Kabuki Theater: Democrats pushing for legislation to force Romney to release past taxes

These totalitarians will let nothing stand in their way to getting what they want when they believe it’s in their best interest (via Hotair):

WAPO – In the House, Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) is proposing legislation that would require presidential candidates to release 10 years worth of tax returns and disclose any overseas investments.

And in the Senate, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich) are proposing beefing up financial disclosure forms for all candidates for federal office to require disclosure of overseas investments, including Swiss bank accounts.

The House bill would also require new disclosure of off-shore investments but specifically targeted the tax return issue. Rep. Sander Levin said Romney should “set the example” for future candidates and release his returns. But then he said the law must be changed so release of tax information is not at the discretion of candidates.

“I don’t think there’s any question now in terms of the responsibility of the candidate,” he said. “I think the law ought to now reflect that responsibility.”

Despite the Senate, there’s no chance this is going anywhere in the House since they are in the minority. But I doubt the MSM will condemn this kabuki dance that’s just meant to put more pressure on Romney to release his taxes, as they condemned Republicans for voting to repeal Obamacare.

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  • drphibes

    Ha! Careful what you wish for, party of corruption. This will surely come back to bite you.

    • They are counting on the press waiting for the GOP to refuse to bring that bill to the floor, then the press will say the GOP is “covering for Romney.”

      So the GOP needs to reject it with language that refers directly to Obama’s locked up records.

  • toongoon

    Hmmm……I wonder why they didn’t add college transcripts, birth certificates, social security numbers, and questionable visas to the bill.

    • MaroonRepublic


    • sDee

      sounds like a fine addendum to that bill

    • Betsey_Ross

      And passports held over the years.

    • I’d like to see full disclosure of Pelosi’s financial shenanegans, too.

      • trouble2006

        Dingy Reid, Pelosi, and Debbie BlabberMouth Schultz won’t release their tax returns. Imagine that!!! NO doubt in my mind they DO have something to hide just like their Thug-in-Chief.

        • You know, it could just be that almost all of these congresscritters are as on-the-take as William “Cold Cash” Jefferson (Democrat, Louisiana).

  • 1vote

    I would like to see Romney tell them “bite me”.

  • NYGino

    This proposed legislation is:

    A) A sign of Democrat desperation
    B) Another in a long line of diversions
    C) Innuendo used as a weapon
    D) Pure hypocrisy
    E) All of the above

  • 911Infidel

    Will there also be legislation to vett candidates by making them release their college transcipts, BC’s etc? Will anyone be looking at their SSN and Selective Service numbers to verify whether or not they are fake or real? Anything like that Carl (or is it Karla?) Levin, or Lil Dickie Durban? Nah. Dhimiratz are full of themselves and their double and triple standards. Foxtrot Oscar Dhimirat a-holes.

  • Sheya

    Good. Now the GOP CONTROLLED house should introduce legislation that would require presidential candidates to release ALL of their college transcripts.

    • Joe


      or just a correct Social Scurity Card

      or just a Birth Certificate

  • E. Lee Zimmerman

    Really? Well, how about requiring a legitimate birth certificate, while we’re at it?

  • NYGino

    How about legislation requiring full disclosure of any donations to Presidential candidates from foreign individuals, companies or governments.

  • Nukeman60

    Hmmm, if the Senate has time for this, perhaps they could take a few minutes out of their busy schedule to pass a budget – seeing how that is one of their chief duties in life. Not important enough, Harry? Hmmm…

    • E. Lee Zimmerman

      No, no, no. That’d look too much like work for Grandpa Reid.

      • Rshill7

        Yeah, that angry white guy with 30 House bills in his pocket. Jobs bills.

  • p m

    Mark Levin’s going off on this right now – time for Senate and Congress critters to bare their all too. Especially Pelosi, Kerry, Reid.
    Scumbags, the lot of them.

    • Rshill7

      Right. If they thought it could pass, they never would’ve brought it up. For them to decry Romney “secrecy” while Obama is at the helm of their sinking ship, is rich. Makes chocolate cheesecake look like a rice wafer.

    • Bags of scum the world over are indignant that you would make such a comparison.

  • badbadlibs

    The left seems to find new ways of displaying their hypocrisy and tyrant leanings daily now.
    If they don’t get what they want, the imposter in the WH gets it by fiat and the leftists in congress decide they will just make up a new law….never mind they’re there to represent us, and not their political tantrums.

  • p m

    Reposting this cos it’s relevant to our feelings that Romney needs to do a lot more aggressive ads – and the trouble is, with 0zero outspending him hugely in the ‘swing’ states, crap like this can get through and accepted as fact. Wondering why Romney’s being outspent? John Hinderaker via Byron York over at Powerline:

    “Campaign finance laws. Romney officials believe this is the most under-reported aspect of the ad war so far. Until the Republican National Convention, which begins August 27, Romney is forbidden from spending the money he has raised for the general election. Instead, he is using money left over from the GOP primary race. Of course, Romney spent a huge amount of money — about $85 million — to win that primary race. Even though he has been raising vast amounts for the general election, he doesn’t have gobs of cash to use right now. Obama, on the other hand, didn’t have to spend any money winning a Democratic primary. The result is that Obama is hugely out-spending Romney in key states. A recent Washington Post report said Obama has outspent Romney in Florida $17 million to $2 million, as of July 6. The numbers in Ohio were $22 million to $6.5 million, and in Virginia, they were $11 million to $3 million. That is a huge, huge advantage for Obama — not unlike the advantage Romney enjoyed over his Republican rivals during the primary season.”


  • anyonebutbarry2012

    The dems are a freaking joke. Their socialist non leader has a forged BC. He has released nothing in regards to records yet they want to make sure Romney and others submit 10 years worth of taxes . I think there are other more important documents to be looked at for any candidate then 10 years of tax returns.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Didn’t the Disclosure act just get defeated? Or am I confusing the that with this Bolshoi?

    The Democrats have lost their freaking minds. They didn’t vet Obama in the least and he has done nothing but destroy our nation since elected. Obama hides and seals his academic records, won’t talk about his relationship(s) with domestic terrorists and Communists, wouldn’t supply his birth certificate when it was really an issue, and seals the files for Fast and Furious.

    Gall and hypocrisy are WAY to soft of words for this insane obsession. This is borderline criminal imo.

    And the polls keep this race way too close between this monster and Romney – how can Americans even trust let alone like Obama after all this crap? I am so mad at this stupidity… ANYTHING but what’s important in this election. All this is, is a major distraction from just how bad Obama has been as an American and a pResident.

    I’m pissed!

    • badbadlibs

      You’re not alone in being “pissed”. Americans have been dumbed down, seriously.
      Today a Fox poll says that 50% believe bo deserves….DESERVES to be re-elected.
      How can that be possible?

      • Rshill7

        It can’t. I think it’s crap.

      • Sober_Thinking

        Lol… yesterday was a bad day. I was mad and yelling most of the day while the news was on.

        If these polls are true, then win or lose in November, this country is already gone.

        The bad news: With Obama wiping his butt with the Constitution (again) and allowing illegals in our country with no fear of removal or incarceration; with him lawlessly bypassing Congress (again) and abusing EO to revamp welfare and addict more moochers on the public dole; with his continued divisive campaign and complicit media (who is helping to keep America distracted from what is really important), it’s not hard to imagine the dumbmasses being deaf, blind, and hypnotized by our imperial ruler.

        The good news: I believe most Tea Party patriots have avoided the polls and their opinions aren’t reflected. If true, this gives a false sense of security to Obama and hopefully liberals/progressives and the ignorant left will stay hope thinking it’s in the bag. But I believe the Tea Party will rise en masse (even if it’s behind this horrible GOP candidate) and vote this monster right out of office (same with the Senate and House).

        Obama is a traitor to this nation, a criminal, and a liar. He NEVER should have become our President. Satan is really twisting the minds of the lost and the weak.

  • anyonebutbarry2012

    Darrell Issa: ‘The Imperial President Is What We’re Dealing With’


    why are these same dems not concerned about getting to the bottom of F&F, 200 plus people dead, but they do not care no one is held responsible.

    Group offers $100k for evidence Obama or senior White House aides knew about Fast and Furious

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/18/group-offers-100k-for-evidence-obama-or-senior-white-house-aides-knew-about-fast-and-furious/#ixzz211ArY8qV

  • Sober_Thinking

    When responding to and inspired by Kong1967, I came up with an idea how to turn this whole thing around and put Obama on the defensive. Romney HAS got to go on the attack. Here’s how:

    1. Challenge Obama to a series of Lincoln/Douglas debates.
    2. Obama of course will say no… because he’s got NOTHING.
    3. Romney starts to collect videos of Obama’s stated “positions” over time.
    4. Post new ads where Romney plays the videos of the Obama position and then debates it.

    Then end each ad with something like, “A man who has done nothing to help America has a lot to hide. That’s why Obama won’t come out and have an open, honest debate. So I’ll debate his positions in this manner until he comes out of hiding and finally faces the issues in the light of public scrutiny.”

    Wouldn’t that put Obama and his campaign on their heels? Heck, they’re picking Romney’s tax records to death… turn the tables. I think this would be VERY powerful.

    • actionsspeaklouder

      On Romney’s Website – they have a Contact Us selection that asks for opinions and suggestions for Romney’s campaign. I used it yesterday and got an immediate “Thanks for your suggestion” reply. I realize it was a “canned” response, but it is entirely possible that real people are reading the suggestions and might bring the really good ones to the campaign leaders. Your suggestion is stellar and deserves to be brought to Romney’s campaign heads. Good luck. Great suggestion above. Really like it.

      Go for it!

      • Sober_Thinking

        You’re very kind, I appreciate the Kudo. I will follow through and see where it goes. Thanks! 🙂

        • actionsspeaklouder

          You’re welcome! What you suggested is what Newt wanted to do with Obama. Newt probably knew as well that Obama would never agree to such a debate (Lincoln/Douglas style). Obama is a coward and only likes to speak in a controlled environment with adoring fans (probably hired by Axelrod) applauding his “greatness”. For sure Newt would have chewed Obama up and spit him out. I think Mitt could do the same – maybe not as effectively, but enough to humilliate Obama – which is what he deserves.

          • Sober_Thinking

            Agree 100%!

            I’d love to see all 50 states go to Romney… pipe dreams perhaps.

            Newt had a bunch of great ideas. This was one of my favorites.

            I sent it to Romney’s campaign yesterday. Thanks again.

  • BKco11

    Why not have King Obozo just decree it!

    • James1754

      Don’t give them any ideas.

  • anyonebutbarry2012

    Today, Ryan Zinke, an ex-Navy SEAL and Montana State Senator, announced the launch of Special Operations for America, a political action committee dedicated to “the election of Mitt Romney and like-minded candidates.”
    “Navy SEAL’s, Special Operations Personnel and Veteran’s across America have been outraged since Barack Obama conveniently took credit for killing Osama Bin Laden for political gain,” a statement announcing the launch of SOFA said. “The active duty military has no voice as they are forbidden to publicly engage in the political campaign process and it is career suicide for senior military leaders to speak out against the President.”

    Mr. Zinke, who has frequently slammed the president’s handling of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, reiterated his criticisms of the operation.

  • James1754

    The democrat mind never fails to amaze me. Now if they want to pass legislation to require all college transcripts be released as well as the tax returns for spouses, I would be interested to see where this would lead.
    However this is just demagoguery.

  • Jim Botts

    Again, the tax returns were release when he filed them with the IRS. The government has them, has had them quite sometime, and the IRS has obviously not found anything wrong. If they had, Eric Holder our chief law enforcement officer would have done something about it, or was he too busy covering his rear end over fast/furious?

  • Joe

    This is a crock of trash

    What a bunch of dirtbags

    Theirs are secret – This is a diversion

    Mitt should dig in his heels and tell them NO

    until Obama comes clean on everything he has secret

    Most members of Congress keep their tax returns secret >>>


  • freenca

    Would that not be a law of attainder? Singularly? Just for Romney. The BO can’t even say where or when he was born, how he got his draft card or social security number, nor that he even attended the schools that he claims he did. Who financed his tuitions, or if he really did ever attain the degrees he claims. A revoked law license, why? Seems the BO has much more to answer to than Romney !!

    • marketcomp

      Right on, freenca! Let’s have legislation ensuring that all identity information is provided before a person runs for President and lets make it retroactive beginning with Obama!

      • freenca

        That would be a good start! 🙂

  • G_unitttt

    the lib media says House votes to repeal Obamacare are a waste of money and government resources because they go nowhere.

    i wonder if this vote targeting Romney that will also go nowhere will also be called wasteful…..???

  • Joe


    Give them a PHONY ONE

    and see how fast the REAL ONE IS LEAKED!

    • kong1967

      Libs would have him jailed for fraud. He’s not black and he’s not Obama, so he would actually face trumped up charges for breaking some invisible law.

  • I have a better Idea, how about voting to compel obama to release the papers in fast and furious….

    • kong1967

      Has Obama released his tax records? I know he released one year a long time ago, but I don’t think he has recently.

  • So let me get this straight. The Democrats are more interested in Romney’s tax returns than they are in trying to find out if the President and the Attorney General are obstructing justice and are guilty of perjury in the Fast & Furious Case? A case, I might add, that resulted in the deaths of at least one American border patrol agent and roughly 200 Mexicans. And then the Democrats wonder why they’re hated so much. Pathetic.

  • pdxlady

    The lifer libs are so disgusting and irritatingly predictable. They always want to ram through urgent legislation that will suit their political expediency. Then when the tables turn, they want to reverse/change it back.

    I was thinking about the legislation they put in place in MA when Kerry was running for President, and Romney was the Republican Governor; they urgently passed state legislation to go through the process of voting for a Senator rather than allow Romney to appoint a Republican.

    Then, when Kennedy was too ill to be able to return to ‘his Senate seat,’ Deval Patrick was Governor, and Kennedy didn’t want to risk having an election to fill ‘the Kennedy seat,’ he wanted to urgently pass legislation to turn the law back, so that Patrick could appoint a Democrat. It didn’t happen though, because they were “nervous about being accused of engineering a self-serving change to help their party just a few years after ramming through a similar self-serving change.”
    I couldn’t remember all the details, so I googled it (link below)


    Also, just as an aside, I read today that it was on this day (7/18) in 1969 that Kennedy killed Mary Jo.

  • kong1967

    I think our founding fathers just had simultaneous heart attacks. Ok, don’t beat me up on the obvious, lol.

  • NCHokie02

    How many years did Obama release when running for POTUS in 08? I would release that many and if they start crying still about it I would just point that out. I would say Obama released one year in 08 and you guys were fine with that so thats what I’m doing.

    Of course this is their new mantra, “Romney won’t release tax records for every year he’s pad taxes. What’s he hiding?? Has to be something!”

  • The democrats are bottom feeders and apparently to defeat them the GOP has to get into the gutter where the dems live. This is shameful but maybe necessary.

  • WordsFailMe

    The next law they’ll want is that anyone who is elected President and survives for 4 years receives automatic citizenship.

  • 12grace

    Typical leftist strategy, while the media is focusing on this non-issue, obama is getting ready to give the UN control over our guns and water supply.

    If you think Obama is not going to take our guns away, think again.

  • layne22

    Oh, so NOW they are for full disclosure! Too bad we didn’t see this when President Obama was running… to disclose his school records, his passport records, his selective service records, health records, etc.

  • 12grace

    You go first obama ….

  • D

    Obama used this same tactic against Hillary in 2008.

  • harveygunsmyth

    Well duuuhhhh.
    Romneys tax returns huh? What about “Slick Willies” health records and what about Otaxters birth certificate? If Romney gives em ten they will only want twenty.