Thursday, July 19, 2012

Stinking Hypocrites

The Democratic leadership is pushing hard to pass a law requiring presidential candidates to release many years of tax returns, but as this McClatchy Newspapers article in the July 18, 2012 Idaho Statesman points out:

 — Rep. Nancy Pelosi was emphatic. Mitt Romney's refusal to release more than two years of his personal tax returns, she said, makes him unfit to win confirmation as a member of the president's Cabinet, let alone to hold the high office himself.
Sen. Harry Reid went further: Romney's refusal to make public more of his tax records makes him unfit to be a dogcatcher.
They do not, however, think that standard of transparency should apply to them. The Democratic leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives are among hundreds of senators and representatives from both parties who refused to release their tax records. Just 17 out of the 535 members of Congress released their most recent tax forms or provided some similar documentation of their tax liabilities in response to requests from McClatchy Newspapers over the last three months. Another 19 replied that they wouldn't release the information, and the remainder never responded to the query.
There are legitimate arguments in favor of full disclosure...but they are even more true for members of Congress than they are for the guy running for president; Congress, after all, writes the laws (and often seems to personally benefit from those laws).  Pelosi and Reid are just dishonest hypocrites, pushing for this law as a way to help Obama.

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