I often listen to the radio at work, but cannot always pay really close attention. A while ago, I heard Glenn Beck discussing a book and though I did not catch much detail about the book, I bought it based on Beck’s recommendation.
I finished the book a week ago and was trying to find a way to write a review. The book was great, but I have so many notes that I did not know which of the themes to select for my review.
Recent news stories regarding President Obama’s nominations and how their problems were “handled” solved my dilemma. Many, many, many of his nominations have been shown to have “made mistakes” and have failed to pay their taxes. They all seemed to figure out their tax problems around the time that they were nominated.
The most recent nominee was former Senator Tom Daschle who, it seems, did not know that you have to pay taxes when folks give you things like the use of limousines and drivers. He recently had to pay $128,000 plus penalties and interest and had to withdraw his nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Another nominee is Nancy Killefer who was nominated to be the Whitehouse Chief Performance Officer. She failed to pay unemployment taxes for a household servant. Killefer, though on the other end of the tax burden spectrum from Daschle, owed only around a $1,000 and still had to withdraw her name from consideration.
Both broke the law and both had to withdraw. The interesting part is when you consider our new Secretary of the Treasury, Tim Geithner. He also made some “mistakes” and failed to pay his taxes of around $34,000. He also paid the taxes when he was about to be nominated. He, however, did not have to withdraw his nomination. This is more interesting when you consider that he will be responsible for the Internal Revenue Service.
The 5000 Year Leap is an inspirational book about the formation of our country. One thing that I took from the book was our founders’ respect for the “Rule of Law.” These men lived under the King of England and the “Law of Men” and were determined that our country would be ruled by laws and that ALL men would be ruled by the law.
Geithner, Daschle, and Killefer all broke the law and had to pay back taxes, but did not face any chance of imprisonment as you or I would under the same circumstances. Daschle and Killefer had to withdraw their names, but Geithner was confirmed and became the Secretary of the Treasury.
This is the quintessential example of the Rule of Man. Laws and consequences are not applied equally. Geithner benefited where you or I would not. He was, in essence above the law. That is not what our country is about.
In The 5000 Year Leap, W. Cleon Skousen takes you through a journey as our forefathers created our government. This was a government unlike any other in the history of the world and it spurred an unprecedented leap:
“The spirit of freedom which moved out across the world in the 1800s was primarily inspired by the fruits of freedom in the United States. The climate of free-market economics allowed science to thrive in an explosion of inventions and technical discoveries which, in merely 200 years, gave the world the gigantic new power resources of harnessed electricity, the internal combustion engine, jet propulsion, exotic space vehicles, and all the wonders of nuclear energy…in 200 years, the human race had made a 5,000-year leap.”
As you listen to most of the world and, unfortunately, many of our media and leaders, you will often hear how the United States is not such a great place. I KNOW that the USA is a great place. If you read The 5,000 Year Leap it will restore some of your faith and pride in our nation.
Our country is “A Miracle That Changed the World.”