I am tired of the hypocrisy game in the world of politics. I know I shouldn’t be but I can’t help it.
The latest in the growing list is the announcement that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is required to pay back-taxes dating back to her days living is Wasilla. I am aware that people of both parties fail to pay taxes but the hypocrisy that exists with how the parties deal with it drives me nuts. (Okay, I’m already a little nuts, but there’s nothing I can really do about that either.)
Palin, the former Republican Vice presidential nominee in 2008 is also a leading contender to win the party’s nomination for president in 2012. I’m sure the fact that she owes back taxes will not even be raised as an issue. In fact, I’m sure that it will be completely ignored during the 2 year campaign.
Meanwhile, former Senator Tom Daschle was forced to resign his nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services over his own tax issue. He is passionate about health care reform and losing his voice and vision will be irreplaceable.
Nancy Kellifer also withdrew her nomination over a tax issue.
So why doesn’t Palin resign?
One could argue that President Barack Obama said that he was going to run an open and clean administration so the standard is higher than it would be for others.
Then again, George W. Bush said his campaign would restore honor to the White House. The only area where I will concede that point to Bush is the suit and tie rule in the White House. He did bring formality back to the White House. Bill Clinton was ran a more casual WH. [Insert your own joke here.]
For those who claim that there were no sex scandals during the Bush administration, I would like to direct your attention to Jeff Gannon (aka James Guckert) who served as a White House reporter from 2003 to 2005. He also was a homosexual male escort who had many visits to the White House when no press conferences occurred.
I’ve already discussed the hypocrisy of marriage infidelity in the world of politics. [Read: The Edwards Affair: The Hypocrisy of Political Infidelity]
Democrat John Edwards is in seclusion yet Republican John McCain has served many years in the Senate and even ran for president. And Republican David Vitter still serves after evidence surfaced that he was involved with a prostitute yet Democrat Eliot Spitzer resigned as Governor of New York.
Personally, I would come down very strong on marriage infidelity – in my life. I don’t feel it is appropriate for me to judge others. It’s not my place.
Failure to pay taxes is a criminal offense. If one attempts to make good on that neglect, I am forgiving and with payment and penalty fees, so is the IRS. Daschle was attempting to make good and I believe Kellifer was as well. If Palin pays her delinquent taxes, then I will not hold it against her. [I have a long list of other things that are worse on my list. Can anyone say Trooper-Gate?]
Finally, Edwards has vanished from the political scene and will not be a part of Obama’s administration – nor will Daschle.
I think these voices must be heard in these difficult times. I don’t expect everyone to forgive them but if only the pure could serve in our government, there would be no one to serve.
They mustn’t be punished solely because of the ‘D’ after their name – especially if the ‘R’s go unpunished.