Deep in Toxic Slime

 

A cartoon by Michael Ramirez

 

Mona Charen comments on recent Democratic allegations of tax evasion, literal toxicity, and manslaughter leveled against Mitt Romney and Republicans.

 

One of my favorite all-around writers, Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, discusses the mainstream media’s flagrant double standard about such things.

 

Former Senator Fred Thompson, a very familiar face, advises Governor Romney not to release further tax returns to the voracious press and the Democratic attack machine.  (Am I repeating myself?)

 

Incidentally, if it were true — which, by long odds, it isn’t — that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for ten years, that, in itself, wouldn’t say anything at all about his character or his suitability for public office.

 

The question would be whether or not his not paying taxes was legal.

 

There surely can’t be many normal Americans out there who believe that anybody ought to voluntarily and consciously pay more taxes than he or she owes.  And, I’m quite confident, there are even fewer who actually do knowingly fork over more than they owe.

 

If Governor Romney didn’t pay taxes for a decade (which, again, rests only on Harry Reid’s account of an anonymous bit of gossip from somebody who, even on his telling, wouldn’t likely be in a position to know), one might argue that there is a problem in our tax laws that would permit such a thing (though even that argument isn’t an absolutely guaranteed success).  But it would be much more difficult to argue that a person is unethical if, following the tax laws as they stand, s/he paid exactly what s/he owed under those laws.

 

 

 

  • Fred Kratz

    Our political process is devolving with each new ridiculous and mean spirited attack ad, which brings out our worst selves and frankly, is embarrassing. So not only is hatred being fueled, but it seems our Nation is more divided now than ever as our Congress stagnates in deadlock with few willing to reach across the isle to solve our economic structural issues and debt overhang.

    Our political process has changed for the worse and it is very sad. Political ad campaigns have taken on a life of their own, fueled by near unlimited spending and crafted by the best and the brightest to polarize the electorate with destructive psychological stimulus. The problem, as I see it, is that this polarization remains long after the campaigns are over with calamitous after effects. We are caught in a political quagmire.

    Obama had an opportunity to embrace Simpson/Bowles but lacked the courage. Obama has failed to rally the national conscience in a meaningful way as the high hopes after his election faded into the morass of the financial crisis. Would Mr. Romney fare better? Could even a savvy business operator bring Congress together to make the difficult choices necessary to tackle our debt and deal with the bloated budget spending in a revenue neutral tax environment? We can only hope that Congress regains the ability to set aside partisanship and concentrate on the business for which it was elected. Fewer talking heads, more action.

  • Raymond Takashi Swenson

    The Democratic Party ran roughshod over Republicans when they controlled both houses of Congress. Even after the 2010 elections, the lame duck Democrats could not enact a budget, but instead concentrated on repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for the military that had been a real bipartisan compromise, and also refused to enact an extension of the Bush income tax rates. The Democrats would rather have issues to demagogue about than actually solve any problem.


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