Snow job

Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 12:00am

Watching freshly minted Treasury Secretary John Snow, a longtime promoter of balanced budgets, hit the Hill this week to flack for the president's new red-ink-drenched budget, I felt like I had stumbled across a Richard Simmons infomercial pitching Big Macs.

Of course, saying one thing and doing another is a way of life in the Bush administration. Take the president's outrageous assertion during his State of the Union address that one of the greatest accomplishments of his presidency was "holding corporate criminals to account." He didn't even burst out laughing. Not only is the president not holding corporate Capones to account, he's putting them in his Cabinet.

Exhibit A is Snow. During his 12-year tenure as chief executive at railroad giant CSX, he helped himself to a vast array of corporate indulgences. If CEO perks were pills, Snow would have OD'd a long time ago.

Let's start with the fact that he was paid a king's ransom

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