Reid: Not so fast, Nagorney!

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid most definitely doesn’t think his charges that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid no taxes during the last 10 years have been “debunked,” as New York Times writer Adam Nagorney wrote in Thursday’s newspaper.

Romney released his taxes for two years — 2011 and 2010 — showing he paid about 14 percent in taxes on income mostly from investments. But he’s refused to release returns prior to 2010, despite Reid’s allegation that a source reported Romney paid no taxes for 10 years. Nagorney wrote that Romney’s most recent returns disproved Reid’s charge.

But on Friday, Reid refused to back down. Asked if his allegation had been “debunked,” Reid said: “No, and I don’t think it’s debunked in the minds of the American people,” Reid said.

After blaming the media for allowing Romney to make a presidential bid without releasing years of tax returns — a tradition that is not required by law — Reid repeated that Romney’s refusal to do so points to a problem in his returns.

“What is he trying to hide?” Reid asked. “It’s obvious it’s something.”

Reid spoke to reporters after a morning event dedicating the National Atomic Testing Museum and praising Nevada Test Site workers who contributed to America’s victories in World War II and the Cold War. The museum — and funding for health-related problems suffered by some test site workers — have been pet causes for Reid.

Reid repeatedly said he has “nothing personal” against Romney, but nonetheless delivered a harsh political attack. “He’s multiple choice on everything,” Reid said. “He doesn’t stand for anything. He’s the plastic man of American politics.”

Asked to predict the outcome of Nevada political contests or whether Democrats will hold the Senate, a cagey Reid declined to make predictions. “We’ll see. It’s looking good so far,” said Reid, who receives daily briefings on Senate contests across the country that could determine whether he remains as Senate majority leader, or has to move his office to the minority leader’s suite.

Reid lamented the gridlock in Washington, D.C. that he blamed on the tea party, and wished for a return to days when Republicans and Democrats worked together for the common good. He cited the work on the atomic bomb and nuclear weapons testing projects as an example.

“Things have become so tea party-driven,” Reid said. “These people have become the modern-day anarchists. They’re not throwing bombs, but they don’t believe in government.”


28 Responses to “Reid: Not so fast, Nagorney!”

  1. Steve says:

    1) The IRS would have pursued Romney if he had broken any tax laws over such a long period. If the IRS does not believe Romney broke any laws then Reid must be full of BS. As usual.

    2) Reid is well known for claiming the Tea Party would be irrelevant by now. More Reid BS.

    And so it goes.

  2. Chandler In Las Vegas says:

    Reid is absolutely right in that Romney released two AMENDED tax returns. And Steve above, it is not whether Romney properly AVOIDED paying tax and by what lengths he went to avoid paying them. Reid did not say Romney did anything illegal, just that he lawfully dodged paying any tax at all. George Romney must be spinning in his grave over what a snake oil salesman his son has become.

  3. Steve says:

    There is a legal way to avoid paying any income taxes?

    I sure would like to know what it is and how to do it.

    If it is true, then it would not be Romney’s tax returns we need to be addressing. It would be the tax code itself! Because, if it takes wealth to pay no taxes then all the wealthy are taking advantage of it and that really makes no sense because the wealthy pay 80% of the income taxes in this country.

    skeptics DOT stackexchange DOT com/questions/8716/does-20-of-the-population-pay-80-of-federal-income-tax-in-the-us

  4. Steve says:

    And, Chandler, I see no wording from Reid where he was certain in stating Romney “lawfully” avoided paying income taxes. For any length of time.

    But you do bring to mind another one of those silly things Reid is known for saying.

    Taxes are voluntary in this country!

    He is so funny, or maybe he is correct and hiding the way to avoid paying those taxes?

    BTW, hope everyone involved in the accident on I15 @ Sahara is ok. They say Sen Reid has minor rib injuries and was taken to UMC along with a few others. Get better soon Senator so the mud wrestling may begin anew!

  5. Eddie "InLiberty" Hamilton says:

    Senor Harry Reid is in charge of the U.S Senate and gets extra pay for his Majority Leader title. He does not even bother working on the federal budget for three (3) years ! Yet he calls the House of Reps. a Do-Nothing Congress. The House passed a budget three times. BTW- Harry Reid was a Jim Crow when Nevada was “the Mississippi of the West in the 60′s.” The getleman is trying to atone his past sins by embracing illegal Mexicans et al.

  6. Jerry Sturdivant says:

    Whoa Steve! This is not about Mitthology Romney violating any tax codes. It’s all about morals. Did Romney hide millions of dollars in Switzerland, and then take ‘legal’ advantage of the IRS ‘Anonymous One-Time Amnesty Program’ of bringing his Swiss millions home when the Swiss said they were about to ‘out liars and thieves’ at the request of our government? Is that morality BS, Steve?

  7. ColinFromLasVegas says:

    No matter what is said and done about Romney’s inability to release his Federal Income Tax Returns, there is one thing that is a constant in this.

    Every single thing that Reid has said, after months and months and months and months, has never been proven wrong by Romney. All Reid is getting is nothing but unending grief from Tea/Republicans who are desperate to deflect the conversation away to something else…even if it is absurd and nonsensical…they have decided to go on attack, attack, attack, make up something, anything, just get the conversation on something other than Romney’s inability to release tax returns.

    And the other glaring thing is this inability to provide any transparency about his personal finances really shows he is hiding something.

    So scream linkage to President Obama’s college transcripts or whatever you want, the simple fact is there is something THERE.

    And whatever it is, it’s so damaging, so incredibly bad, that if it is revealed to the American voters, it would render Romney not only unelectable for the Presidency in 2012, but take him out of consideration for public office FOREVER.

    The long and short of it is he’s hiding something.

    It’s to the point right now that the American people not only want to see a sufficient amount of his tax returns, but they want to see his wife’s, his running mate’s Ryan, Ryan’s wife, and even Rafalca’s.

    Make no mistake. There is something that Romney does not want to see emerge into the light of day.

    But he fails to realize this strategy will backfire. No tax returns? NO VOTES. It’s that simple.

  8. Dave says:

    What has gone uncommented on in Harry Reid’s slander is that John McCain required everyone he considered for Vice President in 2008 to supply him with 10 years of tax returns. Among those he considered was Mitt Romney.

    McCain has said that he reviewed Romney’s tax returns. So at least indirectly, Harry Reid is calling John McCain a liar. Like him or hate him, the one thing no one has ever accused McCain of being is dishonest.

    The same can’t be said for Nevada’s senior Senator.

  9. Steve says:

    Jerry, if that is what Harry Reid meant, that is what he should have said.

  10. Jerry Sturdivant says:

    Senator Reid was repeating a charge given to him. Now back to Romney. His wife says showing his taxes would be embarrassing. What is he hiding? Why are you pretending it’s not important?

  11. Sebring Frehner says:

    The wealthy do NOT pay 80% in taxes. They pay an effective tax rate of 1.6% in Nevada. Yes, you read that right. The richest people in Nevada pay an effective tax rate of 1.6% after loopholes. I personally pay 8.9% as an effective tax rate as do most other poor Nevadans.
    I can even prove it with a citation that doesn’t require linking to a conspiracy theorists website.
    Go to itepnet (.) org and click on Nevada on the map. That’s the The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

  12. Steve says:

    1) Its not about what Romney did, its about what Reid claimed.

    2) Individual tax rates are not what the 80% is about. Look it up. Always been true.

  13. Jerry Sturdivant says:

    Wait a minute. It’s not about Romney? It’s not about the guy that has an admittedly embarrassing tax return? It’s not about the message, it’s about the messenger? WHOA! That’s not even a good try, Steve.

  14. Steve says:

    Nope, Steve’s blog post is all about Reid’s continued unsubstantiated claims. Steve Sebelius has condemned Reid for it. Steve continues to condemn him. Read the post again, Steve only uses Romney in the post as the victim of the unsubstantiated claims made by Reid. Stop trying to change the subject Jerry.

  15. Jerry Sturdivant says:

    Stop trying to change the subject yourself. Romney has something very embarrassing about his taxes. Even his wife admits that. What is it? And why don’t you want (us) to know?

  16. Steve says:

    Jerry. Steve’s post is about Reid. You can start your own blog and discuss whatever you want. Here, you are missing the point of Steves Sebelius post.

  17. Jerry Sturdivant says:

    Read his first paragraph. This post is about Romney’s hidden taxes. Why are you trying to avoid it?

  18. Steve says:

    It says US Senator Harry Reid doesn’t….. Oh whats the use you are as blind as a bat when it comes to your one sided mind set.

  19. johnqpublic says:

    What is he hiding? It’s relevant because he took advantage of tax breaks only the mega-rich can profit from. How does this help society? And he’s proposing to cut taxes EVEN MORE on rich people. So what he pays is highly relevant.
    He paid 14% on his income, and surely much less in the years he’s not releasing. What do you pay?

  20. Steve says:

    U.S. Sen. Harry Reid most definitely doesn’t think his charges that Republican presidential candidate ,,,, paid no taxes during the last 10 years have been “debunked,” as New York Times writer Adam Nagorney wrote in Thursday’s newspaper.

    Its about HARRY REID.

  21. Jerry Sturdivant says:

    You are ALL dodging the fact our government said they would force Switzerland to reveal the names of American citizens having secret Swiss bank accounts. Then our government’s IRS had a One Time Amnesty program for American citizens to bring back – and pay taxes on – money hidden in Swiss bank accounts. (I wonder whose idea the Amnesty program was.) Romney now admits he had money in a Swiss bank account; but REFUSES to state if he took advantage of the onetime IRS Amnesty Program. Gee, I wonder what Romnesia has hidden in his tax records?

  22. Steve says:

    U.S. Sen. Harry Reid most definitely doesn’t think his charges that Republican presidential candidate …. paid no taxes during the last 10 years have been “debunked,” as New York Times writer Adam Nagorney wrote in Thursday’s newspaper.

    Its about HARRY REID.

  23. Jerry Sturdivant says:

    No, it’s all about Romney’s hidden taxes.

  24. Steve says:

    U.S. Sen. Harry Reid most definitely doesn’t think his charges that Republican presidential candidate ____ paid no taxes during the last 10 years have been “debunked,” as New York Times writer Adam Nagorney wrote in Thursday’s newspaper.

    Its about HARRY REID.

  25. ColinFromLasVegas says:

    There is one simple fact: My Senator (Reid) and yours has made statements about Romney’s Federal Income Tax Returns and made aware that he provides for no transparency in revealing anything about his personal finances. And these statements, after months and months and months and months, to this day, have never been proven wrong by Romney.

    Which leads to another fact: Plain and simple. He’s hiding something. Something so incredibly devastating, that if it were revealed, it would not only tank his chances for the Presidency in 2012, but render him unelectable for American public office at any level FOREVER.

    Don’t matter how many people stumble over each other and try to turn this around to some kind of diatribe against Senator Reid. They can’t. People see this need for Romney to not provide any transparency whatsoever regarding his personal finances. They have two eyes. They have a brain. They can figure out CLEARLY that Romney is being super secretive about his tax returns.

    Make no mistake about it. There is something there. Romney could have pulled the plug on this whole thing a loooooooong looooooooong time ago. But he hasn’t. He simply cannot afford to. Because it would prove very, very disadvantgeous to any and all political aspirations.

    Like I say, this ain’t about Senator Reid. It’s not a nefarious Democratic Party campaign attack on Romney. IT’S THE TRUTH. Senator Reid is pointing out that this man is basically nothing but a tax cheat.

    No matter where the finger gets pointed in this whole equation, it always seems to crook back and point right back at Romney. No amount of deflection can alter this tendency of the American voter out here.

    And I’m happy to see that people are able to discern the difference between shit and shinola. And believe you me, to narrow it down even further in your choices, Romney is definitely not shinola regarding this tax return debacle.

    Don’t believe me? Wait til next week. We won’t have to listen to Wrong Way Romney and Reckless Ryan, Son of Ayn Rand anymore. They will be reduced to nothing but a footnote in American political history for future generations to contemplate.

  26. Steve says:

    Just as Steve Sebelius says, its an unfounded accusation made by Reid.

  27. Jerry Sturdivant says:

    No it IS a founded accusation. Even Mitt Romney’s wife admitted they cannot show their taxes because it would be “very embarrassing.” You can dodge and run and hide and whine and try changing the subject back to Reid all you want; you simply cannot defend it. This is ALL about Mitt Romney hiding his immorality; and the morality of those flaying around trying to defend the undefendable.

  28. Steve says:

    U.S. Sen. Harry Reid most definitely doesn’t think his charges that Republican presidential candidate —- paid no taxes during the last 10 years have been “debunked,” as New York Times writer Adam Nagorney wrote in Thursday’s newspaper.

    Its about HARRY REID.