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Geithner; Economic Expert? Geithner Apologizes for Not Paying Taxes copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org There are conventions, customs, and words, thought to be complementary. Consider; Fat and jolly. Short and sweet. Tax-and-spend-liberal. These words, while often far from tantamount, are in the minds of many, inexorably tied. I was fat. However, I did not feel jolly during those days, months, and years. I am short. Sweet? I am not especially so; nor am I sour. Balanced might better describe me, which takes me to the next paired, or triad of adjectives. I like my taxes progressive, my spending minimal, and I am a liberal. However, I do not support the oft-titled tax-and-spend-liberal Democratic President's appointment, Timothy F. Geithner. Perhaps, some would say, I do not appreciate the need for an economic expert. This duo of descriptive qualifiers, I believe, can be an oxymoron, just as the others might be. It seems those farthest "Left" on the political aisle may concur. Russell Feingold [Wisconsin Democrat], Thomas Harkin [Iowa Democrat,] and Democratic Socialist, Bernard Sanders [Vermont Independent] votednay when asked to approve Timothy Geithner for Secretary of Treasury. The case of Timothy F. Geithner and his confirmation may enlighten Americans and alter conventions associated with language. The new Treasury Secretary, his history, and who approved his appointment might help Americans understand that conjoined words provide a contrary perspective. Timothy F. Geithner has a troublesome history of unpaid taxes. While he apologetically addressed this serious concern in Senate hearings, he could not negate the fact that he, an "economic expert" made more than a slight error. A man who works with ledgers, looked past his own numbers. For four years, he left levees unpaid. Only an Internal Revenue audit, supposedly, helped him to realize his records were wrong. The most Progressive Senators thought this...
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Karl Rove and Captain Ahab-Conyers O'Reilly offers Rove place to hide from subpoena copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org "The Architect," has apparently turned author. Americans learned of Karl Rove's newest career on January 28, 2009. During an interview with Fox News Broadcaster, Bill O'Reilly, the long-time Advisor to former President, George W. Bush, presented his novel manuscript to an expectant audience. Most tuned in to hear whether he would honor a Congressional subpoena. Few expected a reinterpretation of the epic fable, Moby Dick. Yet, there it was, a drama delivered. In this newer version, Congressman John Conyers is cast in the role of the antagonist. The Chair of the Judiciary Committee plays the part of Captain Ahab. Mister Rove sees himself as the lovable whale. Moby-Karl seeks only to defend himself against obsessive attacks from the maniacal Ahab-Conyers. Whilst the massive mammal quietly glides through calm seas, a fanatical Captain Ahab-Conyers follows. Captain Ahab's anger and aggressive temperament stirs the waters. The Chair of the Judiciary Committee creates waves. Moby-Karl merely moves along. He bothers no one, and wishes to go about his business, nothing more. Fascinated, Americans listen to Karl Rove spin his yarn. The writer tells a tale of himself and his nemesis. The two, Mister Rove explains, have been embroiled in a battle for years. Sailor Ahab-Conyers, envisions Moby-Karl as a giant marine mammal, fierce, and bent on destruction. He notes Moby-Karl had successfully designed another of his divisive campaigns. Captain Ahab-Conyers is certain, no one has been able to capture, let alone kill, the massive beast. However, Skipper-Conyers hopes to change that truth. He will slaughter the slippery creature. He will do so legally, with a summons. The sea Commander Ahab-Conyers, wishes to commence with a Congressional investigation. It seems clear to him, Moby-Karl will use his political influence...

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