President Obama has promised "sweeping reform" in that lobbyist would not be allowed in the white house. He even signed an executive order to that effect. What really wasn't said was that he could make exceptions.
Here is one exception: William J. Lynn III, an ex-Raytheon lobbyist who is nominated as deputy defense secretary.
Then there is the problems with government officials being investigated by grand juries, such as Obama's first choice for commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
And let's not forget about those nominated who have "forgotten" to pay federal and state income taxes:
- Nancy Killefer, who failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help.
- Timothy Geithner who was confirmed as Treasury secretary despite not having payed $34,000 in income taxes.
- Tom Daschle who has not paid close to $130,000 in taxes for a car and driver service over three years.
President Obama needs to keep his word. Replace the new Treasury Secretary who could not figure out Turbo Tax online, and didn't pay his taxes, withdraw Daschle's nomination, as well as Lynn's, and then nominate people who are honest and pay their taxes.
Show America that you keep your word Mr. President. I said I would give you the benefit of the doubt and see what you would be like. So far I am not impressed.
Daschle has asked Obama to withdraw his nomination. Maybe Obama's team will do a better job of vetting candidates now.