Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Okay...as a Nurse I was really hoping that Obama would choose Someone really strong and smart to deal with Our Health Care Mess....Someone that understands HOW bad it is, that this is a Dire Situation.....Now after watching some of the hearings and listening to some of the testimony and also reading that he had PAID speaking engagements with healthcare companies....I had some concerns.....My concerns a week ago were that he was too closely aligned and perhaps connected to healthcare companies. But I was going to hold judgement and finish reading his book,because I am just a nurse, and I am sure that Obama's folks vetted him.....right ? No, not right......
So Now here we are a week later...and it turns out that no, that was only half the story....Daschle had Tax issues, over $100,000 worth of tax issues. ( Which kind of confuses me- don't people like Dascle have like Fancy H&R Block people go through their taxes with a fine toothed comb ? and wouldn't they see a "Limo with Driver" as a bit of a problem "Gift" ??? and on another level, I am still really confused WHO "gave " him the car and the driver ? Was it a healthcare company ? ) So on another level, if Daschle knew that Obama would want him on board, wouldn't he spend extra time getting his "house" in order ? See poor person that I am, I would have been spending all last summer, tidying and dotting my "I"s and P's and Q's and being meticulous, so as not to cause the New President Problems.....
And then on another level I think I do Not understand DC, or the Politics there...at all.....it's kind of like when we found out that Edwards was Embedding the Videographer....I am confused, do they have a different set of rules and morals than the rest of us ? Do they have a different code ? And if there is such a code, could we see it ? Because I really want to believe again that People In Charge have Values and Ethics.....But I wish Obama luck finding enough people....good people.
(( Maybe he needs more poor people like me....because I may be poor, but I got my values...my code...and hell as one of the 49 million without insurance, I really do care about our Damned Broken Healthcare Mess.... ))
(( Robert Reich has a great post about this linked to the title...))