You know how everyone and their mom — especially Democrats in Congressional leadership — are clamoring for Mitt Romney to release more than two years of his tax returns? Well, he’s not the only one keeping his papers to himself. Three months ago, before the candidate’s returns were making headlines, two reporters at McClatchy Newspapers started asking the members of Congress for this information, and only 17 obliged. Some of the most vocal critics of Romney’s choice not to release his returns, including Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, all turned down repeated requests from the reporters. From the report:
The widespread secrecy in one branch of the government suggests a self-imposed double standard. Yet while American politics has come to expect candidates for the presidency to release their tax returns, the president isn’t alone in having a say over the nation’s tax laws. Congress also stands to gain or lose by the very tax policies it enacts, and tax records – more than any broad financial disclosure rules now in place – offer the chance to see whether the leaders of the government stand to benefit from their own actions.
Et tu, Nancy?