New Era of Responsibility, Mileage May Vary

The Times discusses a theme that The Washington Times noticed, as well.  The Obama administration’s position on a new era of ethics rules seems to have loopholes. 

The Times also suggests that Tom Dashcle should withdraw his nomination to be HHS Secretary.

Although Mr. Daschle was not a registered lobbyist, he offered policy advice to the UnitedHealth Group, a huge insurance conglomerate. He was also a trustee of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, on whose behalf he voiced opposition to a federal loan for a freight rail line near the clinic’s headquarters in Rochester, Minn. The loan was subsequently denied by the Federal Railroad Administration.

Mr. Daschle is another in a long line of politicians who move cozily between government and industry. We don’t know that his industry ties would influence his judgments on health issues, but they could potentially throw a cloud over health care reform. Mr. Daschle could clear the atmosphere by withdrawing his name.

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