Thursday, January 22, 2009
They Float Above Us
When I was in high school, my classmates said I thought up dump things to argue about. I did not agree that I thought up dumb things to argue about, but I did think of things to argue. Here is one for today.
The nomination of Tim Geithner for Secretary of the Treasury and the nomination of Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State bothers me. I think President Obama knows smart people when he meets and works with them, but I do not like smart people that think they are above the law.
Forgetting to pay your taxes happens to lots of people, but they usually do not get asked to be Secretary of the Treasury. The Clintons have a foundation that does a lot of good work. The problem is that foreign donations to the foundation by wealthy foreign individuals on behalf of their country could create the appearance that our Federal Government is for sale, or at least that money can buy influence, or access to influence.
I know that the young boy that walked the streets of Indonesia and grew up to become our 44th President does not need any appearance of wrong doing in his administration. I just wish that he could have started with a clean slate. President Obama deserves no less.
I guess what bothers me about this is that in my life, I have met people that think the laws are for the masses, not them. They are smarter than 99% of the people so they are above the law. I have seen that attitude before. While we in the United States do not have royalty by birth, there is an attitude that there is a type of royalty by education, position or money.
I believe the Obama administration wants to level the playing field, but leveling the playing field needs to start with that 1% that thinks they are royalty and float above the law.