Pathetic: House Dems propose bill requiring 10 years of tax returns for presidential candidates, egged on by media

Panic mode! What’s the matter Democrats? Afraid of a fired up Mitt Romney, passionately pro-freedom and pro-American principles? That must be it, otherwise why would they continue their bizarre obsession with tax returns? All they have left is lame class warfare rhetoric and no one is buying it. The American people value success and even any silly jealousy over “Richie Rich” people pales in comparison with President Obama’s sneering contempt of business and hard-working business owners.

So, enter Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) with a last-ditch obsessive effort.

More from Ways and Means Committee Democrats:

WASHINGTON – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) is preparing legislation to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require presidential candidates to make public 10 years of tax returns and disclose overseas accounts. The legislation, to be introduced in the coming weeks, comes as Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney continues to balk at releasing a broad set of tax returns and fails to come forward with a full disclosure of accounts he has held overseas.

“The stunning lack of transparency from someone in pursuit of the highest office in the country highlights the need to change the law to require fuller disclosure,” said Rep. Levin. “For decades, presidential candidates have voluntarily provided a thorough accounting of their tax returns and finances, as they should. But we clearly cannot continue to rely solely on the willingness of a candidate to disclose fully what the public has a right to know about the candidate’s financial record.”

Rep. Levin also called on Gov. Romney to immediately release 10 years of tax returns.

“Gov. Romney must immediately release these tax returns and explain them to the American people,” said Rep. Levin. “The American people should not be left to wonder what he is not disclosing and why not. The law should enforce what is such obvious good, transparent, accountable government.”

Pitiful. The pathetic has passed rock bottom and is now burying into the earth’s core.

They will also be asking for the location of any offshore accounts. Cue the ominous Swiss music! Hey, have anything to say Little Debbie Wasserman Schultz, keeper of Swiss bankrolls? Perhaps she’s too busy to speak, what with her secret second home and secret press conferences insanely lamenting Mitt Romney’s alleged “penchant for secrecy.” The cuckoo pants and the hypocrisy are strong with this one … and others.

Of course, Democrats are under the severe delusional that this is a super awesome tactic, due to the sycophantic cheering from their media lapdog buddies. The media has breathlessly tried to make class warfare hay out of the tax returns, further exposing themselves as the lapdog-y water carriers that they are. Their hypocrisy has become a cliche: Where were the gasping pearl clutches over John Kerry’s or any Kennedy’s tax returns, for example?

Man, their hypocrisy has become tiresome. And obvious.

Your jackassery and insanity is astounding, Shuster.

By the way, how is that budget coming? And how is the unemployment rate? Everything must all be hunky-dory, huh? All our problems must be solved for you to spend your tax-payer funded time on this, right?

Keep digging, Democrats. Your desperation is showing.

Update: Their disdain for The Constitution and tax-payer funded time are also showing.

Senate Democrats join in.

  • MarcAllenJohnson

    We should require the following:for all Presidential candidates:
    Birth Certificate
    School Transcripts
    Tax Returns
    Arrest Record
    Health Record
    Genealogy Record
    We should also require the above for reporters who report on the Presidential candidates.

    • Barry Levy

      and we should also add in drug use and choom clouds.

      • Orangeone

        Hair folical tests for current drug use

      • TugboatPhil

        I’d also like a list of their former dealers and/or clients.

    • Orangeone

      Could Barry answer the question “Who’s your daddy?”

  • dennylee60

    The Republicans should tag on school transcripts and health records.

    • jdkchem

      As well as Fast & Furious documents.

  • geek49203

    Throw in SAT scores, college transcripts and original paper copies of a birth certificate and yeah, I could get on board with this!

  • Ritchie The Riveter

    One problem with the tax-return requirement.

    As a salaried professional, compensation has historically been a confidential matter between me and my employers. Were someone like me running for President under this rule, I see a significant risk of compromising that confidentiality by the release of tax information.

  • submandave

    I’d go with this if the Republicans added that failure to pay taxes would be automatic grounds for dismissal from elected or appointed office. Half of Obama’s cabinet would be gone overnight, along with dozens of Democrat Congress-critters.

  • Steve White

    Yep, add a rider that all employees of the Executive Office (White House staff) shall release their tax returns for the past 5 years prior to becoming employed at the WH. And an automatic 20% surtax on any amount owed to the IRS but not paid at the time WH employment commences.

    40% surtax if they are hired to be a czar :-)

    • Orangeone

      Would you consider my amendment to recategorize the surtax to an excise tax and increase it from 20% to 40% to match the one in ObamaCare levied against those of us with good health insurance (I pay for my own) and increase the 40% to 75% and also classify it as an excise tax? Excise taxes are not tax deductible but surtaxes are so let’s not given them a deduction.

  • DamnCat

    Why not require the same of those who seek Congressional office, Congressmen?

    • Orangeone

      Excellent idea! And let’s expand it to all federal employees and Congressional staff members.

  • TomJB

    Despite IRS audit rules which suggest you keep 7 years, and then only if you have worthless investment write-offs. For most of us, keeping 6 years suffices. What is good enough for the IRS should be good enough here.

    • Orangeone

      Recommended to retain 3 years of filed plus current year.

  • simon van rensler

    I agree with Loren Heal. It’s obviously unconstitutional and that’s the end of it.

    • BorderLine Guy

      This is nothing more than a PR stunt to keep the taxes in the news, kind of like Sheriff Joe’s quest to prove Obama is a fraud.

      • Orangeone

        Obama is a fraud. What is he hiding? Voters want to know.

  • Rick Stones

    If Obama had Romney’s tax returns, he could stare at it the rest of his life and never come close to understanding them. He could surround himself with all his tax-evading cabinet members and none of them would be able to explain it to him. I’ll make it easy. Here’s what Mitt’s tax returns would say:

    Money earned: A Crapload
    Taxes paid: Way more than his fair share
    Money given away to charity: Lots

    • Barry Levy

      Rick, brilliant, and we should ad that from what I have read I am under the impression that Romney gave away his inheritance, and basically made it on his own.

    • Angie (D)

      Brilliant. Consider it stolen.

  • MickMcMick

    How about somebody digs into the old records of PANAM to find the plane ticket of Obama and his mom coming in from Kenya a few days after his birth? How about the arrest records of Obama’s drug dealing friends from his Choom days? How about any piece of documentation of this guy’s past at all? He’s like somebody just made him up a few years ago and hired this big-eared actor to portray the “perfect candidate.”

  • Alan Howell

    Say, let’s start from the beginning. Let’s ensure that any
    potential President is eligible at the most basic level shall we? Don’t tell
    me, show me. Got it Dems? What a collective joke.

  • SuperstionQueen

    It is astounding all the “transparency” the media and progressive rat politicians are demanding from Romney while the sitting president has NEVER released much more than a 1 page doctor’s note declaring him to be okay. No medical records, no college transcripts, nothing. And the birth certificate is ridiculous. I do not doubt he he was born here, but if he has to mess with the actual document, there is something there he doesn’t want anyone to see.

  • Angie (D)

    Make it applicable to ALL candidates for public office — congressmen, senator, etc — and have it apply prospectively only (i.e., starting in 2013) and I could support it. Of course, that means it would apply to those who are trying to pass it when they are up for re-election, so I don’t see that going anywhere.

  • ronwf

    Democrats want to see Romney’s tax returns because a great many of them have never seen one before.

    • Orangeone

      Absolutely best comment today!

  • JDanaH

    Just curious, but under the Constitution, what authority does Congress have to stipulate this sort of requirement for Presidential candidates? It seems to me that this could violate the separation of powers.

  • linda

    how about a bill requiring a legitimate birth certificate and college transcripts. etc.

  • Orangeone

    Amendment: tax returns for the children of the sitting pResident (what are the O’Bambis hiding in their kids names?), high school and college admission/applications and all transcripts, a notarized listing of all former names and aliases, medical records, licensure Board applications, all complaints and resolutions.

  • BwBarrnone

    why??? If the IRS does not have a problem with the returns why do we need to see them? I just don’t understand!!!!!

    If King Obama is so upset about this, he should waive his pen and make an executive order for the IRS to release Mitts tax returns! He does not care about the law or the constitution so go ahead king “O” do it. Or maybeeeeeee…… this would be to much of an over reach even by him.

    Now more then ever Question “O”thority!

  • John Hanover

    Fair enough. How about anyone running for the house or senate do that as well. It got very silent suddenly.

  • cscape

    Here’s a thought…… How about a BILL requiring 10 years of rudimentary education as a pre-requisite for those seeking office in the House or Senate…… I believe that would disqualify at least 20% of the Democrat Caucus there!

  • sukietawdry

    As long as they’re at it, they should throw in requirements for academic records, medical records, and the original document certifying the circumstances of birth.

    On second thought, since there are but three constitutional requirements for becoming president, let’s just limit the legislation to the birth certificate to confirm that the candidate satisfies at least two of them (and the third is easily determined).

  • Owen007

    I suppose a bill requiring the release of F&F documents would be out of the question.

  • Thom Harris

    I will agree with the rep’s bill so long as we add college transcripts, birth certificates (no, I am not a birther), and make it apply to Representatives and Senators as well. These people tend to make laws that don’t apply to themselves.

  • Alec F. Russo

    Romney should release more tax returns after Obama releases his school records, real birth certificate and Chicago drug-supplier information