RUSH: Greetings and welcome, Rush Limbaugh, the EIB Network and the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies.
Here we are, folks, another big day somewhere out on the Left Coast. Not identifying specifically where so that the Left Coast taxing authorities will have a little bit more difficult time finding me. Did you see, by the way, speaking of taxing authorities, did you see what Rumsfeld did? He does this every year and I didn’t know it. He sends a letter with his return in to the IRS, it says, “Dear –” Now, this is a guy who has worked in the government over half his life. He’s been the private sector. He was the CEO of G.D. Searle & Company when they introduced Equal to the market.
He’s been the secretary of defense. He’s been chief of staff here and there. He’s been all over the place. He files his tax return every year and he sends a letter. He finally published the letter yesterday on Twitter. It says he doesn’t know whether his return’s accurate. He has no idea whether any return he has ever filed is accurate. He tells them he went out and hired the best accounting firm he could hire. He got the best information he could from his wife, been married 59 years. They file taxes every year. They have no idea whether or not what they are filing is accurate.
They’re trying to be as honest and up front and thorough as they can be, but it’s impossible to know. Even with the best accounting firm his money could buy he is not confident that the tax return he sends in every year is accurate. It basically is — well, it’s a little bit more than a wild guess, because I guess he’s got some W2s in addition to the income that these rich guys get from Halliburton and who knows, the Cheney chain, ahem. That’s just a little paean to the left. But still, I laughed at it because it’s right on the money.
The irony. Here is a guy, he’s worked for presidents. He’s been the secretary of defense, and he’s sending a letter to the IRS, “Dear Sir or Madame,” is how he addresses the letter, and he makes a pitch for changing the tax code because it’s simply not possible to know whether he is complying with the law, and he wants to be a law-abiding person.
“I have sent in our federal income tax and gift tax returns for 2013. As in prior years, it is important for you to know that I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate. I say that despite the fact that I am a college graduate –” (laughing) He throws that in there. And my wife is a college graduate. “– and I try hard to make sure our returns are accurate.” But I have no idea. It’s a great way to make a point.