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Moments ago former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich went on the record.
-- disease there didn't you act.
Now the president I states says that former us senator mature a senate majority leader Tom Daschle essentially made the decision himself.
To a job do believe that.
I don't I think you've actually I thought this morning that Daschle probably well.
-- enough personal friends the Senate's enough for the club.
And I think she he concluded.
That he couldn't serve the president very well if he had this problem hanging over him and I think -- I think he did the right thing and I think that he almost certainly did by himself.
Why do you think I will as you know house and that and that club that will make that distinction very careful -- you have your own -- now.
Yeah that's -- I'm -- that's from -- my answer but I mean I am to most Americans that -- color me nature.
That is not an attractive quality today and it looks like Dolly senators coming out back slapping -- saying him essentially you know that billion.
He's a good guy you know he made a mistake.
Spun -- So I -- that I think I think that it's not.
One of the better qualities of the senate -- being in the club means we overlook wrongdoing -- we overlook.
Things that ought to be matters of principle not just matters of being in the club.
But I do think it's an objective fact that the senate club does exist that Daschle was clearly a part of it.
And then he almost certainly could have gotten the votes.
Although I think the New York Times editorial probably hurting some but I I think he concluded.
This -- long and drawn out and messy and that in the end it would weaken his ability to be effective as secretary of health and human services.
Yeah I mean -- that are very successful private licensee was defeated for re election.
And he is done very well financially and I think he.
And has written a book on health reform I suspect he'll stay active in some form and you know who knows what his future will be but I I'd be I'd be very surprised we didn't make that decision by himself.
NATO with a -- times -- times editorial said that he should withdraw -- making reference to.
I'm surprised that.
Members of the senate weren't scandalized.
For the simple -- not because of the mistake accept mistakes -- tax code is enormously complicated.
But that he got wind of it that there was a problem last summer.
And it's an easy fix and the -- didn't occur until six months later had been nominated he's been vetted that's the problem.
And that's -- thing that I would want.
My club member to be doing but to be fair and look at Geithner -- -- nobody and I'm great and I don't know I can't I'm designing these next to sing Geithner got through and he's not a member that I still think -- I think he still -- to -- under the microscope.
Well I think that I think that they this sort of Geithner Daschle Charlie Rangel sequence.
And I think that I think frankly Daschle was hurt by Geithner having come first.
Here's the country had now been sensitized to tax problem so.
I think -- the senate has but not the country.
Well the senate may not have been but I think the country clearly has been sensitized.
Then of course you had the president's new -- he also withdrew today.
-- I -- I didn't frankly didn't fully.
Understand that the job -- -- it's amusing to see that's the woman who was in charge of wasn't diseases and chief.
Productivity officers -- right -- -- -- -- efficient and I would like to point out though the woman withdrew -- -- and then put up a fluff flashing to the honorable thing without creating the skin on my serve put an a plus on having.
Yeah I think she has not paid so Steve thanks for a year and a half from somebody who really you literally have had a list of what it was it was it -- We take your money you know let's not 130000.
Dollars from like 947.
Dollar politically confounded -- do you just say yes.
-- -- -- blow up and of course all of this is now than I think bring pressure to bear on the house but the promise of Iraq and usually the hot what he's impromptu when they use a promise it.
The president ran on a campaign essentially -- change we'll get clean up Washington cronyism I think and say Americans are pushing back tonight thinking.
What I was Daschle point it.
What had -- -- then that smacks of.
A Croatian and the president defended him until today when he -- lies -- Geithner currently secretary treasurer and here's a guy in charge of running the IRS.
Who failed to pay his own taxes.
And he's gonna be advocating a tax increase on the rest of this.
Well the opening to that -- disturbing is that he did he legally he'd he could do this but he didn't pay.
Two Beers because of when he finally got caught because they're protected by the statue limitations which he had -- legal right to do.
But I'm not so sure that the guy who's gonna head the Treasury Department oversees the Internal Revenue Service come.
If that's an accident scene of American people.
Now the the president and I suspect is learning these first couple weeks that is dramatically harder to govern.
-- this campaign.
And they probably ought to be a little careful about.
Setting standards that they can't keep you know that we're not gonna and you obvious this administration except of course the undersecretary of defense and that she has steadily driven.
This Intel this -- -- job training program that's an end.
It always is -- -- got people working for -- -- been around Washington forever scout rob man who has been around at least since the Clinton administration is now like.
It -- it if any can run and the fact what I can have a lobbyist we're not gonna have this and that's the problem.
Yeah I think -- lunar cycle.
To -- send both Senator McCain in general then Senator Obama was sort of seeing who could -- who.
Deciding -- pristine standards which are not sustainable they're not the real world they're not they're not how you -- telling -- dishonest doesn't.
I think they were being naive -- I think that they were forgetting that after the words become deeds.
The -- is the hat.
S citizen I think I think that there's a certain.
Disappointment level I think.
The Gallup poll today in the stimulus package where thank only 13% of fortune for the country thought it would help them personally -- -- you see an erosion beginning to set in.
There's a fairly significant drop off from the mood right after the inaugural.
I'm the president still personally very popular but I do think there's a sense of up here are the words and down here's a performance and that could get to be dangerous it -- continue to -- I can be catastrophic it seems to me because I -- he was it was so exciting.
This whole concept of -- change -- -- butter did release is excited with first African American -- -- -- some excitement.
And now it seems like it's business as usual and he should go from you know we've been so high it's been so in this euphoria.
And now -- -- find out that.
And that it's that's the guys to -- guys who get it to go to a while.
Remember in modern times the highest approval rating on and on you'll -- it was Jimmy Carter.
-- did -- pick up and -- keep people had more belief in him more faith in him.
Homeless than anybody I played -- -- -- the end well I think and I think it was the same problem that he would set a standard he couldn't meet.
And people would realize it and then gradually over the period of three and -- -- years he just get ground down by reality now we hope.
That President Obama who I think is a much more.
Rapid learner than President Carter was hopefully president Obama's gonna learn from some of us and -- -- modify his own behavior.
There's music you don't want -- president's -- to be consistently out of sync with reality.
Do you think -- should step down.
I -- I think that having.
The head of the Internal Revenue Service in the head of the treasury a person who.
A flagrantly did not pay their taxes who rejected.
The instructions of their accountant who told him he could not take summer camp as a business expense.
Come as a whole second story there.
That he took his children's summer camp as a business expense.
After being told he couldn't do it.
You know I -- -- read a book by and head coach dungy from the Indianapolis Colts here -- and read his books one of the things he wrote is that he didn't understand why we had -- rules about certain things.
And as analyst you talk about kind of it I don't need -- rule but that don't people just yet.
Yeah I mean the end of the -- why do you need -- in no way you're not the right guy in right not the right guy to be in charge of the IRS.
If your defense is I didn't understand that or the other defenses I did -- I'm sorry yes -- -- and candidly it's untrue I mean.
The International Monetary Fund that he worked for gave him information every quarter he signed a document.
Saying they didn't give me information every quarter.
It was a standard procedure.
He was obligated to pay taxes on.
And the same time.
His account apparently gave him in any ruling that he could not take his -- summer camp.
As a business deduction.
Now -- get everything -- the tax code is so complicated.
Anybody can make an honest mistake.
But to make a mistake for years in a row and -- -- audits and to not go back can pay the money you should have paid.
I think here is is a very bad sign and I see a -- -- ever has any moral authority.
As secretary of the treasury given his back.
Why did he get the job because at least to me I understand that it and send it actually goes way back in this town and he endorsed album then Senator Obama 2720.
Months before the election but.
Why why I was kind of thought to be such a perfect candidate for the treasury money.
It's actually funny in a way because Senator Obama now President Obama.
Ran on change you can believe -- would be -- -- -- well -- the line that he made him and he made -- serious serious.
Commitment about change.
Geithner is the same.
-- Geithner was in the room with Bernanke the chairman of the Fed and -- suddenly the bush -- through treasury.
They all the effort last fall Geithner was in the middle of but I I think -- Geithner is the front for the New York banks.
And I think in New York banks are desperate to survive.
And they need somebody who will pay off all their problems -- taxpayer money and Geithner -- the united they're counting and at what what I'm off -- -- -- -- the banks but why would smiling now President Obama walked hand in light of the fact that he brings so much baggage just talk of the banks the starlet Bob Rubin made Bob Rubin was widely considered.
One of the two smartest guys in the ninety's and finance the other being Alan Greenspan.
Both -- now has the reputation shattered through Citicorp of Citigroup knew he was as Citigroup.
Who didn't quite notice the billions of dollars in bad debt.
But also want to buy fifty million -- -- an American jet but French chemist and go with America to look at for chapter system when you look at others.
You know here's your brand new democratic president you look around who should you go to advice -- well almost everybody what -- says six months ago Bob -- in the short list.
You -- Larry Summers -- was a brilliant economist.
Briefly president of Harvard.
Was secretary of prison.
It's so Larry Summers Larry Summers is the one who made a horrible comment about women in science that's what he's not quite -- -- did you make think that was pretty still.
They had they had common sense none of them weren't stupid you know.
Tenured track I don't read here what does it mean I don't care sink -- take an exam is there any SH I don't.
-- stupid I don't think President Obama brought him into advising him.
And one women's equality well I think that's the latest second if you're if you're -- that bad from the get go is never red flag if you think that women don't have the magnitude for science in -- -- that's a good starting point.
You know that maybe there's a red flag that.
I'm not actually -- video right yeah I'm not normally defender of the Obama administration that you really can't imagine yeah.
If you're on offense so much I now find myself trying to defend at a low budget grass -- but I have to I have to.
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