BREAKING: DASCHLE WITHDRAWS…EXCELLENT!!

WOOHOO!!! Breaking LIVE on FOX

I feel like Mister Burns…:0)

CBS 13 has it

om Daschle has withdrawn his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary.

That’s according to a joint White House statement from President Barack Obama and his former nominee.

Obama said Tuesday he accepted the withdrawal “with sadness and regret.”

Daschle has been battling for his nomination since it was disclosed he failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes.

He said he’s withdrawing because he’s not a leader who has the full faith of Congress and will be a distraction.

Thank you for everyone who made calls, it really is good to communicate with your legislators and media outlets it may not always work but it adds pressure and that is all we have in a representative form of govt like we have, what with incumbents and Lordly Senatorial Tradition, IMO it is more important than evah to give feedback to your legislators local state and federal…despite the see no evil hear no evil speak no evil ‘tude of some Obots…….

if they didnt want to live by these staandards on lobbying relationships they shouldnt have made it the centerpiece of their campaign, live by the CHANGE .tm, die by the CHANGE, tm

Hey this really harshes the buzz for the one on one interviews Obama is giving to news anchors tonight to push the stimulus huh?

IMO it is damn impressive after last night’s marker they laid down, when Rockefeller, Kerry and assorted DEMS stood with Daschle at that lecturn saying the idea of health care without Daschle was ‘inconceivable’, what a difference a day makes…

I feel like Braveheart, LOL!!! This was a good victory to throw to the people by T.O. (Team Obama), I feel less wild eyed and bushy tailed about the stimulus right now..and more like getting my w2s and 1099s together to drop off at my accountant, it IS tax time starting after all…aww the pundits are SO UPSET, oh noes, wahhhh wahhhhh, BWAAAAHAAAAA!!!!

I guess the 55 page vetting questionairre missed some things, lol

okay now who can we get, NOT HOWARD DEAN, SURELY there is someone who is as qualified for this as our Hillary was before she was pushed aside by Daschle and Reid and denied any chance to work on this issue, she is working on a global level to help people get access to health care, now who can we get to help Americans get access?

DONNA SHALALA? I lurvs her…

PostScript, I have been on the warpath on Daschle, but let me say I have worked in health insurance my whole life and I have fought for UHC since 92, but Daschle was IMO a huge obstruction to the Universal mandate and Baucus felt the same way, and he should know he is drafting legislation..

the thing that really did it for me aside form the basic policy argument which is foremost;, was the interview Daschle gave Politico a few weeks ago in which they lauded his wonderful approach to health care which he and his staff described as the ABCs, Anything But Clinton.

That makes me mad enough to spit. and the CAPPER he goes to the hearing sits down and thanks BOB DOLE who is not there, BOB DOLE who blocked UHC. arrrrgggglle DASCHLES INCOMPETENCE AND COZYING UP TO DOLE and the OBSTRUCTION OF DEMS LIKE BOB KERREY KILLED UHC…and I wasn’t there but don’t tell me those Congressmen didn’t get INCREDIBLY PISSED AND ARROGANT with the VERY IDEA that a FIRST LADY was going to run policy and tell them what would be in the bill..yeah that had a LOT to do with it I am sure…..I remember the environment in the media and more in DC via the media filter then VERRRY well, it was verrry anti Hillary, they didn’t think she was classy enough, her dinner parties were too redneck, she thought she was something with her WORK in LAW, she was ‘abrasive, assertive, aggressive’ (the nicest words they used), in other words she wasn’t the old model for First Ladies…okay now I’m going all primary mode ..someone get me off this crazy segway!!!

yeah we could have done it differently,as Gibby would say,  “nobody’s perfect” BWAAAHAAAA! anyway, my Clintons (yes they are mine but I share them with America and the world) approached it as they had at the state level..but anyway Hillary has done more to promote UHC than Daschle has had free rides in limos, m’kay?

So now that the backstabbing-universal-mandate -blocking-limo-ride-taking-international -lobbying-tax-evading Hillary-bashing pinhead is gone, let’s move forward :0)/rationalization rant off

February 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Healthcare, Hillary Clinton, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Another Obama Nominee withdraws due to Tax Troubles…sadly it isn’t Daschle..(yet)

Oh this is just too much..hey Ice Miser even looks like Daschle wot?  He’s Mr Tax Miser…..he earns too much….

(The Original Miser Brothers, Courtesy of Giulibear)

Tapper has it again:

The informal battle between members of the Obama Administration and the Taxman resulted in a casualty Tuesday, with news that President Obama’s nominee to be chief performance officer, Nancy Killefer, will withdraw her nomination following the revelation that she had a $946.69 lien on her property in 2005 for failure to pay taxes.

Killefer, who was announced to much fanfare by President Obama on Jan. 7 to serve in the new position to make the U.S. government “more effective, more efficient, and more transparent,” is the third high-level Obama Administration official whose failure to pay taxes in recent years was disclosed in the past month.

To be PERFECTLY CLEAR, Nancy owed less than $1000.00 and withdrew, Daschle owed over $100,000 and has not withdrawn, and Team Obama says they still back him…

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It could not be more clear that Daschle is getting the Royal Treatment from his fellow Lordlings in the Senate…

…wake up and smell the frustration and simmering anger in the country Senators, Daschle needs to STEP DOWN….

This just adds another layer of hypocrisy to it, that the woman who wasnt a former Senator is out for less than 1/100th of the tax evasion Daschle pulled….

February 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Entertainment, Fantasy, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

UPDATE 5 Newspapers want him out!!NYT Calls for the Tactless and ‘Taxless’ Tom Daschle to Withdraw…

WooHoo!!! Get the lobbyist OUT!!!!! Fox says 5 major newspapers now calling for Daschle to withdraw!

(They couldn’t find a way to put the blame on HRC for the first time in 2 years over at the Times, heh)

Tom is IMO Tactless b/c he should just withdraw his name, he is hurting UHC and the Administration he purports to support AND his rushed ‘apology’ in front of cameras yesterday (where he wouldn’t take questions) failed to include the UNDECLARED INCOME OF over $80,000, (he apologized for misunderstanding the need to declare the car and driver as if that were the only issue….)

Well coincidentally (NOT!) for the first time in 2 yrs I agree with the NYT OpEd (do I need a vaccine of some sort?!) , lol, via Ed @ HA:

NYT OpEd (kooties blocked for your safety):

…new facts have come to light — involving his failure to pay substantial taxes that were owed and his sizable income from health-related companies while he worked in the private sector — that call into question his suitability for the job. We believe that Mr. Daschle ought to step aside and let the president choose a less-blemished successor.

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But Mr. Daschle is one oversight case too many. The American tax system depends heavily on voluntary compliance. It would send a terrible message to the public if we ignore the failure of yet another high-level nominee to comply with the tax laws.

Gee ya think?

…hundreds of thousands of dollars for speeches to interest groups, including those representing health insurance plans, medical equipment distributors and pharmacy boards.

Although Mr. Daschle was not a registered lobbyist, he offered policy advice to the UnitedHealth Group, a huge insurance conglomerate. He was also a trustee of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, on whose behalf he voiced opposition to a federal loan for a freight rail line near the clinic’s headquarters in Rochester, Minn. The loan was subsequently denied by the Federal Railroad Administration.

Mr. Daschle is another in a long line of politicians who move cozily between government and industry. We don’t know that his industry ties would influence his judgments on health issues, but they could potentially throw a cloud over health care reform. Mr. Daschle could clear the atmosphere by withdrawing his name….

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February 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Film, Healthcare, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Do You Really Want Sally Jesse Raphael Administering your Health Care Policy??

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Call the Senate and tell them to just say no to Duke Daschle and his Lovely Lobbying Linda…..

And those eyeglasses are a nifty $490.00 at discount, Lafont’s Providence from 2006, just sayin’ lots of talk about Palins wardrobe and all…

PS Will Linda Daschle provide DISCLOSURES to the ETHICS CMTE MONTHLY like Big Dawg? She lobbies pretty hard…

and how the hell can Daschle recuse himself from decisions involving the people he received 200,000 from at the Cabinet level? that is what Gibbs said would happen if there were a conflict at today’s presser…

It can’t be done, he would have to make NO decisions about pharmaceuticals for example..hardly likely..

PRESSER AND HE ANSWERED NO QUESTIONS!!!!!

February 2, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. 2 comments.

Obama & Daschle Go Country….

Obama:

Daschle:

Just Say No!!!!

CALL YOUR SENATOR: 202-224-3121.

February 2, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Entertainment, Healthcare, Music, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Pay to Play in the UK & Our Lordly Senators Prepare to give ‘Duke Daschle’ a Pass…

From MM:

Ask the Bend Over Republicans who pooh-poohed Tim Geithner’s tax goofs where they will stand:

Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Ensign (R-NV)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Voinovich (R-OH)

202-224-3121.

From HA comments:

“Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ” Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.

Keemo on February 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM

From the Telegraph:

Lord Truscott is one of four peers said to have offered to help reporters posing as lobbyists for a fictitious Chinese retail firm which wanted to amend a forthcoming law on business rates before setting up in the UK.

During a meeting in a London hotel, Lord Truscott was asked about the procedure for amending a law passing through parliament. He said: “It is… identifying people and obviously following and identifying people to… meeting people, talking with people to facilitate the amendment and making sure the thing is granted.

You see Blago was following the vaunted European Model of the Peerage……but instead of:

‘to facilitate…make sure its granted’  Blago said  ‘the bill is almost signed where’s my fxxxing money?!’

Maybe he should have been all cash up front? Is that a lesson on “How to Sell Legislation for Fun and Profit” that the American politicans missed?

Shall we arrange for an EduLoan jet to fly Daschle over there to get the lesson and bring his new knowledge home? Then we can save time and maybe get a SINGLE thing done for the people. Or is Tom still going to be too busy pushing private student loan lenders up the list or whatever the frak he did for them prior to this meltdown (cause student loans are the next thing to go)…

But don’t fret about Tom, cause he IS a PEER as our crooked pols view it:

“If this were anyone else, I don’t think there would be any question that [the nomination] would not make it out of the committee,” said a top Senate GOP aide, referring to Daschle’s 18 years of Senate service, including stints as both majority and minority leader. “But he’s a former majority leader, which means a lot to these guys.”

Notice that is a GOP aide, they won’t roll on one of their own -fellow Senators regardless of political stripe, eh??

And you think the American people are okay with this after the lectures about responsibility and shame for CEOs and years of mutual sacrifice going forward?

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And this is the SECOND tax evader you put forward to run policy for our country? Cause he is a ‘friend’ aka supporter who pulled strings to get The One where he needed to be, Daschle opened the doors to the Golden Kingdom…our Treasury of our tax dollars..

People to Team Obama: That is as “Old Style” Politics as it Gets baby

You are coming after our children’s earnings and you want to give this millionaire a pass on his taxes so he can be in a position to make more money off our health?virtue11I call BS..Seems I am having to do that an awful lot for 11 days in office..

See since he was once the LEADER of the Senate Majority, he gets a pass. WTF is that? No No No. Make the calls to your Congress Critters maybe they can frakin PRETEND to give a good G-Damn about the people and equity under the system…

CALL YOUR SENATORS HERE

Cause we do NOT want this guy setting our health care policy, he CLEARLY is untrustworthy. I am sure it will go down just as Lord FancyPants here describes:

“I know some of the MPs and I know all the Tories in the Lords so I have no problem with approaching them, I mean, I think as I said it might be worth having the first bite of the cherry in the Commons… then I think the other thing is identifying who to… who can be approached to put forward amendments at various stages and maybe other bodies to contact. ”

“That comes down to… I think that will be a bit of a mix. You talking to some people, me talking to some people, sometimes both of us talking to people together, to put something through. And also there will probably be a different style maybe in the Commons and in the Lords.

See no wonder there were so many hours of tape with Blago, it takes a lot of calls and a lot of payoffs, these crooked rat frakkers…Blago’s style was more fit for the House of ‘Commons’ I betcha. Unfrakinbelievable all over the damn place…

Daschle evades taxes, Geithner the same. Lobbyists are all over the place even in the Cabinet posts themselves, Conyers wife took a bribe and he is heading the Judiciary Cmte in the House, yet Blago is out in the cold. No wonder he’s pixxed.

Only One Duke gets my attention and in fact an ovation and that’s the Duke of Earl, and you Tom Daschle,  are NO Duke of Earl

more about “Pay to Play in the UK “, posted with vodpod

February 2, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Doo Wop, Economy, Entertainment, Motown, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

PEBO to talk Health Care, Hillary gets the Last Laugh…

As PEBO gets ready to talk health care and announce Daschle for HHS Secretary (10 mins to LIVE coverage); it is useful to review Hillary’s plan for universal coverage and cost-savings. I am hopeful they use this as a template. If we don’t start with a universal mandate we will not get there, and Max Baucus – D-MT, Chairman of the Senate Finance Cmte said this himself at a presser a few weeks ago, laying down his chips..

Ezra Klein spoke to Baucus at the convention about the mandate issue:

MB: Universal coverage, that’s one. Every American has health insurance.

EK: When you say universal coverage, do you mean universal access to coverage or literally ever American is guaranteed, either they have to get through an individual mandate or the government says you’ll have it or…?

MB: More than access. It’s there, it’s there. I’m not sure exactly what it is.

EK: So you need to take it a step further than the Obama campaign?

MB: Well I wouldn’t phrase it that way. He has an individual mandate for children, he doesn’t for others, but I don’t see how you can get meaningful universal coverage without a mandate. It’s pretty hard to get universal coverage without a mandate. You need the large pool to deal with preexisting conditions. It’s very hard to get to meaningful universal coverage without a mandate.

Yes Max it certainly is, and that is why millions of us supported Hillary and found this a STARK contrast in the Obama and Clinton plans…

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Here is Baucus’ plan on his website which has a banner calling for action, he is serious about the mandate, hooray!:

…A CALL TO ACTION . . .

It is the duty of the next President and the next Congress to reform America’s health care system. In 2009, Congress must take up and act on meaningful health reform legislation that achieves universal coverage while also addressing the underlying problems in our health system. The urgency of this task has become undeniable….

The white paper from Baucus is 98 pages long and the pdf can be found here.

“Once affordable, high-quality, and meaningful health insurance options are available to all Americans through their employers or through the Exchange, individuals would have a responsibility to have health coverage. This step is necessary for insurance market reforms to function properly and to end the cost shifting that occurs within the system. It is expected that the vast majority of American employers would continue to provide coverage as a competitive benefit to attract employees. Except for small firms, employers that choose otherwise must contribute to a fund that would help cover those who remain uninsured.”

PEBO and Daschle seem to be ahead of the pundits talking down the health care plan and have prepared for duel fronts of action, WSJ, which has had an ongoing editorial page battle with Baucus about their coverage of his plans, reports:

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle is being named to duel posts this morning: secretary of health and human services, and head of a new White House office on health reform, giving him a prominent perch for a major push for health care legislation. For Daschle, the double duty is meant to avoid the scenario that unfolded in the Clinton administration, where the White House took the lead on health reform and left Donna Shalala, who was HHS secretary, largely on the sidelines.

Many of the groups that fought Hillary’s plan in 93 are now on board much to the chagrin of the WSJ Editorial Page:

…They may succeed, which is no surprise given that many corporations would be only too happy to dump their health liabilities on the government. The “Divided We Fail” coalition, which advocates “universal” coverage, includes not only usual suspects like unions and AARP but also the Business Roundtable and the National Federation of Independent Business, the small-business lobby that led the charge against HillaryCare…..

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…This mentality is nicely captured by Tom Daschle, the former Senate Majority Leader who Barack Obama has tapped to run Health and Human Services. “I think that ideological differences and disputes over policy weren’t really to blame,” he writes of 1994 in his book “Critical,” published earlier this year. Despite “a general agreement on basic reform principles,” the Clintons botched the political timing by focusing on the budget, trade and other priorities before HillaryCare.

President-elect Obama will not make the same mistake. Congressional Democrats are already deep into the legislative weeds, while Mr. Daschle is organizing the interest groups and a grassroots lobbying effort. Mr. Obama may be gesturing at a more centrist direction in economics and national security, but health care is where he seems bent on pleasing the political left….

Hillary’s plan (see after the jump)  sounds just like Baucus’ plan, methinks our Hillary has had the last laugh, PEBO will have to fight Baucus to keep out the mandate he fought through the primary..and I could not be happier..

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Hillary’s plan as presented at George Washington University in May of 2007:

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December 11, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Center for American Progress, Economy, Foreclosures, Healthcare, Hillary Clinton, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Wall St. 5 comments.

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