Roger L. Simon

Maybe She Owns Halliburton

Voters will not be able to see Teresa Heinz Kerry’s tax return until a few days before the election, according to this NRO Report. It’s easy to see why. The Kerrys would be by far the richest duo ever to inhabit the White House, if elected. Teresa’s net worth alone may be as high as 3.2 billion in one LA Times estimate. Only last year she reported an income just slightly over 5 million. Something odd there. Not very good investing on a percentage basis, as I’m sure our Dennis the Peasant would tell us (as does the NRO, as you might imagine).

But look on the bright side. At least you know the Kerrys won’t be tempted by any rinky-dink $100,000 Whitewater land deals. That wouldn’t even pay for lunch. Be happy too that we can finally stick it to those snooty Brits who are laboring under the misapprehension that Queen Elizabeth II is one of the richest women in the world. According to this article, she’s good for a measly 300 million pounds. (Okay, some others put her closer to parity with our Teresa.) All in all, you can say it’s great to be a “populist” candidate in the US of A, doing your darndest for the “other America” [As long as you don’t have to give them any yourself.-ed You said it. I didn’t.]

Anyway, here’s how the NRO concludes:

Voters of both parties should demand immediate and full disclosure of Teresa Heinz Kerry’s holdings and tax returns. There is ample precedent: In 1984 the husband of Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro made his tax returns public in response to pressure from voters. Today the stakes are greater in every way. Mrs. Kerry’s disclosure should be no less.

Sounds reasonable to me.