“Mitt Romney is proud to say that he paid taxes at a rate of at least 13 percent. This republic is just about over, isn’t it?”

It’s very late at night, I don’t even know if anyone’s going to see this post, but I had to. David Simon, the creator of The Wire – IMO the best television show in history – published this entry on his blog. Read it.


Can we stand back and pause a short minute to take in the spectacle of a man who wants to be President of The United States, who wants us to seriously regard him as a paragon of the American civic ideal, declaiming proudly and in public that he has paid his taxes at a third of the rate normally associated with gentlemen of his economic benefit.


Am I supposed to congratulate this man?  Thank him for his good citizenship?  Compliment him for being clever enough to arm himself with enough tax lawyers so that he could legally minimize his obligations?


I can’t get over the absurdity of this moment, honestly:  Hey, I never paid less than thirteen percent.  I swear.  And no, you can’t examine my tax returns in any more detail.  But I promise you all, my fellow American citizens, I never once slipped to single digits.  I’m just not that kind of guy.


This republic is just about over, isn’t it?