August 12, 2012
So, Mitt, did you ask?
You know...c'mon! Did you ask to see Ryan's tax returns for the past 12 years? Remember Geraldine Ferraro? She took a whole day to respond to reporters' questions on taxes paid or not paid by her husband and her. She answered all of them! And you, Mitt, have answered none of them. Whoa Nelly! You promised during the primaries that you would release them. Remember? You told the ABC reporter you would go back and look at past returns to see if you paid a low rate. Well? Did you? Did Ryan pay or did Atlas just Shrug?
One article ended this way: "As long as Mr. Romney withholds his returns, continued speculation and even outlandish conjecture will probably flourish." I saw no mention of the Romney refusal to release his tax returns yesterday during the Ryan coverage.
I think all returns for everybody should be public documents. How else can we determine if someone is cheating on taxes? Property taxes are public. Why not income taxes?
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Certainly tax returns should be public documents, if for no other reason than to document the nefarious ways the government is fleecing us. The downside might be copycat crooks in the private sector. All legal, of course, as is the government's shearing of us sheep.
One reason for property taxes being unashamedly public is that it is a proper tax, at least the part that taxes unimproved land. But income taxes are insane, being a tax on labor and capital that punishes job creation.
Some cheating on income taxes is legal such as the deduction of those aforementioned property taxes and mortgage interest. Then some cheating may be only a lack of interpretation of an incomprehensive income tax code. But a lot of cheating may be just an intellectual or ethical revolt against an oppressive government.
-Ernest Martinson | Hayward WI | August 12, 2012
Looks like the GOP insiders got at least one of theirs on the ticket. I wonder how Rmoney is going to like playing second fiddle to the Boy Blunder? One thing for sure is now the debate shifts from Rmoney's money, and where it is hidden, to Ryans ideas. That is not good for Dems because, frankly, they have no plan to speak of.
In her essay "Anatomy of Compromise" in "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal" Ayn Rand noted that in any argument between two men, or groups, who are in essential agreement, the most consistent one wins. Let me submit that Obungle and Rmoney/Ryan are in essential agreement that Social Security and Medicare need to be "fixed", that we need to cure the deficit with drastic cuts, and that the national debt is a serious problem. Now, given the history of recent elections and who has controlled the debate on those issues who do YOU think stands a better chance of winning? Obugle and the go along to get along, me too but less so Dummycraps? Or the Rmoney/Ryan/Walker crowd?
It isn't smart to count your chickens before they are hatched. And, it seems that lately it is the Dummycraps who have been laying the eggs.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | (Glad) I Escaped, WI. | August 12, 2012
So, little Reince Preibus says that the tax return issue is the new birth certificate issue. Hmm...I think all intelligent people had everything they needed to know about Obama's birth well before the election. Now we have the Herman and Eddie Munster ticket, and they're going to stonewall about taxes.
-Happy progressive | Oregon, WI | August 13, 2012