Taxing My Patience

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Let me be clear on this: I still don’t care about Mitt Romney’s tax returns. In fact, I don’t think anyone actually cares about Romney’s tax returns. The idea that the Administration of President Barack Obama would continue to press this non-issue includes what ol’ Bo might call a “teachable moment.” Obama has acquired an eight-figure pile despite his endless rhetoric of class envy — not to mention the fact that he’s never held down a job that could account for such fabulous wealth. And no, sales of his oddly premature — and numerous — memoirs don’t fill the page. But we’re supposed to be appalled by Romney’s conspicuous wealth. Right, Mr. President. We’re supposed to revile a multimillionaire because another multimillionaire told us to. I’m sure we’ll get right on that after we get rid of the biggest stumbling block to the rest of us becoming multimillionaires: you.

The effort to make Romney’s returns an issue is transparent political gamesmanship — nothing more. Democrats nationwide continue clamoring for a peek, stating that Romney must be hiding some crime. Meanwhile, they are magnificently ignoring their own insistence that Attorney General Eric Holder and his boss are surely blameless in the death of border agent Brian Terry, that the so-called “Occupiers” are a peaceful bunch, and that Mark Rezko and Jon Corzine (among other Obama bundler cronies) are figments of our collective imagination. In the world of Democrats, the presumption of innocence extends only as far as the union thugs can hurl it. Blatantly obvious attempts to distract the electorate from Obama’s abysmal performance clearly represent the sum total of Obama’s re-election effort.

Hence, the manufactured kerfuffle over Romney’s tax returns. I suppose this latest nonsense is a step up from the attacks on Ann Romney and her multiple sclerosis therapy — as if that’s an improvement. But even liberal mouthpiece Lester Holt openly wondered on MSNBC whether the tax return strategy has “jumped the shark.” When a talking head on an outlet dedicated to spreading liberal disinformation steps off the talking points, trouble is closer than the objects in the Chevy Volt’s rearview mirror.

Actually, trouble is riding shotgun and, considering the flammable nature of the Volt, that’s serious. The selection of Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate staggered the Obama team. Simultaneously, the man Ryan will soon replace — Vice President Joe Biden — appears to be suffering from some sort of psychic meltdown, replacing his usual racist non sequiturs with — well — racist non sequiturs. A reported offer to former Obama enemy and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to replace Biden was rejected like Jay Carney going in for a layup against Lebron James.

Obama is up against a challenger who plays conservative as a matter of convenience, and Obama’s own house is in such disarray that he’s losing. Under Obama’s lack of leadership, the economy is in shambles. Meanwhile, Obama and his Madame Chiang, first lady Michelle Obama, continue to live like pharaohs amid their multimillionaire Hollywood and Wall Street cronies. The Obama Presidency has been defined by scandal, including the aforementioned Operation Fast and Furious cover-up, the General Motors implosion and the Solyndra boondoggle.

The Obama campaign’s response involves shrieking about Romney’s taxes. Romney’s fortune features nine figures to the left of the decimal point. Obama’s has a solid eight. Romney gives close to 15 percent of his prodigious income to charity. Obama offers less than 2 percent. And he wants me to suspect Romney of malfeasance based on his wealth. At least Romney can find his wallet when it comes to helping people without a government bureaucrat’s involvement. That’s not a reason to vote for Romney, but it doesn’t make me like Obama any more.

Some Democrats believe that keeping the discussion about Romney and his tax returns alive hurts Romney because it keeps him on the defensive. If that’s true, then Obama is in even more trouble than I thought. According to the most recent polling, Obama has fallen behind Romney. Ryan’s presence — combined with Obama’s failure to untether himself from Biden and a corporate press corps that’s beginning to show signs of wandering off the Obama reservation — may well leave Obama a man without a proverbial country come November.

–Ben Crystal

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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