Glad to see our president did his homework before nominating qualified people to protect the public trust.
I'm just curious why there is an indictment of Obama in this. Is it his job to pay their taxes (or even make sure the've paid there taxes?) they have been subject to scrutiny before and it has not revealed their evasion, if anything the only reason they got caught was because obama shined the flashlight at them.
I personally don't believe there is any indictment of Obama in this - other than perhaps his judgement of character regarding these people. His vetting is going to get some attention though simply because the Democrats made a big deal of the vetting (or lack thereof) that McCain did with the Palin pick during the presidential race. For me - no big deal - but for those who made a big deal about Palin it should be.
Daschle 'withdrew'. I put that in quotes because personally I don't believe he really did, I think he got the message passed to him from Obama to step aside willingly or he'd be withdrawn unwillingly.
Extemely refreshing to hear Obama admit he made a mistake on Daschle. Frankly, I don't EVER remember hearing a politician own up to a mistake (other than when about to be impeached or ousted from office/needing to ask forgiveness - this is different IMO). Gives him some solid credit in my book (helps offset the demerits he got with me for that joke called a 'stimulus' package).
Frankly, I'm appalled that Geithner was confirmed - mostly because of his particular cabinet post, and because it's pretty clear this guy was not being honest/knowingly was not paying taxes. I'll concede that the President deserves in most cases to have whoever he wants advising him/on his cabinet - but, I just couldn't vote for Geithner in this case.
Thankfully that pork-laden monstrosity that's crazily being called a 'stimulus' package looks like it won't get through the Senate. Hopefully the Senate gets rid of the rampant protectionism/'Buy American' provisions in the next version. Otherwise, this thing is awfully close to my worst fears (learning absolutely nothing from history). Unfortunately, I think this recession is going to last a couple of years. I'm just not seeing/hearing the politicians moving in the right direction on this. The only saving grace is that the psychology of the masses does play an important role in helping the economy rebound, and President Obama is charasmatic enough to make a difference in helping there (in a way few others, if anyone could).