Maybe I don’t have to remind Republicans, but a special shout out to my Senators: Mr Cornyn and Ms Hutchison, if you can do it under the rules, please place Mr. Daschle in your back pocket and sit on his nomination!
To the Democrats: please remember all the kind words Mr Daschle had for you as Minority and Majority leader. Do you really want to appoint another tax cheat to office?
Apparently, Geithner was the only guy good enough to do the job of Treasury Secretary, even though he couldn’t follow the IRS rules for which he will be responsible. Ethics aside, I don’t see any critical qualifications that Tom Daschle might have in Social Security or health care.
Mr Daschle served on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, as well as Veterans Affairs, Indian Affairs, Finance and Ethics Committees. I cannot see where this qualifies him to head up the Department of Health and Human Services.
But he has received a few $bucks from health care firms in the past two years. He’s a Trustee at the Mayo Clinic, and has received over $200,000 in speaking fees to health industry associations.
President Obama abhors lobbyists, but:
Linda Hall Daschle [Tom’s wife] … is a registered lobbyist with the Washington firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz … At her current firm, she counts American Airlines, Boeing, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Lockheed Martin and L3 Communications among her clients …
In his own words, Tom Daschle said in 1998:
Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter.
Democrats, Republicans … please take a pass on this nomination.