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.