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2012-08-03 10:44:14 AM

HotWingConspiracy: Boxcutta: How stupid is Harry Reid to double down on this stuff?

Now, when Mitt releases the returns

If that happens, then Reid is farking brilliant.


And if the source happens to have exaggerated in his descriptions, that will be brushed aside in the flood of LOOK AT HOW MUCH HIS DANCING HORSE COSTS reports.
 
2012-08-03 10:44:32 AM

stoli n coke: Kome: LordJiro: Corvus: OHHH OHHH!

Romney is farked if this story is true. Reid is one thing but a news source also saying it's true is going to make it 10 worse. And now Romney is on record saying it is untrue.

It's a nice trap. Romney can let the lie (if it is a lie) about him paying no taxes run rampant, OR he can release the tax returns. And he's made it clear that there's SOMETHING damaging in those returns...so either way, he's farked.

The 2008 McCain campaign have helped make that clear. If you look through his tax history and then say "Crap, we're going with Palin" you know there are skeletons in his closet that would make the Cryptkeeper do a double-take.

At this point, I wouldn't doubt if CNN's anonymous source is Steve Schmidt.
From what I've read, there was some bad blood between McCain and Romney during the 2008 primaries.


Yea you're probably right. I didn't even think about that.
 
2012-08-03 10:44:39 AM

Cat Food Sandwiches: unexplained bacon: Cat Food Sandwiches: badhatharry: An IRS employee or McCain could be the source. More likely Reid is just a liar.

The damage is done and people are talking about this rather than the 8.3% unemployment. But believe me, when voting time comes the unemployed won't give a crap about Reid's lies.

but Romney says we need to cut taxes for the wealthy to make more jobs...shouldn't he be able to show us on his tax returns how fed taxes are holding him back.

unless it turns out he's paying next to nothing already...uh uh that might make his entire campaign look like it's a giant shiatstorm.

If you will be honest with yourself, you will admit you know that no one is asking for a tax cut for anyone. He just wants to keep the same rate we have had for 10 years.


ah I see we've moved to the semantics round...

I'll pass on that.

if he says taxes are holding back the wealthy from creating jobs then I want to know what that looks like in real dollars on his returns.

if you could be honest with yourself you'd admit there's an obvious reason he's not showing us the returns, and that is that they would show he's paying very little and his claim that he can't pay more without it hurting job creation is BS.

I'd also like to see just how many jobs were created by the wealthy during the time this tax cut has been in place, 'cause it looks to me that while they got the tax cut, job creation (in the states) wasn't happening. kinda makes the entire argument about tax cuts for job creators look like nothing but a scam.
 
2012-08-03 10:44:49 AM

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Bungles: There's mild chatter in the Freep-verse that the person could be the one and only Sarah Palin (which is theoretically possible, via the McCain campaign), as a means the rise to power at the convention.

Entirely unlikely to be true, but an hilarious fantasy.

Because when I think Sarah Palin, I think of Machiavellian scheming.



It wouldn't really be Machiavellian scheming, just her classic brand of high school cheer leader biatching. The only thing that does seem likely is that if she had heard anything, anything at all, she wouldn't be able to resist mentioning it.
 
2012-08-03 10:45:51 AM
The right wing loons will continue to support him. "I don't wanna pay no taxes, neither!!"
 
2012-08-03 10:46:05 AM

Dimensio: As I have stated previously: until President Obama releases his complete educational transcripts from kindergarten through college, admission applications for the same, his entire medical history, the entire medical history of his mother, the microfilm of his birth certificate and every passport that he has ever used ever, then requests for Mr. Romney's tax returns are not reasonable and hypocritical.


This.

Where are Fartbongo 0nambla's kindergarten fingerpaintings of Karl Marx? Whar?
 
2012-08-03 10:46:07 AM

Kevin72: The person that started that tradition was George Romney who was an excellent Republican governor of Michigan. George Romney who had an exemplary business career before being governor consolidating Kelvinator, Nash, Packard, and other companies into American Motors. Presciently insisting on the smaller car niche. Rescued businesses, synergized them, saved and created jobs.


Sounds like the polar opposite of his spawn.
 
2012-08-03 10:46:26 AM

HotWingConspiracy: Boxcutta: How stupid is Harry Reid to double down on this stuff?

Now, when Mitt releases the returns

If that happens, then Reid is farking brilliant.


He has to. It's a fantasy that he'll be able to get through this election without releasing them. Or, alternatively, the potential reward for some staffer in the McCain '08 campaign to release them becomes simply too tempting. They're coming out one way or another.

/OK tax returns are coming out.
 
2012-08-03 10:46:42 AM

qorkfiend: imontheinternet: qorkfiend: imontheinternet: HeartBurnKid: imontheinternet: Her anonymous "credible source" confirmed that some guy is saying that Romney paid 0 taxes. This is a bullshiat non-story. When somebody is ready to go on the record in front of a camera, you've got a story, until then leave it alone.

As we all know, responsible reporters only report what's on record. That's why we knew the identity of Deep Throat from day 1.

Woodward and Bernstein didn't shout from a mountaintop that Nixon ordered Watergate based on anonymous sources with no independent confirmation.

FTFWiki: "Relying heavily upon anonymous sources, Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovered information suggesting knowledge of the break-in, and attempts to cover it up, led deep into the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and the White House."

FTFWiki: "During this early period, most of the media failed to grasp the full implications of the scandal, and concentrated reporting on other topics related to the 1972 Presidential election. After the revelation that one of the convicted burglars wrote to Judge Sirica alleging a high-level coverup, the media shifted its focus."

You're the one who claimed they didn't use anonymous sources, fella.


I didn't say they didn't use anonymous sources. I said that a report on Romney's tax returns based on a rumor from an anonymous source or two with no other investigation is not a valid news story. The contents of a person's tax returns and the investigation of a burglary are two completely different things. Like so.
 
2012-08-03 10:46:46 AM
SKIN IN THE GAME
 
2012-08-03 10:46:57 AM

Bungles: There's mild chatter in the Freep-verse that the person could be the one and only Sarah Palin (which is theoretically possible, via the McCain campaign), as a means the rise to power at the convention.

Entirely unlikely to be true, but an hilarious fantasy.


NO. A hilarious fantasy. But not "an" unless you pronounce it "'ilarious" which I doubt. It's not just you on snapping at just now, it's all the birdbrains who say that and things like "an historic" pronouncing the 'h'.

/rant off.
 
2012-08-03 10:47:04 AM
Harry Reid can risk it because he knows that "Of course I didn't pay 0%! Look, I paid 4%" isn't much of a defense.
 
2012-08-03 10:47:27 AM

unexplained bacon: Romney: Federal taxes are to high on the wealthy job creators like me and that's why we're not creating jobs

America: Ok, let's see just how much the Feds have been holding you back

Romney: No, you'll just make fun of me.


This message needs to be looping 24/7 from now right up through election day.
 
2012-08-03 10:47:36 AM

More_Like_A_Stain: Rann Xerox: I wonder if anyone out there who wanted to be Romney's VP pick is suddenly having a change of heart.

You're assuming that anyone wanted to be his VP pick. I'm reminded of the old Firesign Theater bit about a kamikaze training session. After a detailed description of just exactly how the mission will be performed, the Commander asks "are there any questions?". A hand goes up in the back of the room, and a pilot asks "are you farking crazy?".


They'll be people that want to be his VP pick for the same reason people buy lottery tickets: "There's always a chance!"

The problem for Romney is anyone that thinks they can win in 2016 won't hitch their wagon to his campaign. Anyone that wants to be an honest to god useful VP and have a say in policy matters (like Biden demanded) won't either since there's absolutely zero chance Romney would even consider their opinion on anything, much less seek it out.

A VP role under Romney will be a killer for anyone that has aspirations for the presidency combined with a chance to actually become President. It's a complete dead-end.

That leaves us with a bunch of nobodies that hope like hell he wins and hope like hell he wins again in 2016 so they can parlay that gig into a run of their own in 2020. See Pawlenty, Tim as an example. Visibly desperate to become President. Delusional to the point he thinks he can succeed. And shameless enough to sign up with Romney in an attempt to make it happen.

If people thought the GOP Presidential candidates were the B-list of the Party this year, just farking wait until they get a hold of the VP options.
 
2012-08-03 10:47:54 AM

More_Like_A_Stain: Boxcutta: Now, when Mitt releases the returns, any amount of tax paid...

will underscore just how much bullshiat the whole "overburdened job creator" fantasy really is.


To be fair there's no evidence that Mitt Romney ever created a job, either.
 
2012-08-03 10:47:58 AM
Will this be one of those "Well he paid sales and property taxes", knowing full well we are talking about income tax returns, and then in the next breath talking about how poor people need more skin in the game.

Sounds like Mitt needs some skin in the game...
 
2012-08-03 10:48:12 AM

Trapper439: Dimensio: As I have stated previously: until President Obama releases his complete educational transcripts from kindergarten through college, admission applications for the same, his entire medical history, the entire medical history of his mother, the microfilm of his birth certificate and every passport that he has ever used ever, then requests for Mr. Romney's tax returns are not reasonable and hypocritical.

This.

Where are Fartbongo 0nambla's kindergarten fingerpaintings of Karl Marx? Whar?


Forget the fingerpaintings. The macaroni art is where the real skeletons lie.
 
2012-08-03 10:48:59 AM
John McCain once said that there was nothing disqualifying in Mitt Romney's tax returns.

Mitt Romney once said that he would consider it disqualifying if he ever paid a penny more in taxes than what he was legally obligated to pay.

Put those two statements together. I think you have your answer to how much he paid.
 
2012-08-03 10:49:06 AM
I would believe it if it was coming from any other source but CNN.
 
2012-08-03 10:49:24 AM
This is a true statment, "Many are saying Romney paid no taxes for the last decade."

CNN is just reporting what 'many are saying'.
 
2012-08-03 10:50:09 AM

DjangoStonereaver: I'd attach a headslap GIF here, but I think your sloping brow would make such corrective action
ineffective.


oh_snap.jpg
 
2012-08-03 10:50:27 AM

Serious Black: Mitt Romney once said that he would consider it disqualifying if he ever paid a penny more in taxes than what he was legally obligated to pay.


Whereas a normal person might think that paying less in taxes than legally obligated would be the disqualifying part.

"I did the bare minimum; make me President!"
 
2012-08-03 10:50:28 AM

moralpanic: badhatharry: An IRS employee or McCain could be the source. More likely Reid is just a liar.

I guess it's impossible to know...


Yes, impossible. If only there were some indisputable, officially reviewed documentation that Romney could produce that would refute the allegation; or some widely accepted threshold of disclosure that he could meet to put the topic to rest.

It's so unfair to attack Romney with an accusation that he has no possible way to address!
 
2012-08-03 10:50:34 AM

SoupJohnB: The right wing loons will continue to support him. "I don't wanna pay no taxes, neither!!"


i can almost guarantee this will be the talking point if this turns out to be true. "all taxes are bad!" "romney is a hero for not paying taxes!"
 
2012-08-03 10:51:20 AM

Planterz: CPennypacker: Good luck republicans. Imagine smart people using your tricks. You're boned.

lol!


Q
F
T

It would be great to have a decent contender to O. But Romney is not it.
Is he really the best the GOP has?
That's sad.

The repub party might go by way of Whig.
/Party politics get in the way of good governing and have led to needless public turmoil.
 
2012-08-03 10:51:37 AM

randomjsa: "People are stupid. They will believe anything either because they want it to be true or they are afraid that it might be true."

So basically the IRS hasn't ruined Romney's life by now... because? Go on, tell us.

Romney released one year of tax returns and the results have been an unprecedented campaign of distortion and lies from liberals about it. He's going to release this years tax returns, and the results will be another campaign of distortions and lies from liberals. I'm terribly sorry if Romney isn't given you material to distort and lie about because you sure as hell can't run on Obama's record.


You sound tired, oh so very tired.
 
2012-08-03 10:51:58 AM

qorkfiend: "I did the bare minimum; make me President!"


What was it that comedian with the MittRomney user name on Twitter said? "He wants to be president because he wants to be president? I can imagine if he gets elected he's going to sit down in the oval office and say 'well, that's it then' and then just stare out a window."
 
2012-08-03 10:52:23 AM
Governor Romney, when did you stop cheating on your taxes?
 
2012-08-03 10:53:12 AM

Kevin72: Bungles: There's mild chatter in the Freep-verse that the person could be the one and only Sarah Palin (which is theoretically possible, via the McCain campaign), as a means the rise to power at the convention.

Entirely unlikely to be true, but an hilarious fantasy.

NO. A hilarious fantasy. But not "an" unless you pronounce it "'ilarious" which I doubt. It's not just you on snapping at just now, it's all the birdbrains who say that and things like "an historic" pronouncing the 'h'.

/rant off.



Given I'm British, you can stick your grammatical idiocy up you chuffpipe, as I'm entirely correct. British English and Australian English (and even several US accent) swallow the h on "hilarious" and "historic" when they're in a sentence (although not when alone) in exactly the way most accents do with "hour".

Although Americans bizarrely do the same thing with "herb" when no-one else does.
 
2012-08-03 10:53:16 AM

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: What was it that comedian with the MittRomney user name on Twitter said? "He wants to be president because he wants to be president? I can imagine if he gets elected he's going to sit down in the oval office and say 'well, that's it then' and then just stare out a window."


@robdelany
 
2012-08-03 10:53:22 AM
What I love is the cognitive dissonance of the right on this matter.

Either A: The Obama campaign is playing by the rules and does not know for sure what is in the returns and is talking out of their arses.

Or B: The Obama campaign conducts itself according to Chicago Style(tm) rules and already has every tax return for all Romney family members and all Romney business associates ever filed and is allowing these attacks to continue because they know how farked Gov. Romney really is.

Pick one Real Americans(tm).

A: The Obama campaign is not a Chicago Style(tm) operation.

B: Your side is completely farked.
 
2012-08-03 10:53:54 AM

sprawl15: HotWingConspiracy: Boxcutta: How stupid is Harry Reid to double down on this stuff?

Now, when Mitt releases the returns

If that happens, then Reid is farking brilliant.

And if the source happens to have exaggerated in his descriptions, that will be brushed aside in the flood of LOOK AT HOW MUCH HIS DANCING HORSE COSTS reports.


Well then they can just calmly explain to the electorate that it's a dancing therapy horse, and it's totally mean for anyone to criticize therapy. Plus, when the voters get their own therapy horse, they'll be happy the Romney's were fighting for therapy horse tax deductions.
 
2012-08-03 10:55:05 AM

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: qorkfiend: "I did the bare minimum; make me President!"

What was it that comedian with the MittRomney user name on Twitter said? "He wants to be president because he wants to be president? I can imagine if he gets elected he's going to sit down in the oval office and say 'well, that's it then' and then just stare out a window."


He'd probably have a cup of...oh, wait.
 
2012-08-03 10:55:28 AM
Fark Cons have a lot of water to carry for the next couple months.

Dont throw your backs out yet.
 
2012-08-03 10:55:29 AM
Last weekend, the pro-Romney talking heads got to talk about his trip to London on the weekend news shows.
This weekend, the pro-Romney talking heads get to chose whether to talk about Romney's tax returns or Romney's proposed tax increases.

I'd hang myself if I were a pro-Romney talking head.
 
2012-08-03 10:55:34 AM

Bungles: Although Americans bizarrely do the same thing with "herb" when no-one else does.


eddie izzard: You say 'erbs', and we say 'herbs', because there's a farking 'H' in it!
 
2012-08-03 10:55:55 AM
how does one go about legally not paying taxes for 10 years? Maybe that's why Mittens won't release his returns. They don't exist.
 
2012-08-03 10:55:55 AM

sprawl15: LOOK AT HOW MUCH HIS DANCING HORSE COSTS


We already know that from his 1 year of tax returns. $80,000 per year, subsidized by the federal government as a form of medical treatment.
 
2012-08-03 10:56:33 AM

ramblinwreck: bootman: This is the most delicious dirty pool in so many ways.

Why is Sen. Reid leaking this?
Because Sen. Reid is LDS.
Most likely Sen. Reid's source is LDS.
Gov. Romney is LDS.

So Gov. Romney gets dragged through the mud for the returns and the tight cabal that the LDS frequently operates their businesses in and Gov. Romney will have a harder time complaining that this is all anti-Mormon bigotry.

Mormons do often hold each other to a higher standard than non-LDS folks. That is apparent by the belief that only ex-LDS members will remain in Hell ("Outer Darkness") after final judgement.


There is also a weird east coast/west coast thing within the LDS. Apparently, you're not supposed to live east of the Rockies for too long without eventually returning to Utah (or the west at least) and those who stay on the east coast too long are considered to have lost their Mormon Mojo for hanging out with "the heathens" for so long.
 
2012-08-03 10:57:07 AM
There's a joke in here somewhere, but I don't know what it is.

"Tax evaders are people too, my friends..."
"My 1040s are just the right length..."
"Mr. Romney retroactively paid a 36% tax rate..."
 
2012-08-03 10:57:27 AM

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: qorkfiend: "I did the bare minimum; make me President!"

What was it that comedian with the MittRomney user name on Twitter said? "He wants to be president because he wants to be president? I can imagine if he gets elected he's going to sit down in the oval office and say 'well, that's it then' and then just stare out a window."


upload.wikimedia.org

Could have sworn there was a movie poster where he was looking out a window, but this will do.
 
2012-08-03 10:58:24 AM
More "release" your tax returns pressure. They're no dodging it for Romney.

When he finally does this "he didn't pay taxes" thing will fade away as though it never happened and the Demos will go back to "look how obscenely wealthy he is."

Yawn.
 
2012-08-03 10:58:31 AM

ariseatex:
The fact that both Harry Reid and Dana Bash (CNN congressional correspondent) cite their source about Romney's taxes as "very credible" suggests to me that the source is in John McCain's current or former staff, if not John McCain himself.


That sounds plausible since Romney allegedly provided the McCain campaign w/ 23 years of tax returns.
 
2012-08-03 10:58:42 AM

skullkrusher: how does one go about legally not paying taxes for 10 years? Maybe that's why Mittens won't release his returns. They don't exist.


Maybe, with someone as savvy as that, you would dumb not to Vote Republican, amirite?
 
2012-08-03 10:58:52 AM

Lost Thought 00: sprawl15: LOOK AT HOW MUCH HIS DANCING HORSE COSTS

We already know that from his 1 year of tax returns. $80,000 per year, subsidized by the federal government as a form of medical treatment.


*rolleyes*
 
2012-08-03 10:59:42 AM

Cletus C.: More "release" your tax returns pressure. They're no dodging it for Romney.

When he finally does this "he didn't pay taxes" thing will fade away as though it never happened and the Demos will go back to "look how obscenely wealthy he is."


Do you feel he should release more tax returns?
 
2012-08-03 10:59:43 AM

skullkrusher: how does one go about legally not paying taxes for 10 years? Maybe that's why Mittens won't release his returns. They don't exist.


people with as much money as he typically employ an army of tax attorneys who shelter their money offshore and exploit every conceivable loophole so that they effectively pay no tax.

as f. scott fitzgerald said, "the rich are different than you and me."
 
2012-08-03 11:00:03 AM
I bet that after he paid enough money into it, he just claimed all the Mormons as his dependents. ;)
 
2012-08-03 11:00:22 AM

Bungles: Kevin72: Bungles: There's mild chatter in the Freep-verse that the person could be the one and only Sarah Palin (which is theoretically possible, via the McCain campaign), as a means the rise to power at the convention.

Entirely unlikely to be true, but an hilarious fantasy.

NO. A hilarious fantasy. But not "an" unless you pronounce it "'ilarious" which I doubt. It's not just you on snapping at just now, it's all the birdbrains who say that and things like "an historic" pronouncing the 'h'.

/rant off.


Given I'm British, you can stick your grammatical idiocy up you chuffpipe, as I'm entirely correct. British English and Australian English (and even several US accent) swallow the h on "hilarious" and "historic" when they're in a sentence (although not when alone) in exactly the way most accents do with "hour".

Although Americans bizarrely do the same thing with "herb" when no-one else does.


I did allow for "ilarious" which I doubted when writing but now accept. My real problem is with Americans who say "an historic" and do pronounce the 'h' I guess they're trying to sound sophisticated and British but their fakery hurts my ears.
 
2012-08-03 11:00:37 AM

NateGrey: skullkrusher: how does one go about legally not paying taxes for 10 years? Maybe that's why Mittens won't release his returns. They don't exist.

Maybe, with someone as savvy as that, you would dumb not to Vote Republican, amirite?


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