Update: Geithner accepted payment from the IMF as restitution for taxes that he had not, in fact, paid. Full story HERE.
Gays, Geithner, and Gender became focal points for hypocrisy watchers immediately after Hillary Clinton showed she is a “smart power”.
Hillary Clinton yesterday showed the world what an experienced and qualified American president would look like and the Gallup poll announced her approval rating to be 65%.
Even with all her experience, qualifications and popularity, if Hillary had a “nanny issue”, like Geithner did yesterday, her confirmation would be dead. The Geithner story grabbed the headlines but no one noticed that Geithner is a man and that is why the “nanny issue” won’t be a problem for him (see below for more on this sexism and misogyny).
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Obama pal Rick Warren who mobilized his Saddleback Church to support a gay marriage ban in California, will be provided a worldwide forum by Barack Obama next week. Hypocrite Rick Warren joins other Obama supported homophobes who have been rewarded by Barack Obama for their hate even as they pretend to abhor hate.
Rick Warren has been busy. Rick Warren is secretly, through private letters, helping the anti-gay “dissident” factions of the Episcopalian Church.
“We stand in solidarity with them, and with all orthodox, evangelical Anglicans. I offer the campus of Saddleback Church to any Anglican congregation who need a place to meet, or if you want to plant a new congregation in south Orange County,” Warren reportedly wrote recently in a letter.
In the private letters Warren writes of his partnerships with anti-gay African Episcopalians, particularly Benjamin Nzimbi of Obama birthplace – Kenya.
The edited excerpt of Warren’s letter claims that he is on “[Diocese of New Hampshire] Gene Robinson and other’s attack list for my position on gay marriage.” Warren was a prominent supporter of California’s Proposition 8, which was passed last November and banned same-gender marriage in the state.
Robinson told ENS January 12 it was inappropriate for President-elect Barack Obama to invite Warren to deliver the invocation at the January 20 swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol because it would give high prominence at to a person whose views about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people “are pretty awful.” Warren has equated gay relationships to incest and child abuse.
Meanwhile documents continue to emerge documenting that Obama can’t be trusted.
Remember all those high-minded flowery words from Obama about why he cannot support gay marriage because of his high falutin’ supposed Christian ideals? It appears that in 1996 when it suited his advancement, when his constituency was socially liberal, Obama signed off in favor of… gay marriage.
In a 1996 questionnaire filled out for a Chicago gay and lesbian newspaper, then called Outlines, Obama came out clearly in favor of same-sex marriage, which he has opposed on the public record throughout his short career in national politics.
“I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages,” Obama wrote in the typed, signed, statement. [snip]
On another questionnaire the same year, Obama said he would support a resolution in support of same-sex marriage.
The editor of the Windy City Times, a successor of Outlines, Tracy Baim, said she hadn’t deliberately held onto the news until after Obama’s election. Baim, who had been the editor of Outlines at the time, said that just before the election, she ran across the old Outline story saying Obama backed same-sex marriage, but only dug his forgotten questionaire out of an old box this week, having assumed that she’d lost it.
Gay-Americans must know that they are under the bus while Rick Warren is on the bus. Obama can’t be trusted.
During the presidential campaign Obama said:
“I’m a Christian. And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.”
Obama proclaimed himself a Christian when it was convenient and for his self-advancement. Obama was pro-gay-marriage when it was convenient and for his self-advancement. Obama was/is anti-gay-marriage when it is convenient and for his self-advancement. Repeat and repeat: Obama can’t be trusted… he simply can’t be trusted by friend nor foe.
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The Geithner issue is tied to the issue of Gender. By now the basic facts are somewhat well known when it comes to the tax issues facing Geithner.
Democratic senators have gathered in an emergency meeting discussing the fate of Treasury nominee Timothy Geithner, who is under scrutiny after a report that he did not pay payroll taxes for his housekeeper.
Sen. Charles Grassley has raised questions about the immigration status the housekeeper, and also questioning why Geithner did not pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, The Wall Street Journal first reported this afternoon.
Two issues have emerged for Geithner in his confirmation: First, while working for the International Monetary Fund in the early 2000s, Geithner failed to fully pay his withholding taxes. Second, an immigrant who was working for Geithner during 2004-05 had her work authorization expire before she left Geithner’s employment.
Geithner was audited in 2006, and it was revealed that he had not paid all his withholding taxes while working at the IMF during 2003-04. Obama transition officials blame the IMF for that issue. Geithner then paid those back taxes plus interest.
But as Geithner was being vetted for the Treasury post, Obama transition officials also realized that he had also failed to pay all his withholding taxes for his housekeeper from 2001-02. Although he was not legally required to, Geithner paid those back taxes as well, according to a transition official.
Allegations about illegal immigrant domestic staff and failure to pay payroll taxes have killed cabinet nominations in the past, so the Obama transition team has quickly gone into damage control, releasing this statement:
The nanny issue has killed nominees to cabinet positions before – but they were women nominees. If you are a woman the “nanny issue” will kill you. If you are a man, the “nanny issue” is NOT a problem.
The sexism and misogyny in our society is so entrenched that no other commentator (we here at Big Pink are singular) has noticed that disparity. Women, will be held to account on the “nanny issue” while men will not be held to account.
Geithner, who will run the IRS if confirmed, also did not pay his taxes even after he was audited and the lack of payment was brought to his attention. The Obama vetters apparently did not have a problem with a Treasury Secretary who does not pay his taxes, even after an audit. Obama knew about Geithner’s problems for more than six weeks. And, because Geithner is a man, the Obama vetters did not care about the “nanny issue“.
Geithner who will run the IRS apparently did not notice that FICA taxes were not being taken from his paychecks. Geithner also did not possess the common knowledge among the self-employed that you are responsible for paying all the taxes required by the government. Even when alerted by the IRS audit, Geithner did not put two and two together and realize he had other taxes to pay – until he was vetted for the job of Treasury Secretary. Keeping track of details like taxes is such hard work.
The Treasury Secretary wannabee must not have an accountant who saw the problem at the time either. Americans who “forget” to pay their taxes will not have as forgiving an IRS as Mr. Geithner.
Women with “nanny issues” are not forgiven quite so easily. Clinton nominee Zoe Baird was forced to withdraw her name from consideration after the disclosure she had not paid Social Security taxes for a housekeeper, an illegal immigrant.
George W. Bush nominee Linda Chavez stepped aside as the nominee for labor secretary after it was disclosed that she had given money and shelter to an illegal immigrant who once did chores around her house.
The male exception which is not really an exception to the rule is Bernie Kerik. Mr. Kerick was nominated to run the very important Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Kerick was in trouble from the very beginning:
But others questioned whether Kerik had the management experience to continue the nearly 2-year-long effort to meld the Homeland Security Department’s sprawling bureaucracy, made up of more than 180,000 employees from 22 federal agencies.
Democrats also were focusing on Kerik’s recent windfall, which he made by exercising stock options in a stun gun company that does business with the Department of Homeland Security.
When Bernie Kerick developed a “nanny issue” that was the final straw for his withdrawal. Kaus called the Kerick “nanny issue” The Magic Nanny Excuse. Kaus wrote about Kerik:
Is “I have a nanny problem” the new resignation smokescreen of choice, replacing “I want to spend more time with my family”? The latter phrase has become such an implausible cliche it’s lost all utility–it’s practically a red flag signalling “I have a big problem I’m not telling you about.”
Kerik also had problems such as extramarital affairs (some trysts took place in offices intended to oversee the World Trade Center reconstruction) and well as ties to a construction company with alleged mob connections. Kerick, if appointed to head the Homeland Security Department would have been in charge of the Immigration Department too.
Kerick with alleged mob ties, “nanny issues”, extramarital tyrsts in politically incorrect ground zero is a man so the “nanny issue” was an excuse, not the sole reason for his firing.
Clinton nominee Kimba Wood had a “nanny issue” too and met the same fate as Zoe Baird. Kimba Wood, of course, was a woman. The “nanny issue” is sufficent to kill the appointment – for a woman.
The “clueless comment” award of the year goes to Hillary Hater Roger Simon of Politico. During the primaries Simon was incensed that Hillary would not be a good girl and get out of the race even as she kept on winning by 40% margins.
Simon is clueless but even he sees the disparity in how race is considered seriously while gender issues are dismissed out of hand.
How come Roland Burris has had such an easy time getting to the U.S. Senate while Caroline Kennedy has had such a hard time?
Could it be that the race card trumps the gender card in U.S. politics?
Well, yes. It could be.
Once supporters of Roland Burris made his appointment to the Senate all about race, the deal was done, though it took a few days for Senate leaders to wake up to the fact.
At a news conference in Springfield, Ill., Rep. Bobby Rush, who represents a district on the South Side of Chicago, said that the mere criticizing of Burris was akin to lynching.
Rush then went on to say: “I don’t think that anyone, any U.S. senator who is sitting right now, would want to go on record to deny one African-American from being seated in the U.S. Senate. I don’t think they want to go on record doing that.”
After Burris was turned away from the Senate when he tried to get seated last week, Rush went on “Hardball” and told Chris Matthews, “It reminded me of the dogs being sicced on children in Birmingham, Ala. That’s what it reminded me of.”
And that was that.
Simon correctly notes that the Dimocrats who swore up and down they would never seat Burris, are now seating Burris on Thursday morning. Simon says, They were not going to try to stand up to the race card. Simon either because of a lack of intelligence, but more likely due to a lack of courage does not make the connection that Obama race-baited his way to the Democratic nomination and that Burris was following in Obama’s race-baiting footsteps.
Simon then discusses gender in a not very intelligent way:
What about gender, however? Supporters of Hillary Clinton observed repeatedly during her presidential campaign that black men in America were legally given the vote before women were. Their point was that women were also an oppressed class and that the gender card was legitimate.
Though it hasn’t seemed to help Caroline Kennedy much. Here is a woman who is a lawyer and an author and who has a fine record of public service and is not tainted in the least.
Hillary supporters did not play the “gender card” during the primaries. We noted that Big Media was biased against Hillary and very much for Obama. We also noted that the Obama race-baiting tactics were excused and buttressed by Big Media while charges of sexism and misogyny were ignored and even mocked. Only after the campaign did sexism-deniers like Howard Dean admit we were right.
Simon also does not understand that Caroline Kennedy is seeking an appointment to the U.S. Senate and has said if she does not get the appointment she will not run for the office in 2010 in an election. Apparently Caroline wants the Senate office handed to her but is not willing to go to the voters – like Hillary did.
Simon then asks a series of questions for Roland Burris which he does not bother to ask of Caroline Kennedy:
Where does Roland Burris stand on the fighting in Gaza?
Where does he stand on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?
How does he feel about Obama’s financial bailout plan?
In fact, where does Burris stand on any major issue?
Who knows? Let’s just seat the guy and get it over with!
Roland Burris has run for elective office many times and has spoken about the issues for decades. Not so with Caroline. Simon says this stupidity:
Caroline Kennedy got asked serious questions about serious issues, and some thought her answers were vague and inarticulate. Fair enough.
But how come she got asked them and Roland Burris did not?
In the end, Caroline Kennedy may get appointed to the Senate. But if she is, it won’t be because her supporters played the gender card.
And that’s because there is no such card to play.
Simon is right, there is no gender card to play. There is no gender card to play because men (and women) like Simon don’t take the issues of sexism and misogyny seriously.
Gay-Americans and Women-Americans are under the Obama bus. Rick Warren and Tim Geithner will be on board with Obama laughing.