our jobs unless this is passed.  The Democrats echo their words with, “If we don’t get this bill out, we’ll be heading into a Depression”  I don’t believe that for a minute.  Yeah, look at what the first bailout gave us?  A steeper deficit, and the corporate pigs still went “hog wild” with bonuses and spa retreats!  We’re worse now, and so are our investments despite Wall Street getting billions of our hard-earned money.  Now is the time for them to trim the fat from the spending bill they cunningly call a stimulus bill.  In these lean times, they should be deducting all those fluffy social programs that won’t do anything to help our economy and instead focus on what will help us now, not 4-5 years from now.  Obama has said repeatedly that he wants honesty and transparency in the government.  How about we start with the spending/stimulus bill, huh?

 

Yes, we’re probably heading into a Depression all right, but if they ran the government ethically and responsibly, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in right now.  Instead of things getting better, they’re getting worse.  Obama covers himself by using Bush as an excuse, but how long will he be able to use that one?  You know, there’s nothing worse than corruption and deceit in politics, and with this administration, we’re getting a heaping helping of it.

 

Obama’s star is shining brightly now, but I’ll give it six months for his star to start tarnishing or falling from the sky.  With all this crap going on in his administration, you would think that he would become late night fodder on a high-scale, starting with the two oaths he had to take on inauguration day.  It is happening for everyone else, but Obama continues to be cast in a positive light which is getting b-o-r-i-n-g!  Here, Jay Leno provides some late-night fodder, but as usual, he glorifies Obama and shoots down everyone else.  Leno could have done better with poking fun at Obama, but then again, he doesn’t have Obama’s writers.  Now I’m going to say it…”Time For A [Better] Change”…

 

QB

 

Obama’s inauguration provides comic fodder for US late-night talk shows

Dan Glaister in Los Angeles

Thursday 22 January 2009 18.55 GMT

 

It was a day of solemnity. Of gravity. An unparalleled moment in history. All of which meant just one thing for America’s squad of late-night TV hosts and their writers: jokes.

 

Leading the way was the epitome of the Hollywood liberal, Jay Leno. "As you know, we’ve never had an African-American president," he told his studio audience on inauguration day. "We’ve had a Dutch-American president. We’ve had an Irish-American president. We’ve even had an incompetent American president. But we’ve never had an African-American president."

 

With comics still unsure how to treat the immensely popular new president, Leno took on some old Republican adversaries, John McCain and Dick Cheney, as well as former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

 

"It was cold," said Leno, in probably the cruellest line of the night. "It was so cold in Washington, it felt like Hillary’s inauguration."

 

For McCain, Leno returned to one of the defining moments of the dying days of the Republican’s campaign.

 

"John McCain said he was so moved by today’s events," said Leno, "he suspended his campaign again."

 

And as for Cheney, he had this to say: "Did you see him in the wheelchair today? You would think being in a wheelchair would make Cheney more sympathetic, but it made him look kind of evil."

 

The Cheney-in-a-wheelchair motif was picked up by others, including Daily Show presenter Jon Stewart.

 

"Over the years, we’ve made our share of jibes at Vice President Dick Cheney’s expense, painting him as a supervillain, someone out of Dr Strangelove, but he’s more complex than that, he’s a human being who is not evil. Oh, are you kidding me? A wheelchair? I know you hurt your back, but you might as well get rolled out to the Star Wars imperial march with a white cat in your lap."

 

Stewart also had it in for another nemesis, the outgoing president. "Here is the sad part," Stewart said. "You know what Bush is probably thinking during that moment? ‘Man, this guy’s really sticking it to Clinton.’"

 

Late night host Conan O’Brien also had a Bush line, mocking the outgoing president’s popularity rating: "Very cold today in Washington," he said. "In fact, with the wind chill, President Bush’s approval rating reached minus 13."

 

Leno, making use of a special edition of the Spider-Man comic featuring the new president, took a knock at Bush’s intellectual capacity.

 

"The story is about how Spider-Man stops bad guys from ruining Barack’s inauguration," he said. "And psychologists believe this comic book was actually very handy in helping President Bush understand the transition."

 

Bush, however, had his own repartee, polished over the last eight years. Acknowledging supporters who had gathered to greet him at his childhood home town of Midland, Texas on Tuesday night, Bush riffed on several of his key policy initiatives.

 

The former president called his decision to allow Laura to choose their new home without him seeing it, "the first faith-based initiative of the post-presidency". His new "domestic agenda", he said, involved "mowing the lawn" and "taking out the trash".

 

The economic crisis also provided late-night fodder, with host Jimmy Kimmel noting that, "around two million people crowded in to the National Mall to see Obama’s swearing-in ceremony, which is the first time a mall has been crowded in about a year".

 
 
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