Saturday, March 08, 2008

Obama aide: Clintons should release tax schedules

Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe says former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton, should release their full tax returns for recent years, including the schedules.

At the end of this story hosted by MSNBC you’ll find:

“The point of vetting and scrutiny raises questions about them [the Clinton campaign],” Plouffe said. “They act like any question about them” is off limits.

He went on to cite again that the Clintons have not released their full tax returns, including “schedules” for the past six years. “They can go to Kinko’s and do that,” Plouffe said.

He said the tax returns could answer questions about Hillary and Bill Clinton’s “relationship with individuals who have ethical digressions.” He added, “We want full and complete accounting, including schedules. If they don’t do that, it raises huge red flags. …”

“At same time she’s trumpeting her experience, she’s preventing the American people from reviewing that experience by releasing these documents. If she’s not open and honest in this campaign, you have to wonder if she’ll be open and honest as president….
I’m with the Obama people on this one. As any tax accountant will tell you, it's the schedules that contain the telling details. That’s no doubt why the Clintons won’t release them.

Why hasn’t MSM paid more attention to the Clintons’ refusal to release their tax schedules?

Why does Obama’s campaign manager have to bring it up?

And who’s Plouffe referring to when he mentions the Clintons “relationship with individuals who have ethical digressions?” And what's an "ethical digression?" Is that something like what crooks do?

If NBC Reporter Domenico Montanaro asked Plouffe those questions, there’s no mention of it in his story.

And why did Montanaro bury Plouffe’s demand about the Clintons’ tax schedules at the end of the story?

I tell you, folks, sometimes I wonder about our media.

The NBC story is here.


Anonymous said...

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.

-Tom Clancy