February 4th, 2009 11:52 EST
Obama screws up like a fox
How would you go about cleaning up Washington? If you decided to throw the crooks out-- high-powered members of your own political party-- how would you go about doing it and remain the cool, good guy? Has our foxy new president found a fool-proof way to clean house without getting blood on his hands? Consider the political appointment.
Case in point: Former Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle. Short of creating an explosion resulting in continuous first-term fall-out, Obama had no choice except to appoint Daschle to head Health and Human Services.
However, someone dug up an old political ad wherein Daschle is filmed driving around in his old clunker assuring his constituents that he was still one of them. Daschle wasn`t going to be caught up in or trapped by the Washington Way.
Ironic he should suffer such humiliation because he refused to pay the applicable tax on his transportation, a car and driver provided by a political crony. One might suspect that this situation was common knowledge on the Hill. Did Daschle decide he was too big to fail "? The minute he agreed to be considered for HHS Secretary, he was toast.
Frankly, if you ponder the proposition for a moment, it seems quite plausible. Is there anyone in Washington without their fingers in the cookie jar? Have they all simply become persuaded that everyone is doing it? Why not?
Is tax evasion a perk of power?
If that is the case, Obama need only to appoint and apologize. Within a few weeks, he will wash them all out of Washington.