Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Time for a Closer Look (from The Hill)

Time for a Closer Look
by Armstrong Williams

Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) will quietly ascend Capitol Hill tonight and face his former colleagues in a closed-door session regarding his future as President Obama's secretary of Health and Human Services.

Up until Friday, this was a foregone conclusion — the popular leader would be quickly confirmed as the nation's next top health policymaker. But evidence uncovered by ABC News and reported in The Hill of Sen. Daschle's tax evasion (unknowingly or not) is cause for concern.

I'll let Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and upper-chamber Republicans like Mitch McConnell (Ky.) decide if Daschle is worthy of this post. I'm more disturbed by the fact that yet another Obama administration nominee is under intense scrutiny for practices that normal Americans face and dutifully complete every day.

What's going on with the vetting process over at the White House? How many nominees now have unnecessarily brought some shame to Obama because they didn't own up to some basic problems that even my interns would red-flag?

First comes Commerce-nominee and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) for pay-to-play accusations, then the Treasury secretary nominee for tax evasion, and now Daschle?
These aren't posts for the Foreign Ag Service, folks. These are the highest echelons of power.

I won't even question the seriousness of the violations. Again, I'm more disturbed by the process. Why? Because the optics on these picks and subsequent reviews are very bad for the average American. We're supposed to be entering a new era of change, and with that, hope and optimism that runs straight to the Oval Office and President Obama. How can we expect him to stay focused and positive and on message when those around him are looking for exceptions, or worse, to look the other way?

I'd expect these sorts of shenanigans from a President Clinton (Hillary, that is), but America voted for better. And they deserve that “better.” So fix the process, or fix the team that's conducting the process.


Some articles worth reading

Daschle's Woes Test An Insider's Insider: HHS Pick Built Connections Over Decades (By Ceci Connolly)

Holder Confirmed As the First Black Attorney General: Nominee Overcame Objections in GOP (By Carrie Johnson)

Obama Faults FDA on Food Safety (By Lyndsey Layton)

Dodd's Peek-A-Boo Disclosure
The Senator's modified, limited mortgage hangout.

Bret Stephens: Iraq Is Obama's Mideast Pillar
As an Arab democracy, it's a model for what we would like the rest of the Arab world to become.

Taxes? Too Busy, Busy, Busy!
The really interesting question: What in the world did he do to earn all that money?

No Time To Cut Defense
Five reasons for Obama to repudiate calls to weaken our armed forces.

Nationalize This
The Fed's embrace is suffocating AIG.

$100 Billion and No Change Back
Obama's stimulus is mostly more of the same -- especially when it comes to education.

Free-traders on President Obama's economic team are suppressing concerns over Buy American provisions in the stimulus, derided as protectionist by corporate lobbyists. READ MORE

Financial firms and other companies receiving billions of dollars in federal bailout money spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for meetings and charitable gifts on behalf of lawmakers. READ MORE

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Stimulus will kill this country's future

What is going on in Washington is sinful. They are using hard times to pass the biggest boondoggle ever. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Franks, et al, simply want to change the way our country is run. They are going to make sure the entire country turns into a welfare nation. Future generations will hang on the teat of the government and have no incentive to work unless forced.

Remember Soylent Green? Animal Farm? 1984? Ayn Rand?

Wrap them all up together and you have a Democrat's dream.

You have to take a look at the stimulus package to see all the garbage that is not even hidden...it's right there for all to see because they know it doesn't matter. People are scared, governors are fretting, things look dire so they thing we'll swallow the entire enchilada.

Call you governor and tell them to stop asking for handouts. Call your Senators and tell them to vote against the bill. We don't need a government nanny.

If they want to do something, tell them to cut all the pork from the bill and see what's left. If it really, truly, makes jobs keep it. If it's going to put turf on the White House lawn, go for research or buy condoms, we don't need it and it shouldn't be included in the bill.