Huckabee reads tax returns


I’m going to resist the urge to scrutinize every speech from the Republican National Convention last night, but there were a few things about Mike Huckabee’s address that stood out for me.

I couldn’t help but laugh, for example, when Huckabee said, “Mitt has been loyal to his wife, his sons, his country, his employees, and his church.” After taking a good, long look at Bain Capital, and the thousands of American workers Romney laid off, “loyal” isn’t the first word I’d use to describe his relationship with “his employees.”

Huckabee also described President Obama as a “self-professed evangelical” – as if the president’s faith is in doubt – and argued that Obama “believes that human life is disposable and expendable … even beyond the womb.” Does Huckabee believe the president is some kind of murderer?

But it was this line that got me thinking:

“Speaking of budgets, Joe Biden’s budget shows that while he wants to be generous with your money through higher taxes and government spending, for years he gave less than two-tenths of 1 percent of his money to charity.”

Now, I don’t know if the charge is accurate or not; it may be. For all I know, we’ll be hearing a lot about this over the next couple of months.

But here’s the thing the angle to keep in mind: Huckabee is able to attack Biden’s charitable donations because the proof is readily available – Biden has released more than a decade of tax returns.

Have Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, for years, given more than two-tenths of 1 percent of their money to charity? We don’t know; they insist on keeping their returns secret without explanation.

Maybe they’ve been more generous in their contributions; maybe not. But if Republicans want to make this an issue, they should give the public all of the relevant information and let voters reach a conclusion.

Mike Huckabee

Huckabee reads tax returns