When the news hit that Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sibelius had to scramble to settle some back tax "oversights" I just rolled my eyes. I didn't give her a pass because she was a woman; I gave her a pass because she was just one more cabinet appointee who ignores the fact we're all supposed to pay taxes.
As with the others, it was explained away and she was confirmed. One comes to the conclusion that to be in the Obama cabinet one must be "mathematically challenged" when it comes to taxes.
Unfortunately the story didn't end there. According to Forbes.com she also low balled a contribution to a PAC she had established while Kansas Insurance Commissioner to help raise money for other Democrats. By some $23,000. That she neglected to reveal this to the Senate Finance Committee when specifically asked can be tossed into the "So what else is new" basket except for one thing.
The contribution was from Dr. George Tiller, one of the country's few late term abortion providers. Somehow, to me this is as egregious as it can get. I'm pro choice for a lot of reasons. I am totally against late birth abortion if for nothing more than the pure inhumanity of it. So here we are. Our new Secretary of Health and Human Services, of all Departments, not only accepted the money for her PAC, no matter when it was. She was aware of it or she wouldn't have understated the amount. Then she lied about that. Another oversight by another Cabinet member. Do we really expect these people to govern effectively? They can't remember to pay their taxes. They can't remember how much PAC money they've been instrumental in attracting nor the implications of who the contributors have been .
I guess my final question would be, can they remember who they've been appointed to serve and why? I have an answer but there's no reason to state it. It wouldn't be remembered. And that would be considered, I'm sure, an oversight.