She shakes her head whenever she gets excited or to imitate us.
Nate doesn't agree, but I'm sure she said her first word: Dada!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
The ApologySorry Mr. Geithner. It’s not your fault. There, I said it.
It’s not him I hate. I couldn’t care less about him and his $34,000, and he probably had nothing to do with Sen. Daschle’s demise. I needed a way to vent, and he provided a nice punching bag. Upon further reflection, I am ultimately extremely disappointed with Daschle for not living up to the dream of health care reform delivered in the absence of drama. I agree with what many of you have said about why he HAD to step down, whether I wanted him to or not. There definitely is too much at stake to risk losing momentum—or more importantly, votes—over one person’s errors.
The Take-Home MessageI urge you to keep an open mind when approached in the next few months about health care reform. There are a million speculations about Daschle and his potential downfall from being one of the good guys. In the end, it doesn’t matter what you think of Daschle. That ship has sailed, and we all must carry on. In fact, it is ESSENTIAL we move forward because there are important decisions and changes to be made with regard to health care, and everyone must be ready to step across the aisle. Today I don’t want to get mired down in the details. I want you to know my #1 desire, no matter who carries it out, is that we STOP the health care spending spiral. As I said in my previous note, I believe the way to do this is to enact a Federal Health Board. If this task is accomplished within the 1st 100 days of the Obama honeymoon, then it doesn’t matter who the HHS Secretary is. The genius of this plan is that we will no longer rely on politicians to make decisions about our health care. Can you imagine if Congress set the interest rates? It’s absurd, preposterous, unfathomable!
I Have a DreamWhen the time comes, my second wish will be to fix the broken health insurance system. This issue is more complicated and is potentially inextricably linked with politics, but there are some ways to change the system in a way most of us can tolerate. Unless you’re a pharmaceutical co., health insurance co., or one of their lobbyists…but in that case, I don’t care what you think anyway, so it all works out.
PSIf you’re interested in learning more about the tax issue, you might read my tax attorney friend Ben’s informative comments on my last note, or you could send him a message. It appears we’re not getting the whole story, but then, we already knew that, didn’t we? Also, I’d like to clarify another point from my last note. My friend Arnold Bogis would like you all to know that despite what this restaurant called it, I really had a mojito in a martini glass, not a mojito martini. I have endured countless hours of eye-roll-inducing explanation over the years, but from what I can tell, the gist is that a martini includes gross things like olives and vermouth, whereas a mojito is a delicious concoction involving lime and mint. There, happy? Finally, I'd just like to ask to those high and mighty Republicans out there who are snubbing their noses at the Democrats: shall we look through the GOP Congressmen's tax records? Hmmmm? I didn't think so. The tax thing is clearly a big mess, but it's one that spans all sectors of Gov't. and all political parties.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don’t know when it’s through if you are a crook or a martyr. –Will Rogers
The DiscoveryFor those who don’t know, health care reform is my second baby, loved and cared for only slightly less than my real baby. So you can imagine how far my heart sunk when I heard the Daschle tax news on NPR at 6:30am and then the resignation news mid-day. I can barely write this now, both because I had a mojito martini tonight and because it’s too fresh in my mind. But I also had my first ill-fated frappachino after not drinking caffeine in almost 2 years, so I feel the energy and need to put the proverbial pen to cyber-paper about today’s events. I almost don’t know what I think. I reserve the right to feel differently tomorrow, and I may add to this note.
The History/ManifestoLast night on my flight to Orlando for a work trip, I was drafting an outline of my “executive summary” of Tom Daschle’s book about health care reform. I was going to present said summary to my office so that everyone would be in the loop about his great plans before they were enacted. And great his plans were. I’ll sum up the 240-page book in one sentence for those of us in Gen X/Y (or whatever the
The Thesis StatementSo on to why I hate Timothy Geithner. To be honest, like many Americans I didn’t even know who he was until he was nominated as treasury secretary. However, his measly $34,000 in unpaid taxes brought him on my radar screen. I’m not saying measly because I think taxes aren’t important—they are not measly, pay for important programs, and in most cases I think they should be raised. But I digress. I say measly because most of these guys make big bucks, and it’s easy to make mistakes with smaller sums of money. Plus, if you’ve heard the details of his mistake, it’s like “Say what? He didn’t pay what?” It’s annoyingly confusing and not at all juicy enough to make a real scam story. If you’ve noticed, it’s the Republicans who have juicy stories. But that was a cheap shot brought on by my sadness and mojito-filled brain, and I digress again.
There are 2 reasons I hate Geithner:
- Duh, if you’re going to be nominated as TREASURY secretary, be damned sure your tax record is clean. If they can look into it, so can you. Therefore, he’s a dumbass. Therefore, I hate him.
- I’m fairly sure the only reason Daschle had to step down is that Geithner’s “scam” paved the way for a magnified nomination process for the rest of the candidates. Need I say more? Hate him, hate him, hate him.
The DiscussionMy quickly-digested verdict over today’s events is the following: Daschle knew it wasn’t worth Obama’s presidency being tarnished this early in the game over his indiscretions. The stakes are too high, and so he threw himself under the bus. Again, I am NOT saying it’s not important to pay taxes. As a former member of the Senate Finance Committee, how could he be so careless? I agree with you. Hire a damned tax attorney you fool! But please read up on the missed taxes instead of just watching Fox News. C’mon, he miscalculated a car and driver. Big whup. AND, keep the big picture of how much in total taxes he was paying (he made over $5 million in book deals and other revenue) and how much of the $100k he paid today was probably penalties. Stupid? Yes! Worthy of his untimely demise? No. If you disagree with me and voted for Bush, I now permit you to explain to me why it’s ok for Bush to snort coke but not for Daschle to miscalculate his taxes…go ahead…I’m waiting. No? Ok then, case closed. On the other hand, if you did not vote for Bush, and you uphold extremely high standards by which all politicians may not lie, cheat, steal, or miscalculate taxes, then I bow to you as a better person (picture me bowing, I’m doing it right now).
The Tiniest ViolinI could write about how I cried when I found out one of my health mentors
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