In all the commotion surrounding State Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand's nomination to fill Hillary Clinton's vacated New York senate seat, you might have missed this interesting little tidbit about spurned damsel Caroline Kennedy Something-or-another:
ALBANY - Caroline Kennedy quit trying for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat because of a "tax problem" and "potential nanny issue," a source close to Gov. Paterson said Thursday.
"She was facing some potentially embarrassing personal issues" that came up in the vetting process, the source said, adding the governor had decided she wasn't up to the job anyway.
Zoe Baird (nanny problem), Dick Gephardt (real estate taxes), Charlie Rangel (real estate taxes), Timothy Geithner (self-employment taxes), and now Sweet Caroline. Heaven forfend!
Throw in Mr. Two Americas, John Edwards, who used sneaky S-Corporation tax shelters to stuff his own pockets, and you've got a real honest-to-goodness rogue's gallery. I can't help but laugh every time a new name is added. You'd think these folks would be chronically guilty of overpaying their taxes.
Democrats are supposed to be the embodiment of equality, the advocates of the downtrodden and marginalized, our moral superiors in their efforts to pay their fair share and spread the wealth around. Republicans are supposed to be the greedy bastards who would rather go to jail than part with their filthy lucre.
Oh well, live and learn I guess. Moral of the story -- if you are in this country on a green card and are looking for a nanny job, make sure your employer isn't a Democrat. If they are, make sure you have a good lawyer.