Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Hillary Clinton and her tax returns

There is a CNN article entitled "Obama camp; What's Clinton hiding?" It reports on a call from the Obama campaign for Hillary to be transparent about her financial situation. Here is the official response from Hillary's campaign web site (with my comments in red):

Statement from Howard Wolfson, Communications Director

3/5/2008 1:16:32 PM

Faced with many legitimate questions about Senator Obama's long-time relationship with indicted political fixer Tony Rezko, the Obama campaign has chosen to lash out [wah! wah! Barack is just picking on me] at Senator Clinton.

Here are the facts:

Over 20 years of the Clintons' tax returns are in the public domain [that is not the issue; what about the most recent returns?].

Their tax returns since they left the White House will be made available on or around April 15. [she has returns that must already be done so why the 15th of April? Why not now? Makes you wonder if there is something to hide.]

This information will be in addition to 15 years of uninterrupted public financial disclosure reports. [again, the issue is not what has previously been disclosed, the issue is what about now? the reason for the delay would be what?]

Instead of making false attacks [what is false about a question that Obama is asking?], we urge Senator Obama to release all relevant financial and other information related to indicted political fixer Tony Rezko [this is an issue for Obama to be sure but this is just Hillary's attempt at deflecting criticism of her].

1 comment:

A Red Mind in a Blue State said...

Obama is finally asking Clinton some questions--here's a few more he should ask:

Your husband made controversial pardons at the end of his term. Did you have anything to do with those pardons--especially Marc Rich and the Hasidim in upstate New York? If so, will you release any documents, etc. on them? If not, do you denounce and reject those pardons?

You and your husband have refused to release the donor list from his Presidential library, leading many to think that payoffs for political favors, including the pardons, were funneled through the Library. Will you release those records, and will you pledge that, if elected, your Library's books will be open and transparent? and

Will you finally release your White House papers that the Clinton Library has refused to release?

Fair questions, I think-- all of which relate to her supposed governmental experience and honesty