- Important: All passwords were reset on 06/15/11. Old passwords will no longer work. Click here to retrieve your password.
- Subscribe to Our Free Dewsletter
We are non-commercial, all volunteer and supported by our readers. Please help sustain the Dew by making a donation.
Harry Reid, the current Majority Leader in the United States Senate, is a cautious man. In fact, when it comes to standing up to the Republican machine, he is out and out timid. There could be no more unlikely source for the “Romney paid no taxes” charge than sweet Harry.
This timidity of nature, by itself, is enough to make me believe Reid isn’t bluffing. I think he knows whereof of which he speaks. If so, who is his mysterious source? Or sources, as Reid has now stated he has “heard” this from numerous credible sources.
Who is “Deep Tax?”
There is one man who knows about Romney’s taxes prior to 2008, likes Harry Reid, respects the President and doesn’t either like or respect Mitt Romney. Who is that man? John McCain is that man.
Remember, as big a blow out as the 2008 Presidential election was, had McCain picked Romney instead of Palin as his VP, McCain might well have beaten Obama. That is not a pipe dream, poll after poll illustrated that many voters inability to believe Palin was capable of being President forced them to vote for Obama or not vote. There were enough of these anti Palin voters who might otherwise have voted for McCain to have changed the outcome in many swing states.
Further, in 2008, the economy, and the terror everyone felt about its dire condition, would have made Romney a perfect VP selection. Romney would have been the only person on either ticket who had a clue. He, theoretically, would have had more credibility on the subject than any of the other three. I have spent years wondering why McCain passed up such an obvious choice and settled on Moose Woman.
While no one will ever be able to explain why he chose Moose Woman, why McCain did not select Romney may now be apparent. Maybe Romney hadn’t paid any federal income taxes in ten years. If he did, maybe the percentage of his income those taxes comprised was so small as to be infuriating to McCain and, if known, to the general public as well.
When it comes to his tax returns, Romney needs to put up and shut up.
In the meantime, I nominate Senator John McCain for the position of Deep Tax.
- Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid Caricature: By DonkeyHotey from his flickr photostream and used under creative commons license.
Worthy of Comment
Also on the Dew
Tuesday morning, you may have heard, there was an explosion in a maintenance shed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport here in the Big Peach. It killed the power to Concourse D, so officials evacuated the folks there to Concourse E. When the power was restored, everybody went on their merry ways. But lawdamursy, did Twitter ever light up. I used "Atlanta airport" and "Hartsfield" as my search terms ... and you seriously wouldn't believe all the "OMG WHAT IS GOING ON IN ATLANTA" tweets. Especially after some poor soul thought a minor explosion at the airport would make a good cover for Read on →
My Aunt Naomi from the piedmont of South Carolina was visiting my mother in Southern Georgia. I wanted to see her, too, so I invited my parents and Aunt Naomi over for a cookout at my house. Aunt Naomi had been the victim of a stroke some years earlier and had some problems from time to time with speech, but hadn’t aged much, except for long gray hair that resembled Emmylou Harris. The steaks grilled, corn on the cob boiled, field peas cooked just right in chicken broth, and the crescent rolls ready, my wife and I sat down with them f Read on →
That is the 21st Century question. Whether agents of government are tasked with telling the public what to do or, as the United States Constitution suggests, are to limit themselves to prohibiting socially injurious behaviors by individuals and corporations. Republicans, being descendants of royalists, whose model of social organization is the family with its paternalistic head of household, continue to hold fast to the belief that their fellow man needs to be strictly ruled. Because people doing their own thing make them feel really insecure. This is what accounts for the sudden resurgence of legislation all over the country, some organized by Read on →
Last Friday, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes had the job of announcing that the Obama administration had decided to officially begin arming the Sunni Islamist insurgents attempting to overthrow the Syrian government. All that lobbying by the war party in Washington and its ‘friends in the Gulf’ is finally paying off. You would think that the problem was explaining why to a skeptical news media. Not so. Rhodes began the press conference by offering an intelligence estimate that the Syrian military had used Sarin nerve gas on a small scale to kill 100 to 150 people, thereby cro Read on →