Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Where To Begin?

Where do I begin today? Well, obviously the loss of a truly critical person in the Obama cabinet. It looked like Tom Daschle was going to weather the storm of the news of his failure to pay taxes on free transportation that he received for years. $146,000 in taxes over a 3-year period.

But in the end, it just wasn't going to work.

This is a huge loss despite what Republicans are going to say about the seriousness of the offense.

Tom Daschle, a former Senate Majority Leader, would have wielded serious amount of influence in the Senate, and would have been just the right person to spearhead our country’s final trip down the road to the sanity of universal health care.

Daschle, author of the recently published encyclopedia on how America can transition to a system of universal health care, was uniquely qualified to spearhead this effort.

But with the double trouble that came this morning by the New York Times editorial demanding that he step aside, and with the new revelation that Obama nominee for chief performance officer, Nancy Killifer, had failed to pay $946 in unemployment tax, and was stepping down from her nomination, the inertia was too much to overcome.

If Killifer was going to step aside for failure to pay $946, how was Daschle going to survive not stepping aside for failure to pay a sum that was 15,000% higher?

So it’s our loss. Universal health care has suffered a huge setback.

I’m sure the right wingers who were screaming socialized medicine are toasting each other many times today.

Hopefully they won’t contract Cirrhoses of the liver.

Then there’s the news that in the vote to confirm Eric Holder as the first African-American to be appointed United States Attorney General, Texas voted No.


Yes, both Texas Republican senators voted no with 19 of their colleagues, while 19 Republicans joined the Democratic majority and voted aye.

I continue to be amazed at how polarized the Republican Party has become.

But finally, something came in the email this morning that I simply must share. I have to edit out some of the content to maintain my PG rating, but you’ll get the idea anyway.

Apparently Ben and Jerry have a new flavor of ice cream that they have named honoring Barack Obama’s presidency.

They call it “Yes Pecan.”

The email went on to say that there is a competition to come up with another ice cream flavor, honoring the departure of George Bush. Here is the very slightly edited list of submissions:

  1. Grape Depression
  2. The Housing Crunch
  3. Abu Grape
  4. Cluster Fudge
  5. Nut'n Accomplished
  6. Good Riddance You Lousy Mother%#$*@r... Swirl
  7. Iraqi Road
  8. Chock 'n Awe
  9. WireTapioca
  10. Impeach Cobbler
  11. Guantanmallow
  12. imPeachmint
  13. Heck of a Job, Brownie!
  14. Neocon Politan
  15. RockyRoad to Fascism
  16. The Reese's-cession
  17. Cookie D'oh!
  18. Nougalar Proliferation
  19. Death by Chocolate... and Torture
  20. Freedom Vanilla Ice Cream
  21. Chocolate Chip On My Shoulder
  22. Credit Crunch
  23. Mission Pecanplished
  24. Country Pumpkin
  25. Chunky Monkey in Chief
  26. WMDelicious
  27. Chocolate Chimp
  28. Bloody Sundae
  29. Caramel Preemptive Stripe
  30. I broke the law and am responsible for the deaths of thousands...with nuts
I tried, and I can’t pick a favorite.


Anonymous said...

So Hal, did you think Tom Daschle should have stepped down because of his tax situation?

Anonymous said...

Did you catch this Hal


Anonymous said...

An1, I think if you examined most senior party officials from both parties you will find similar practices. Why not flush the Washington toilet and start completely anew.