Monday, April 19, 2004

A Newspaper Occasionally Printed In English

Mr. Reynolds is complaining about Kerry's taxes again. He links to a NY Post piece by Howie Carr.

Weary of liberals always clamoring for higher taxes on other people, an anti-tax group managed to place a line on the tax form giving Bay Staters the option of paying at the old, since-repealed 5.85 percent rate, rather than at the current 5.3 percent rate.

For two years now, John Kerry has had the opportunity to pay his "fair share." But like some Benedict Arnold CEO, the Democratic Party candidate for president has taken the money and ran.

I know that Howie and Glenn desperately want us to believe that Kerry is a closeted penny-hound, scouring every nook and cranny of his tax form for a possible deduction; but the reality is that an accountant does Kerry's taxes. And unless told otherwise, that accountant will perform his function, which is to ensure his or her client saves money.

Too bad Kerry wasn't up on every fringe anti-tax group and right-wing blog, or he could have just checked the "pay more" box and avoided this mess.

Also from the Carr piece, this:

What is undisputed is that Kerry's jet-setting lifestyle is completely financed by Teresa Heinz Kerry's late first husband, a Republican senator from Pennsylvania.

This is a sore-point with conservatives and I can't quite understand what they're angry about: that John Heinz dared practice the heathen tradition of leaving his savings to his wife when he passed; or that Teresa Heinz selfishly fell in love and married again.

Am I missing something? Is it a faith-based thing?