Doesn’t look like much change to this Vail Valley resident |

Doesn’t look like much change to this Vail Valley resident

Andrew Erler
Vail, CO, Colorado

While watching Timothy Geithner speak before Congress on Tuesday, I had what seemed at the time like a strange thought. The thought is this: How can we, as Americans, have confidence in Mr. Geithner to be an effective secretary of the treasury if he was not capable of paying his own taxes?

Should we not hold our elected and appointed government officials to a higher standard? Or even, should we not hold our government officials to the same standard to which they hold us?

These questions bring to mind another question, one which has been highly debated for over a year. President Obama won the election with the slogan of “change.” My question now is, what type of “change” are we getting? So far, the only visible, proven change Obama has given us has been the nominations of two men for Cabinet positions who did not pay their taxes.

One of those men is now the secretary of the treasury. The other, former Sen. Tom Daschle, helped write and change the very tax laws he “forgot about,” or “didn’t understand” when he went into the private sector.

So far, the only “change” I’ve seen is that the president feels comfortable in nominating people for Cabinet positions who cannot follow the exact same laws that over 200 million Americans follow every year.

I think true “change,” if that is what President Obama really is after, would have been to hold someone like Timothy Geithner fully responsible for his actions, with part of the punishment being his complete separation from the government. Change would have been President Obama going public and asking for the SEC, in conjunction with the FBI (if necessary), to investigate and prosecute Tom Daschle to the full extent of the law.

Change would have been showing America that public servants are just that: public servants, and that they are held to a higher standard than the rest of the country.

Then again, that would have been to much to ask for, as we all know that no politician, especially those who become president, will ever actually take action against another public servant unless their head is also on the table.

I think its time we all take a good look at who we are electing to serve us: Do we really want the same senators and representatives who helped get us into this financial mess trying to get us out of it? Do we really want presidents who count upon and lean on those senators and representatives?

As Thomas Jefferson once said, “Every generation should have a revolution.” Has not the corruption in Washington gotten bad enough, when a president will nominate men who cannot even pay their taxes, for one of our own? Who knows, we may end up with another George Washington or Benjamin Franklin, in place of the current crop.

Andrew Erler


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