Cindy McCain shares finances; Way more than Teresa Heinz Kerry ever did

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Today Cindy McCain released part of her tax returns from 2006 and has promised to release more later once the 2007 returns are completed. The press is already attacking her and the McCain campaign for not sharing more. But it is worth reviewing history. In late October, just 3 weeks before the election, Teresa Heinz Kerry released 2 pages of tax returns from 2003. Just like Mrs. McCain. Except that it was only one year, while McCain promises an additional year. And it was wildly incomplete. As the New York Times noticed at the time:

One line in the Form 1040 that was released indicated she had a job for which $2,230 in taxes were withheld from her paycheck, but gave no details. A spokesman for the Kerry campaign said this income was related to an investment she had with a limited liability corporation, although he would not provide any more information. ...

No information was provided about how much income was earned by trusts of which she is the beneficiary. If the trusts are as large as reported - and the Kerry campaign has not challenged the billion dollar estimate - then even a modest 5 percent return would have generated $50 million of income, 10 times what was on the two pages released by Ms. Heinz Kerry. A statement released by the Kerry campaign noted that income taxes are paid directly by the Heinz family trust, in addition to taxes that Ms. Heinz Kerry pays.

In other words, Mrs. Kerry did not disclose an extra $50m in income... But what's $50m between friends?

There is also a relevance issue. John Kerry mortgaged a jointly held house to pay for the campaign, while John McCain has not touched jointly held assets. In other words, the McCain campaign has gone far, far beyond anything the Kerry campaign ever did in both transparency and keeping assets firewalled. But the left and the press isn't going to be honest about that.

and so was Teresa. Pressuring someone to disclose their tax returns is about the same as forcing someone to confess how they voted; privacy in both is an individual American's prerogative.

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"Oh, so-and-so only donated 0.5% of Net Income to charity?"

See? Wasn't that fun?

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. --Voltaire

even if it does take us away from the spirit of the rule of law and towards one of the rule of man. Still, it was interesting to learn what the Clintons made, what they gave and what percentage they actually paid in taxes.

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how a candidate voted?

"No compromise with the main purpose, no peace till victory, no pact with unrepentant wrong." - Winston Churchill

as a private citizen, may have voted for the other side in a previous election, I don't think that needs to be anybody else's business. That's what I was getting at.

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Theresa Heinz Kerry, Hillary [circa 1992-2000], and gawdhelpus, Michelle Obama, A pattern emerges, loud, aggressive, intrusive, undisciplined, and oozing self importance. Two of the above Dames from Hell also had a propensity for vulgarity. In brief, the exemplary Democrat model of a woman, although not reaching the perfection of a Maxine Waters.

Now try placing Cindy McCain along side those three alley cats, with her accomplishments, her appearance & demeanor.
Funny how this turns out to be yet another dividing line between liberals and normal people.
But we can count on Obama to call for leaving McCains wife alone.

"a man's admiration for absolute government is proportinate to the contempt he feels for those around him". Tocqueville

to also be an heiress. If she's ever said or done anything wrong, I never heard about it.

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If she's ever said or done anything wrong, I never heard about it.
It's not like it's a horrible thing (and more power to her for overcoming it) but apparently she had prescription drug addiction that escalated into theft of prescription drugs.

Nobody's perfect and drug addiction can happen to anyone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cindy_Hensley_McCain#Prescription_drug_addi...

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Hence the Betty Ford Center. We still hold her in high regard.
Agreed.

Wouldn't wish an addiction, drug or otherwise, on my worst enemy.

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I don't think you have any idea how sexist your post is.

Well behaved women rarely make history -- nor do well behaved alley cats.

I don't know of any alley cats who have made history, well behaved or not, but as you appear to have some knowledge on the subject, never mind how, do pass it on.

As to well behaved women, there you seem to be a little weak. Try Queen Victoria, Madame Curie [ Two Nobel prizes]the Bronte Sisters, Clara Schumann, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Florence Nightingale, any one of the Suffragettes[who demonstrated with dignity] and I could go on but you get the idea, I hope.

Of course much depends on the type and quality of the history you want made or prefer as well as your standards of both good and bad behavior. But by your post and who you defend I think I may infer what those are.

Try and broaden your vocabulary, the "sexist" thing is trite and unimaginative and misplaced. After all, Cindy McCain is a women as well, or do only liberal women count.

"a man's admiration for absolute government is proportinate to the contempt he feels for those around him". Tocqueville

If the roles were reversed and it was Mrs. Obama who was an ex-addict who stole medication from a charity organization and then fired the director when he found out you would not be so willing to sweep it under the rug. God no, in that case the story would be harped on constantly and we'd invent cute little nicknames for her.

It's politics, and part of modern politics is demonizing one's opponent in the public eye, creating a narrative, and using every trick possible to influence the public's perception. And somehow I doubt the suffragettes were considered "well-behaved" by the men of the time.

And yes, the notion that women must be well-behaved is an incredibly sexist statement, as it has the appearance of creating an alternate standard for women. We should speak of class and dignity and apply the standards equally regardless of gender.

I'm not particularly enamored of badly-behaved men myself, and neither are most Republicans (well, working class Dems, too): see Clinton, Mark Foley, et. al.

with the "errr", after that it went downhill. To save time, your last para is grotesque. Might you point out just where I maintain only women should be well behaved, a phrase I might add introduced by the formidable HearMeRoar. Having made no such distinction I created no alternate standard yet you see incredible sexism. What else do you think you see? Whatever it is I suppose it is unarguable, as most fantasies are.

As for the suffragettes, I suggest you bring it up with the next man you see with a walrus mustache and a bowler hat, happily celebrating his 125th birthday, not me. But I daresay that was a highly selective pick from the short list I offered, not a commendable move on your part and deliberately ignoring the larger point. For shame !

"a man's admiration for absolute government is proportinate to the contempt he feels for those around him". Tocqueville

I wonder how long it would have taken for women to receive the right to vote if it weren't for "misbehaving" suffagettes like Alice Paul. You should watch "Iron Jawed Angels" with Hilary Swank. It's a good flick and it will open your eyes.

In any case I don't take my history from movies, maybe that explains your thought process.

"a man's admiration for absolute government is proportinate to the contempt he feels for those around him". Tocqueville

That would be awesome!

"there’s more to conservatism than low taxes, Jesus, and waterboarding at Gitmo." P.J. O'rourke

That too, would be awesome!

"there’s more to conservatism than low taxes, Jesus, and waterboarding at Gitmo." P.J. O'rourke

And on what basis?

"No compromise with the main purpose, no peace till victory, no pact with unrepentant wrong." - Winston Churchill

Personally, I think it's great that Cindy McCain shares finances; Way more than Teresa Heinz Kerry ever did.

As you know, There are serious issues at stake in this election, and serious differences between the candidates. And we will argue about them, as we should. But it should remain an argument among friends; each of us struggling to hear our conscience, and heed its demands; each of us, despite our differences, united in our great cause, and respectful of the goodness in each other.

Therefore, I believe it's great that Cindy McCain shares finances; Way more than Teresa Heinz Kerry ever did.

 
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