Tim Geithner should not have been nominated or confirmed as Treasury Secretary.
And Tom Daschle should not have been nominated, and should not be confirmed, as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The only change was the party.
BTW, here is a joke on the value of BS:
A turkey was chatting with a bull.
"I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree" sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy."
"Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull. "They're packed with nutrients."
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.
The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.
Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.
He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.
Moral of the story: BS might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.
Obama has made it to the top, but political BS won't keep him there.
And a little editorial humor:
Maybe we should all file our tax returns with a promise to pay any tax due when appointed by Obama to a high paying position in his administration. Think that would work? (WARNING, the previous statement was made in jest. If you think otherwise, you must be a Naive-ocrat.)
UPDATE: Another nominee with tax problems. Read the Washington Post, Obama's Choice for Chief Performance Officer Withdraws Name. Maybe that's why I didn't get the call from Obama, I don't have any tax problems, knock on wood.
Seriously though, I think this last one is best, because Dashle's efforts to subvert lobbying regulations and laws to make $5M+ off his Senate contacts was much worse than not paying the taxes.
UPDATE: He is history. Daschle withdrew his name for HHS Secretary. But it was good for a few laughs:
Jay Leno: "Today, Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination for secretary of health and human services after being forced to pay $128,000 in back taxes." Daschle "was extremely upset because now it looks like he paid his taxes for nothin'! . . . And tax problems for another Obama nominee. Nancy Killefer has withdrawn her nomination as White House chief performance officer. Not only did she not pay her taxes, she had a tax lien put on her house by the government. Where is Obama getting these nominees? Old episodes of 'Cops'?"
David Letterman: "Tom Daschle has withdrawn his cabinet nomination because he had some tax problems. Forgot about $150,000. ... Remember the old days," when "politicians got in trouble for having sex with pages." Those days seem "pretty sweet now, don't they?"
Stephen Colbert: "Now I was afraid the Obama administration was going to be tough, because of the whole 'mandate to govern' and high approval ratings. But Daschle folded like an origami tax form that you 'forgot to fill out.' If this were the Bush administration, he would never have stepped down -- not without a Medal of Freedom."
UPDATE II: The Republi-cons are upset: