May 8, 2009

Refreshing change - Or Not - For Utah

I applaud the Tremonton (Utah) City Council for reversing its own policy on forcing young adults to get permission from parents before being able to borrow certain fiction books, like "Lord of the Rings" and the stories of Stephen King.

However, a big "WTF" goes out to the "Our View" page on the Standard-Examiner's website (out of Ogden, UT):

Within hours after the vote, council members realized they had made a mistake. No one tried to obscure the issue or assign blame elsewhere. Tremonton's council stood up and took the blame.

Wouldn't that be a refreshing change for Washington D.C. or even our state Legislature?

I'm 100% behind them on the praise they heap on the city council, but I had to check the date on this opinion piece. It probably would have been appropriate for 2008, but it's a little past date. Example:

Obama: 'I screwed up' in Daschle withdrawal

The president isn't perfect, but you can't say that he hasn't conducted business differently in the handling of public mistakes.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday abruptly abandoned his nomination fight for Tom Daschle and a second major appointee who failed to pay all their taxes, telling NBC News: "I screwed up."

"I've got to own up to my mistake. Ultimately, it's important for this administration to send a message that there aren't two sets of rules - you know, one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes," Obama said on NBC's "Nightly News with Brian Williams."

Hmm. I agree I'd like to see more of this. Not just in our president.

While we're looking back at the old news of cabinet nominees and their tax problems, this reminds me. Obama's recent announcement to close tax loopholes that have allowed corporations to avoid paying their fair share of the tax burden (while claiming a disproportionate amount of the benefit of the system we all support) was met with opposition from the GOP.

Bizarrely, they complained about a cabinet member who was behind on his taxes, but corporations dodging $200+ billion over the next 10 years need to be protected from this effrontery! While they conceded that corporate tax loopholes are a problem, they gave no alternative plan to combat them. Seems pretty simple to me: close the loopholes. But since Obama suggested that already, it must be wrong.

Posted by James at May 8, 2009 3:52 PM
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