Justice Clarence Thomas’ Income Tax Oversight?

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Justice Clarence Thomas and Ginni Thomas

Justice Clarence Thomas and Wife Ginni Thomas

The standards of behavior to which we hold ourselves and others – particularly those in public office – have slid towards mediocrity. In the media the slide appears to be most driven by ratings and greed. In politics and government it often seems to be driven by misplaced feelings of self-righteous entitlement.

Recently, it has come to light that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, over several years, has failed to report his wife’s rather substantial income. A one-time failure may be human error; but muliple consecutive failures is a willful, criminal, act. Thomas deserves impeachment. His behavior is not acceptable for a Supreme Court Justice.

Other Supreme Court justices have accepted gifts and/or gratuities in the form of travel benefits and/or vacations from various corporations and other organizations. One currently seated justice has even voiced the opinion that such behavior is ethical. It is not. It is unacceptable behavior for a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The justices who have accepted such gifts and gratuities should also be impeached.

According to a January 24, 2011 report written by Jennifer Epstein of Politico.com,  Justice Thomas omitted his wife’s earning from his income tax filings.  Said Epstein ” he had omitted details of his wife’s earnings in what he wrote was a “misunderstanding of the filing instructions.” He also had checked a box marking no spousal income.”

Where’s the shame?

At this juncture in our history, the United States may well be headed in a direction that is not good for any of us be we Conservative, Republican, Democrat, Liberal, or Socialist.

What none of us should be is indifferent.

Published by the LA Progressive on February 17, 2011
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