There was a a boat load of public criticism when Illinois gubernatorial Bill Brady released his tax returns to the media. The oh so chic progressive media and their hip Democratic operative partners, were aghast over the fact Brady paid no income taxes. They criticized, threw snark, insulted, and debased another rich Republican who does not pay taxes. Even though the reason he did not pay taxes was legitimate; business losses, they kept harping on a rich guy who pays no taxes. Oh how unfair it is. How much is enough? You know, all the usual nonsense.
Well, where are they now? Where is all the negative press? Where are all the progressive liberal whiners? Where is the progressive media with their debasing, dehumanizing and insulting diatribes? Alexi Giannoulias, candidate for the U.S. Senate- and rich guy- not only did not pay income taxes, he received a $25,000.00 refund from Uncle Sam. Why? The same reason Bill Brady paid no taxes- legitimate business losses. In Alexi’s case, the losses were from his failed family bank.
Where is the outrage? Where is the moral indignation? Where are the cries against a rich guy who pays no taxes? How does a multi-millionaire get a $25,000 tax refund? Where are the headlines? Where is the anger, loathing, and cries of foul? All we hear are excuses. Alexi, you see, is the good guy. He plays basketball with the rock star president. Its not his fault his bank failed. Poor Alexi.
The Democrats, and the media made a big deal out of Brady’s tax returns. They are making nothing out of Giannoulias’ returns. Wealthy Democrats get a pass if they pay no taxes- ala Tim Geitner. Wealthy Republicans get slammed. Oh, the reek and stench of hypocrisy!
This story has been out for two days, and not one editorial or criticism. It is just that- a story. No oooing and ahhing over Alexi. Alexi released his tax returns. He paid no taxes. He received a five figure refund. He got big bucks back. Big deal. His poor family and bank lost money, partially through their own incompetence and malfeasance. So what. He is entitled to that refund. He is one of the good guys!
He gets a break. How nice. Bill Brady gets criticized and slammed. Alexi must be charmed. How nice it is to have the media running your campaign for you. They refuse to report criticisms of his mob bank deals, his failing and bailed out bank, and other fiduciary lapses- they were tired of it. They want to hear about so called issues.
This is the hypocrisy so rife in American politics today. If you are a wealthy liberal- especially a corrupt Chicago Democrat, you get a pass. You are allowed not to pay taxes. You are just taking advantage of the laws to protect you. You are supposed to avoid taxes, while promoting tax increases. If you are a Republican, you get shamed and debased, while promoting fiduciary responsibility. You are not supposed to take advantage of legitimate tax avoidance- promoted by the IRS itself.
The Republicans are put in no win situation when they reveal their taxes. This is not fair, it is not right, and it demonstrates the total lack of ethics, decency, integrity, and responsibility in journalism and progressive politics today. It also shows the world the liberals and progressives are nothing more than a bunch of raving hypocrites. Strike that. Raving lunatics.