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Bloviating Zeppelin: Trouble In Utopia

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Trouble In Utopia


Let's go back for a moment, shall we, to November of 2007, when President Obama, in his presidential campaign said: "I don't take a dime of their (lobbyists') money and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House."

Flash a bit forward to when Mr Obama said:

On Jan. 21, the day after his inauguration, Obama issued an executive order barring any former lobbyists who join his administration from dealing with matters or agencies related to their lobbying work. Nor could they join agencies they had lobbied in the previous two years.

Contrast that, now, with:

However, William J. Lynn III, his choice to become the No. 2 official at the Defense Department, recently lobbied for military contractor Raytheon. And William Corr, tapped as deputy secretary at Health and Human Services, lobbied through most of last year as an anti-tobacco advocate. Corr says he will take no part in tobacco matters in the new administration.

And you'll enjoy this tag line:

Even the toughest rules require reasonable exceptions," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Imagine: Mr Gibbs actually had something to say.

Now let's move to Tom Daschle who, following his retirment, was by law disallowed from lobbying activity for one year. However, consider the following two paragraphs. First:

Daschle, a former senator tapped to head Health and Human Services, is not technically a lobbyist. But he was paid more than $5.2 million over the past two years as he advised health insurers and hospitals and worked in other industries such as energy and telecommunications.

Second, from iht.com:

Daschle, for instance, is not a registered lobbyist, but he made a handsome living advising clients seeking influence with the government, including some in the health industry. Obama also gave himself the right to grant waivers in cases he deemed exceptional, most prominently to William Lynn III, an ex-Raytheon lobbyist he nominated as deputy defense secretary. Others were lobbyists more than two years ago, and therefore not covered by the Obama rules.

How did Mr Daschle avoid the lobbyist conflict? First, he wasn't officially registered as a lobbyist. Second, he was called a "consultant." Not a lobbyist. That, of course, makes all the difference. Yes?

And let's not forget that small but niggling (can I write that?) "tax thing" with Mr Daschle as well. You know. That $128,000 tax issue -- as in failure to pay -- because, after all, "nobody's perfect." In the earlier words of the illustrious Mr Daschle:
Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ” Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.

UPDATE: Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination for Health & Human Services.

You like that? How about this:

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.

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.

Wow. That Obama Administration. Impressive.

BZ

12 Comments:

Blogger Average American said...

AAAAH, there's a certain "comfort" in knowing they're crooks. We don't have to watch them so close to know what they're up to. What levels will we sink to before we actually find the bottom of their barrel?

Tue Feb 03, 10:04:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

At the bottom of the barrel resides nothing but sidewinders, scorpions and varlets of all stripes.

BZ

Tue Feb 03, 10:18:00 AM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Damn shame they couldn't have been this adamant regarding Lil Timmy Geithner..

Tue Feb 03, 10:43:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

The first guy got the pass. They found it difficult to pass the second. It's all a matter of timing. Poor timing now.

BZ

Tue Feb 03, 11:19:00 AM PST  
Blogger shoprat said...

His presidency is as transparent as they come. His crookedness is on display for the entire world to see and he is making no effort to hide it. a perfect neo-feudalist.

Tue Feb 03, 03:45:00 PM PST  
Blogger Jennifer McKenzie said...

I'm not sure who is really surprised by this. For most of his campaign, his associations have been questionable, his excuses have been the same and his statements that he would "change Washington" were only words.
I do feel sorry for the people who genuinely believed he would do it. As for me, he showed his true colors on several occasions. The one that swung my husband was the San Francisco fundraiser comments about Pennsylvania voters.

Tue Feb 03, 05:17:00 PM PST  
Blogger David Wyatt said...

AA, I don't believe they're even IN teh barrel!

Hello BZ! God Bless.

Tue Feb 03, 06:23:00 PM PST  
Blogger Average American said...

....I do feel sorry for the people who genuinely believed he would do it....

I feel even more sorry for those of us who didn't.

Wed Feb 04, 12:47:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Yeah, clinging to your pitiful little God and guns, you ignorant brutes.

BZ

Wed Feb 04, 06:04:00 AM PST  
Blogger cary said...

Gotta cling to something, the crap in the White House keeps shifting around to much to get a good grip on it...

Wed Feb 04, 07:10:00 AM PST  
Blogger a red voice said...

Sadly, I am not all surprised by corruption in Obama's new administration.... his friends before he got elected were all corrupt and now we are finding out that he has many more "friends".

Wed Feb 04, 01:24:00 PM PST  
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