My fellow Americans--everybody is entitled to make a mistake. Or two.
First, I pick a Treasury Secretary who doesn't pay $34,000 in taxes, and thinks summer camp is deductible. This is going to make IRS audits interesting. "If Tim Geithner can do it, why can't I?"
Then I pick a Health and Human Services Secretary who didn't pay $140,000 in taxes. Gotta hand it to Tom Daschle--he went all in on the flop.
So today, I am issuing a blanket "mulligan" or "do-over" or whatever you want to call it. Anybody I appoint to my cabinet will have outstanding taxes, fines and penalties forgiven, as long as they promise to be good boys and girls from now on, and don't have their fingers crossed behind their backs.
Because there's more coming. Energy Secretary Steven Chu owes the Stanford library $43.82 in overdue book fines. He checked out "Lord of the Rings" in 1994 and never returned it.