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Editorial: THE COST OF CREDIBILITY
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At last, the new administration is waking up to the need for top officials to live up to the high ethical standards set by the president. It should give Americans new hope that President Obama will live up to his campaign vows to reform government. 마침내 대통령이 설정한 높은 윤리 수준에 미달하는 일이 고위 관리들 간에 있어서는 안 된다는 것을 새 행정부가 깨닫기 시작했다. 이것은 오바마 대통령이 정부 개혁을 하겠다고 한 선거 때 약속들을 실천에 옮길 것이라는 새로운 희망을 미국 시민들에게 안겨줄 것이다. Even before the Tom Daschle choice blew up, Mr. Obama had lost some reformist luster. He nominated a lobbyist for deputy secretary of defense after pledging to keep lobbyists out of government, and his pick for Treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, was found to have not paid back taxes he clearly realized were due. 톰 대셜의 장관 지명이 백지화 당하기 전부터 오바마 씨의 개혁주의자로서의 위신에 금이 가고 있었다. 그는 라비이스트(lobbyist)들은 정부 안에 들이지 않겠다고 약속했었지만 라비이스트를 국방 차관으로 기용했다. 그가 재무 장관으로 지명한 티머시 가이트너는 자기가 내야 한다는 것을 분명히 알고 있는 세금들을 내지 않고 있었던 것으로 드러났다. So it was a critical mass of trouble when two other nominees for high office were found to have failed to pay taxes until the floodlight of White House appointments shone on them. Withdrawing was the only thing to do. Former Senator Daschle, who the president had chosen for secretary of health and human services, failed to pay substantial past taxes and earned a sizable income from health-related companies that would be affected by the reforms he was supposed to lead. His withdrawal need not undermine the administration’s push for health care reform. Had he won Senate confirmation, his past financial ties would have provided a handy target for critics of any plans he might put forward. The other withdrawal involved Nancy Killefer, who was to be deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget and chief performance officer for the federal government, a new position. The extent of her tax problems have not been spelled out. Her brief statement and press reports indicate that she failed to pay unemployment taxes to the District of Columbia for household help — the so-called nanny tax issue. It may have been a small-bore problem, but the Senate committee that would have had to confirm her was only beginning to look into her background. And it’s hard to imagine how she could have proceeded in a job in which Mr. Obama said she would help “restore the American people’s confidence in their government.” The primary weapon for a president who really intends to clean up Washington is credibility — and that requires integrity. Mr. Obama showed that he has both of those things in abundance with his refreshingly frank admission that he “screwed up” and his assurance that he had learned from his mistake. February 4, 2009 (ⓒ2009 The New York Times) (ⓒ2009 usabriefing.net)
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