Another vetting diary. Let's get to brass "tax" here.
Why are Hillary Clinton and John McCain refusing to release their tax returns?
She compares herself to McCain. It seems they have even more in common than she first thought.
Why won't Hillary release her tax return right now, this minute? Why wait until April 15?
She and Bill completed their tax return last year, just like most Americans and providing a copy would go along way to reassuring voters that there are no skeletons in their closets.
Shouldn't be all that difficult, right? Obama has released his return.
When asked this question by Tim Russert, why was she hemming and hawing uncontrollably?
Is she really so busy she can't disclose to the American people that there is no funny business going on with the Clinton finances? This begs a very simple question: What is Hillary Clinton hiding?
The American people deserve a complete vetting of the Clinton's tax returns.
It'd be great for our nominee to hit John McCain on his refusal to release his taxes, but, oh, that's right, we can't because Hillary is doing the McSame old thing.
Hillary likes to tell us that she's been "fully vetted" before, so there will be no more surprises if she becomes our nominee. Really? Putting aside her husband for a moment, let's talk about her taxes. Hillary and McCain are both refusing to release their tax returns. (Obama released his returns last April, 2007.) Hillary says she'll release hers once she becomes the nominee. And McCain won't make any promises at all.
What is Hillary afraid that we'll find in her returns?
The candidates preceding Hillary released their returns before they were the nominee. According to the Washington Post, "Sen. John F. Kerry released his returns in December 2003, long before winning the nomination; Vice President Al Gore's returns, of course, were already public." And Kucinich, Dean, Clark, Gephardt, and even evil Joe Lieberman released his returns.
Then there's Bill Clinton. In 1992, Bill Clinton made his tax returns public during the primaries. But, there was a catch. He didn't release his 1979 and 1978 tax returns. Those were the returns showing that Hillary had made a 10,000% cattle-futures profit that raised a few eyebrows.
So is that why Hillary isn't releasing her returns? Because she knows that sometimes tax returns hide things that might appear (or be) scandalous? But even that argument doesn't make sense since Hillary has promised to release her returns AFTER she becomes the nominee. That means that she has no privacy interest in her tax returns, she's going to let the public see them soon anyway, but she simply doesn't want Democratic voters to get the chance to have her tax returns inform their vote during the primaries.