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    A dark political satire film set in the future in the fictional desert country of Turaqistan.

    It stars John Cusack, Hilary Duff, Marisa Tomei, Joan Cusack, Ben Kingsley, and Dan Aykroyd.
    107 min., Rated R, 2008.
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    Choices of the Heart: the Margaret Sanger Story (True Stories Collection)
    Starring Dana Delany and Henry Czerny, Directed by Paul Shapiro
    Rated: NR
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    The movie tells the story of Margaret Sanger (Dana Delany, China Beach) fight for women’s health through family planning and sex education in the early 1900s. The story takes place in New York City where despairing, women are forced mainly by economics to end unwanted pregnancies themselves.

    Outraged and saddened by what she sees, Sanger takes on her life work to fight against the moral zealots that have created chaos in women’s lives.

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    Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion
    Trained as a nurse and midwife in New York’s Lower East Side gritty slums, Margaret Sanger grew aware of the dangers of unplanned pregnancy—both physical and psychological. Sanger ignited a movement that has shaped our society to this day. Her views on reproductive rights have made her a frequent target of conservatives and moral zealots.

    In this captivating new biography, the renowned feminist historian Jean H. Baker rescues Sanger from such critiques and restores her to the vaunted place in history she once held.

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    An American Prophecy: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny By William Strauss and Neil Howe
    400 pages. Broadway 1997.
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    The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court

    By Jan Crawford Greenburg
    368 pages. Penguin Press HC. 2007.

Mitt Romney’s Tax Release Problem

Editorial pen Editorial

What is in Gov. Mitt Romney taxes that is so explosive? And why does he feel so entitled to the presidency that he can slight the American people? He wants us to believe him when he says “I have nothing to hide. Trust me.” Haven’t we heard that one before? He gave Sen. John McCain 23-years of tax returns for the vice- presidency position but we have to trust him. No Governor. You have already used up that trust when you lied about your Massachusetts taxes and had to retroactively fix them.

What was in his tax returns that caused Sen. McCain to pass over him in favor of Sarah Palin? Lets make a list.

Swiss bank accounts?

Maybe. Swiss banks accounts are used to evade paying taxes.

Tax havens?

Maybe. The status of many tax havens are legally questionable.

Paying a near zero federal income tax rate?

No. Not at issue.

Chinese investments?

No. Not at issue.

How the extreme rich make their money and how advantage they are when it comes time to pay their taxes?

No. Not at issue.

When he ended his employment at Bain Capital?

No. Not at issue.

Romney wealth?

No. McCain is a wealthy man.

Amount of charity giving?

No. Not at issue.

Overseas investments?

No. Not at issue.


Now four years later, he won’t release his returns to the American public. It would be next to nothing since he had already prepared them for Sen. McCain.

Why won’t he release his tax returns? Lets go over the list one more time considering today’s polical environment.

Swiss bank accounts?

Yes. Swiss banks accounts are used to evade paying taxes.

Tax havens?

Yes. The legal status of many of his tax havens are in “gray” areas. Many, maybe the majority with close inspection would be discovered to be illegal.

Paying a near zero federal income tax rate?

Possibly. Many people would be upset knowing they have to pay a higher tax rate on their lower earnings than Romney pays on his investments.

Chinese investments?

Possibly. Investing in China when America is struggling to create jobs kills his contention that he is a “job creator.” It is also not very patriotic.

How the extreme rich make their money and how advantage they are when it comes time to pay their taxes?

Obliviously the extreme rich don’t want this information to be made public and cause the tax code to be changed. It wouldn’t be an issue to Gov. Romney presidential candidacy.

When he ended his employment at Bain Capital?

While this may show he lied about leaving Bain, it would have little effect on the election.

Romney wealth?

No. People already know he is a wealthy man.

Amount of charity giving?

No. He may not be giving 10% to the Morman church. It might even cause him trouble with his church, but the public could care less about it.

Overseas investments?

No. People know he has overseas investments.

Mitt Romney in prison orange

Comparing both lists only two items stand out, tax havens and Swiss bank accounts. These would have trouble Sen. McCain. These items along with paying a near zero federal income tax rate and his Chinese investments would be troubling to the American people.

But in the end Romney will not release his taxes for the one simple reason in my opinion. The legality of his federal taxes. While his taxes may have pass the causal inspection of the over burdened, over worked IRS agents, his tax returns with thousands of eyes looking at them would never pass the mustard. His questionable tax deduction practices would be found out. Then his fraudulent tax returns would be investigated. This time the agents would know what to look for. He would be arrested for tax evasion, found guilty, and sent to prison.

So for Romney it is a simple question. Is the presidency worth the real risk of prison?

He does look good in orange though.

Prison garb by Rakuten; Background image by x1klima on flickr

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