Dingy Harry

Dingy Harry may be back to trying to get a gun control bill through the Senate. Although he won’t be specific about plans, he’s said that he wants to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

The Senator should consult the current version of 18 USC 922, which reads in part:

(d) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person—
(1) is under indictment for, or has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
(2) is a fugitive from justice;

(4) has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution …

It’s already illegal to sell or even to give guns to crooks or wackos. You know, it might be simpler for the Progressives to state their real policy objective, viz.:

[O]rdinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the State.

—Heinrich Himmler

It would be more honest to offer an Amendment to repeal the Second.

The New York Times Disproves Harry Reid’s Claims About Mitt Romney’s Taxes

Yeah, the New York Times. Whoda thunk it? They had someone who understands taxes look at Mitt Romney’s 2010 return. That return shows that that he claimed a foreign tax credit. In order to claim a foreign tax credit, a taxpayer must disclose the foreign taxes paid for the previous 10 years. Thus, Mr. Romney’s 2010 has foreign tax data going back to 2000.

The (pun intended) money quote:

The good news for Mr. Romney is the forms suggest that he paid at least some federal income tax every year, as he has said he did. He used the foreign tax credit every year to offset his taxes in the United States, and American taxpayers can’t use a tax credit if they owe no federal income tax. This casts even more doubt on the claim by the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, attributed to an unnamed Bain Capital source, that Mr. Romney paid no income taxes during that time.

It’s time for Harry Reid to apologize. Don’t hold your breath.


How Can You Tell If a Politician is Lying?

His lips are moving used to be the stock answer. These days, the sure fire way to know is to see (D) after his name, as in Harry Reid (D).

The Democrats seem to be in competition with each other to see who can tell the most outrageous lie aimed a Mitt Romney’s reputation. The factually-challenged ad from the pro-Obama super PAC that implied that Mitt Romney somehow cause a woman’s death from cancer is even more scurrilous that Harry Reid’s tax accusations.

Aside from the facts that the woman had health insurance from her own job for a couple of years after her husband was laid off from a company that Mitt Romney had left a year or so before the layoff and aside from the fact that the woman died after not seeking treatment under her own insurance, does it make any sense to try to claim that Mitt Romney caused her cancer?

Stacy McCain is calling the Democrats “The Party of Lies.”

The Democrats who put the ad together knew this. They knew that the steelworker’s wife died many years after her husband got laid off — and that Mitt Romney had nothing to do with him being laid off, anyway — and they just didn’t care, because, hey, they’re Democrats. They are full-time professional liars. It’s who they are. It’s what they do.

But the bogus cancer ad isn’t all. It seems that the liars are just getting started.

In An Effort to Maintain the Appearance of Objectivity …

… the WaPo Fact Checker awards four Pinocchios to Harry Reid for his bogus claim that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for ten years.

We use a reasonable person standard here. Without seeing Romney’s taxes, we cannot definitively prove Reid  incorrect. But tax experts say his claim is highly improbable. Reid also has made no effort to explain why his unnamed source would be credible. So, in the absence of more information, it appears he has no basis to make his incendiary claim.

Moreover, Reid holds a position of great authority in the U.S. Congress.  He should hold himself to a high standard of accuracy when making claims about political opponents.

More to the point, Harry Reid is a lying politician who should be heckled off the public stage.

UPDATE—WaPo, which has been acting as if it were an official publication of the Obama reelection campaign, seems to be putting more daylight between themselves and Dingy Harry. Richard Cohen writes:

In “The Godfather Part II,” a senator from Nevada is portrayed as corrupt. His name is Pat Geary. In real life, a senator from Nevada is a jerk. His name is Harry Reid.

That’s the opening of his column. It closes with this:

As for Obama, he is tarnished by this episode. The fresh new face that promised us all a different kind of politics is suddenly looking cheesy. The soaring rhetoric that Obama used in his first campaign has come to ground in the mud of Harry Reid’s latter-day McCarthyism.

It’s almost as if they can sense that there may be a new center of power in Washington.


UPDATE 2—Smitty seems unimpressed with Mr. Cohen’s insights.

Channelling Edward R. Murrow

This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy’s Reid’s methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

I wish someone in the MSM had the good sense to go after Harry Reid as effectively as See It Now took on Joseph McCarthy.

UPDATE–Here’s a transcript of the 9 March, 1954, broadcast of See It Now.

UPDATE 2–John Nolte at Breitbart suggests that–GASP!–the MSM might be accessories to Reid’s lying.

If they wanted to, the media could end this McCarthyism by simply doing the right thing and laying this despicable behavior where it belongs — at the feet of President Obama.

But the media won’t here, because it’s all part of the plan.

UPDATE 3–Perhaps there are a few real reporters left. Real Clear Politics reports that when Ed Henry (Fox) and John Karl (ABC) tried to pin down WH press flack Jay Carney on what the President believes about Dingy Harry’s claims concerning Mitt Romney’s taxes, Carney dodged the questions. Video here.


Maybe the stink is getting too much for even the Chicagoans in the White House. We’ll see.

What is Harry Reid’s Motive for Repeating a Falsehood?

In my six going on seven decades of observing human nature, I believe I’ve found four basic reasons why someone says or does the wrong thing.

First, some people do the wrong thing out of ignorance, and the reason for their ignorance is their inability to understand the situation. This my come from a lack of experience. Children, for instance, sometimes do the wrong thing for just this reason, but this sort of ignorance usually responds to a dose of education. I only put a screwdriver in an electrical outlet once.

Second, some folks act out of ignorance because they are incapable of understanding the facts at hand. They may be too far to the left side of the bell curve in intelligence. Too far to the left can still be on the right side of the curve. In spite of my 800 on the math section of the SAT, there came a time when I bailed from theoretical math and stuck to my applied math courses in engineering school. Some are impaired by mental illness. In either case, people in this category are simply in over their heads.

Third, some of us make careless mistakes.

Fourth, some people actively chose to do the wrong thing. There is evil in the world.

So which of these is behind Harry Reid’s choice to repeat falsehoods about Mitt Romney’s taxes? Do you believe that he doesn’t have enough experience with the IRS to know that they would have audited Mitt Romney if he had claimed to have no tax liability for a decade? Do you believe that he’s too stupid to understand what he’s saying or that he’s crazy? Do you believe that his first comment was a gaffe and that he’s doubling and tripling down on that remark by accident?

Or do you believe that he’s a liar?

Careless or Purposely Wrong?

Politico has a story up about Harry Reid’s attack on Mitt Romney’s tax history. It ends with these words:

On “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Stewart tore apart Reid, calling him a “terrible” person and calling it a “bull sh-t shot.”
“I cannot believe you just went dead dad shame on Mitt Romney,” Stewart said.
Asked how Reid was responding to such criticism, a third person close to Reid shrugged it off entirely.
“It’s impossible to say how little he cares,” the Reid confidante said. “He literally could not care less.”

Reid has a history of stupid gaffes, but the way he has doubled and then tripled down on his bizarre claim causes many to suspect he is engaged in a planned attack. Certainly, the attack as the tacit blessing of the Obama reelection campaign.

Reflecting the growing number of questions Americans have about Mitt Romney’s finances, Sen. Reid rightfully pointed out that Gov. Romney has something to hide.

Well, yes. We all have something to hide, and some things are kept hidden for good reason. That’s why we have a right to privacy. There are many things that businesses keep hidden for good reasons. See what happens when you ask Coca-Cola what the formula for Coke syrup is or if you ask Apple for details of their product development schedule. Because of his venture capital background, there may be things in Mitt Romney’s tax records that he is obliged to keep private. Similarly, there are things of a personal nature that one may want to keep private. The President hasn’t released his college or law school transcripts.

We bloggers went after Brett Kimberlin for his attack on the First Amendment rights of some of our colleagues. We should be equally vigorous on Senator Reid’s attack on the right to privacy. No, perhaps we should be more concerned. Brett Kimberlin in an ex-con running a small time con that eats up piddling resources from left wing sugar daddies. Harry Reid is the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, and having someone so dedicated to falsehood in that position in a clear and present danger to the Republic.

It’s time for him to have to deal with truth, justice, and the American way.

UPDATE–The Lonely Conservative takes note of the fact that Harry Reid is a liar and praises RNC Chairman Reince Preibus for calling the Senator out for his blatant falsehoods.

UPDATE 2–Peter V. Bella wonders if Harry Reid might be a crooked politician.

Like a Reid in the Wind

Harry Reid is an obnoxious man. He has failed in his principal responsibilities to the public in his office as Majority Leader of the Senate. (Budget? We ain’t got no budget. We don’t need no budget. I don’t have to show you any stinking budget.) And while his sleazy tax return attacks on Mitt Romney are beneath the dignity of his office, they are exactly the sort of foolishness one hears from Senator Reid. (“This war is lost.”). The man is beneath contempt, but not beneath being laughed off the stage.

That’s exactly what we need to do. The man shouldn’t be taken seriously. Let’s give the man the respect he deserves (i.e., none), and let the laughter roll forth.

Smitty has posted a fine example such humor, and at the end he offers some good rules for proper political joking:

Leave peoples’ names alone. By drawing a line there, I help myself to remember that even Harry Reid has a heart, albeit stone.

No potty mouth. The internet is full of little Quentin Tarantinos without me adding to that. The Lord sees all, as might someone from church.

Let the unspeakable remain unspoken. Sexuality is a private matter. If you’re going to make these kinds of accusations against Harry Reid, why not let it all hang out at the Chick-Fil-A with someone of the same gender? Pecca fortiter! No? Me neither.

Opt for a laugh. As I’ve tried to do in this post.

I laughed as I read his post, a clever spin on the Senator’s background as an amateur boxer. Read the whole thing.

Obama and Romney’s Tax Records

Why doesn’t the President put some distance between himself and Senator Reid’s sleazy rant about Mitt Romney’s tax returns? Ed Morrissey suggests these possible answers:

  • Obama and his campaign asked Reid to make the attacks in order to get the smear out without having Obama’s/Team Obama’s own fingerprints on it
  • Obama didn’t initiate it, but he’s comfortable with the smear and desperate to get some traction on Romney
  • Obama’s afraid to tell Reid to stop, and risk angering his class-warfare base

Karen and the Lonely Conservative has another possible answer. Barack Obama has a history of winning elections when something about his opponent’s past blows up near the end of the election. While he didn’t need that running against John McCain because of the economic crisis, he made it into the Senate because in both the primary and general elections details of his opponents’ nasty divorces surfaced.

Unfortunately for the President, the Romneys have stayed married, and there don’t seem to be any significant skeletons in their closet. So what’s a fellow with a lousy record got left except to attack his opponent? Expect more over-the-top accusations as the panic takes further hold at reelection headquarters.

How About Releasing Your Tax Return, Senator Reid?

Harry Reid wants us to believe that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for a decade and that we should believe him because Mitt Romney wishes to keep his families financial information private.

Well, Senator, why should we believe that you have been paying your fair share?

The federal government has been spending roughly 23 percent of GDP in recent years. Did you pay anything close to 23 percent of your income in federal taxes last year? Considering Social Security, Medicare, and income taxes, I did, and I can prove it. Can you? What’s on your Form 1040 for 2011?

I tell you what, Senator, I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours. (Don’t worry; I’m 64, so there’s no way to tie this to the pederasty rumor). Publish your federal tax return for 2011, and I will post my 2011 Form 1040 and Schedule A here on Hogewash!

If you aren’t willing to be that transparent, then you have no moral standing to criticize Mitt Romney who has divulged much more than you have. And if that’s the case, please shut up.

Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?

Harry Reid says that he should not be held responsible for the burden of proof of the accusations he has made concerning Mitt Romney’s taxes. Stacy McCain has an excellent post up demolishing that claim.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. It would certainly be out of the normal run of things for someone to amass a fortune of around a quarter of a billion dollars while avoiding taxes for a decade. Does the senator think that the IRS wouldn’t notice? Does he believe that Mr. Romney’s political opponents in Massachusetts would have let something like that slip by unchallenged? Or is Harry Reid simply making things up as he goes along?

It’s fair to argue against a political opponent’s platform. It’s fair to bring up the facts of his personal history. But it’s wrong to spread unsubstantiated rumors and even worse to tell lies.

So I put this question to the senator: At long last, have you left no sense of decency?

Millionaire Mormon Politician …

… Harry Reid never spent more than a couple of years off the public payroll. Yet he has amassed a personal net worth of at least $2,800,000.

Senator Reid might have heard the another millionaire Mormon politician might have found a way to dodge income taxes for a decade. Perhaps. And maybe the person who might have said something isn’t in a position to know anything about the other millionaire’s personal taxes.

Senator Reid has filed his required financial disclosure documents but not his tax returns. Until he does and clears up how he amassed his fortune, I’m not sure he should be spreading rumors about someone else’s returns.

UPDATE—Twitter has lit up with hashtags about Senator Reid, the nicest of which is #HarryReidFacts.

UPDATE 2—Dan Primack at CNN Money calls BS on Senator Reid.

Harry Reid is either a liar or a lousy critical thinker.

Now that’s just mean. Accurate, but mean.

An Attack on Mitt’s Mormonism Could Be Unwise

Harry Reid is a member of the LDS Church, and he’s not the only such Democrat in Congress. An attack on the religious beliefs key supports share with an opponent will be a sure sign of desperation.

UPDATE–For the record others are Sen. Tom Udall (NM), Rep. Jim Matheson (Idaho), and Del. Eni Faleomavaega (American Samoa).