Then she asked me why I had previously had a lien in Los Angeles County. I told her that it was from the sale of my prior home. That despite moving about a mile, but still remaining in the same city and zip code, the geniuses from LA County Tax Collectors could not locate me. I had no idea there was any tax due until I refinanced my current home and there was a tax lien, which was $59, now at $250. I had to pay at that time or not get the loan.
The supposedly incompetent Bush Administration found out these things about me, but the new team could not find a lien against Nancy Killifer's home right under their noses in Washington. They did not know Daschle had tax problems or that Hilda Solis had a spare position that went against House rules.
This leads to a few questions. First, are the people doing this job just grossly incompetent? Second, did they know these transgressions and decide that their mission was too important so a little problem here or there was just trivia when you are trying to change the world? Third, is Obama a poor judge of character? There were five problem appointees out of 25-30; a really poor ratio. That is not even including the fact that our Secretary of State is negotiating our status in the world while her husband wheel-barrels money in the back door from the same parties.
Donald Gips and his entire crew need to be replaced. There are still another 2900+ positions to be filled. What foibles are going to be missed on those positions, most of which are not given such public scrutiny? Maybe they need to bring Clay Johnson back from the Bush operation. Obama needs to pick some people who don't think they are bigger than the law – especially the tax code. If they don't do something soon we will be in for very painful four years.
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