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  • Hypocrisy No One Believes In

    We don’t get to agree with George Packer everyday, so it pleases us to announce that we share his concerns about the message it sends when Cabinet officials fail to pay their taxes:

    The fact that two men with much combined experience in the public sector didn’t pay what they owed the government suggests that, at their lofty income level, cheating is almost universal. And for the rich to get away with underpaying taxes is every bit as much a part of the culture of selfishness and irresponsibility that Barack Obama pledged to end as bankers paying themselves big bonuses while enjoying even bigger public subsidies. You can’t credibly denounce the latter one day and find wiggle room for the former the next. You can’t usher in a shining period of good government by fudging your principles when it matters—with those closest to you. If a Republican President were to do the same thing, Democrats would be crying hypocrisy. They shouldn’t keep quiet when the hypocrisy is on their side.

    For Obama, it’s especially important not to have a double standard. A lot of his influence in cleaning up the corruptions of the private sector will be rhetorical. To do what needs to be done with Wall Street, he’ll need all the moral authority he can muster. If he allows two tax cheats into his cabinet, he’s going to lose a portion of it before his Presidency is one month old.

    UPDATE: A third Obama appointee, Nancy Killefer, Obama’s choice to serve as the country’s chief performance officer, now has withdrawn her nomination because of unpaid unemployment taxes on household help. Guess she didn’t have enough personal friendships in the Senate.

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    8 Responses to Hypocrisy No One Believes In

    1. Mark,Houston says:

      I wonder what would happen if a regular joe blow on the street "forgot to pay his taxes". Personally I think we ALL need to forget paying our taxes for a while,wouldn't that send a cystal clear message to washington.

    2. Sam, Baltimore says:

      Maybe we should all do the "honest mistake" for awhile,afterall, we have president who doesn't count failure to pax taxes on time as a crime.

    3. Barb -mn says:

      Don't they do background checks on these government appointees? More time and money wasted.

    4. Texas says:

      If they did background checks, obama would not be there! It is so typical that they are such blatant hypocrites. There is not a shred of integrity between any of them in their whole cesspool.

    5. Kathryn Myatt Charleston SC says:

      I’d love to know how many government officals get audited each year. Maybe it would be a good idea to audit any person that holds office longer than eight years. It would be a great tool for term limits!!!

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    7. Paul Delacroix-Jenni says:

      I do not trust the Congress; they will not sit and discuss issues with integrity.

      About 50% or more of the dollars going to programs are not needed–anyone can understand that.

      Let just follow the Constitution and take God back into every facet of our lives.

      Lastly, please lets enforce the laws on the books. America needs to embrace a bit more of Actor John Wayne's philosophy.

    8. Barb -mn says:

      "I don't do these things to others and I require the same from them!"… yes, every true American agrees with John Wayne's philosophy. Unfortunately, we are the minority!

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