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Rock on, Obama

THIS is the kind of stuff we've been waiting for!

Making the process of suing over inequitable pay a bit more sane (the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act)
www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/29/obama.fair.pay/index.html

List of Obama's executive orders (you should bookmark this):
http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/2009-obama.html

Five so far, among them:
1. Higher standards for ethical commitments by executive branch personnel - Makes it harder for lobbyists to take positions in the Obama regime, or to leave office and go into lobbying, among other things. This is GREAT.

2. Rolling back the use of torture in interrogation - Hell yeah.

3. Directive to close Guantanamo.  We'll see how this one turns out, but it's awesome to be moving forward on it.

Now, Obama's off to the wrong start in some other ways, methinks (a tax cheat to head the Treasury, really?), but I'm really liking some of the initial stances and rollbacks of the Bush crap.

Thanks, Mr. President.


Comments

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codimension4
Jan. 29th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
I think 'tax cheat' is a bit harsh, especially given that he paid his full penalties and interest and is now completely square with the government.
smatterings
Jan. 30th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
You should read the official Senate documents on the subject:
http://finance.senate.gov/press/Bpress/2009press/prb011309d.pdf

Geitner worked for the IMF, which "grosses up" pay (in other words, they pay you enough money to cover you taxes, the you turn around and file self-employment taxes). Because of this unusual benefit, employees like Geitner sign papers saying they understand their tax responsibilities. Then they get documents EVERY QUARTER and again at year end from the IMF explaining their filing obligations.

Geitner owed over $30,000 in back taxes and interest, and that's with the IRS waiving his late filing penalties. The dude is supposed to be a genius, but he couldn't understand what he was supposed to pay, even with quarterly explanations from his employer?

Please.

He paid up when it became an issue to get this job.

A job which happens to include busting the little guy for ... you know. Not paying his taxes.
boktheinternal
Feb. 18th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
When I first heard the three you listed, I had a bit of a sigh of relief.
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