Saturday, January 31, 2009

The "Change" in Obama's ethics standards

We read that Tom Daschle, former Democratic Senate Majority Leader and Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, has filed amended tax returns reporting over $128,000 in unpaid taxes. He joins Obama’s Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner as another leader in Obama’s quest to change America by increasing taxes on the people who actually pay taxes while forgetting to pay taxes themselves.

So the Obama administration now has at least four senior members who would have been disqualified from high office prior to this presidency. Besides the two tax cheats, we have Attorney General Eric Holder, who arranged the corrupt pardon of Marc Rich, the number 2 man on the FBI’s most wanted list, and whose ex-wife just happened to donate $1 million at about the same time to Bill Clinton’s Presidential Library.

Holder calmly explained that in spite of his extensive efforts to bypass normal channels for Rich, he really wasn’t familiar with the crimes Rich was alleged to have committed. That explanation was more than enough to reassure Democrats in the Senate that Holder embodies the sort of competence and ethical standards that Democrats are looking for.

Holder also worked diligently for Clinton to arrange the commutation of the prison terms of murderous Puerto Rican terrorists who had committed over 100 bombings, killing and maiming dozens of innocent people, just when Hillary was looking to increase the New York Puerto Rican vote during her Senate campaign. While Holder seemed to regret his activities on behalf of Rich, Democratic Senators enthusiastically accepted his assurance that his release of unrepentant terrorist killers was entirely reasonable under the circumstances.

And of course, who can forget the appointment of Leon Panetta, a nice man with no intelligence experience whatsoever, as the head of the CIA. In times like these, why would anyone ask for experience in such a position?

While other administrations have inadvertantly nominated people with ethics challenges, only to withdraw them once their issues became apparent, Obama has continued to support his nominees in spite of these little problems. It’s interesting that the unspecified “Change” Obama used as about every third word in his campaign verbiage apparently includes the abandonment of every standard of ethics or competence that used to be considered prerequisites for high government office. Yes folks, that's "Change We Can Believe In."

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