Jon Stewart to Harry Reid: Shut up!

by NW Spotlight

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart told Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to “shut up” if Reid had to follow his irresponsible claim that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years with “I don’t know if that’s true.” (Reid’s actual exact wording was “Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain”)

Townhall has pointed out that Romney has “augmented his legally-required paperwork by volunteering two years’ worth of tax returns, which show that he’s paid every dime of his tax obligation and that he and his wife are world class, multimillion-dollar philanthropists.”

Mitt Romney released tax records back in January that show over the last two years he has paid $6.2 million in taxes, and he and his wife contributed $7 million to charity.

A few weeks ago Guy Benson at Townhall noted “It’s entirely fair to point out that Obama has been a fraud on transparency.  Much of his personal history remains shrouded in mystery and “composite” reality, he’s used cynical maneuvers to violate his own openness pledges, and he recently invoked executive privilege to cloud an investigation into a lethal gun-running scandal that his Justice Department has been feverishly covering up.”

In the same article, Benson goes on to conclude that although there are legitimate reasons for Romney not to release tax forms for additional years, he agrees with some other conservatives calling for Romney to release more. One of the reasons Benson gives is because then Romney would “have increased standing to confront Obama over his myriad shortcomings on the transparency front.”

Benson says to then imagine this line from Mitt Romney at a debate: “Your campaign insisted that I release more of my personal tax returns from years past.  I did, Mr. President.  Now why don’t you tell the American people why you’ve asserted executive privilege to obstruct an investigation into a gun-running scandal involving your administration that has resulted in hundreds of deaths, including the murder of a US agent?  It’s time for you to come clean, Mr. President.  I have.  It’s your turn, and the American people deserve complete transparency and candor on this matter.”


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  • ardbeg

    Wow, I am shocked anyone on OC (besides me) watches Jon Stewart. He is funny as hell and usually spot on.

    • guest

      How about stashing whatever med your in-taking and listen to Glenn Beck revealing the truth scary Reid? Eh? Oh, you don’t buy his wisdom? Pity!

      • ardbeg

        I’ve tried listening to Beck. But I don’t speak bat sh*t crazy. I can take most any talk radio from both side except Beck-R. Limbaugh-R and Rhodes-L.

        • guest

          OTH belfry person, you perceive Debbie Wasserman Schultz as brilliant. What a load!

          • ardbeg


          • guest

            guest spelled with a lower case g and one who believes Nevadans really sucked the blue kool aid by dubiously reelecting Reid who probably had ballot accountability exported in from King County, WA and Chicago C(r)ook County, IL election officialdom. Nuts!

          • ardbeg

            OTH-One Tree Hill?

  • Tim Lyman

    I hope the first thing President Romney’s AG does is launch an investigation & prosecution of Harry Reid & his sons’ crooked real business dealings and expose their organized crime ties, Then they can get to work on Pelosi, her husband, and their son.

    • ardbeg

      Enough said from the paranoid uninformed voter,

    • valley person

      So you are advocating Romney become the new Nixon?

  • Rupert in Springfield

    The thing I absolutely love about Hank Reids dopey taxes charge is how birther it is. Things have come full circle. Make up some crazy charge for which you have no evidence, then demand the accused disprove it. It’s the Obama birth certificate all over again.

    • valley person

      The evidence he has is what he says someone told him. I think most sentient beings would call BS on this. But it doesn’t matter. He knows Romney has a simple way to prove him wrong. Release his tax returns. Reids game is to force Romney to argue that Reid needs to produce evidence while Romney doesn’t.

      Reid is playing dirty pool here. Good for him.

      • Rupert in Springfield

        > I think most sentient beings would call BS on this.

        Most would, you don’t, and with that you fully join the ranks of the drooling birthers.

        • valley person

          Who says I don’t? You?

          Harry Reid is most likely making this up. And I support him 100% in doing so.

          • Rupert in Springfield

            Yet again the famous inability of the left to be at all critical of their leaders rears its head. Napoleon is always right is truly the motto here.

          • valley person

            Oh Rupert, you can be so obtuse.

            In this case, I appreciate the practical (put pressure
            on Romney to release tax record) over the ideal (don’t make shit up). Why should I be critical when I like what he did? Just cause you don’t like what he did? That is your problem, not mine. You have plenty of people making shit up about Obama and you seem absolutely fine with it.

          • ardbeg

            The only thing I can assume is either he is waiting to release his taxes for some special reason or he has something to hide. Right now I’m going with something to hide, even many members in his own party are telling him to release more years. Why won’t he?

          • valley person

            He has tons of embarrassing tax shelters. He probably had years when he paid less than 10% of his income in taxes. He thinks the problem will just go away because the media attention span is short. But if others step forward like Reid and keep the pressure on, he has to take the hit.

          • valley person

            Yep. He has a closet full of stuff he would rather keep hidden. He should have thought of that before he ran…and ran…and ran….

          • whatacrock

            Ha! Really? Have you ever criticized a right-wing pol on this blog? The only thing on display here is the famous ability of Rupert to project his own fallibility and inadequacies onto others.

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