politics: they didn’t pay what?

President Obama, looking crestfallen.

While I’m sure that photo wasn’t taken specifically in response to the recent withdrawn nominees, it still looks like an apt reflection of how he must be feeling. At least, as a quirk of fate, Daschle’s withdrawal took place on February 3, the 96th anniversary of the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment. Sadly there was no School House Rock song about allowing the Government to collect taxes. Maybe if there had been, these recent nominees would have remembered to pay them.

I appreciate the “I screwed up” admission, but to say of these nominees that they “made a mistake” isn’t really reassuring to people who do and pay their taxes on time every year when they owe. The “Rock Star” status of this administration only goes so far.

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4 Responses

  1. Kyle says:

    The sword is double-edged and cuts both ways. We want “experts” to help solve our problems, but too often these experts are experts precisely because they are in the thick of policy and procedure decisions and implementations. And that means they have complicated incomes and therefore complicated tax issues.

    My life is so simple I can still get away with simple tax forms. But then again I have almost zero expertise in anything.

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  2. Chris says:

    It it were a anyone else, they would be jailed and fined. Since they are who they are, they will not be. 👿

    latest entry: This twit’s twittered tweets for 2009-02-03

  3. Lolypup says:

    The rock star status of ANY administration only goes so far. I wish he would have clipped the nomination in the bud at the start but even doing it now, shows he is trying and thats alot.

    So far im not regretting party line vote change!

  4. Esprix says:

    At least he’s trying to stick to the idea of everyone playing by the same rules. At least a palatable show of the eschewation of hypocrisy is a change of pace. 🙂

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