When is a tax problem not a tax problem? Apparently, only if your name is Timothy Geithner and you’re going to be in charge of the IRS—the agency responsible for making sure the people pay their share.
However, try to head up the Health and Human Services Department and bring affordable healthcare to the masses and all of a sudden, your tax record is an issue. Exhibit A: Tom Daschle.
Create a new office, call it a Chief Performance Officer, and taxes matter. Exhibit B: Nancy Killefer.
What does our Chief Change Executive have to say about taxes?
President Barack Obama on Tuesday admitted he made a mistake in handling the nomination of Tom Daschle as his health and human services secretary, saying Daschle’s tax problems sent a message that the politically powerful are treated differently from average people. (Source: CNN)
Well, of course!
And Geithner’s appointment didn’t?
Clearly, there is a dichotomy here. If the nomination succeeds, great. If the nominee resigns, cry “Mea Culpa” to the media.
This is Change We Can Believe In?