Harry Reid brings tax conspiracy theory to the Senate floor
Yesterday, I noted the absurdity of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s suggestion that Mitt Romney hasn’t paid income taxes in 10 years, which he says is the reason why the soon-to-be-coronated GOP nominee hasn’t released tax returns before 2010. Reid has absolutely no proof of this, mind you. It’s heresay — gossip, if you will.
Reid even admits that he doesn’t know if the accusation is true. As Jon Stewart said on Wednesday night, “If you have to follow your claim with the words ‘I don’t know if that’s true’; then shut up.” Stewart continued, “‘Cause otherwise you might as well put a dead cockerspaniel on your head and start railing about birth certificates”; a reference to Donald Trump, who made has fool of himself by claiming that President Barack Obama’s birth certificate isn’t real.
Sadly, he hasn’t taken Stewart’s free advice. Instead, Reid took his baseless conspiracy theory to the floor of the Senate yesterday:
Note that Reid isn’t just floating the conspiracy theory any longer. He flat out says that Romney hasn’t paid his taxes. Again, Reid has absolutely nothing to back up this claim. But for some odd reason, he thinks the burden of proof is on Romney to prove him wrong.
It’s a presidental election year, so political stunts are to be expected, but have we really gotten to the point in politics that something like this is passing for serious discussion? Sure, the crazy Birther conspiracy, which has thankfully faded away, was bantered about quite a bit amongst Republicans. But do you recall a moment when it was brought up on the floor of either chamber of Congress?
Reid hasn’t disclosed his tax returns. Neither has Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). After being pressed by McClatchy, her aides said that Pelosi “has filed a complete financial disclosure report as required by law that includes financial holdings, transactions and other personal information.” By releasing any of his tax returns, Romney has done more than he is required. Yes, there is a tradition of candidates disclosing their tax returns, but it’s not a legal requirement.
Romney may have to eventually give in and present more tax returns, but the issue is just a distraction; one that Reid and other surrogates for President Obama are pushing to take the focus away from their own failures on the economy. It’s politics, sure, but we’ve clearly reached a new low.