If you want to be a public servant, though that hardly seems to be what politicians are these days, you must at least play by some of the rules which means releasing your tax returns. I don't see why the McCain's should be above the rest of us, and we should be allowed to see where she invests. If she doesn't want us to know and is trying to protect her children, then, she should not be first lady. Her point is that her husband is the candidate and yet he campaigns, flying on her corporate jet. We do elect a couple, a president and a first lady. If she wants to be first lady, then, she has to give up her privacy and that means we see her tax returns and where she is invested. I don't see how that affects the children any more than being the children of the president would do.....
Perhaps the McCain's should rethink the presidency if they really care about privacy for their family......
Editorial in the NY Times -
Mrs. McCain’s Money
Senator John McCain’s wife, Cindy McCain, has decided not to release her tax returns — not now and not in the future. In the interest of transparency and to support her husband’s frequent calls for clean and open government, she should rethink that decision.
Since their marriage in 1980, Mrs. McCain, the daughter of a multimillionaire Anheuser-Busch distributor, and her husband have filed separate tax returns. In April, Mr. McCain released his own returns, but just for the last two years — a paltry nod to openness. Mrs. McCain, it was explained, would not release her tax returns in “the interest of protecting the privacy of her children.”
Mrs. McCain dug in deeper this month, insisting that she will never make her returns public, even if her husband wins the presidency and she becomes first lady. “My husband is the candidate,” she said.
There is no question that Mr. McCain — the candidate — has reaped considerable benefits from his wife’s wealth, including discounted use of her company’s corporate jet to fly from state to state during this campaign.
Voters also deserve to know whether any of Senator McCain’s official actions have benefited his wife, family members, or their business associates, as they did in the case of Charles Keating, the Arizona developer and savings and loan operator at the center of the Keating Five scandal two decades ago. A year before Mr. McCain’s 1987 meetings with bank regulators on Mr. Keating’s behalf, Mrs. McCain and her father invested more than $350,000 in a strip mall developed by Mr. Keating.
Senator Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, have released eight years of joint returns. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have recently released eight years of tax information, although the public is still owed a list of the donors to the Clinton presidential library and foundation.
During the 2004 presidential campaign, we urged Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wealthy wife of Senator John Kerry, to release her tax returns. So did the Republican National Committee. This time, predictably, the R.N.C. has switched sides. Senator and Mrs. McCain should show that they’re both committed to open government and release Mrs. McCain’s returns.