Ann Romney Rejects Her Own Very Sensible Idea

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 2:20 pm

“You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, where he’s been financially. He’s a very generous person . . .” said Ann Romney, rather sensibly. When pushed, however, she backed off quickly. Why not release more tax returns? “”Because there are so many things that will be open again for more attack. . . . We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life.”

She’s wrong about the latter but dead right about the former. If you want to understand someone’s moral values, it makes sense to look at how they lead their life by the checks they write. But rather than ask for the whole truckload of check stubs, I’d settle for seeing some more tax returns.

 

Check Stubs and Moral Seriousness

By: Saturday October 29, 2011 9:15 am

The late poet and Lutheran seminary professor Gerhard Frost once wrote “My check stubs are enough” to give you his autobiography. The former Chancellor of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Giles Fraser, wrote similar words in June 2010: the best way to assess what someone believes is to look through their bank statement. Forget fancy words and sermons, money is the way we mean it – or we don’t. Money is the sacrament of moral seriousness.”

Given the reactions of the MOTUs and Powers That Be to the Occupy Movement, I’d say they don’t enjoy having their morals examined.

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