What is Clinton hiding in her tax returns? Release them!

It is one of the most basic tests of personal ethics and transparency: the release into the public domain of a candidate's tax returns. Yet the Clintons still have not done it in this campaign - despite loaning themselves $5 million, despite many legitimate questions about the involvement of mogul Ron Burkle in their financial affairs, despite a massive increase in their income in the last few years to make them multi-millionaires.

More disturbingly, they have absolutely no argument as to why. When Senator Clinton says she is "too busy" to release the returns, or says she will not release them until after she has won the Democratic nomination, the correct response for the press is incredulity. These are self-evidently nonsensical explanations. When a candidate with the Clintons' long record of sleaze cannot come up with a halfway reasonable defense of this secrecy, the press should assume that they are hiding something. Their current position - that they will release their returns around April 15 - is also bizarre. Did they file an extension for the past few years? If they didn't, the forms are available now. Throwing strange arbitrary future deadlines around is unacceptable flim flam.

The secrecy and paranoia also remind one of the Clintons' history, especially Senator Clinton's. From Whitewater through the long nightmare of cattle-futures through legal documents mysteriously "discovered" long after they were sought, to the secret healthcare task force that helped kill healthcare reform for over a decade, the Clintons are now following their long pattern. They hide stuff they need to hide and stuff they don't need to hide. What we are learning is that these people have not changed. And their sense of personal privilege, their boundless paranoia, and their constant lies about themselves must be front and center in this campaign. Do we want to go back there again? After Bush and Cheney, do we really want another couple of co-presidents in love with total secrecy and above-the-law personal privilege?

Why do the Clintons believe that they are somehow above the normal rules of other politicians? And why does the press allow them to get away with this? Why aren't there demands for them to fully disclose their financial details now? No excuses. No delays. Now.
-andrew sullivan

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8 Comments

Re: What is Clinton hiding in her tax returns? Rel
Amen
by oregonkcg 2008-03-06 05:53AM | 0 recs
Re: What is Clinton hiding in her tax returns? Rel

 What suckers you are. She has been holding back until you are all in a shit fit and then BOOM nothing there. If he can`t play the game then get the hell out of the sandbox.
by gunner 2008-03-06 08:04AM | 0 recs
What is Obama hiding

 in his Rezko files?  Release them!
by moevaughn 2008-03-06 06:13AM | 0 recs
Re: What is Clinton hiding in her tax returns? Rel

So she should jump every time Obamabots ask her to. Let them go crazy asking for it and then she can release it at her convenience. Nothing to hide is a silly position to take. Every one has to have some zone of privacy. She has already informed the world where the five million came from- her book deal.

by rocky 2008-03-06 06:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Hiding? Please.

She files financial statements as a requirment of her senate office every year. If there was anything there...we would already know it. Does Obama really think there is somethng there that the republicans would not have found over the last 15 years?

LMAO

by americanincanada 2008-03-06 06:17AM | 0 recs
Re: Hiding? Please.

There is always scandal with the Clintons, that's their lifeblood. I just don't know why she hasn't released them. Hopefully she'll agree to Obama's request to release them.

by mecarr 2008-03-06 06:27AM | 0 recs
Who cares?

I don't care about Rezko either.  It's all just a bunch of distracting nonsense.  If there is anything to the Rezko thing let the lawyers involved in the trail figure it out.  If the Clintons have any mischief in their tax returns, let the IRS sort that out.

by JustJennifer 2008-03-06 06:30AM | 0 recs
Re: What is Clinton hiding in her tax returns? Rel

Many of the scandals were created by the Republicans. It was such a short time ago that she was a respected Senator form New York. Because she is not your favorite candidate she is no longer so.

Whenever she releases the information is fine by me and it is equally fine by me whenever Obama releases his earmarks spending for the first two years he has been in the senate. He absolutely refuses to do so.

He has no phone logs from his days in the IL senate.

See how ridiculous this can get?

by LadyEagle 2008-03-06 07:07AM | 0 recs

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