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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 18, 2012/ 28 Tamuz, 5772

By withholding, Mitt Romney taxes campaign

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When you are campaigning against a famously rich guy from Massachusetts, especially a Hollywood-handsome type with a winning smile and a family name that's part of the lore of big-time politics, here's a one-two strategy that's sure to make your opponent duck and weasel. And make the ordinary folks cheer.

1. Demand that he make public his income tax returns.

  2. When the ducking and weaseling commence, whisper to a reporter that you just don't understand the delay. Because, after all, you know releasing income tax records can't possibly be a problem -- as long as a person has "nothing to hide."   And as you know, that's just how it happened.   As the Boston Globe reported, back on April 19, 1994: "With the tax-filing deadline looming, Republican Senate candidate Mitt Romney yesterday challenged Sen. Edward M. Kennedy to disclose his state and federal taxes to prove he has 'nothing to hide'..."   In politics, there are no new acts; just new actors. No new sins; just new sinners.   But every now and then, along comes someone who has a special something that seems, well, hard to define. Romney's specialty seems to be, well, his political flexibility.   It is hard to think of a major policy or controversy on which he has not held positions on all sides. Abortion. Immigration. Mandated health insurance. Tax increases/decreases. Mortgage foreclosures. Waging war in Afghanistan. Winding down in Iraq. Ratcheting up in Syria. Get tough with China. Increase trade with China.   But issue stuff doesn't irk most voters as much as common-sense stuff that folks can figure out for themselves. Such as Romney's out-of-touch, rich-guy blurtations. And now, his refusal to release more than two years' worth of income tax returns.   On Monday, the Massachusetts Oracle of '94 morphed into the USA Naysayer of '12. Romney rejected calls from not just Democrats but many fellow Republicans to release more than just two years of tax returns, 2010 and 2011. No way, he said.   You know -- and Romney knows -- when candidates release many years of tax returns, it mostly produces one story and a series of yawns. As when President Barack Obama released 12 years of his tax returns and, coincidentally, when Gov. George Romney also released 12 years of tax returns when running for president in 1968 (when son Mitt was 20).   Candidates' tax returns mainly make news when candidates seem afraid to release them. Then, they make you wonder what they want to hide. (Except in Massachusetts in 1994. Kennedy wouldn't release his taxes -- but his voters had already forgiven him for lots worse. He cruised to re-election. And Romney apparently learned the wrong lesson.)   For decades, we've seen very smart people in public offices do very dumb things -- and we've figured out why: They think what they are hiding will make them look lots worse. (As when Richard Nixon handed over a Watergate tape recording with 18 1/2 minutes clumsily erased, apparently to destroy incriminating statements.)   While Romney's old tax returns surely don't plunge to such pathetic depths, they could contain a few more rich-guy revelations. Maybe he made more money from his old firm, Bain Capital, than he indicated (while Americans lost jobs due to Bain's decisions). Maybe he benefited more from legal offshore tax shelters than we think.   But no revelation in his taxes could hurt him as much as he has just hurt himself with ordinary voters. Americans are forgiving, especially of pols who genuinely repent. We also admire self-made wealth and think the skills needed to achieve it can lead us to prosper in the global economy.   That's why Romney would be wise to release his taxes (bury us under a deluge of numbers), exchange his repentance for our forgiveness -- and move on.   But no. Romney seems determined to continue presenting himself to us as a cartoonish caricature -- a Ken doll stuffed with a squishy jelly doughnut for a core.   He hasn't shown a glimmer of a sign that he has yet become even half as wise as he is rich and smart.

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Previously:


06/20/12: Cruel consequences spring from an old leak

06/13/12: Gaffes, not facts, dominate presidential race

06/06/12: Command decisions mark new era of video-game warfare

04/25/12: Safeguarding us all in the nuclear age

04/18/12: The battle for the honor of enraging us more

03/28/12: Eavesdropping on diplomacy and politics

02/22/12: Drawing Romney's big picture

01/25/12: Candidates proving that time-tested Marxist theory

01/12/12: Even with primaries still to go, history's longest year starts now

01/05/12: Iowa caucuses reveal news media lapses

12/14/11: How Gingrich stole Mitt's Christmas

11/16/11: Supercommittee's super-sized surrender

11/16/11: Romney talks Texas-tough on Iran

11/03/11: The Silent Majority speaks at last

10/20/11: Outsourcing our democracy; hijacking our holidays

10/13/11: Decline and fall of presidential press conferences

09/28/11: Washington's Monument to broken government

08/17/11: Tax credits for job creation

07/06/11: Obama's on-the-job retraining from Clinton

06/29/11: Obama, Nixon suddenly joined in posterity



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