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Tommy Thompson says you should just trust him.
Former Wisconsin governor and current Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson got very, very wealthy as a lobbyist after he served as Wisconsin's governor and as Health and Human Services secretary under George W. Bush. How wealthy? Nobody but Thompson and his accountant know for sure. Just like Mitt Romney, he doesn't think "you people" deserve to know.
[A]t an event later on Wednesday at Husco International Inc. in Waukesha, Thompson was adamant. "When I was governor and I was employed by the people of the state of Wisconsin, I released my tax returns," he said.

"But I have been in the business world and the question is, 'Am I going to release my tax returns?' The answer is no."

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But, again like Romney, he wants you to know that he's personally reviewed his taxes and has indeed paid some. But (and where have we heard this before?) you're just going to have to trust him on that.
"I pay 31 percent of my gross revenue into taxes. That's much more than Congresswoman Baldwin is," Thompson said on "Upfront with Mike Gousha" on WISN-TV (Channel 12) in Milwaukee.

"That is what I pay. That's what I paid this year, that's what I paid last year and that's a higher percentage than Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Congresswoman Baldwin. I'm the highest and I think that's enough. I can put it out there and show everybody that I paid 31 percent of my gross income to taxes. That's a lot of money."

Thompson did not provide proof of the 31 percent and repeated he would not release his returns.

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He did not "put it out there and show everybody" by providing his tax returns. He just told Wisconsin voters that they just have to trust him, apparently the standard answer for millionaires on their taxes.

On the other hand, Democrat Tammy Baldwin released 10 years of her tax returns back in May, demonstrating that she's paid an effective tax rate of about 20 percent. Baldwin, obviously, has nothing to hide. So what's in Thompson's tax returns that he's so reluctant to share?

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Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:33:00 AM PDT

  •  Taxes (4+ / 0-)
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    Sark Svemes, fumie, annieli, Pope Buck I

    Fine Tommy can keep his tax returns secret IF he swears on the penalty of perjury that he has stopped screwing girls the same age or younger than his daughters.

    Family values my ass!

    •  Have you seen Baldwin's ad on this? (2+ / 0-)
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      Pope Buck I, sethtriggs

      It's Devastating!  Thompson is repeating over and over that he's not releasing his taxes, in a very obnoxious way, saying "what don't you understand about no?"  And talks about the millions he's made as a lobbyist.  Ends saying Thompson is no longer representing Wisconsinites.  One of the best ads I've ever seen.  And I was afraid she wouldn't be hard hitting enough.  I'm in love!

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 07:30:03 PM PDT

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  •  I wouldn't trust any Republican with a $2 bill. (6+ / 0-)

    They'd just shove in their pocket and walk away. Privatize the profits, socialize the losses--that's their motto.

    These are troubling times. Corporations are treated like people. People are treated like things. ... If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now. — Rev. Dr. William Barber, II to the NAACP, July 11, 2012

    by dewtx on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:05:06 PM PDT

  •  This is now the GOP standard (7+ / 0-) least for this election cycle.

    Any GOP candidate for national office releasing more than 1-1/2 years of tax returns will be a no-no.  The instructions were probably faxed directly from the RNC.  Can't be upstaging the presidential ticket, now, can we?

    Can't talk about personal taxes.
    Can't talk about business.
    Can't talk about religion.
    Can't talk about etc.

    But they CAN talk about lady parts.

  •  Is this a plank in the republican party platform? (4+ / 0-)

    The Republican Party will take, in full faith, the word of all white, wealthy, heterosexual males; all others must present evidence (which must be deemed appropriate by the aforementioned white, wealthy, heterosexual males on a case by case basis) of their citizenship, college transcripts, eligibility to vote, and status of consent of all heterosexual relations.

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:27:43 PM PDT

  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (2+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, gchaucer2

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 05:13:46 PM PDT

  •  Oh, yeah. (1+ / 0-)
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    Like we would trust any GOPer on any subject, ever.

    Let them lie to their brain-dead base.  Those of us who live in the real world can recognize them for what they are: lying, thieving Raskolnikovs.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 06:48:58 PM PDT

  •  So your taxes are none of my business but my (6+ / 0-)

    lady parts need to be violated, regulated, and legislated.

    May your tax payer paid for Viagra give you an erection lasting more than four hours.

  •  No more hair dye, Tommy? (2+ / 0-)
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    CJ WIHorse, sethtriggs

    Must have quit the mistress, huh?

    If Obama didn't get Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger; then Bin Laden didn't take down the World Trade Center because he didn't fly the planes.

    by Bush Bites on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 06:51:07 PM PDT

  •  GOP pretty clearly is trying to change the rules (1+ / 0-)
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    on government transparency, and in particular on whether we the people governed have any right to vet the politicians who will rule us before we vote for them.

    Government of the 1%, by the 1%, and for the 1%.  All hail, and bow before them!

    Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
    ¡Boycott Arizona!

    by litho on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 06:52:46 PM PDT

  •  If Rmoney wins (1+ / 0-)
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    Richard Cranium

    [I know, I should wash my mouth, or fingers, out with soap for uttering that phrase], we will never see another tax return from any Republican running for office.

    Of course, if Rmoney wins, the country may not last long enough to see another election, so there's that.

    "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

    by NWTerriD on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 06:53:02 PM PDT

  •  Seriously, who let the crazies out of the insane (0+ / 0-)

    asylum.  Never in my life have I seen so many idiots crawl out from under the GOP tent.

  •  Hahahahaha (1+ / 0-)
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    Can any of them be original.  

    And as much as I don't want to be ageist -- considering my age and the fact that I think my 86 year old mother could run the Treasury -- what the hell does someone Thompson's age bring to governing in this era of rapid, rapid response requirements.  Statesmanship in the Republican party (and a lot of the Democratic Party) is a quaint term -- not a reality.  So, what does he provide other than big money contacts?  

    Connections won't cure what ails us -- fresh ideas will.  And I'm not saying that older people don't have fresh ideas -- hell, look at me -- I'm a fucking genius -- but even 30 year old Republicans don't have fresh ideas.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 06:56:22 PM PDT

  •  They're Following Orders. Starting 2010 They (0+ / 0-)

    don't reveal their policies when they run.

    Don't expect major Republicans to do so any more.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 06:56:38 PM PDT

  •  thompson speaks yiddish? (0+ / 0-)

    isn't "trust me" yiddish for screw you?  i could be wrong

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 06:56:48 PM PDT

  •  This is another example (1+ / 0-)
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    of the GOP making a collective effort to move the goalposts. We haven't seen his taxes -- but I would bet Thompson is counting state income tax and/or sales tax and/or property tax as part of his 31%.
         The republican talking point of "the 47%" (of Americans who don't pay federal income tax) is morphing into a strategy to raise awareness of the total percentage of taxes that everyone pays. The higher that number in people's minds, the better the argument for lowering tax rates.
         Amazing what a colossal failure "the 47%" was as a rebuttal to the 99%. Republicans have realized that they need to make the exact opposite argument. Instead of carping about how many people don't pay federal taxes, they are taking up the mantel of all the taxes that everyone pays.
         Will it work?

    Can we ever have too much of a good thing? --Cervantes

    by thingsthatfall on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 06:59:58 PM PDT

  •  This is another example... (0+ / 0-)

    of rich people not paying their fair share.

    Baldwin makes six-figures a year and pays only 20% in taxes?!

  •  When Leaving HHS (2+ / 0-)
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    annieli, sethtriggs

    WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson resigned Friday, warning of a potential global outbreak of the flu and health-related terrorist attacks. “For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do,” he said.

    Thompson, the eighth member of President Bush’s 15-member Cabinet to resign since the Nov. 2 election, said he tried to leave office a year ago but stayed through Bush’s re-election campaign at the request of the White House.

    “It’s time for me and my family to move on to the next chapter in our life,” he said.

    News of his departure came not long after Bush introduced former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik as Tom Ridge’s successor to be secretary of homeland security.

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 07:10:55 PM PDT

  •  31% (1+ / 0-)
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    If he is self-employed, most of the difference between 31% and 20% is simply that he had to pay both the employer's'and employee's parts of social security tax. That's 7.65% extra vs an ordinary employee.

  •  Can politicians really separate (2+ / 0-)
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    gustynpip, sethtriggs

    who they are and will be as an elected official from what they have done for the previous five years?

    Someone who runs for office and is hiding their tax returns should be portrayed as a secretive, back-room dealing political operative who believes they are accountable to no one, including the voters. And the question should be: how do you know they will really be working for you?

  •  New normal? (0+ / 0-)

    Everybody running for office (in public service?) has to publish their tax returns? Fine with me.

    But I also read that Harry Reid has accumulated quite a nest egg while in public service. Will anyone here at DK be asking for his unpublished returns? Nancy Pelosi is worth some $35M, but has so far declined to release her tax returns. Is this a problem? If it's not, why not? On a more exactly analogous situation, Ted Kennedy never agreed to release his tax returns, even when asked by—Mitt Romney. Should we have been clamoring to see them?

    Just for the record—I think Romney really ought to publish his returns. By the same token, I think it's reasonable to wonder whether there are people who might be good leaders and legislators, but who will balk at opening their private finances and simply decline to put themselves forward. And what about other figures in government. Should we require cabinet officers to release their returns? What about their spouses?
    I myself would like to see a set of standards on this issue that we could and would apply impartially.

  •  31%? He is incompetent. He can't even find a (0+ / 0-)

    competent accountant. Government job denied!

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 07:35:36 PM PDT

  •  This is nothing new - the "special sauce" secrets (0+ / 0-)

    The Bush era GOPers were the exact same way. They refused to answer press questions, they refused to debate, they refused to release their special sauce secrets until after they've been elected (my eyes rolled so hard, they are now sitting next to me).

    And so apparently it pays to lie, evade, and drag knuckles. Oh and blame, The blame the victim game is huge. HUGE!

    This also appears to work inside the Congress walls, too, when they allow a bill to draaaaaaag and draaaaaag until it's dead.

    Can't win? Lie, cheat, steal, and then stick your tongue out.

    Strange but not a stranger.

    by jnww on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 04:29:13 AM PDT

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