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May 8, 2008



Mixed in with all of the hub-bub about tax returns comes this little ditty:

"Cindy McCain says she'll never release her tax returns"
-The Associated Press

Now, if memory serves me correctly, weren't all of the news agencies screaming about Bill and Hillary Clinton's failure to release their tax returns for the past few years? And didn't Senator Clinton say that she would release them, and follow through on her word?

Even today, as Mrs. Clinton slips further and further away from the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, the news stations - especially Fox News - can't leave alone the fact that a Democrat actually made money (some $110 million in seven years) after inhabiting the White House.

Do we need more proof that capitalism works, even for Liberals?

"You know, my husband and I have been married 28 years and we have filed separate tax returns for 28 years. This is a privacy issue. My husband is the candidate,"
-Cindy McCain

Yeah - that ain't gonna fly Cindy.

Mrs. McCain was born Cindy Lou Hensley and is their heiress and chair of Hensley & Company. In case you haven't heard of that particular company, they are one of the largest beer distributors for Anheuser-Busch beer around.

In other words, Mrs. McCain is loaded.

The second Mrs. McCain became so after her husband was granted a divorce from his first wife Carol. the divorce was granted in February of 1980 and Cindy took McCain as her last name in May 1980. Because of a prenuptial agreement, Mrs. McCain feels she has the right to keep her finances to herself.

In other words, she wants rich people treatment because she is a rich person. After all, they don't have to abide by the same rules that the rest of us do, do thy?

Although DNC head Howard Dean put it plainly when he asked, "What is John McCain trying to hide?" in referring to his wife's refusal to release her tax returns, I don't necessarily believe that she is actually trying to hide anything other than obscene wealth.

Imagine, if you will, President Clinton refusing to release his share of the Clintons' tax return using that same "What's mine is mine and what's yours is yours rule." Does anyone out there think he and Senator Clinton could have gotten away with that?

We think not.

But what it shows is the same old Republican elitist attitude which dominates everything they do. Just why should John and Cindy McCain play by the rules? After all, in 2004 when Teresa Hines Kerry wanted to help her husband she didn't have to release any information.

Oh yeah - she did.

Senator McCain is one of the highest earning politicians in DC, regardless of his wife's financial status. However, his publicly-made fortune is meager as compared to the beer money Hensley's of Arizona. Perhaps Cindy McCain will never help finance her husband's campaign. But it's certainly possible that she will regardless of her passionate cries of "What's mine is mine, and what's yours is yours."

And if we examine McCain's "word" on campaign finance, one would have to agree that him stating now that his wife's fortune will not be used to help him get elected doesn't mean that tomorrow he won't change his mind as the need arises. After all, it's almost a surety that the Democratic nominee raise more funds than he will. And when John McCain yells for help from his wife, shouldn't we all be aware of what help she could afford him?

-Noah Greenberg

In response to 50 MPG cars, Harriet Warner writes:

Last year we purchased a Toyota Prius (Hybrid) car when we realized that gas prices were not going to stop going up. Although they advertised 63 mpg (under ideal conditions), in reality we are consistently getting 47 mpg. We're very satisfied that this is the way to go until some further breakthrough comes along. The car seats 5 passengers and the back seats fold flat so we can carry a lot of luggage including ski equipment. For our lifestyle it's perfect.

By the way, I'm not in any way connected to Toyota and don't own their stock.

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-Noah Greenberg