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UPDATE: Democrats Eat Their Own

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UPDATE: Democrats know when they’re licked. After a NY Slimes editorial embarrassingly assesses their own risk, Tom Daschle resigns. Thank you to all who wrote their Congressperson to complain.

Mr. Daschle’s financial ties to major players in the health care industry may prove to be even more troublesome as health reform efforts proceed. Like many former power players in Washington, Mr. Daschle cashed in on his political savvy and influence to earn $5 million in recent years, including more than $2 million from Alston & Bird, a law and lobbying firm; more than $2 million from the private equity firm, InterMedia Advisors, which provided the car and driver; and 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.

Obama cabinet appointment Performance czar (Russian right?) Nancy Killifer also resigned, not only because she too didn’t pay taxes (must be a Democrat thing) but maybe because she knew she would not be able to successfully fulfill her position with all these tax cheaters and lobbyists that Obama said he wouldn’t be appointing?

You know Rush Limbaugh (on vacation this week) is laughing himself silly right now.

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Rumor-mongering in the night… Is Tom Daschle not in the running anymore?

On the condition of Anonymity a top Aide to President Obama stated, early this morning, that Tom Daschle will withdraw his name from nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Service.

Health and Human Services secretary Daschles tax issue continues to to expose themselves like an onion. Following President Obama’s nomination it was shortly reviled that Former Senator Daschle had some tax issues that caused to to quickly correct a tax violation, voluntarily paying $101,943 in back taxes plus interest. He quickly also amended his Tax forms for the years 2005 and 2007.

Would Obama do the right thing and pick someone who has such a integrity disability?

We’ll have to wait and see…

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Written by smalltalkwitht

February 3, 2009 at 3:00 pm

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