The cronyism and hypocrisy to which we’ve all become accustomed rolls on:
President Obama announced Thursday that Penny Pritzker, an ex-national finance chair for the Obama campaign, will lead the Commerce Department. If confirmed, she will be the richest cabinet secretary in U.S. history. The president already skipped over her for the nod once.
The New York Times said of Pritzker in 2008, “Ms. Pritzker’s family is renowned for finding ways to avoid paying taxes on its wealth. The Pritzkers were pioneers in using tax loopholes to shelter their holdings from the internal revenue service, and many of their dealings have never been made public.”
But the Pritzker family obviously put the money they saved by finding loopholes and tax shelters to good use by… helping elect a president who thinks the rich don’t pay their fair share. Well played, Ms. Pritzker! Read Michelle Malkin’s column for more on that little game. But remember while reading the column that these are the people who sell themselves (successfully, unfortunately) as tireless advocates of the working class and poor.
And then there’s this story, featuring another shot of cronyism with a broken promise chaser:
On Wednesday, the president named another campaign bundler, Tom Wheeler to head up the Federal Communications Commission. Wheeler spent two decades as a lobbyist representing the two industry groups that represented every single cable company, and every single cellphone provider.
Obama’s “no lobbyists” promise was broken to bits years ago.
At about the 3:30 mark in the story below, Jake Tapper discusses the cronyism and hypocrisy while some Obama flack tries to gin up a defense (imagine the person being discussed is Mitt Romney and you’ll realize how forced his arguments are):