RUSH: Lots of stuff in the news today. This Geithner, the guy that’s been appointed Treasury secretary, failed to pay his taxes and his nanny’s taxes, too. ‘No big deal. Oh, no, we need this guy so much, we can’t let these little technicalities hold him back.’ He didn’t pay his taxes! He was audited by the IRS. Now one of the things about this that’s curious to me, he worked at the IMF, the International Monetary Fund and apparently when you work there you’re an independent contractor, you are self-employed, as such, there are no tax deductions, you are paid the gross. Thus it is up to you to file quarterly estimates.
He didn’t do this for a number of years on the basis that it just slipped his mind? That he wasn’t aware? The guy ran the New York Federal Reserve. He is said to be the only guy that can run the Treasury department to bail us out of all the problems that we’re in, and he doesn’t know about — I just find this hard to believe. Forgot it? The nanny thing is one thing, that’s equally as problematic, but the thing about this that gets me is that he’s getting a pass and claimed not to know he had to pay taxes on gross income. I know he didn’t blame his wife like he didn’t blame anybody else, but some of this stuff is just unbelievable.
These are the smartest people in the world, and they get away, whether they’re in Chicago or in Washington, of acting in the stupidest ways you can possibly imagine educated people to act. Jose Serrano, a Democrat congressman from New York, has proposed an amendment to the constitution to repeal the Twenty-Second Amendment. Now, for those of you who voted for Obama, the Twenty-Second Amendment is the amendment which limits the presidency to two terms of four years. Jose Serrano not waiting for the inauguration, they want to eliminate the Twenty-Second Amendment so that Obama could perhaps serve forever.
RUSH: Okay, let’s see here, folks. The education nominee cannot speak proper grammar. The Treasury nominee doesn’t pay taxes. The nominee for secretary of state voted for a war that she opposed — and, by the way, she’s out there trying to give Obama some stealth lessons. Do you remember during the 2004 Kerry-Bush campaign, Kerry kept talking about, ‘We gotta do things smarter. We have to have a smarter foreign policy. We have to have a smarter this, smarter that.’ Hillary has avoided using Obama’s favorite word ‘bold.’ Everything that Obama is going do is going to be ‘bold.’ Hillary yesterday at her hearings — and, by the way, did you see any of the Hillary hearings? Here’s a woman with conflict after conflict after conflict, and 11 of the 12 Republican senator chairs were absent at one time or another. They didn’t press her on anything. They have laid down.
The Republicans have totally laid down. It’s apparent to me that they’re not going to do anything of any kind that’s critical or whatever until long after the inauguration, until long after things — even then, I don’t know that they’ll do it. So she’s out there saying she’s going to have a ‘smart’ foreign policy, incorporating her words and Kerry’s word. The nominee for attorney general worked in the pardon office, and he didn’t know anything about who was pardoned supposedly. That’s Eric Holder. Hope and change? We’ve got more scandals here during the transition than most presidencies have in one term, and now we’ve got this. ‘Obama’s top terrorism and intelligence adviser, John O. Brennan, heads a firm that was cited in March for breaching sensitive files in the State Department’s passport office, according to a State Department Inspector General’s report released this past July.
‘The security breach, first reported by the Washington Times and later confirmed by State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, involved a contract employee of Brennan’s firm, The Analysis Corp., which has earned millions of dollars providing intelligence-related consulting services to federal agencies and private companies. During a State Department briefing on March 21, 2008, McCormack confirmed that the contractor had accessed the passport files of presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and John McCain, and that the inspector general had launched an investigation. Sources who tracked the investigation tell Newsmax that the main target of the breach was the Obama passport file, and that the contractor accessed the file in order to ‘cauterize’ the’ Obama file, to make sure that whatever was in there was bottled up so that anything damaging didn’t get out. He’s got a political guy over at CIA politicizing that place. This is going to be fun, hilarious to watch play out, folks, and we’re going to be watching every minute.
RUSH: By the way, the environmental czar, the global warming czar that Obama has picked is Carol Browner. She dates back to the first Clinton administration. She’s married to Tom Downey, former Congressman from New York, huge lefty. She’s a member of the Socialist International. Now, the Socialist International is a giant group made up of socialist parties from countries around the world, and she’s in charge now of the environment under the Obama administration. ‘Mrs. Clinton said, ‘We must use what has been called ‘smart power,’ the full range of tools at our disposal.’ She advocated a mix of diplomatic economic military, political, legal, and cultural strategies.’
Wow, as though that’s never been done before. That’s the definition of smart power? We never done anything like this before? Smart power.