Okay, I feel a little bit silly for having made fun of Harry Reid the other day when he claimed that Mitt Romney had not paid taxes in a decade and offered only the word of a single mysterious anonymous shadow person as proof.
Turns out we're not supposed to believe the Senate Majority Leader's story based upon the word of the word of a single mysterious anonymous shadow person. That would be ridiculous! Heavens no! We're supposed to believe it based upon the word of a whole bunch of mysterious anonymous shadow people…
"I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination," Reid said in a telephone call with Nevada reporters. "I have had a number of people tell me that."
Asked to elaborate on his sources, Reid declined. "No, that's the best you're going to get from me."
"I don't think the burden should be on me," Reid said. "The burden should be on him. He's the one I've alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn't he release his tax returns?"
As one of the two most senior law-makers in the country, Harry Reid understands how accusations work better than anybody. A person is guilty until proven innocent. It's the whole foundation of our justice system. So, the burden is clearly on Romney to prove Reid's outrageous claims. And he doesn't even have to release his tax returns if he doesn't want to. There's other ways for Romney to prove his innocence of this accusation.
Like, we can tie him up and throw him into the Potomac. If he floats, he's a tax dodger; if he drowns, he's innocent.
Also, I hear that tax dodgers do not burn.
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Tags: Harry Reid, Mitt Romney, Money, Senate, Taxes