Response to Samantha (Original post)
Mon Jul 16, 2012, 07:56 AM
KharmaTrain (31,675 posts)
16. For Rushpublican, This Is A Badge Of Honor...Shirking Taxes Is An Honor...
Dan Senor this morning alluded that all the tax dodges Willard has done is legal and that he's successful thus has the right to all the loopholes and tax shelters he can find. He didn't write the laws, just took advantage of them. Of course that belies the fact that the laws have been gutted in the past 20 years and it's very possible that Mittens paid ZERO income tax for many years...and did so legally. For rushpublicans...especially deadbeat teabaggers...they hate taxes (of course they want their social security and medicare) and anyone who shirks them is a hero. So in the rushpublican clown car demolition last winter Willard's taxes became a non-issue...but that's not the case now.
In politics perception is reality and the more Willard parses about his taxes and role at Bain it shows what a shady operator he is. It's not the money as much as its his not being open about what he did with it. The perception that he's dodging taxes and lying about it is almost akin to lying about sex. For some it's a private matter while to others its a test of one's morality.
To your question...Yes...if a candidate is so arrogant and brazen about how they make and spend their money, they can and do lose. Linda McMahon in 2010 is a classic case as is Michael Huffington in California in '94. Being rich isn't something Americans hold against politicians but if that money is flaunted, that's another story. What we're seeing is Mittens values his money more than all else and his refusal to open the books shows he's got things to hide. A self-inflicted wound that continues to spread...
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