American Elephants

Just the facts. No comment. by The Elephant's Child
February 3, 2009, 11:56 pm
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Economy, Health Care, Progressivism, Taxes | Tags: ,

Tom Daschle failed to disclose and pay taxes on some $255,000 of income for a car and driver supplied to him for personal use. Mr. Daschle earned more than $5 million over the past two years, including $220,000 from the health-care industry that he had been nominated to regulate. The Senate has raised some concerns about trips on a corporate jet belonging to EduCap, which is under investigation as well.  Mr. Daschle has been a lobbyist for the health-care industry, and his wife is a lobbyist for the aviation industry.

Mr. Daschle has removed himself from consideration as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Bill Richardson withdrew from consideration as Secretary of Commerce.

Nancy Killifer, Obama’s choice for “Performance Czar” has also withdrawn, with tax problems regarding nannies.

Tim Geithner has much publicized tax problems involving 5 years of unpaid taxes and illegal deductions, but sailed through confirmation as Secretary of the Treasury— the head of the IRS.

Hilda Solis, nominee for Secretary of Labor has declined to answer all sorts of questions about her position on basic labor issues.  Solis is listed on the website of a pro-labor group called American Rights at Work as a member of the  board of directors and she served as Treasurer of the group from 2004 to 2007.  There are questions if someone who is active in attempting to pass pro-labor legislation can effectively regulate labor issues.

Obama said during the campaign that there were too many lobbyists in Washington D.C.. There are apparently seventeen lobbyists nominated to his administration.

Sally Called, She Wants them Back by Emerald City Elephant
February 3, 2009, 5:52 pm
Filed under: Humor, Liberalism, News of the Weird, Politics | Tags: ,


Talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael and tax-cheat Tom Daschle. …I’m just sayin. Write your own captions.

Holy Hyperventilating Hissy-Fits, Batjerk! by American Elephant
February 3, 2009, 5:08 am
Filed under: Entertainment, Movies, Pop Culture | Tags:

Warning: contains loads of language not suitable for children, work or delicate ears:

Am I going to think twice about seeing a movie by a guy that treats people this way? You bet. Bale should be made to publicly grovel before that poor man.

(h/t Hot Air)

Addendum by American Elephant
February 3, 2009, 5:01 am
Filed under: Military, News, Politics, Terrorism | Tags:

I posted last Saturday about a report by FOX News that Obama was calling for a 10% cut to national defense spending.

Congressional Quarterly is now reporting that Obama has given the pentagon a $527 billion upper limit on spending, which, if correct, would mean up to an 8% increase in spending. We’ll have to wait and see what the final story is, but for now, just as I was willing to criticize him for slashing the defense budget, I will also praise him for doing the right thing if he does increase it.

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