Democrats starting a legislative push to get Romney to release his tax returns

posted at 5:21 pm on July 18, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

It’s actually come to this. Wow… just wow.

In the House, Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) is proposing legislation that would require presidential candidates to release 10 years worth of tax returns and disclose any overseas investments.

And in the Senate, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich) are proposing beefing up financial disclosure forms for all candidates for federal office to require disclosure of overseas investments, including Swiss bank accounts.

The House bill would also require new disclosure of off-shore investments but specifically targeted the tax return issue. Rep. Sander Levin said Romney should “set the example” for future candidates and release his returns. But then he said the law must be changed so release of tax information is not at the discretion of candidates.

“I don’t think there’s any question now in terms of the responsibility of the candidate,” he said. “I think the law ought to now reflect that responsibility.”

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you read that correctly. Gone are the days when the United States Congress focused their business on Constitutional, nationally-relevant issues, like — oh, I don’t know — passing a budget. It appears that, while those gosh darn obstructionist Republicans with all of their useless show votes and filibusters are the malicious harbingers of utter partisanship, the Democrats are now dedicating their legislative efforts to supporting the Obama campaign’s petty fits of populist whimsy. Last week, on the heels of all of these “Bain Capital offshored jobs, the horror!” attacks, the Democrats latched on to the Olympic-uniform controversy and proposed the unbelievably protectionist-pandering “The Team USA Made in America Act of 2012.” (Shakin’ my head, friends… shakin’ my head.) Now, they’re aiming to use Congress’s powers to force Mitt Romney to comply with Team Obama’s free enterprise-demonizing, muckraking, distraction-oriented tantrums?

On the Senate floor Wednesday morning, Majority Leader Harry Reid said that both parties in Congress do what they can to protect and support their respective nominees.

“I understand there’s a presidential election going on,” Reid said this morning on the Senate floor. “I clearly understand that. We do what we can to protect the president of the United States. And I know there are efforts to protect their nominee.”

Yes, Sen. Reid, but there’s a big, fat difference between supporting your favored candidate with substantive policy proposals that second their larger visions for running the country, and with a piddling legislative agenda seeking to shore up the president’s bullying in a bold-faced attempt to get everybody to ignore the country’s biggest problems.

There is no earthly number of facepalms that could mitigate my exasperation.


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While we’re at it, let’s make it a requirement for President and all positions in Congress to release a valid birth certificate, all college transcripts, selective service registration, military records, results of a full security clearance background investigation, results of a drug test, and the results of a standard lifestyle and/or counter-intelligence polygraph – all pretty standard for many applicants to military, government, and government contractor jobs requiring a high level security clearance.

Amen. Harry Reid can set the example and be the first to release.

BacaDog on July 18, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Harry Reid looks like the male part of An American Gothic.

the new aesthetic on July 18, 2012 at 7:16 PM

In the picture for this thread he looks like he’s holding their heads in his hands.

Deanna on July 18, 2012 at 7:28 PM

The Dems are resurrecting megaladon as we speak and building a ramp next to him.

Kataklysmic on July 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Now… Was that the funniest thing I have ever read at Hot Gas? It’s at least in the top 10. ROFLMAO

RushBaby on July 18, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Is it tme to get the gallows built yet?

44Magnum on July 18, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Why just presidential candidates? There are some really rich dudes in the House and Senate. I wonder how they got their money. Wouldn’t you love to get a peek at Charlie Rangle’s tax returns for the last decade…or 2 or 3 decades?

An amendment to make it applicable to Congressional/Senate candidates. For the last 10 years for non-incumbents, and 10 years prior to their first election to Congress/Senate for incumbents.

CJ on July 18, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Ok two can play this game democRATS….how about some legislation to get Obama to release his medical records, college transcripts, true birth records, passports, how he paid for college, etc etc..yeah, he has much more to reveal than Romney will ever have

sadsushi on July 18, 2012 at 7:48 PM

“Romney created the corporate culture at Bain Capital, and Bain even bragged about being a one-stop shop for clients’ outsource requirements. BUT I guess Republicans just have to BELIEVE that Mitt was not involved in all the outsourcing of jobs at Bain during those years! Isn’t belief wonder! Who needs facts and evidence!!”

Guess who was making the decisions about GST Steel in 2001 while Mitt was running the Olympics?

Jonathan Lavine

Guess who was making decisions about outsourcing jobs from Sensata Technologies in 2011 — long after Romney left Bain?

Jonathan Lavine

Who is Jonathan Lavine?

He is the Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital, Inc.

Do you know who else Jonathan Lavine is?

He is one of Obama’s top campaign financiers and bundlers. He has raised more that $200,000 in contributions for the 2012 Obama Victory Fund, according to estimates released by the Obama campaign.

Resist We Much on July 18, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Really?

Don’t get me wrong. I think Romney is making a big mistake by not playing the game and releasing his tax returns.

But still … Really? Dems are this desperate?

tom on July 18, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Well of course they are! Gotta hand it to the dem’s, they do have gonads. We were crazy for asking to see documents! At least they listen to their base, which is much more than I can say about the GOP.

shar61 on July 18, 2012 at 8:17 PM

+$16 Trillion in debt with +$100 Trillion in unfunded liabilities and rising, unemployment rising, economy slowing, gas and food prices continue to soar…

… and the Democrats play.

Time for Team Romney to add this stunt to their new wave of attack ads…

Seven Percent Solution on July 18, 2012
but, just think how nice the US Olympic team will look!!!

Strike Hornet on July 18, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Guess who was making the decisions about GST Steel in 2001 while Mitt was running the Olympics?

Jonathan Lavine

Guess who was making decisions about outsourcing jobs from Sensata Technologies in 2011 — long after Romney left Bain?

Jonathan Lavine

Who is Jonathan Lavine?

He is the Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital, Inc.

Do you know who else Jonathan Lavine is?

He is one of Obama’s top campaign financiers and bundlers. He has raised more that $200,000 in contributions for the 2012 Obama Victory Fund, according to estimates released by the Obama campaign.

GULP!

Strike Hornet on July 18, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Woo-boy this is getting silly.

Had Romney done anything illegal, the IRS and Holder’s “Justice” Department would have been all over Romney by now. There is nothing in there except political ammunition for more class warfare.

Daemonocracy on July 18, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Yes, I have ZERO doubt that Axleshaft has already been over anything the IRS has in the name of Governor Romney with a fine-toothed comb and found nothing. If they had, the New York Times would already have printed it.

The rest of this is a distraction.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Maybe the legislation would include Obummer releasing his college grades? Oh! forgot they are top secret.

Herb on July 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

CJ on July 18, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Lesseee just how much ‘we’ can get attached to this abomination !
LOL

pambi on July 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM

A bill of attainder to target an opposition candidate and influence a Presidential election? This stupid and futile even by Democrat standards.

claudius on July 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

+++++

pambi on July 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

This is inane.

All Romney needs to do is state the Dems in Congress should put this effort into taking care of their own business, i.e., a budget, and/or getting Holder to release all F&F documents.

INC on July 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

oh just legislate that obama is King For Life, Dear Leader, and get it over with… dingbat.

mittens on July 18, 2012 at 8:26 PM

OK, someone with more tech savvy than me start a twitter bomb.

#showusthegrades
#youfirstHarry
#Obamasgrades

Something like that. Come on you HotGas creative whizzes!! What’s a good one??

BacaDog on July 18, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Harry Raid? Is he that old landswapping guy with the little bitty glasses that tried to get his son elected?

Is he the leader of the:

NO BUDGET SENATE!!!

NO BUDGET SENATE!!!

NO BUDGET SENATE!!!

NO BUDGET SENATE!!!

NO BUDGET SENATE!!!

NO BUDGET SENATE!!!

NO BUDGET SENATE!!!

NO BUDGET SENATE!!!

PappyD61 on July 18, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Well, after reading Reid’s comment about protecting the president, I now know why the Dems have no regard for the Constitution wrt its requirements for presidential office.

Personally, I would have thought that to be more important than offshore accounts.

OldEnglish on July 18, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Constitutional, nationally-relevant issues, like — oh, I don’t know —

… like Section 3 of the 20th amendment.

BPinNC on July 18, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Like everything else the Democrats do I’m guessing they won’t be so enthusiastic in the 2016 election when their guy/gal is the challenger. Democrats, meh!

clippermiami on July 18, 2012 at 8:38 PM

CJ on July 18, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Lesseee just how much ‘we’ can get attached to this abomination !
LOL

pambi on July 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM

They should tack on repeal Obamacare. We will see how bad they want the rest of Romney’s tax returns. He already released the last year.

That’s why this is so stupid.

Dr Evil on July 18, 2012 at 8:39 PM

They should attach Holder has to release the Fast and Furious Documents to this legislation.

Dr Evil on July 18, 2012 at 8:42 PM

I see a billboard:
“What is Mitt Romney hiding?”

The Obama campaign is going to whack Romney up one side and down the other until 1) He either releases them or 2) November 6, whichever comes first.

Romney is hiding something so devastating to his election chances that he simply can’t reveal it. That’s gold for the Obama campaign and they are not going to let it go.

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Well, after reading Reid’s comment about protecting the president, I now know why the Dems have no regard for the Constitution wrt its requirements for presidential office.
-OldEnglish

and why the DemonRats in congress and the supreme court have opted to shore up a failing train wreck of a POTUS at the expense of the Constitution and our founding principles.

no one man or one political party is more important than the rule of law- or there is no rule of law.

mittens on July 18, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Sometimes I wonder about the sanity of these people.

Why is it so important that he release tax papers from way way back, but it wasn’t very important to get ANYTHING about the history of “their guy” Obama? We have no school records, no college transcripts, no records from ANY school that he attended about his attendance record, grades, behavior…. zip zilch nada. Not even a valid birth certificate.

I am ready to explode why NOTHING matters if you are a D…. but every minute detail not only matters, but is picked apart with a fine tooth comb if you are a R. What about some of those D’s in congress who are out and out crooks like Rangel? What about Alcee Hastings or Sheila Lee… and the list goes on and on.

Why is it that if you are a D you are exempt from any laws or rules, but if you are a R… well, God help you, if you dipped Becky’s pigtail in the inkwell you aren’t good enough to even wipe the rear ends of the D’s …. if you did that to poor Becky (especially if you are white and Becky was black), you aren’t even deserving enough to wipe Rangel’s rear… that is, if you are a R.

PackerFan4Life on July 18, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Romney is hiding something so devastating to his election chances that he simply can’t reveal it.

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Maybe he offered his former pastor a bribe to STFU. Or Maybe his returns will reveal a shady land deal involving a felon. Or possibly he’s hiding documents that show he allowed guns to go to cartels so he could roll back the 2nd amendment. Damning all.

Kataklysmic on July 18, 2012 at 9:08 PM

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Dreaming again?

Barred on July 18, 2012 at 9:10 PM

But why even bother when this can be enforced with an executive order? It would be a much faster way to ensure the kind of transparency that Romney Sr. envisioned.

bayam on July 18, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Really? You are comfortable with the office of the president having this kind of power, huh? What happens if there is an election and Romney wins? You want him keeping that kind of order in effect to use on the next democrat you hold dear? Given the democrat propensity to not paying taxes and committing tax fraud, I’d be careful what you wish for.

You were outraged by the Bush “imperial presidency” when he never even came close to this kind of totalitarian suggestion. Barack Obama has expanded and given new meaning to the term imperial presidency and you want to expand his usurped power even more? I’ve been reading your posts for a while now and this has to be the most diabolical, naive/insane suggestion you’ve made to date.

totherightofthem on July 18, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Sweeeeet! This is the hallmark of desperation. On the other hand, does anyone remember what this election is really about?

Thought so. Now, it’s about lack of Republican transparency. It’s amazing what you can do when the LSM is in your pocket.

2ndMAW68 on July 18, 2012 at 9:23 PM

They should tack on repeal Obamacare. We will see how bad they want the rest of Romney’s tax returns. He already released the last year.

That’s why this is so stupid.

Dr Evil on July 18, 2012 at 8:39 PM

I like this idea. It could have legs. ;)

totherightofthem on July 18, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I guess I’m not sure I understand what normal Americans care about Mitt’s tax returns.

However, many do care to see if the President authorized the sale of automatic weapons to drug cartels and then had no plan for tracking them. Now those documents I would love to see. Too bad Mr. Transparency forgot that promise, too.

I wonder if the press understands the ludicrous nature of this position?

goflyers on July 18, 2012 at 9:24 PM

2ndMAW68 on July 18, 2012 at 9:23 PM

It’s about jobs, and the lack of employment opportunities from here for as far as the eye can see.

Dr Evil on July 18, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Woo-boy this is getting silly.

Had Romney done anything illegal, the IRS and Holder’s “Justice” Department would have been all over Romney by now. There is nothing in there except political ammunition for more class warfare.

Daemonocracy on July 18, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Yes, I have ZERO doubt that Axleshaft has already been over anything the IRS has in the name of Governor Romney with a fine-toothed comb and found nothing. If they had, the New York Times would already have printed it.

The rest of this is a distraction.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

This is what fascinates me….with the access that the have to bis IRS file probably and all, leaks would have been already in the newspapers by now..what the fluke do they hope so badly and desperately to find in there that’s worth all this pathetic fit…I mean if they know it already, why not leak it, ‘destroy’ Romney, end of story…if they don’t know it, but they just hope there’s something in there, now how stupid it is to risk it all like this….they are phenomenally stupid indeed…

jimver on July 18, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Romney is hiding something so devastating to his election chances that he simply can’t reveal it. That’s gold for the Obama campaign and they are not going to let it go.

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Obama is protecting Holder by invoking executive privilege where no justification for such exists. Obama is hiding something so devastating to his election chances that he simply can’t reveal it. See how this works? Of course, in Obama’s case, it’s true. Not even a good try, but thanks for playing.

totherightofthem on July 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Say Romney gets out there and says, “I’ll release all my tax returns as soon as Congress passes and the President signs a balanced budget. And in the spirit of compromise, if they can’t do a balanced budget, I will release the percent of pages of my tax returns equal to the percent reduction in the deficit compared to the last budget (of 2009) of any budget that Congress passes and the President signs before the 2012 election. If they cut the annual deficit 1%, I’ll release 1% of the pages, 10%, I’ll release 10% of the pages.
Also in the spirit of compromise, if Eric Holder relases the documents subpoenaed by Congress in Fast and Furious, I will release one additional year of taxes.”

This would make the points that Congress hasn’t passed a budget, since 2009, that the last one had a huge deficit, how big the deficit is (if he puts dollar numbers to go with the percents), and that Holder is refusing to release information he is legally required to release-unlike Romney’s tax returns. And it shows that he is willing to compromise.

talkingpoints on July 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

‘With the access that they have to his IRS file’….ipad typing silliness…

jimver on July 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I see a billboard:
“What is Mitt Romney Barack Obama hiding?”

The Obama campaign GOP is going to whack Romney Obama up one side and down the other until 1) He either releases them memos from the DOJ on Fast and Furious or 2) November 6, whichever comes first.

Romney Obama is hiding something so devastating to his election chances that he simply can’t reveal it. That’s gold for the Obama campaign GOP and they are not going to let it go.

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

FIFY

goflyers on July 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Romney is hiding something so devastating to his election chances that he simply can’t reveal it.

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Choomin’ again??? Snap put of it…

jimver on July 18, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I guess I’m not sure I understand what normal Americans care about Mitt’s tax returns.

goflyers on July 18, 2012 at 9:24 PM

They don’t. Obama and the Democrats are hoping they can find enough distractors in Mitt’s returns to keep the media and voters from addressing Obama’s total incompetence and failure. Look at the DWS comment that the Romney campaign needs to put their big boy pants on. Totally irrelevant and without foundation-but that was the headline. Obama and the DNC want fodder for enough spurious headlines to get them through the election.

talkingpoints on July 18, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I could possibly go along with this if it also mandates that states must release the original paper copy of candidates’ birth certificates for examination by SCOTUS.

cane_loader on July 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM

It’s obvious that Romney has been hiding his past, so this law is necessary

/

cane_loader on July 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM

B.A.N.A.N.A. republic.

Obama can order the club shirts for his apparatchiks ready made.

Speakup on July 18, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Obama is protecting Holder by invoking executive privilege where no justification for such exists. Obama is hiding something so devastating to his election chances that he simply can’t reveal it. See how this works? Of course, in Obama’s case, it’s true. Not even a good try, but thanks for playing.

totherightofthem on July 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Irrelevant.
The issue is Romney’s tax returns and attempts to misdirect by bringing up Fast and Furious or his college transcripts or his birth certificate are a waste of time. Those questions are only important to the yahoos. Independent voters are not concerned.

The bottom line is, Romeny’s refusal to release more than two years of his tax returns provides the Obama campaign with the fatal (for Romney) question: “What is Mitt Romney hiding?” And an unanswered question invites endless speculation. Endless speculation about his taxes means Obama dictates the political conversation until November.

Works for me!

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Romney is hiding something so devastating to his election chances that he simply can’t reveal it. That’s gold for the Obama campaign and they are not going to let it go.

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Seems to me that one of Romney’s enemies would have revealed that 4 years ago.

Everything You Know Is Wrong.

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Works for me!

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

SCTV.

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2012 at 9:50 PM

It’s amazing what individuals can conjure up, upon the assumption that they may arbitrarily append Constitutional requirements.

This is quite hysterical but bottom line, could never be considered lawful.

John Kettlewell on July 18, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Works for me!

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

The F&F documents are irrelevant? Tell that to the families of the 300+ Mexican victims of our government’s perfidy. Tell that to Bryan Terry’s family. You have the gall to imply that Romney’s tax returns (beyond those already provided, together with the only things required by law to be produced-financial disclosure forms) are somehow more significant than evidence that our government was instrumental in the deaths of hundreds of people? Your sociopathology boggles the mind.

Romney’s refusal (rightly, I might add) to produce thousands of pages of tax returns works for you because you are an amoral, expedient hack. And,not too bright, either. If Romney committed any sort of fraud on his taxes you can bet your azz that the IRS and the DoJ would have been all over it already. There’s no there there and to imply otherwise is beyond dishonest.

totherightofthem on July 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Your faux concern is palpable. Are you an Obama bundler or just another rank and file democrat ignoramus?

tom daschle concerned on July 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Chump you are the classic useful idiot. Pathetic.

CW on July 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

What about releasing college records too?

COgirl on July 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Why not legislation that would require Congressional candidates to release 10 years worth of tax returns, disclose any overseas investments, list all their children (with current wife and other), all sex partners, all drugs consumed, annual alcohol consumption and HIV status.

J_Crater on July 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I really believe that Harry Reid has some dinosaur-sized skeleton in at least one of his closets that Obama knows about. The man is creepy, to put it mildly, and has to be hiding some horrible secret. There. I can speculate with the best worst of the trolls out there.

totherightofthem on July 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

So Romney is willing to take a beating about his tax returns from now until November rather than release them. Fair enough.

What about his running mate? I’m curious as to how many years of back tax returns Romney will demand of his running mate. I’m willing to bet no more than two.

This just gets better and better!

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Chump, here in southern AZ, yea we kinda care about F&F. Romneys 10 year old tax returns won’t get me killed.

wolly4321 on July 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Irrelevant.
The issue is Romney’s tax returns and attempts to misdirect by bringing up Fast and Furious or his college transcripts or his birth certificate are a waste of time. Those questions are only important to the yahoos. Independent voters are not concerned.

The bottom line is, Romeny’s refusal to release more than two years of his tax returns provides the Obama campaign with the fatal (for Romney) question: “What is Mitt Romney hiding?” And an unanswered question invites endless speculation. Endless speculation about his taxes means Obama dictates the political conversation until November.

Works for me!

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Let’s see if I have this right…

Obama hiding memos to the WH involvement in selling weapons to drug cartels in not relevant to the election.

Romney not releasing tax returns for years he wasn’t in government is relevant to the election.

You have to see the stupidity in your conclusion. It’s either that or you are a hack lib zombie.

goflyers on July 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

This just gets better and better!

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM

At least you got one thing right: the firs half of your name. Gods, but you are in deep.

totherightofthem on July 18, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Sorry: the word should be “first”, before “half”.

totherightofthem on July 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM

My, my chumpy. You and the pantloaders just keep speculating on tax returns, while the rest of the country anxiously awaits the opportunity to boot your pantload lord out on his arse.

Slainte on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

The F&F documents are irrelevant? Tell that to the families of the 300+ Mexican victims of our government’s perfidy. Tell that to Bryan Terry’s family. You have the gall to imply that Romney’s tax returns (beyond those already provided, together with the only things required by law to be produced-financial disclosure forms) are somehow more significant than evidence that our government was instrumental in the deaths of hundreds of people? Your sociopathology boggles the mind.

Romney’s refusal (rightly, I might add) to produce thousands of pages of tax returns works for you because you are an amoral, expedient hack. And,not too bright, either. If Romney committed any sort of fraud on his taxes you can bet your azz that the IRS and the DoJ would have been all over it already. There’s no there there and to imply otherwise is beyond dishonest.

totherightofthem on July 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Hyperventilating and name calling. I’m going to have to deduct some points for that.

If Romney committed any sort of fraud on his taxes you can bet your azz that the IRS and the DoJ would have been all over it already. There’s no there there and to imply otherwise is beyond dishonest.

You’re the one who’s mention fraud, not me! I guess ol’ Mitt will keep us both guessing, won’t he?

Funny, Mitt had no trouble giving John McCain 23 years worth of tax returns, but he’ll risk losing the election to make sure they never see the light of day again.

“What is Mitt Romney hiding?”

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Your faux concern is palpable. Are you an Obama bundler or just another rank and file democrat ignoramus?

tom daschle concerned on July 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM

*psst* let him fornicate this chicken if he wants. Trust me you don’t want him wandering back to his old Trig Truther schtick.

Kataklysmic on July 18, 2012 at 10:12 PM

You’re the one who’s mention fraud, not me! I guess ol’ Mitt will keep us both guessing, won’t he?

Funny, Mitt had no trouble giving John McCain 23 years worth of tax returns, but he’ll risk losing the election to make sure they never see the light of day again.

“What is Mitt Romney hiding?”

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Well, if he’s already provided 23 years of returns, why not just ask John McCain’s people for them? If you’re not looking for fraud, then of what relevance are the returns? You really want confirmation that Romney has been an upstanding citizen who has paid millions of dollars, pursuant to law, into the U. S. Treasury? Yeah, right.

Listen up, bucko, I don’t give a rat’s behind what you think of my rejoinders, so don’t come the arrogant “intellectual” with me, with talk of “deducting points” and “hyperventilating”. You chose the name chump, not me. It fits perfectly.

totherightofthem on July 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Romney not releasing tax returns for years he wasn’t in government is relevant to the election.

You have to see the stupidity in your conclusion. It’s either that or you are a hack lib zombie.

goflyers on July 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

He let John McCain see 23 years worth, which apparently unnerved McCain so much that he chose Palin!

Romney has handed the Obama campaign a baseball bat because there is apparently aN IED hidden in his tax returns.

That’s ok. I’m sure Obama will be content with the baseball bat.

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM


This doesn’t even make sense…

tom daschle concerned on July 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Well, if he’s already provided 23 years of returns, why not just ask John McCain’s people for them?,

You mean that’s all Obama has to do? Oh man! Who knew?

If you’re not looking for fraud, then of what relevance are the returns?

totherightofthem on July 18, 2012 at 10:17

Wrong question. The correct question is: “What is Mitt Romney hiding?”

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Wrong question. The correct question is: “What is Mitt Romney hiding?”

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM

You think maybe he bought a 32-ounce drink or something? You’re right. Better find out these things now.

Ronnie on July 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM

wargamer6 on July 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM

What ammo? Maybe there is something in there we need to know?

The Democrats are keeping Romney on defense when he needs to be on offense. In other words, they are winning the debate NOW!

DannoJyd on July 18, 2012 at 10:44 PM

oo-boy this is getting silly.

Had Romney done anything illegal, the IRS and Holder’s “Justice” Department would have been all over Romney by now. There is nothing in there except political ammunition for more class warfare.

Daemonocracy on July 18, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Yes, I have ZERO doubt that Axleshaft has already been over anything the IRS has in the name of Governor Romney with a fine-toothed comb and found nothing. If they had, the New York Times would already have printed it.

The rest of this is a distraction.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

This.

davidk on July 18, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I guess ol’ Mitt will keep us both guessing,

“What is Mitt Romney hiding?”

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I for one (of many) am not guessing what is in Romney’s tax returns because it is none of my business.

“Hiding?” You can bet your boots that (as others have pointed out) if Romney had filed even a hint of a false return he would be under audit by the IRS, and the NYT would have it on the front page.

You’re just making a fool of yourself.

davidk on July 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM

“What is Mitt Romney hiding?”

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Oh, look over there! A bright shiny object to distract from Barry’s record.

a capella on July 18, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Yes, I have ZERO doubt that Axleshaft has already been over anything the IRS has in the name of Governor Romney with a fine-toothed comb and found nothing. If they had, the New York Times would already have printed it.

The rest of this is a distraction.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

That certainly does explain why Romney refuses to release his taxes all right.

BTW, the NYTimes is bordering on bankruptsy. They cannot afford to lose a single subscriber.

DannoJyd on July 18, 2012 at 11:14 PM

I say we get them ALL to release their tax records since they first came to the Senate or House. That would halt this nonsense.

DevilsPrinciple on July 18, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Meanwhile, we aren’t allowed to check voter id.

I think the House should immediately pass a bill requiring photo id for all voters in all states when the election involves national candidates. Those politicians and their voters affect all of our lives so it can’t be left up to the states to decide the matter. Let the Democrats vote against it, if they wish. They are admitting they like voter fraud.

Buddahpundit on July 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Meanwhile, the Republicans don’t bully anyone. They just get bullied and lose. They can’t even admit that Obama isn’t constitutionally eligible to be president. They can’t impeach Obama for numberous crimes against America because of fear that the voters will punish them. It’s just pathetic.

Buddahpundit on July 18, 2012 at 11:31 PM

ALL public servants should release their tax returns every year!

/s

You first Mr. “I miss my fruit trees” nut ball.

How much is ol’ Harry worth anyway?

ccrosby on July 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Instead of trying to create phoney issues douchebag reid, why don’t you get some of those budgets and spending cut bills the house sent your miserable lazy azz and vote on them.

Wolfmoon on July 18, 2012 at 11:50 PM

While we’re at this inane insane piece of BS, can we tag in the following Mandatory requirements …
1. Proof of Citizenship
2. Proof of fulfillment of constitutional requirement of “NATURAL CITIZENSHIP”
3. Passport
4. Selective Services registration
5. Voter Registration
6. Social Security Card
7. Post HS education transcripts.

Would this be too much?

janicelwest on July 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I guess ol’ Mitt will keep us both guessing,

“What is Mitt Romney hiding?”

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

You should be asking why is Harry Reid saying.
” We do what we can to protect the president of the United States.”
Actually since when is it his job to do that? This comment of Reid’s is the most important thing about this whole debacle…not Romney’s taxes. And it it could have long term consequences, some you may not like if there’s a Repub majority.

Deanna on July 19, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Oh Harry didn’t McClatchy newspaper ask you to release your returns along with Pelosi and Washer woman Schultz and you all said NO?

stormridercx4 on July 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Works for me!

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

It probably works for any number of idiots with sub-normal IQs….but not for normal people.

Solaratov on July 19, 2012 at 1:01 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWpU8sX10_4

Never goes out of style.

claudius on July 19, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Romney will not release any more tax returns for the following reasons:

1. He has a 102 million dollar IRA
2. He has a 100 Million dollar trust fund
3. He paid zero taxes in 2009
4. He paid zero taxes in 2008
5. He has dozens of suspicious overseas bank accounts/tax shelters

Mitt really knows how to not pay taxes. It may upset people who actually pay their taxes.

ZippyZ on July 19, 2012 at 1:32 AM

To Hell with Harry and his buddies in the Senate.
JUST SAY NO, MITT!

When McCain ran for president he provided 2 years of tax returns.
Where was the out cry then????

Say NO Mitt!
Better yet, don’t say another word about tax returns.
Maybe Obama would like to produce his College applications, his grades, his thesis, or a relative who is NOT illegal????

Up yours Harry

Delsa on July 19, 2012 at 1:41 AM

If Romney is fool enough to release the tax returns that the Dems are demanding, they will demand more, back to the day he was born. And then we will hear nothing but nitpicks over those returns, effectively distracting everyone from Obama’s atrocious economy, which is exactly what Obama and the Dems want.

I hope Mitt continues to tell all those who demand his tax returns to pound sand. If he plays their game he’s sunk.

I should think that most of the persons on this board would see through the Democrat strategy. They want those returns for a reason, and it isn’t for Mitt’s good.

The IRS has seen those tax returns. If there were anything of note in them, they would already be hauling Romney over the coals. Obama’s team knows there’s nothing incriminating in them. They’re meant as a distraction. The Left is awfully good at making the innocuous sound like a crime.

Don’t fall for it.

hachiban on July 19, 2012 at 1:50 AM

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Who let the sump pump overflow?

Smells kinda DUy around here.

98ZJUSMC on July 19, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Will we have to pass this 2700 page “Income Disclosure For Rich Republicans” Bill before we can find out what’s really in it?

Don L on July 19, 2012 at 6:49 AM

Mitt really knows how to not pay taxes. It may upset people who actually pay their taxes.

ZippyZ on July 19, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Gosh, you’d of thunk he was one of Obama’s appointees with skills like that.

Don L on July 19, 2012 at 6:51 AM

He let John McCain see 23 years worth, which apparently unnerved McCain so much that he chose Palin!

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I suppose you were a skid mark on the wall when McLame made that decision, eh? Presupposing, of course, that Romney was even offered a VP slot or wanted it.

98ZJUSMC on July 19, 2012 at 7:04 AM

But why even bother when this can be enforced with an executive order? It would be a much faster way to ensure the kind of transparency that Romney Sr. envisioned.

bayam on July 18, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Spoken like a true totalitarian.

zoyclem on July 19, 2012 at 7:19 AM

So the US Senate is now a part and an instrument of the Obama reelection campaign? That’s somewhat hard to believe.

TonyR on July 19, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Someone suggested something similar previously, but I think this would work….

Romney releases a miniscule portion of his returns, with all of the numbers and personal info blacked out. Then he says he not releasing anything else claiming personal priviledge. Then he makes the point that he is has releasing his returns in like manner to how Obama and Holder have released F&F documentation. Any democrat objection about him hiding something illegal, he just repeats back to the President and F&F.

AverageJoe on July 19, 2012 at 7:28 AM

I would assume the rest of the world is now watching as this new found extremist isolationist Fascism is taking hold within the trash of the Democrat Party.

MNHawk on July 19, 2012 at 7:30 AM

AverageJoe on July 19, 2012 at 7:28 AM

….Better yet, do this on live TV during the debates, and let Obama try to stammer his way out of that.

AverageJoe on July 19, 2012 at 7:31 AM

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