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Friday, August 17, 2012

Same old song and dance

It's hard to believe a presidential candidate proudly announces that he paid at least 13 percent of his income in taxes. But it's better than a vice presidential candidate admitting he lied.

Just another day on the trail for the GOP Dream Team.

Our Man Myth tried to quiet Harry Reid and the calls for him to release his tax returns by declaring he paid at least 13 percent in taxes for the last 10 years. Since Romney has not held a paying job in that time (he gave up his governor's salary because he didn't need it) he paid only capital gains taxes.

That's unlike most Americans who also fork over payroll and state and local taxes, making for an effective tax rate of 20 percent or more.

By way of comparison, Barack and Michelle Obama paid and effective rate of 20.5 percent in 2011 and 26 percent in 2010.

And the Man of Many Positions still insists he won't share his returns with the American people -- just after no doubt rummaging through many years of Paul Ryan's filings.

Trust me, says Myth.

Ah yes, trust. Like Ryan saying he didn't push for stimulus money for his district before he did.

The Boston Globe caught the GOP's new Golden Boy in a juicy whopper. Mr. Slash Government Spending signed letters to the Department of Energy "seeking grants under the Obama administration’s economic recovery package. The funds were for conservation and green energy projects, and one of the organizations was later granted $20 million."

But asked by radio talk show callers in Boston in 2010 and again in Cincinnati last week, Ryan ranged from outright lie to classic political hedge:
Audio from 2010 provided Thursday by WBZ indicates that Ryan, responding to a caller, said that he would not vote against something and “then write to the government to ask them to send us money.” He added: “I did not request any stimulus money.” 

He repeated that response this week in an interview with Cincinnati’s WCPO-TV. “No, I never asked for stimulus,” he said, adding, “I don’t recall.”
Ryan said in a statement at the time issued by his office:
“This is not a crisis we can spend and borrow our way out of — that is how we got here in the first place.”
Today? It was just a routine constituent service.

So much for the breath of fresh air. What would Ayn Rand say?

UPDATE: Time Magazine's Michael Crowley goes one better on Ryan and stimulus hypocrisy. Not just his district, a matching proposal with GOP-approved "pork." Except it wasn't pork is Ryan and Eric Cantor supported it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least he paid some, and didn't have to apologize like Geithner when he got caught not paying any. And he's the Treasury guy? What a choice.

August 19, 2012 10:37 AM  

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