Reid's sticky bomb

Senate majority leader's mudslinging is a disgrace

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In the movie Saving Private Ryan, a poorly equipped outfit of U.S. troops attacks menacing German tanks with improvised “sticky bombs” in greased-up socks.

Democrats are converting the strategy to their own use in the current presidential campaign – filling dirty socks with explosives and sliming the outside with grease to try to make them stick.

The commander of this unit, under the watchful eye of our commander-in-chief, is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The top-ranking Democrat took to the floor of the Senate recently to shamelessly, and shamefully, make wild political accusations toward GOP presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney – that “The word’s out that (Romney) hasn’t paid any taxes for 10 years.”

It’s the worst sort of gossip, in what should be one of the most dignified spots in American civic life – the floor of the U.S. Senate – and by its supposed leader.

Utterly despicable and without a shred of redeeming quality.

Oh, and beyond hypocritical: Reid refuses to release his own tax records.

What has such a phony political ruse got to do with the U.S. Senate anyway? Wouldn’t Mr. Reid’s time be better spent working on a budget? Do you realize his Senate hasn’t passed a federal budget in three years?

Does Harry Reid have the moral authority to question anyone else’s finances, when he can’t even fulfill his basic duty to fashion a federal budget?

The Washington Post, not exactly a conservative newspaper, gave Reid “four Pinocchios” for his wholly unsubstantiated accusation.

We’ll go further than that: Harry Reid has defaced and disgraced the U.S. Senate.

Based upon Romney’s disclosure of more than a year’s worth of tax returns in which he paid plenty, the Post’s “Fact Checker” reports that “tax experts say (Reid’s) claim is highly improbable. Reid also has made no effort to explain why his unnamed source would be credible.”

That’s because it’s a sticky bomb – an attempt to throw an explosive at the opposition inside a greasy sock to see if it sticks and can do any damage.

It’s also a calculated distraction from the real issues plaguing this country, and this president’s inability or unwillingness to address them. As long as we’re talking about even wild, baseless accusations, we’re not talking about this administration’s failures.

This president’s entire campaign is based not on “It’s the Economy, Stupid,” as Bill Clinton’s famously was, but on “Hey, Look Over There, Stupid!”

You can bet Reid has Obama’s tacit, if not explicit, support. The president certainly hasn’t reined Reid in, and his silence speaks volumes.

“Harry Reid is making a wildly unsubstantiated allegation,” says ABC News’ Rick Klein, “but Harry Reid is doing exactly what Democrats want him to be doing. It may feel good for Republicans to be blasting away at him, but there is a big risk in responding because it elevates an irresponsible assertion.

“So you have Republicans complaining about campaign tactics. Democrats, meanwhile, are talking about what they want to be focused on, which is Mitt Romney’s taxes. They’d much rather be talking about that than the Obama economy.”

Such reckless mudslinging shouldn’t be dignified or rewarded or even tolerated. If it is, we’ll only be dragged deeper into the muck they’ve got us in.

Harry Reid has brought nothing but shame to his office. This isn’t the first time, either. He declared the Iraq War “lost” while our troops were still fighting, and has called political opponents a “liar,” “loser” and “embarrassment.”

This latest insult is a cynical political ploy to take Americans’ eyes off the ball.

This election isn’t about Mitt Romney’s money.

It’s about yours.

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TParty
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TParty 08/08/12 - 10:56 pm
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What Reid is doing is wrong-

What Reid is doing is wrong- he continues to double down on it too. Shameful. These tactics which are shamelessly, shamefully, making wild political accusations should only be used if you're from the fringe right, trying to say Obama is a Muslim, or not even American, and other dog whistle things.

Romney likes bets- Remember he wanted to bet Rick Parry $10,000 during a debate for something? Romney should make a bet with Reid. That if Reid is wrong, using the Senate floor to slander a person- who is still a private citizen by the way- then he should resign, and do so without all those sweet government benefits these congressman get for life. If Reid is right then... well, whatever. I'm not worried about that.

"Reid has brought nothing but shame to his office. This isn’t the first time, either. He has...called political opponents a “liar,” “loser” and “embarrassment.”"

I couldn't find an editorial from ACES saying the same thing about Joe Wilson- remember him? Calling Obama a liar during the State of the Union? Just saying- some consistency would be nice.

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Riverman1 08/09/12 - 02:23 am
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Mitt Romney Ran in 2008

Since Romney tried to get the nomination in 2008 and has known he would run this year, it's highly unlikely there has been anything improper in his tax records for quite a few years. He should say he will release his tax records if Obama will release his college records. Neither is required, but if we are going to play games, let's make them ante up too. Obama is not about to release his college records with the probable socialist theses he wrote on varied subjects. Everytime the media asks Romney about his tax records, that should be his response.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/09/12 - 04:00 am
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Comparing a two-word shout

Comparing a two-word shout from the audience by Joe Wilson that he later apologized for at the State of the Union to Reid's long winded slanderous attacks in the Senate that he doesn't apologize for is like comparing the Ludowici putt-putt course to the Augusta National.

carcraft
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carcraft 08/09/12 - 04:53 am
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TObama administration won't

The Obama administration won't refute those lies and now the Obama campaign has launched another series of lies that Romney is responsible for the death from cancer of a laid off steel workers wife. The truth of that matter is that the man's wife had her own health insurance and died 6 years after the man had been laid off. Well if I had to run on the fact that I took the retirement of 20,000 Delphi workers away, have over 8% unempoyment, a reduced manufacturing base, more people on food stamps, higher trillion dollar deficits (more national debt in 3 years than Bush ran up in 8 years) as far as the eye can see, I would lie to!

Techfan
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Techfan 08/09/12 - 04:58 am
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This from the same people

This from the same people that pushed the birth certificate, Kenyan, Muslim, etc. mantra. Please.

TParty
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TParty 08/09/12 - 05:57 am
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Riverman-

You're probably right about Romney having nothing wrong with his taxes- he's running for office for Pete's sake. That's why he should release them, and shame Reid. To shut down the only talking point the left has. And releasing part of one year and not even this years yet- when I bought a house I had to show more... Just saying.

And taking to the Senate floor and speaking out against something- true or false- is normal for politicians. Shouting 'You Liar" at the Commander-In-Chief during State of the Union is totally uncalled for and fits the "shamelessly, and shamefully, make wild political accusations toward an actual President" complaint written in the editorial. But there is silence, and now acceptance- because it's only two words, and he said 'sorry'? Come on, wrong is wrong. If Romney releases his taxes and he did in fact pay some taxes- and Reid said "I'm sorry", would that make anything better or okay? No, it would not.

jack234
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jack234 08/09/12 - 06:23 am
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The ploy definitely worked

The ploy definitely worked with me. I live to see those tax records. No way he gets my vote unless he shows them and put Reid to shame. I heard that Karl Rove is coming out of the closet today. Could this finally be true?

Angie H
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Angie H 08/09/12 - 06:34 am
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How many people stood on the

How many people stood on the senate floor and said they had evidence of a fraudulant birth certificate?

And jack....come on.....there was no way you would vote for anyone but Obama, even if you saw him eating small puppies on live TV. toot toot

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/09/12 - 06:41 am
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The Democrats know they

The Democrats know they cannot talk about Obama's record and win. All they can do is throw mud lies and hope something sticks to the wall.

Harry Reid made a baseless charge about Romney's taxes and has no proof and won't even say who told him that. The real question is, since Harry Reid has worked for the government in some form or fashion for his whole life, how did he get to be worth over $10 million dollars?

The guy who says his wife died of cancer because Bain laid him off and he lost his insurance is leaving out a few facts. When Bain took over his company, which was going bankrupt, Bain offered him a buyout but he didn't take it. Stupid on his part. At the time he was laid off, his wife was working and had her own insurance which she kept for several years after his layoff. And when this guy found another job he took out health insurance on himself but did not take out insurance on his wife. So, the fact is, this guy's wife's death had absolutely nothing to do with Romney or Bain. This guy made a few stupid decisions.

But the Democrats have nothing else to run on so look for more of these types of mudslinging ads. When you have spent the debt up to $16 trillion dollars, have nothing to show for it but some bankrupt solar panel companies, still have 15% unemployment, have the vast majority of businesses saying they will drop their healthcare insurance for their employees soon, have 40% of the doctors saying they will either retire or will not accept Medicare, Medicaid, or Obamacare, and have Obamacare costing $2.6 trillion now instead of the $900 billion they promised......well you better find something else to talk about that will distract the attention of the stupid and gullible.

And we won't even talk about the New Black Panthers, the Fast and Furious cover-up, ordering law enforcement not to enforce immigration laws, failing to protect our southwestern borders and suing the states that attempt to protect themselves, and suing states that want voters to have a picture ID.

Yeh, Obama needs to keep talking about Bain....he certainly can't talk about his record.

Freeatlast
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Freeatlast 08/09/12 - 06:47 am
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Pres.Obama and Sen. Reid

Pres.Obama and Sen. Reid recognizes we can't follow the path of radical House Tea Party Republicans who are willing to kill millions of jobs, destroy Medicare, give away $4.2 billion in tax breaks disproportionately to corporations and the rich. Mitt Romney said he will put "work back in welfare", but Ann Romney never worked a day in her life, and Mitt Romney's father left him a free meal card for life at Mac Donalds it just don't get no better than shipping jobs overseas or eating off a silver spoon. Incompetent House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican allies had controlled of the House since 2010, and all he did was tried unsuccessfully to repeal Obamacare thirty - times "WASTED." Tea Party Republicans in Congress allowed and voted on more bills to attack the president accomplishments and allowed no jobs bill to come up for voted, now you tell me who are the 'jobs killers'? Congressional House power shift could happen after November.

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Bizkit 08/09/12 - 06:55 am
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Well the reason there are

Well the reason there are birthers and others who believe he is muslim isn't because they are nuts or without some evidence based notion to drive their beliefs. The idea he was born in Kenya was published in a publicity booklet for Obama-apparently the publisher was taking liberties. In 1991 Barack Obama's then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, touted Obama as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii." The seed was planted then for all the confusion.
I guess we all realize Obama really has no religious affiliation. In his book he stated he sees all the great faiths as equal so he has no affinity to any. He did attend a christian church for 20 years (Rev Wright) but since has disavowed any connection and further stated it was a peripheral association. So given the vacuum people fill it with "he is a muslim" . Basically he is universalist would be a better assessment.

Angie H
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Angie H 08/09/12 - 06:58 am
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FREEATLAST....what exactly is

FREEATLAST....what exactly is it that the "radical tea party" want to do that you think will kill millions of jobs?

Ann Romney never worked a day in her life (a bald faced lie), but guess what...she didn't get welfare either.

TParty
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TParty 08/09/12 - 07:00 am
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"The Democrats know they

"The Democrats know they cannot talk about Obama's record and win."

That's funny. A spokesman for Romney, Andrea Saul, went on Fox to correct the misleading ad Obama is running- and afterwards so many conservatives became outrage, saying her words might have lost the election for Romney. What did she say? She told the truth- " if people had been in Massachusetts under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care."

Telling the truth in the Romney campaign can lose an election for Romney? Bringing up Romney's record is what will bring him down?

Not talking about New Black Panthers? I didn't realize they were a problem- not compared to right wing domestic terrorists!! Fast and Furious- I was mad too when that happen- but the report came out from the GOP leading the investigation and it turns out Obama and even Holder were not to blame- that lack of leadership in the ATF caused the F&F. Enforce immigration laws? Under the Obama admin- more illegals have been returned home than the previous admin. In fact- you should look into the trends of illegal immigration under Obama, it might shock you to learn less are entering, and more are leaving giving a result of a negative influx.

But those are all distraction issues- not sure why they were brought up in this topic. I'm still laughing at "The Democrats know they cannot talk about Obama's record and win" while Romney is the most secretive, flip-flopping candidate in American modern politics. I wish there was a (D) next to Romney, so you turn your sights on him for a moment and see the man, instead of the (R) which can never be criticized- and must always be supported.

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Bizkit 08/09/12 - 07:02 am
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I think many of those tea

I think many of those tea partiers are under employed or out of a job. They are mostly middle class Americans of every ilk. News to me that being involved in the political process is radical. I guess those radical OWS are evil too given the logic.

TParty
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TParty 08/09/12 - 07:10 am
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"Pres.Obama and Sen. Reid

"Pres.Obama and Sen. Reid recognizes we can't follow the path of radical House Tea Party Republican"

Of course not- they don't care about deficits and debt. Spend, spend spend!! Super radical Tea Party, wants a balanced budget, and doesn't want socialized losses with private gains (Bailing out banks and wall street). That does sound like a radical idea!! Super radical Tea Party wanting financial stability in America- how dangerous and scary!!!

TParty
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TParty 08/09/12 - 07:16 am
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Oh, and attacking Ann Romney?

Oh, and attacking Ann Romney? Stay classy attacking a woman who has multiple sclerosis, who also dealt with the scare of breast cancer. And I guess all of her involvement in charities are not work either. If you have a problem with people's politics- that is fine- but DO NOT attack family members.

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effete elitist liberal 08/09/12 - 07:37 am
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Reidomania!

First of all, as a liberal, I find Harry Reid to be somewhat of an embarrassment to the left. I think his comments about Romney's tax records on the Senate floor were irresponsible and frankly shabby.
Having said that, it is clear that Romney has resisted, and seems committed to continuing to resist, releasing any but minimal, hand-picked tax records. By now it is obvious that there is information in those returns which Romney's team fears would be politically harmful. It seems clear that the Romney campaign has made the calculated decision that not releasing more info is less dangerous than releasing it. They may be right, but I doubt it. As time goes on, the Obama campaign will have a field day on this issue. There may just be enough undecideds out there in key states who just won't be able to get out of their minds the simple question, "Just what is the guy hiding?" Then Harry Reid will be the least of Romney's problems....

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/09/12 - 07:42 am
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Really progressives attack

Really progressives attack Romney because she was a non-working mom-it isn't her wealth. I believe non-working moms are a demographic that is usually conservative and vote Rep so immediately they are evil and the enemy. Whereas science has demonstrated the need for both parents in parenting and the benefits of parental involvement. My mother worked during my two older siblings development and she was a stay at home for my other sibling and myself. The difference is huge so personally I'm grateful for her efforts (I was a tornado but she kept me on track). I just don't see how being wealthy or a stay-at-home Mom is some kind of crime or moral ineptitude or see the logic it is an issue for a political campaign. My lord grabbin' at straws and chasin' rabbits with all the other issues at hand. Oh and then the not paying taxes accussation issue is just hilarious. How many times the last few years we see members of Congress or even the Obama administration haven't paid their taxes and we know this with certainty.

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Angie H 08/09/12 - 07:50 am
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Since when is a stay at home

Since when is a stay at home mom "non-working." My mother would slap me if she heard me call her non'working.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/09/12 - 08:04 am
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The IRS is responsible for

The IRS is responsible for people paying their taxes. Reid should report Romney if he didn't. You go to federal prison for not paying your taxes in ten years.

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soapy_725 08/09/12 - 08:22 am
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Slander can be proven in court
Unpublished

Libel can be proven in court. Did you ever notice politicians never pursue these legal paths to the truth? Romney is the "designated loser" for the Repubogogs against a incumbent POTUS. Some Republican candidate has to be on the ballot to maintain the farce of a two party system. Mitt is the Bob Dole. Take one for the team.

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carcraft 08/09/12 - 08:39 am
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Do you really think Romney's

Do you really think Romney's taxes aren't reviewed by the IRS? tax audit rates for peolpe in Romney's tax bracket are about 10%. http://www.taxdebthelp.com/tax-problems/tax-audit/irs-audit-statistics Of course the Democrats want to make it about Romney's taxes, Obama is such a total failure from 8% unemployment, billions wasted on green energy BS, taking pensions away from the Delph workers, trilllion dollar deficitxs every year, no budgets and no job growth. Ane now the military is faceing crippling cuts! I know lets talk about Romney's taxes and spread lies and smears. Of course Obama is the master of the lie from his mother's health insurance to the creative editing of the scientific Gulf spell recommendatins..TOOT TOOT Bwahahahahahaha

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itsanotherday1 08/09/12 - 09:05 am
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"Comparing a two-word shout

"Comparing a two-word shout from the audience by Joe Wilson that he later apologized for at the State of the Union to Reid's long winded slanderous attacks in the Senate that he doesn't apologize for is like comparing the Ludowici putt-putt course to the Augusta National."

Not to mention, Wilson spoke the truth.

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Techfan 08/09/12 - 09:09 am
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The irony is that it was

The irony is that it was Mitt's father, George, who set the standard for Presidential candidates releasing many years of his tax returns. When pressed by his biographer to release his current return in 1967, George Romney said, "Release of the document, while it might serve a political purpose, would not prove very much, he argued. One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show, and what mattered in personal finance was how a man conducted himself over the long haul."
He then released 12 years of his returns.

Angie H
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Angie H 08/09/12 - 09:14 am
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How many years did Obama

How many years did Obama release? Why must Obama's opponents be more transparent than he? Why the hypocrisy?

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allhans 08/09/12 - 09:57 am
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Mitt's father didn't have the

Mitt's father didn't have the authority to set any standards. What he did was establish his own.
I hope Romney never gives in on the tax reports...
He is hanging tough just as he should. You give Reid and the other maniacs an inch and you know what happens,.
I admire Mitt for hanging tough. Go get them Mitt.
I said days ago if Reid had any proof he would have turned it over to the IRS....He is an idiot trying to defend an undeserving boss and keep his own cushiony job..

Techfan
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Techfan 08/09/12 - 10:08 am
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Reid never said Romey

Reid never said Romey illegally paid no taxes. He said someone from Bain told him Romney paid no taxes for 10 years, the said, "He didn't pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that's true? Well, I'm not certain,". I seriously doubt if that is correct. If he had said Romney paid virtually no taxes for 10 years, it might be spot on. We've seen that he only paid 13.9% on an income of $21.7 million for the one year that he did release.

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Doug Duncan 08/09/12 - 10:25 am
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Political

This is totally political. There is an old political saying that goes "if you repeat a lie enough times, it becomes the truth". If Reid repeats it enough, those not really paying attention will believe Romney paid no taxes.

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan 08/09/12 - 10:26 am
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TParty -- You want

TParty -- You want consistency? I give you.... Consistency!!

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/09/11/edi_547734.shtml

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/09/12 - 10:31 am
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TechFan, ohhhhhhhh, so Romney

TechFan, ohhhhhhhh, so Romney probably paid his taxes for ten years as required by law and Reid just wants to complain because he thinks the legal deductions will be embarrassing to Romney?

Maybe Harry should have a talk with the IRS and let them explain things to him and if he still has something, they can charge Romney with tax evasion. You go to prison for that. On the other hand, Harry has nothing and we all know it.

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