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Reid: My source on Romney’s taxes is so incredibly credible that I won’t say who he is
Hotair ^ | 08/03/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 08/03/2012 7:28:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Edited on 08/03/2012 7:51:34 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

After Mitt Romney told Harry Reid to "put up or shut up" about allegations of income-tax evasion, Reid chose this morning to ... do neither. Instead, Reid released a statement late yesterday essentially tripling down on his evidence-free accusations, and again insisted that Romney had to prove himself innocent:

As I said before, I was told by an extremely credible source that Romney has not paid taxes for ten years. People who make as much money as Mitt Romney have many tricks at their disposal to avoid paying taxes. We already know that Romney has exploited many of these loopholes, stashing his money in secret, overseas accounts in places like Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

Last weekend, Governor Romney promised that he would check his tax returns and let the American people know whether he ever paid a rate lower than 13.9 percent. One day later, his campaign raced to say he had no intention of putting out any further information.

When it comes to answering the legitimate questions the American people have about whether he avoided paying his fair share in taxes or why he opened a Swiss bank account, Romney has shut up. But as a presidential candidate, it’s his obligation to put up, and release several years’ worth of tax returns just like nominees of both parties have done for decades.

It’s clear Romney is hiding something, and the American people deserve to know what it is. Whatever Romney’s hiding probably speaks volumes about how he would approach issues that directly impact middle-class families, like tax reform and the economy. When you are running for president, you should be an open book.

I understand Romney is concerned that many people, Democrats and Republicans, have been calling on him to release his tax returns. He has so far refused. There is only one thing he can do to clear this up, and that’s release his tax returns.

Note, please, that we seem to be back to one source for this information — “an extremely credible source,” but Reid did not use a plural. Earlier in the week, Reid claimed to have “a number of sources,” and that “the word is out.” So which is it? One extremely credible source from Bain who somehow got to look at Romney’s personal taxes for a ten-year period even though no one would have access to that except the Romneys, their accountant, and the IRS? Or a number of sources who say “the word is out”? Reid’s sounding more and more like Joe McCarthy every day.

Reid, who also refuses to release his own tax returns, isn’t just a hypocrite and a slanderer. He’s also a political idiot. Until these attacks, Romney was on the defensive over his tax returns. Now Romney can paint his decision to keep them private as a principled stand against unscrupulous opponents. Reid has handed the high ground to Romney in this fight with his scurrilous lies. Reid has all but ruined Obama’s strategy of making Romney look secretive and weird.

Andrew Malcolm wants to probe Reid’s brain, too:

Have you heard about a mysterious phone call from one of Happy Harry Reid’s political cronies from the mortifying days in 1974 when Paul Laxalt waxed him for the Nevada Senate seat that changed the course of Reid’s life forever?

It’s a pretty shocking story, and one that the powerful Democrat has understandably never explained through all these years. It’s haunted him though, through those early devastating political losses for the Senate and the Las Vegas mayor’s office, the defeats that turned him into the bitter, cynical political mumbler he’s become at age 72.

This troubling tale has haunted Harry Reid through the shadowy years he ran the Nevada Gaming Commission, through his public embarrassment over the Los Angeles Times investigation into his son and son-in-law’s Washington lobbying activities,the ethics investigation into the free tickets Reid happily accepted to boxing matches and the successful land development deal that ended up netting Reid $1 million when he sold it, in an amazing coincidence, to a friend and it became a shopping center.

And through all these years, Harry Reid has never bothered to deny that awful early story. Just as he’s never denied any early involvement with left-wing South American political parties and an unsuccessful 1964 bid to become a Goldwater Girl.

I remember that LA Times investigation well. It explained at least in part how Reid got to be so wealthy while working in public office. Maybe we can start asking Reid about that, because the LA Times actually did have a number of credible sources, as well as documentation from the public record.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: harryreid; reid; romney; taxes
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1 posted on 08/03/2012 7:28:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I want Harry Reid to get Shingles.


2 posted on 08/03/2012 7:31:32 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SeekAndFind

Harry Reid was the Mafia’s “Mr. Clean Face” on the Gaming Commission.

It’s how he went from rags to riches to the Senate.


3 posted on 08/03/2012 7:31:37 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

I want Harry Reid to get Shingles.


4 posted on 08/03/2012 7:31:43 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SeekAndFind
Howin the freak does Obama make anybody else look "secretive and weird" regardless?! He's hidden every relevant record there is on himself!
5 posted on 08/03/2012 7:32:48 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: SeekAndFind
Is it a crime to take advantage of tax write-offs, deductions, and loopholes? No! And this has been adjudicated in the Federal Courts.

I am sure every member of Congress does the same as Romney. In fact, I do this, just not on the same scale as Romney. I say more power to Romney, the less he pays in taxes. Someone needs to ask Reid my question! And then find out if he does what Romney does!

6 posted on 08/03/2012 7:34:05 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: SeekAndFind

Wouldn’t it be illegal to have such information without Romney’s consent?


7 posted on 08/03/2012 7:34:35 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: SeekAndFind

reid is a pedophile and is owned by the Mafia.

LLS


8 posted on 08/03/2012 7:37:39 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mormon vs Mormon.
Has someone looked at Romney’s taxes file?
Has someone from the WH/IRS gone into his tax records?
Is that why dirty harry won’t say who???


9 posted on 08/03/2012 7:38:05 AM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: All

Does this mean Reid put Romney on DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION!!!!! (/s)


10 posted on 08/03/2012 7:39:16 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Williams

LOLOLOL. The Kenyan and his minions can’t be bothered by any such little niceties as “legality”! They are doing their lord’s work-the prince of darkness that is-and as their hero Alinsky says, “The ends justify the means”. Hussein breaks 5 laws before breakfast just to keep his hand in.


11 posted on 08/03/2012 7:39:39 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, incrediblycredible...nice touch. He neglects to realize that any honest, working, net taxpaying American knows there is no credibility anywhere near DC.


12 posted on 08/03/2012 7:39:39 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind
As I said before, I was told by an extremely credible source that Romney has not paid taxes for ten years.

HAS? Romney paid no taxes for 2010 or 2011? Also Romney releases 23 years of taxes to the McCain campaign in 2008.

13 posted on 08/03/2012 7:40:12 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obamaid has to go.)
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To: SeekAndFind
How does someone at Bain Capital know what is on Romney's tax returns? There is no reason anyone would see one year let alone 10.

I think Romney should sue Harry Reid for slander.

14 posted on 08/03/2012 7:40:22 AM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: SeekAndFind

Is Reid’s source Timothy Geithner?


15 posted on 08/03/2012 7:41:39 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: SeekAndFind
Accessing confidential tax returns of a private citizen without proper authorization is a serious crime, Mr Axelrod.

Using that information for personal gain makes you an accessory, Mr Reid.

16 posted on 08/03/2012 7:42:29 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind
As I said before, I was told by an extremely credible source that Romney has not paid taxes for ten years.

No way. He's been running for the presidency forever. There's no way he'd try to pull off something like that.
Oboma, as corrupt as he is, wouldn't even try to pull this off (but he would find a way to scrounge his money back).

They want the tax returns because they want to dig through them. Maybe Romney misspelled a word, so they can "potatoe" him. They're looking for dirt.

Romney is squeaky clean, and he's not falling for the Alinski tactics, either. It's killing the democrats. They're getting really, really, desperate.

17 posted on 08/03/2012 7:43:03 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: mrsmel

The best part is you can apply any of Reid’s quotes to all the things Obama is hiding.


18 posted on 08/03/2012 7:44:01 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Williams
Wouldn’t it be illegal to have such information without Romney’s consent?

I suspect that they already have Romney's tax returns and are trying to goad him into a false statement and then have his records anonymously released in a Dan Rather type move. Or possibly have a fraudulent return turn up somewhere on the day before the election.

19 posted on 08/03/2012 7:45:55 AM PDT by oldbrowser (As long as Obama's records are sealed, any discussion of Romney's past is off limits.)
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To: rawhide

Is it a crime to take advantage of tax write-offs, deductions, and loopholes? No!

Then eliminate all the write-offs, deductions and loopholes Mr Reid.

I don’t think I want anyone as president who doesn’t either understand or take advantage of the rules in place.


20 posted on 08/03/2012 7:47:01 AM PDT by Optimist
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To: Williams

Reid is just upset because he does not like Senator Blutarsky. (/s)


21 posted on 08/03/2012 7:47:43 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Travis McGee
Senator Geary as it were....

“I didn't do anything...when I woke up, I was on the floor and I don't know how it happened...I passed out.” “Just a game...we'd done it before and I know that I could not have hurt that girl” -

Hagen
“Now if this had happened someplace else, we couldn't have helped...Just do as I say. We're putting a call into your office. Explain that you'll be there tomorrow afternoon. You decided to spend the night at Michael Corleone's house in Tahoe as his guest...This girl has no family, nobody knows that she worked here. It'll be as though she never existed. All that's left is our friendship.”

22 posted on 08/03/2012 7:49:18 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"It's not the truth of the accusation that counts - it's the seriousness of the accusation."

Of course he paid all his taxes. That's not the point.

23 posted on 08/03/2012 7:52:39 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Williams

True. And even if Reid were correct, that would just qualify Romney for a place in Hussein’s administration.


24 posted on 08/03/2012 7:55:03 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: SeekAndFind

YOU GO HARRY !!!

The conservatives BFFN (Best Friend For Now)

Give up the goods on Willard now before the convention so the GOP-e has no choice but to Repeal and Replace him with a Conservative who can beat Obama..


25 posted on 08/03/2012 7:58:01 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: SeekAndFind

Given the left’s history of major projection, both conscious and unconscious, the likely ‘source’ for this story is entirely fabricated. The most likely reason for this is to either: A. Shield Obama or a high ranking democrat from a soon to be released true story of tax evasion or B. just sling mud in all directions. The funny thing is that most of Harry Reid and Barack Obama’s constituents don’t pay any taxes at all.


26 posted on 08/03/2012 7:58:02 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Basically, Hairy Reed is saying that the IRS, an agency of the feral government, is so incompetent that they aren't all over Mitt Romney's tax situation.

Which means that most other feral agency are too.

27 posted on 08/03/2012 7:58:54 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the collectivists.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t this libel?


28 posted on 08/03/2012 7:58:59 AM PDT by jettester (I got paid to break 'em - not fly 'em)
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To: SeekAndFind
The left is really digging for life long info on Romney, but Oboma is still a man who never existed on paper. No trace of his life anywhere.

Romney should ask for Oboma paperwork, just so we can know something - anything - about who he is. To this day, no one knows.

29 posted on 08/03/2012 8:04:17 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: massgopguy
I'm just recovering from Shingles (4 months). I would have thought "I wouldn't wish these on my worst enemy."

But I have to admit, your wish does have its merits.

30 posted on 08/03/2012 8:04:24 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: jettester
Slander, the lie was spoken.

Where are the investigative agencies?

(crickets chirping)

31 posted on 08/03/2012 8:07:03 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: SeekAndFind

FYI Ramirez cannot be posted, thanks.


32 posted on 08/03/2012 8:07:38 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: jettester

I have reliable sources that say Harry Reid, Senator-NV has on numerous occasions molested little girls and has vidoes of the acts he shows to his Democrat collegues in the US Senate.


33 posted on 08/03/2012 8:08:37 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: SeekAndFind

As El Rushbo said(yesterday),”Dingy Harry”should be interviewed by federal agents.Whoever this”leaker”is should be prosecuted for committing a felony,and “His Dinginess”should be prosecuted if he refuses to name his”source”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


34 posted on 08/03/2012 8:09:27 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: SeekAndFind

From my anonymous source, Obama is keeping the missing TARP money in a bank in Kenya, for use after he loses. Reid and Pelosi are on his payroll.


35 posted on 08/03/2012 8:12:25 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow life is really going to suck for minority leader Reid under the new Romney adminisartion...


36 posted on 08/03/2012 8:14:55 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: massgopguy
Reid’s sounding more and more like Joe McCarthy every day...

Conservative pundits should refrain from using these McCarthy analogies; Romney's etch-a-sketch adviser did the same thing the other day.

McCarthy was MUCH maligned by the left. Some of this methods were annoying (to left and right), but more so because for a time they were effective. There were and still are plenty of communists and marxists in positions of high govt power, even more so today than in McCarthy's day. McCarthy's image should be restored and his efforts vindicated...

37 posted on 08/03/2012 8:19:15 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: SeekAndFind
Idea.....

Romney should just say "I'll show you my paperwork if you show me your paperwork." I year of tax returns in exchange for his Harvard theses.

That would be great. It would sound fair to the voters, too. They never got to read his theses, or see any of his college records.

People would become quite curious - especially if Romneys request was denied. What is Oboma hiding?.



38 posted on 08/03/2012 8:20:35 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: SeekAndFind

Someone as high profile as Romney stops paying taxes 10 years ago doesn’t trigger an audit? Yea right.


39 posted on 08/03/2012 8:25:50 AM PDT by Boiling point
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“People who make as much money as Mitt Romney have many tricks at their disposal to avoid paying taxes.”

Gazillionaire Stinky Reid oughta know. What a despicable, ugly little troll.


40 posted on 08/03/2012 8:29:31 AM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Is Reid’s source Timothy Geithner?

That’s the ticket—by now someone’s probably taught Geithner how to read a balance sheet. But does he know how to read an IRS return?


41 posted on 08/03/2012 8:33:35 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: SeekAndFind

“People who make as much money as Mitt Romney have many tricks at their disposal to avoid paying taxes.”

Gazillionaire Stinky Reid oughta know. What a despicable, ugly little troll.


42 posted on 08/03/2012 8:34:54 AM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not voting for Romney, but I feel sure his accountants would not violate IRS law when doing Romney’s tax returns. Most all people take every deduction they can and move their money in accordance with IRS law to pay the least they can. If his accountants found a legal way for him not to pay any taxes, so be it.


43 posted on 08/03/2012 8:36:07 AM PDT by Marcella (The power to tax is the power to destroy.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Is it Jesus?


44 posted on 08/03/2012 8:36:55 AM PDT by Wu (Excuse me while I kiss the sky......)
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To: SeekAndFind

An individual’s tax information is protected by privacy laws.

If the information about Romney is true, Harry Reid and his “source” would be breaking the law by having the information and by diseminating it.

If the information is not true they open themselves up for a libel suit.

And Harry Reid’s conduct is easily cause for congressional censure.


45 posted on 08/03/2012 8:39:41 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: SeekAndFind

Then Spill it Dingy. I want to know what your narc has to say. IF you want to say something stop being a p—— and do it.


46 posted on 08/03/2012 8:50:05 AM PDT by crazydad (-` sd)
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To: SeekAndFind
Unconfirmed rumor I read on the incredibly credible internets...

Romney submitted at least 10 years of tax returns to the McCain campaign for VP vetting. Some staffer/consultant grudge holder is shooting his/her mouth off.

47 posted on 08/03/2012 8:51:59 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: SeekAndFind

Reid Sources = Obama White House!! Book it.


48 posted on 08/03/2012 8:59:59 AM PDT by CardeadInKy ("The problem with Liberalism is that eventually you run out of other people's money" -Marg Thatcher)
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To: SeekAndFind

Listening to Rush - He believes Harry Reid is doing for Mitt Romney exactly what Rahm Emmanuel did for Chick-Fil-A.


49 posted on 08/03/2012 9:15:41 AM PDT by rwa265 ("This is My Beloved Son, Listen to Him.")
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To: SeekAndFind

So what’s the point Harry? Timmyy Geithner was appointed Treasury Secretary and he didn’t pay his taxes...how many people working in the Obama admin are behind or failed in paying their federal taxes?


50 posted on 08/03/2012 9:59:09 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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