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It’s April 15: Do you know where John McCain’s tax returns are?

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Originally published on on Tue, 04/15/2008 – 9:03am

The lament of April 15

Well, it’s April 15: Tax Day in the United States. Your taxes are due at midnight tonight (local time). And as George Harrison once sang, “Don’t ask me what I want it for, If you don’t want to pay some more.” And speaking due, a presidential candidate’s past tax returns are long overdue.

Is it Barack Obama? No, he long ago submitted his past tax returns. Is it Hillary Clinton? Well, no. Even Buddhist monks who don’t have access to newspapers or TV know that the media hounded her to release the past tax returns, and had hilarious and mean things to say once they were released.

Is it John McCain? You are absolutely correct. Open up a Budweiser to celebrate. Oh, did we say something that might trouble the senior senator from Arizona?

Well, he has to worry about Mike Huckabee. Wait, he’s the presumptive nominee and has been for some time. Uh, maybe he’s hard at work on this year’s return and doesn’t have time. Oh, all he has to do is just release them. Do we have any more excuses for Senator McCain?

McCain’s campaign said in March he would release them in the next month or so, but it’s not like we’ve seen any significant pressure to do so.

The only thing as startling as the fact that a presumptive presidential candidate nominee hasn’t released his tax returns is the fact that the MSM hasn’t asked for him to do so. On the day Clinton released her tax returns, I was in a conversation in a bar with a producer for a MSM Web site. I asked her why the press hasn’t asked about McCain’s returns. She said all that would happen in due time.

Really? This is the justification for the double standard. And you can rest assured that when the MSM does wake up to the idea, it will sound more like “hey, Senator McCain, you might want to think about, maybe, if you don’t mind and it’s not too much trouble, could you possibly release your tax returns for the past few years, if it’s no big deal, well, you are running for president, not that it’s any of our business, but we would like to know if it’s not too much trouble.”

And when (if) we finally receive those, the scrutiny on McCain’s returns from the MSM will be lighter than a feather resting on a bird’s wing.

There have been stories from the alternative press (yea!) about McCain’s wealth, his 8 houses, his in-laws beer distributor money, and his refusal to release his tax returns. There was McCain referring to Obama as elitist, this from a man in McCain’s position. This is what makes the MSM’s sin even more disturbing. McCain’s hypocrisy would be obvious, except they won’t mention McCain’s wealth.

It would also be nice if John McCain disclosed his tax returns to see how his decision to keep permanent the Bush tax cuts (a reversal for him) would affect him personally.

As distressful as the idea that John McCain, who has no excuses, hasn’t let us see his tax returns for the last few years, can you blame him for not showing them? He went through a whole process of primaries and caucuses, rarely if ever getting a question that might throw him off or show him in less than ideal light. He actually went long past the cycle of primaries and caucuses without a serious inquiry about his tax returns. McCain has had less than 1% of the pressure exerted on Sen. Clinton, and she has already released hers.

We have long established that releasing tax returns is part of running for president, and is absolute for those who are the presumptive presidential nominee of a major political party. Obama and Clinton have both released their tax returns, and one of them isn’t going to be the Democratic Party nominee. McCain is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party. So where are they?

Midnight on April 15 is the deadline for Americans to file their returns. It’s a hard, fast deadline. McCain’s deadline expired a long time ago. It’s beyond time to see the wealth behind the candidate. To not demand that now is a breach of responsibility.


Written by democracysoup

April 15, 2008 at 9:03 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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