It was all over the news yesterday. You couldn’t turn on the TV or radio without hearing about it, ad nauseum.
Mitt Romney – GASP! — acknowledged that his tax rate is probably about 15% — lower than what most Americans, including even many high-income families, pay!!!!
Moreover – GASP! – Romney has a net worth estimated to be $200-250 million!!!!
The media went apoplectic over the news, never mind the fact that Romney’s 15% tax rate is entirely legal, because most of his income comes from investments instead of a salary.
Funny how in 2004, the media didn’t make any fuss over the fact that Democrat presidential nominee John Kerry and his über-rich wife Teresa Heinz paid an effective federal tax rate of only 13% on their 2003 $5.5 million income. Nor did the media make a fuss over their 2004 net worth of $236-312 million. Nor did anyone in the media ask — as they do about Romney — whether John Kerry’s über wealth made him “out of touch” with ordinary Americans.
That was yesterday.
Today is Newt Gingrich’s turn as the hare in the media fox hunt.
At 11:35 p.m. tonight, ABC Nightline will air an “explosive” interview with Newt’s former second wife, Marianne, who promises what she has to say could end his presidential campaign.
Newt and Marianne were married from 1981 to 2000, after his divorce from his first wife Jackie. In the last 6 years of his marriage to Marianne, Newt carried on an adulterous affair with legislative aide Callista, who is now his current (3rd) wife.
In the ABC interview, Marianne claims that Newt did not want a divorce but instead proposed an open marriage — an arrangement to which lifelong Catholic Callista did not object, according to Newt. But Marianne refused. Shortly after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Newt moved for a divorce — just as he had divorced his first wife Jackie while she was being treated for cancer.
But don’t feel too sorry for Marianne for, like her successor Callista, Marianne had carried on an adulterous affair with Newt while he was still married to Jackie.
No matter how distasteful or painful, I always prefer the truth over lies and deception. Therefore, I have nothing against the media digging up “the dirt” on Mitt, Newt, or any presidential candidate. This is the necessary process called “vetting a candidate.”
My only problem is this:
Why didn’t the media “dig up the dirt” on presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama Jr. in 2008? And why aren’t the media “digging up the dirt” on 2012 presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama Jr.?
To date, these are the Obama records which have not been released:
- Passport records
- Kindergarten records
- Punahou School records
- Occidental College records
- Columbia University records and senior thesis
- Harvard Law School records
- Harvard Law Review articles, if any.
- Illinois State Bar Association records
- Illinois State Senate records/schedules (said to be lost).
- Medical records
- Marriage license of Obama Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham
- Divorce documents of Obama Sr. and Dunham
- Marriage license of Stanley Ann Dunham and Lolo Soetoro
- Adoption records of Barack Obama Jr. by Lolo Soetoro; and of course —
- Barack Obama Jr.’s original hard-copy long-form Certificate of Live Birth
Newt denies his ex Marianne’s allegations, calling them “false.”