And Lew may have invested $56,000 in a Citigroup venture-capital fund registered in a Cayman Islands building that Obama referred to as “the largest tax scam in the world”; and sure Lew might have told the Senate Finance Committee that sequester cuts “would impose self-inflicted wounds to the recovery and put far too many jobs and businesses at risk” even though he was the one who first brought the idea to the negotiating table, but crass hypocrisy is probably not enough to stop a nomination, either.
But there five reasons, at least, why Lew should be disqualified.
One: Lew has no compunction about misleading you.
Lew, a “master” of budgets and all things finance according to the president, has on several occasions lied to the American people to assist the president politically. Not average misrepresentations or partisan evasions, but blatant lies.
When asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in early 2012 how many days it had been since Senate Democrats passed a budget — over a thousand days for anyone counting at the time – Lew said this: “One of the things about the United States Senate that I think the American people have realized is that it takes 60, not 50, votes to pass something.”
It doesn’t take 60 votes, as Lew, a man Obama says has “deep and devout faith,” knows well. The 60-vote threshold doesn’t come into play on budgets.
Lew then repeated this contention on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying: “But we also need to be honest. You can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support. So unless Republicans are willing to work with Democrats in the Senate, Harry Reid is not going to be able to get a budget passed.” We need to be honest? If Lew is unable to understand basic procedure he has no business in the cabinet, and if he does comprehend, then Senate has no business confirming a political so willing to mislead the American people to the Treasury.