I confess that I've never been in favor of forcing politicians to release their tax returns. It always seemed to me that tax returns, like ballots cast in elections, are private matters and nobody else's business. But after reading the Associated Press article on your front page today, regarding Republican Jason Plummer being "in the same boat as Romney," I thought perhaps I should take another look at this issue.
I have concluded that all politicians should be required to release all of their tax returns. In fact, I think it's such a great idea that it should extend to everyone in the country -- you and me included -- and all those returns should be available on the internet as soon as they are filed. After all, don't you want everyone in your neighborhood, workplace, church and social club to know exactly how much you earned each year over your lifetime? Don't you have the right to know if the guy in the next office who goofs off all day is taking home a bigger paycheck than you? Don't you have a need to know how much that snooty lady up the street gives to charity? Can your obnoxious next door neighbor really afford that gas guzzling Escelade and all the expensive gadgets he buys for his family? Don't you have the right to know those things? Of course you do. We all do.
Perhaps we can next dispense with that pesky rule that says each vote we cast is a private matter.