Steven Birn Speaks
A little birdie has spoken in Sen Harry Reid’s ear and told him that Mitt Romney didn’t pay income taxes for a decade.
According to Reid, a Bain investor told him these “facts” about Romney. Reid won’t name the investor and won’t tell anyone how exactly an investor has information about Mitt Romney’s private tax returns. That of course hasn’t stopped Reid from spouting this nonsense from the floor of the Senate. We used to believe it was wicked to bear false witness. We used to believe that people were innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately Democrats no longer believe this.
Reid doesn’t have the slightest bit of evidence that Romney didn’t pay taxes. That a Bain “investor” told him this really calls into question Reid’s credibility. Anyone could claim to be a Bain investor. Just because someone is a Bain investor doesn’t mean they’re privy to any tax information concerning private individuals working at Bain. In fact, tax returns are private. Unless someone steals Mitt Romney’s tax returns, they would have no idea how much he paid in tax. Let’s also keep in mind that Romney hasn’t worked for Bain since 1999. So what 10 years are we talking about here? Surely not the period between 1999-2009 when Romney wasn’t even working for Bain Capital.
This notion that we are entitled to see Presidential candidates tax returns is absolutely ridiculous. No one seemed to care about Obama’s tax returns before he became President. President’s Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton and Bush 43 didn’t release any of their tax returns prior to becoming President. So why exactly do we need to look at Mitt Romney’s? In fact since the income tax was created in 1913 Presidential candidate tax returns have never been an issue until 2013. Make no mistake we’ve had candidates richer than Romney over the last century. If it hasn’t mattered to Americans before, why do tax returns suddenly matter now?
Obama’s historic course of action against his opponents is to smear them personally to the point that he becomes the only alternative. In 2004 he smeared his Senate opponent in the Democrat primary having information about his sealed divorce records leaked to the press. In the general election the Obama team got a California judge to unseal his Republican opponent’s child custody records. In both of these cases Obama’s team forced the unsealing of private records, none of which showed anything particularly negative about his opponents.
But that didn’t stop Obama’s surrogates from complaining that there was something in the records. Obama’s team is trying to do the same thing to Romney. They don’t have any divorce records to demand, in fact they don’t even have any lawsuits to demand a peak at. So they’re going to pretend like there’s something in Romney’s tax records that prove he really is a bad guy. Romney is innocent until proven guilty. If it means that Harry Reid has to make up stories on the Senate floor so be it.
Harry Reid is lying about Mitt Romney. He has absolutely no evidence that Romney didn’t pay taxes for a decade. If he has such evidence, by all means he should come forward with it so Romney can be indicted and prosecuted for tax evasion. But of course Reid doesn’t have any evidence. He’s lying or in the alternative he’s repeating a lie. Here in America a man is innocent until proven guilty. We don’t get to simply accuse people of committing crimes or even of doing things that present them in a bad light without evidence. Reid simply doesn’t have any evidence Romney didn’t pay taxes. There is no Bain investor with super secret information and if there is he should come forward with it. Until then, Reid should stop bearing false witness against Mitt Romney.
UPDATE: Obama and Reid might not be able to prove Romney committed a tax crime but they do have his high school report card. Yeah, that’s right, the media is running around with Mitt Romney’s high school report card. Could it get more ridiculous?
Steven Birn is an attorney and conservative political junkie and blogger. For more news and commentary visit Steven Birn Speaks.