Not even Wall Street can top the supreme arrogance demonstrated in Washington during the past few weeks, as revelations about tax problems involving some of President Barack Obama’s choices for top-level positions came to light.
The arrogance was in the reactions of three of Obama’s nominees after their misdeeds were reported.
Timothy Geithner - confirmed, incredibly, as treasury secretary - claimed he had just made “mistakes” in not paying $34,000 in taxes.
Former Sen. Tom Daschle, nominated to be secretary of Health and Human Services, “forgot” to report more than a quarter-million dollars in taxable income.
Nancy Killefer, Obama’s pick to be the federal government’s first chief performance officer, dismissed questions about her taxes as “distraction and delay.” Killefer failed to pay the District of Columbia about $946 in unemployment compensation taxes on a household employee in 2005. The D.C. government had to file a lien on her home to collect the money. ...
Obama promised to bring “change” to Washington. Thus far, the only change we’ve seen is an increase in the imperious attitude of those in, or seeking, top-level positions in government — and in their clear contempt for Americans who pay their taxes.