Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

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Sanity wins out

Finally, sanity rules the day.

I'm not sure why it took so long for Tom Daschle to step down, but it's nice to see that decency and common sense prevailed.

From the moment it was revealed that Daschle owed $120,000 in back taxes for complementary limo services from a Democratic fat cat, his goose was cooked.

By not bowing out as soon as the tax revelations went public, Daschle muddied up Brand Obama.  The President took a hit on this because it seemed like he condoned two sets of rules: one for average Americans and one for Washington insiders.

Heck, Daschle had the New York times condemning it on the front page and the editorial page -- a rarity for the Grey Lady when it doesn't involve a Republican.  So Obama takes a hit because Daschle let it linger.  Welcome to Washington, Mr. President.

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Reader Comments (3)

While I agree that Tom Dashcle had to withdraw his nomination, the tax issue was the least of his problems. His close ties and substanital income from the constituencies he would be negotiating with clearly sent a message that he was not an objective mediator.

With regard to his tax problems and those of the other two Obama appointees, I have a totally different perspective. As a CPA with over 30 years experience, I believe the issue has more to do with the problems with our tax system than it does with the appointees. You can read my entire post at: http://barackobamaforallthepeople.blogspot.com/

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArt Berkowitz, CPA

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