What are we to make of all these birds who cannot win appointment to Washington jobs because they tried to rip you off?
Oh they sugarcoat their behavior. They didn’t realize they owed the taxes. Or they overlooked the taxes. And the dog ate their tax returns. C’monnnnn guys. The truth is you cheated us. Us, the other folks in this country who paid their taxes. Us, the folks who have to make up the difference when you cheat on your taxes.
What should our attitude be toward these terribly talented people who made these small mistakes? Someone asked me this on my radio show. As delicately as possible I said “To hell with them. They cheated. They lied. They should not be allowed to serve in anyone’s administration. The good people of this land do not deserve to have liars and tax evaders and cheats in public offices.” I guess I am just a spoilsport.
The stories they come up with belong in the Bulltweedie Hall of Fame. They sound like the tales speeders feed to troopers every day. Or the excuses kids spit out to teachers.
And what are we to make of the fact that these candidates got nominated for these positions to begin with? This administration assured us these candidates would be vetted more closely than any candidates in history. With these birds we would peer down their gullets, check under every feather, pore over their nests.
Every candidate had to answer a battery of questions that no candidate had ever had to answer. This would ensure they were pure as Ivory Soap. Or so the propagandists told us.
Excuse me, but I have to offer a few questions. This may sound innocent. It may sound stupid. But then I am not a regular Washington inner circle-type person. So forgive me if my ignorance is showing.
Here are my questions: These guys answered this battery of questions, right? They offered up their bra size, their love-life history, the brand of dog food they buy, correct? And they filled in the spaces reserved for taxes. Such as, did they pay all the taxes they should have.
If they answered all these questions they must have revealed they had tax problems. Or that they did not.
If they had tax problems, howcum this administration went ahead and nominated them for the big job? How could they? How could they say “Well, this guy only deceived the IRS to the tune of $123,000 so let’s bring him on board.”
Or...suppose they answered these tax questions with “No”. No, I did not con the IRS. No I did not hide any income.
Well, now the truth seeps out. Turns out they did cheat on their taxes. So... they lied. So... they cheated. So...my question is, why does the administration delay in dumping them? Why does it bother to check with various power brokers to determine whether the candidate might still be confirmed?
If the candidate lied when filling out the form, what is it that we still need to discuss? Are we thinking it is all right to hire a liar? A cheat? Are we thinking it might be okay to install this person in high office?
Finally, what are we to make of the sordid fact that Obama does not seem to be able to find an honest bird among the flock that swarms over Washington? That is an easy one to answer. Among the thousands of birds of Washington there ain’t many honest ones.
The perches of Washington are in far too many cases occupied by corrupt officials. They don’t even realize they are corrupt, lots of them. They are on the take in hundreds of ways. They peddle their influence for money. They put you in touch with some senator or representative if you grease their palm. They accept limos and rides on corporate jets and fat speaking fees and pretend this is legit.
Their buddies operate the same way. Their bosses do. They all think it is a normal way to behave and operate. And that is the true corruption.
For Obama to find an uncontaminated candidate in polluted Washington? He is as likely to find an uncontaminated fish in the Hudson River. Good luck to him.
From Tom ... as in Morgan.
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