Geitner - didn't pay taxes. It is ok not to pay taxes and if you don't, it is an 'oops' - especially if you are a liberal or Democrat.
Daschle - didn't pay a lot of taxes! PLUS he took over $220,000 in speaking fees from groups he would oversee as head of Human Services!
Richardson - No Bid Contracts in return for donations. Very illegal.
Bill Clinton - mega millions from the Sauds, Kuwaitis, and other Arab states - and what role or concern this may play if Hillary is to be free of questions or concerns about her ability to separate the nearly 100 million from Arab sources and her role as Secretary of State for the United States.
Panetta - his daughter can't keep her paws off Chavez, who I would assume CIA would be interested in (conflict of interest).
Rahm Emmanuel - Blagy and the Senate seat for sale and questions concerning his role.
There are several others - from former lobbyists for defense contractors, to the former head of a socialist organization committed to weakening our economy in an effort (misguided) to raise the economies of 3rd world nations.
A President who gives his FIRST interview with Arab media, calls the Palestinian leader within minutes of walking into the Oval Office. He isn't telling the world we will listen - not when he tells Republicans he is in charge and will not be listening much to their whining. What makes you think he will listen to the Arabs?
A President who has written a letter to Iran, pushing for normalization of relations IF they will renounce terror and stop supporting Hizbollah and Hamas, and if they do, they can be removed from the list of states supporting terrorism. Wasn't that always the policy of the Bush administration? The US was considering opening a US office in Tehran, but it was put off due to the attack by Hamas on Israel. THAT would be a change in policy and it was to have occurred under Bush - but of course he doesn't get credit for that - the intelligentsia does not consider that, not even mentioned - what is mentioned is the prostrating of the media at the feet of Obama - the most famous person in the world, like hearing God speak, as if you were in the presence of history ... and Bush was not history? What makes Obama so impressive?
Surely it is not his resume. He has less experience than my mailman. He most certainly has been to fewer countries than my mailman, doubtful as many countries as I have been to. His experience in Illinois can be summed up in one word - Blagojevich. Not anything to be too proud of. His time in the Senate - what time, he was busy running for an office he is too inexperienced to hold. yet now we are told that we are either with Him or against Him, and if we are against Him, we are really bad, that we are bad Americans to stand in the way of such an historic person 'becoming'.
Limbaugh is attacked for opposing Obama's policies, yet the Democratic party did not support the right of the Enquirer to publish reports on Edwards, even while they fully supported the same paper chasing Palin. Odd. But I suppose that is the definition of patriotism for the Left - support LEFT causes and opposes all others, and you are patriotic. Wait, isn't that just the flip side of what they claimed Bush was doing and how aghast they were for eight years at that sentiment.
Nearly as aghast as when Bush said Jesus was his favorite philosopher, or he hoped he was doing the will of God. The Left laughed and mocked him. They never stopped - he was either incapable of pronouncing words or he made them up - he was ignorant and stupid, he was a moron and ... I won't remind anyone that his college grades were higher than Kerry and Gore, that his IQ is higher than either of them, and he certainly is not uncertain of his identity or alpha role. I won't mention it, even if Liberals did for eight years - wrongly of course, but still they did. In graduate school, you read a lot, and the one thing I found most amusing and distressing, were the 'made up words' that academics included in their scholarly texts/articles/and lectures. I used to keep a list of such words - I stopped when I realized that it was all contextual. They did pronounce the words properly, even while promoting causes that seemed to morph as the evidence shifted - and still they were not called out as charlatans.
They are a silly lot - the mocking of Bush over his statements about Jesus or doing the will of God. Silly fools. If you believe in God - what Bush said made perfect sense. Either you are doing God's will or you are doing the will of the other guy. It is pretty black and white. Figuring it out, is as Bush said - HE HOPED he was. he didn't say that he was. Obama says he is doing what is best, what is right, with certainty in his voice and his argument. Bush never stated it with such certainty - not like Biden who informed the country what the Constitution said and did not say (he was wrong, but no one paid much attention - it is ok to be wrong if you are Liberal and are making a point).
Of course liberals never said 'It isn't unpatriotic to disagree with Bush.' - Nope, never heard that from the fools at MSNBC, Jon Stewart or his poodle, Stephen Colbert. Never heard Leno or the other one on the other channel - the grandpa - whats his name, Letterman - never heard them ever say such a silly thing. Haven't heard these same fools ramble on about Him running into a door, or making seriously stupid choices for his cabinet - people who, if they were like us, would have been in jail. Nope, never heard that.You want my support - why in fucks name? because never did the liberals support Bush, but for 2 minutes on September 11. Within days, the attacks began, slowly at first, some quietly, and then louder.
When Republicans oppose Obama - they are called unAmerican or unpatriotic - and of course, not by MAINSTREAM media sources, but by the liberal military wing - the American First or whatever label they go by - Americans United for whatever ... same thing, different clothing, and different letters on the door.
When a Republican Congressman has sexual relations with a male aide, of age, it is a scandal and rocks the administration - but when the Democratic Congressman who replaces that shit for brains, has not one but two mistresses - quiet.
The media made every effort to protect another Democratic Congressman - who kept nearly $100,000 in his freezer - cold cash. They spent the first weeks attacking the FBI for the manner of their investigation, rather than a Congressman who is as corrupt as Blagy, or worse. Quiet.
When Brian Williams goes on television and tells us that all Presidents before Him were somehow corrupt or less, criminal, or otherwise unfit ... we have a hard time recognizing Williams neutrality - I won't mention the fact he is unqualified to make such a statement unless it is his opinion, BUT he was not invited on that program for his opinion, but rather, he was invited on to opine based upon the perch from which he sits and barks each day. It is relevant.
It is relevant that Pelosi has a very disturbing view of Catholic teaching. Not my opinion. No one less than the POPE said so. I am not interested in Church and State - that is NOT the issue, even if the Left attempts to paint it with the secular brush. The issue is very personal - for Pelosi, or Kerry, or Biden, or Kennedy - you do not get to believe what you do, offer theories on Catholic teaching, tell the world how good of a Catholic you are, attend mass, take communion, and violate a half dozen of the Church's most solemn beliefs, which, any one, would cause you to be excluded from taking the sacrament. YOU do not get to tell the CHURCH what Church teaching is. It is not a democracy. It is not open to public debate.
Obama will fail, because he is inexperienced, because the people he is bringing in to the White House are either tainted by Illinois corruption, or are themselves failed examples of what we should strive to become.America will lose, and Americans will die as a result. Where His policies and actions are in our best interest, Retardicans will support Him. I pray the rest of the time they take names, numbers, photographs, recordings, and let Him fail - then let lose with the comments - I won, get over it. When Bush said 'Dead or Alive', he was mocked from here to Australia - yet Obama says something that is really very NOT bipartisan, and .... nothing.
Don't tell me how he is the great uniter and if only the Republicans would get on board, he wants such great things for us, change and all that jazz ... Don't tell me that He unites, crosses the aisle and works with the Retardicans ... PUHLEEZE - Bush had Kennedy write his education bill. Obama's effort: I won, get over it. I'm discussing the issue with you, I am hoping you will get onboard, but it doesn't matter - I won. Count the bills passed during the Bush presidency and then count up the numbers of Democrats who crossed the aisle - because Bush did work with them - he did bring them on board, he did extend his hand to them - not a smug look of 'I won, get over it.' Obama - Get Over It. I Won. or Pelosi - We don't need you anyway. [Note to Liberals - I understand, you did win, and you can say that, especially after eight years in the desert - I understand your feelings, BUT do remember when the tide changes ... when republicans send you back to the desert and don't even bother consulting you. Please remember why and that it started under Bush, not Obama.]
The hypocrisy is clear, the condescension is palpable - we know who you are and what you are, and in time, we will make the right choice. Every so often we do make mistakes.
Of course I hope Obama has some luck - and that he continues to wage the war against terror, whether in Afghanistan and Iraq, or in efforts to contain or stop Iran and North Korea - in order that he may face the wrath of Code Pink - who were never called unpatriotic by the Left during the Bush years. I will await their viciousness unleashed upon Him - for he continues those wars.
The war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and on terror - including in Guantanamo, where despite the Left calling for its closure because there are innocent men being held, what we find in fact, is just the opposite. Several men released from the cells, turned up in al qaida training camps, blowing people up, or otherwise promising they will kill Americans. Not so innocent I think.
The Left has been wrong on everything since September 11. From 'Happy 9/11' (we know that fool takes what happened seriously) to their incessant chatter about what patriotism is (debate and disagreement can be patriotic, but Code Pink attacking our troops is NOT).
Sure I support Obama, and am therefore patriotic. I sure don't want to be taken away or arrested for not supporting Him. Given the behavior of the Left for the last 8 years, I have a very clear and certain model to follow in determining what is, and is not patriotic.
Bumps in the Road:
Obama's HHS Secretary Nominee Faces Tax Questions Over Car and Driver
January 30, 2009 6:29 PM
ABC News has learned that the nomination of former Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., to be President Obama's secretary of health and human services has hit a traffic snarl on its way through the Senate Finance Committee.
The controversy deals with a car and driver lent to Daschle by a wealthy Democratic friend -- a chauffeur service the former senator used for years without declaring it on his taxes.
It remains an open question as to whether this is a "speed bump," as a Democratic Senate ally of Daschle put it, or something more damaging.
After being defeated in his 2004 re-election campaign to the Senate, Daschle in 2005 became a consultant and chairman of the executive advisory board at InterMedia Advisors.
Based in New York City, InterMedia Advisors is a private equity firm founded in part by longtime Daschle friend and Democratic fundraiser Leo Hindery, the former president of the YES network (the New York Yankees' and New Jersey Devils' cable television channel).
That same year he began his professional relationship with InterMedia, Daschle began using the services of Hindery's car and driver.
The Cadillac and driver were never part of Daschle's official compensation package at InterMedia, but Mr. Daschle -- who as Senate majority leader enjoyed the use of a car and driver at taxpayer expense -- didn't declare their services on his income taxes, as tax laws require.
During the vetting process to become HHS secretary, Daschle corrected the tax violation, voluntarily paying $101,943 in back taxes plus interest, working with his accountant to amend his tax returns for 2005 through 2007.
(Daschle reimbursed the IRS $31,462 in taxes and interest for tax year 2005; $35,546 for 2006; and $34,935 for 2007, a Daschle spokesperson said, adding that Daschle had asked his accountant to look into the tax implications of the car and driver five months before Obama won the presidency.)
The Daschle spokesperson told ABC News that the senator, facing questions from the committee, has said "he deeply regretted his mistake. When he realized it was a mistake he corrected it rapidly."
The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., has called his colleagues for a private meeting at 5 p.m. ET Monday to discuss these complications surrounding Daschle's nomination.