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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Billboards? Heh heh.

What is OBAMA hiding?
Fast and Furious GUN RUNNING documents?
College transcripts?
Passport records?
Why has Barack Obama spent $2 million hiding his documents?

Mr. President……..isn’t it time to come clean with the American people?

And by the way………..WHERE ARE THE JOBS YOU PROMISED??

THAT is a Billboard!

PappyD61 on July 19, 2012 at 7:35 AM

But I still like the billboard in all close Senate Democrat races that reads…….

Senator SoandSo……..proud member of the NO BUDGET SENATE!!!!!

PappyD61 on July 19, 2012 at 7:37 AM

I hope the Senate Democrats are so proud of their achievements that they run on them. I can’t imagine what state would be proud of what their Democrats in the Senate have done. Are they serious?

bflat879 on July 19, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Actually, it is unconstitutional for the Congress to pass a law whose intent is to compel action by a particular individual, on pain of legal sanction. This is exactly what Rep. Levin is proposing, and Sen. Durbin admits as much. (Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 3.) Either they don’t know that this idea is illegal in either case they’re not competent to do their jobs, or they do know it and could careless about constitutional constraint.

xler8bmw on July 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

A Republican should offer an amendment requiring candidates to release their college transcripts and passport records.

The Monster on July 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

And, of course, the MSM is decrying this blatantly political move as a “stunt” and a “time waster”, just like they did last week’s House bipartisan vote to repeal Obamacare.

— crickets —

SaveFarris on July 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), have been some of the most vocal voices to have called on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns.

In stunning examples of hypocrisy, though, Pelosi, Reid, and Wasserman-Schultz all refused to release their tax returns when asked by McClatchy Newspapers.

“The leader has filed a complete financial disclosure report as required by law that includes financial holdings, transactions and other personal information,” Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami told McClatchy.

At a news conference, Wasserman Shultz said, “I file full financial disclosure required under the law” and refused to release her tax returns.

Reid also would not let McClatchy look at his tax returns.

In recent weeks, Pelosi has said Romney’s failure to release his tax returns makes him unfit to even be a Cabinet member while Reid said it made Romney unfit to be even a dogcatcher.
Wasserman Schultz said Romney’s refusal to release his returns was an example of Romney’s “penchant for secrecy.”

But, as McClatchy reports, “all three refused repeated requests from McClatchy to release their own returns, requests that started before the flap over Romney’s records.”
By Reid’s, Pelosi’s, and Wasserman Schultz’s standards, they should not be serving in office.

From Breitbart

mountainaires on July 19, 2012 at 8:51 AM

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.

I thought one was only required to keep his returns on file for seven years…?

Plus, if this is a qualification for being president, wouldn’t it take a constitutional amendment to require this?

Akzed on July 19, 2012 at 9:14 AM

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

chumpThreads on July 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Nein, Herr Diktator. In this country, for the time being at least, we are all still innocent until proven guilty. The burden is on you (as the de facto prosecutor here) to prove there’s something in those returns that warrants public disclosure or investigation.

totherightofthem on July 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I called Carl Levins office and inquired if Obama will release his records too and was hung up on, then I called back and another tool there told me but he has released his records… Guess were all wrong lol

IranAware on July 19, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Tiny people do tiny things. The Senate has sunk to this. We Obama has a lot to disclose & he’s the President. Democrat morons may wish to step back from this lest they stick their feet in the doo-doo.

arand on July 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Looking at comments around the interwebs on this story, it is boomeranging back on the democrat fools and people are FINDING OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME that members of Congress keep their tax records secret — and that they ALL suddenly become millionaires after just a couple of years in office! Ha! This one’s going to go down the memory hole faster than you can say “You didn’t build that!”

Oh, and in the Fox poll out yesterday, they asked if people thought the Obama campaign’s description of Mitt Romney’s work at the investment firm Bain Capital is mostly true or mostly false. The result? 35% mostly true; 44% mostly false. And they asked if the Romney team’s description of his work there was mostly true or mostly false. The results? 45% mostly true; 32% mostly false.

So no one even believes barack’s attacks — most know they are lies — and they believe Romney. Yeah. Keep it up, dems.

Rational Thought on July 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Best trade for Romney’s tax returns for say 4 years….

Pres. Obama allows a DNA test on himself.

Pres. Obama agrees not to supress DNA test of his family and other families such as Frank Marshall Davis family.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Romney should promise to release his tax returns when (1) they do, and (2) when a budget is brought to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

EdmundBurke247 on July 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Romney should promise to release his tax returns when (1) they do, and (2) when a budget is brought to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

EdmundBurke247 on July 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I would like to see full disclosure of how much every one of these sanctimonious SOB’s and DOB’s have made off of their inside trading using information they have received during committee hearings and meetings.

Sporty1946 on July 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

“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!!”

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

RWM – great points.
What amazes me about this though is how many people clearly don’t understand the difference between outsourcing and offshoring.
Bain may have been a leader in outsourcing – which was a big deal in the 80s and 90s and is a very good business practice. But its all about companies hiring subcontractors to do functions that are not intrinsic to their primary product/business instead of having direct employees do them – things like network/computer/copier/printer operations & maintenance, janitorial services, secretarial services, etc. Even the government “outsources” whenever they hire a contractor to do anything instead of government civil service employees.

dentarthurdent on July 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

The LA Times has been hiding a tape of Barack Obama toasting Khalid Rashidi, a former spokesman for the PLO, that is evidently so incendiary that it is the tape that must not be named. The Times has refused to release it since 2007. If it had been released, I doubt Barack Obama would even be in a position to run for reelection.

Resist We Much on July 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

dentarthurdent on July 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

This was not my quote:

“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!!”

These, however, were my facts:

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.

A Big Swing And A Big, Fat Miss: You Were Saying Something About Bain & Outsourcing????

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/a-big-swing-and-big-fat-miss-you-were.html

M2RB: Blink-182

Resist We Much on July 19, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Um, correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t these the guys who once slammed conservatives for playing politics with policy?

But while we’re at it, let’s amend the bill to require that every Presidential candidate release all personal information including birth certificate, school transcripts, and records of all financial dealings in the past. And further amend the bill to require that all members of Congress release all tax returns for 10 years prior to election and every year they are in Congress.

But nah. That would be playing politics with policy, nu?

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on July 19, 2012 at 11:42 AM

let’s amend the bill to require that every Presidential candidate release all personal information including birth certificate, school transcripts, and records of all financial dealings in the past. And further amend the bill to require that all members of Congress release all tax returns for 10 years prior to election and every year they are in Congress.

All good to me, and if it’s playing politics, they all are politicians aren’t they? So what.

hawkeye54 on July 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Harry, can you say “politically motivated unconstitutional abuse of power”? I know you can.

farsighted on July 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Don’t forget that 0bama’s first act in office was to sign an Executive Order (13489) allowing him to claim executive privilege on his records and that the Attorney General would determine the merits of the claim. Sounds like the AG gets to rubber stamp teh One’s privilege. Maybe Reid’s law should be retroactive and include other official documents.

freedomfirst on July 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

dentarthurdent on July 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

This was not my quote:

“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!!”

Resist We Much on July 19, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I guessed that wasn’t yours from the way you presented it – but whoever wrote it was who I was aiming at – and I did like your response to it as well.
My commentary was not aimed at you but just in general at the Dems and their minions who don’t seem to know the difference between outsourcing and offshoring – the types who wrote that initial quote.

dentarthurdent on July 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Resist We Much on July 19, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I guessed that wasn’t yours from the way you presented it – but whoever wrote it was who I was aiming at – and I did like your response to it as well.
My commentary was not aimed at you but just in general at the Dems and their minions who don’t seem to know the difference between outsourcing and offshoring – the types who wrote that initial quote.

dentarthurdent on July 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM

BTW – when I said great points – I meant your response to that original quote – not the quote itself. Just to be more clear.

dentarthurdent on July 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

This tax returns issue is apparently all they have left. It’s all I hear…

Pest on July 19, 2012 at 4:37 PM

I like this … lets make it better …
also require records of life, like educational records, birth certificates and other things, too!
This way, we can be sure there is no usurpers and phonies!

deafy on July 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM

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