Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I guess you don't have to pay your taxes to serve on White House Commissions

Tom Daschle lost his chance to head the Department of Health and Human Services back in February because he got caught cheating on his taxes.  (Link to story here.)

But, apparently, cheating on your taxes doesn't disqualify you from choice appointments to prestigious White House boards . . . today Daschle was appointed to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.  (Link to White House press release here.)

President Obama praised his choices for this board, including Daschle, as "diverse (ha!), non-partisan (ha, ha!), and committed to mentoring our next generation of public servants (God forbid!)."  The president said that he was "confident that they will select a class of White House Fellows that demonstrate [sic] extraordinary leadership, strong character, and a deep commitment to serving their country."    In other words, folks not very much like Tom Daschle.

Tom Daschle was discredited because of his dishonesty but that doesn't seem to matter much.  Corrupt politicians are like bad pennies stuck to Washington and the public trough. 

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