Saturday, July 21, 2012

Got the Hiccups? Here's Your Cure...

Pelosi: I'll release tax returns 'when I run for president'
While Democratic lawmakers and operatives clamor for Mitt Romney to release a full catalogue of tax returns, Nancy Pelosi doesn't think members of Congress should be held to the same standard.

"When I run for president of the United States, you can hold me to that standard," she told reporters Thursday.

I *think* she's making the claim that only people running for President should have to release their tax returns. This is in regards to Mitt Romney's reluctance to release more than the past two years of his returns. Apparently Pelosi thinks that presidential candidates have an obligation to make private information public when running for the Oval office.

I don't understand why Romney hasn't made more of this. Obama's college transcripts, medical records, and, of course, the infamous birth certificate are all in play - yet no Democrats have come forward asking that he release this information. We knew all about George Bush's "C" average in college, yet there is no information about Obama's time at Occidental College or Columbia.


Personally, I don't understand why Romney is being so reluctant. The information is going to come out eventually; either someone will leak it or he'll buckle to the pressure. He should have released the information immediately, and then called on Obama to release his college records. Fair is fair, after all. Of course, that would mean a competent candidate who was running a campaign to win, rather than because it was "their turn"...

I expect Romney to bobble this, badly, following a long line of GOP blunders against eminently beatable Democrat opponents. He's allowed the debate over money to focus on his time at Bain as opposed to the abysmal job Obama has done on the economy - heck, he hasn't even mentioned that Obama has also taken money from Bain. It is nothing short of mystifying why Romney would gift-wrap a "scandal" like refusing to release tax records as something the Obama campaign can use to distract from their own shortcomings.

But the thought of Pelosi running for president - that should be scary enough for Halloween...

That is all.

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6 comments:

JD Rush said...

Dang, it's a good thing Pelosi isn't running for an elected office. Hey, wait a minute...

Anonymous said...

Romney has not shown his college transcripts or his medical records either. And he has only shown a short-form birth certificate that does not show the name of the hospital or the name of the doctor. In contrast, Obama has shown both his short-form birth certificate and his long-form birth certificate, and the officials in Hawaii of both parties have confirmed that it exists in the DOH files in Hawaii and that the facts on the birth certificate that Obama has shown are exactly the same as on the BC in the files.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused. As Speaker of the House wasn't she two dead elected officials from being President?

Her tax records would be comedy gold!

Gerry

Daniel in Brookline said...

Sounds like the idea that "anything not forbidden should be compulsory". She thinks Presidential candidates should divulge everything (unless the name is Obama, of course)... but she, formerly fifth in line to the Presidency, doesn't owe us any such thing.

Or maybe she's just assuming, as many permanent infants do, that rules don't apply to her.

Or maybe it's all of the above.

Anonymous said...

One pundit said that the Romney camp doesn't want a repeat of Pres. Clinton's "used underwear" fiasco. You probably remember that the Clintons itemized every possible deduction, down to Bills' donation of used undies to a charity. The pundits and comedians had a field day with the info. That may be what the Romney people want to avoid. Yeah, it's Sunday so I'm trying to be nice, at least until noon.

LittleRed1

Bob S. said...

Jay G.

I think Romney could be playing this smart.

Let's get the media and far left in frothing frenzy for Romney's tax records, his college records, etc.

And then ask, repeatedly why President Obama isn't disclosing his documents.

Why the media isn't hounding Obama? Double Standard much?

It is a risky ploy if that is the approach but it will resonant with his core and moderates -- which Romney desperately needs to fire up.