Obviously, the Obama campaign is interested in Mitt Romney’s tax returns. He’s rich, you know. And as recently as Monday, most of Congress’s most vocal members were piling on the request, urging the Republican nominee to open up the last decade of his financial records so that they could go over it with a fine-toothed comb, being sure to get all instances of overspending documented lest the American public forget that Mitt Romney has a lot of money.
Or, at least they were. As it turns out, of 535 members of Congress, only 17 have made every year of their tax returns available to the public. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who’s called Romney’s refusal to release his returns emblematic of a “penchant for secrecy,” has repeatedly refused request to release her tax returns or provide them to the news media. Harry Reid, who also discloses no more than is legally required, alleged that Romney was unfit to run for dog catcher and surmised that Romney’s hidden taxes were evidence he paid none.
And Nancy Pelosi, well…
Pelosi aides refused, saying she’s disclosed all that Congress requires.
“The leader has filed a complete financial disclosure report as required by law that includes financial holdings, transactions and other personal information,” Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said. “There has been no question about where Leader Pelosi and Democrats stand on tax policy: We must extend the middle-class tax cuts and end tax breaks for millionaires and use the revenues to pay down the deficit.”
If that seemed like a nice way of saying “shut the f*** up and get back to asking us about our pre-November agenda” you’ve caught that correctly. In fact, Nancy Pelosi today reiterated that that whole tax returns thing? Yeah, it’s really no big deal. Just a distraction. Can we please get back to talking about the awesome things I have in store for you? Because they’re awesome. And totally have nothing to do with tax returns. Okay?
As recently as Wednesday, Pelosi had strongly urged Romney to provide further disclosure of his tax returns. But today, while maintaining Romney should release more documents because of “custom” and “tradition,” Pelosi said the issue was trivial compared with economic issues.
“We spent too much time on that. We should be talking about middle-income tax cuts,” Pelosi said after answering two questions about the issue.
We’re done, America. Nancy Pelosi has said so.