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CONGRESS: Lawmakers should disclose tax returns

Letter by Ernest J. LaChapelle, Fircrest on July 19, 2012 at 10:24 am with 13 Comments »
July 19, 2012 1:02 pm

Re: “How about lawmaker tax returns?” (TNT, 7-19).

The article reports about Congress and the very few lawmakers who disclose their tax returns. Talk about being able to make your own rules.

Congress should appoint an oversight committee to prove that its members are still common citizens with temporary responsibilities to the nation. Nowhere is it written that they should be making careers in politics.

Term limits are fine, but they should apply to any elected office, not just one at a time. Tax returns should be presented as a matter of course, as they are making the laws and it is so easy to benefit themselves when doing so.

Yes, their tax returns should be available for review. After all, no one makes them run for public office; if they do, they should show all financial returns.

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  1. CrazyJim says:

    Agree on this one.

  2. averageJose says:

    Yep… it’s called selective outrage.

  3. as in necessary and proper for Ds, but totally unnecessary for Rs.

  4. X- you are correct for once

  5. CT7 – and once again you prove the hypocrisy of the red shirt zombies.

  6. X- you know dems are the tax cheats and wonamizers. They approve of fake autobiographies. There is no line for them.

    Remember, you did not earn it, the govt did…

  7. SSounder says:

    Looks like someone needs to brush up on the U.S. Constitution. You are trying to address a problem with our government by treating a symptom that has little to do with the problem. When these offices paid little, only the “rich” served in them. With the pay and benefits of today, and the opportunities and access afforded those in Congress, serving makes one “rich”. Pick your poison, but I seriously doubt you would be happy with the good old days either.

    As to tax records, you said yourself our federal elected officials are private citizens temporarily serving our nation. Temporary is as long as we keep them in office. The records of what they invest in, the kind of salary or financial transactions of their spouses are private like ours are, except to the extent the law already allows some level of inspection. As with any other citizen, there are mechanisms in place to catch those who would violate the law. Reform is in the mechanisms, the checks on our government officials, not in the invasion of the privacy of men and women serving us in difficult and demanding positions.

    Can you imagine what this country would be like if the likes of Washington, Jefferson, the Adamses, the Roosevelts and Reagan had been limited to a couple of terms in one office or another? Lincoln held multiple offices for crying out loud! Your kind logic would have limited our country.

    Go learn about how your government actually works, in the meantime quite wasting column space.

  8. hansgruber says:

    Isn’t running for re-election “term limits”? If the people don’t want you, then they elect someone else.

    I don’t elect people based on their tax returns.

  9. CT7 – So why won’t Romney release his returns – his wife says there is information in them that would drastically impair his chances of winning.

    SSounder – you need to brush up on US history. While some ‘rich’ people did serve in Congress, the majority (especially those from newly formed western states) were not – which is why they were so easily bribed.

    Everyone on your list served in multiple elected and appointed offices at the Federal, State, and Local levels before becoming President, which is the only Federal Elective office with a term limit.

    Hans –the ballot box term limits of the best kind, other than self-dimposed limits.

    The Founding Fathers believed there would be self-imposed term limits which would insure a constant flux of new people and fresh ideas.

    I generally don’t either, however when Mrs. Romney says the tax returns will not be released because they contain information that would harm Mitt’s chances of winning the election WE THE PEOPLE have the right to demand they be released.

  10. They defend Mitt’s non-release of his tax statements and yet the Obamahaters complain(ed) that Obama wasn’t properly vetted……

  11. itwasntmethistime says:

    I’m pretty sure we would find, if the members of congress submitted their tax returns, that none of them actually need the premium health insurance we provide them. I’ll bet most, if not all, of them could well afford to pay for their own health care out of their own pockets.

  12. averageJose says:

    Obama wasn’t properly vetted before Mitt’s non-release… so you have it backward. ;)

  13. “you know dems are the tax cheats and wonamizers”

    … while Republicans tend to cheat with children and other men.

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