Cindy says: <blockquote>One issue she is hearing about already is her refusal to release her tax returns. When she and McCain married in 1980, they signed a prenuptial agreement in which they agreed to keep their finances separate. The candidate has released his tax returns, but Mrs. McCain told Curry that even if she becomes first lady, her finances will remain private.<br><br>“My husband and I have been married 28 years,” Mrs. McCain said. “And we have filed separate tax returns for 28 years. This is a privacy issue. My husband is the candidate. I am not the candidate.”</blockquote> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24520111/<br><br>I've often wondered how modern couples, even my daughter, handle finances. I respect privacy so much I do not ask . . . But since two people have monthly checks, and monthly bills, what is the 'norm' / 'average' way of 'sharing' expenses.<br><br>Put all money into one account?<br>Each have own accounts and divide all bills in half?<br>The one making the most money pays a larger share?<br>And a whole lot of more questions I've never heard answers to.<br><br>When I was a young married woman, I did not have a job outside the home for about 15 years more or less. Things were so different then.<br><br>In a way, I can see Cindy not wanting to make public her return. But what does the law say? Is there a law? Or is it just something that they've 'always disclosed'?<br><br>Does her wealth benefit McCain's race for the president or give him unfair advantage over say someone like Harry S . . . . ? I doubt Bess ever had a job outside the home. <br><br>Just wondering.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by starmillway on 05/08/08 12:23 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
Many couples maintain separate checking and savings accounts individually, with a mutual account for the household. <br><br>This works well in some cases. For example, I have a third cousin who is a tax-rebel "free American' idiot, and hasn't filed since 1993. Now he's in a real nasty divorce contest. He always treated his wife like she was an idiot and wanted her to walk 10 paces behind him, etc. Now we find out "the idiot' has been very quietly filing her own returns all these years, and just dimed him out to the IRS. <br><br>She is one of my heros!<br><br>I obviously can't speak for the McCains, but I think she has a point.<br><br><br><br><br><br>The Bill of Rights doesn't grant us our rights, it merely enumerates them.
The Bill of Rights doesn't grant us our rights, it merely enumerates them.
she has to keep it private and it has nothing to do with merely wanting privacy. look at how John Kerry was financed by his wife with the Heinz fortune. Cindy McCain is also financing John with her own inherited fortune and there's just something Americans don't appreciate about a guy marrying into wealth. so, she keeps her finances hidden and John can use that money in any way he chooses (8 places of residence) and there's no easily traceable record of it. perfect for a career politician. <br><br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
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My wife and I got separate checking accounts 20 years ago and split the bills according to what we each could pay and still have a little cash left over. We do not borrow from one another, although we do swap bills from time to time. We have not had an argument over finances in all of those 20 years.<br><br>If Cindy McCain wishes to keep her finances/IRS returns private, that is her right.<br><br>
Yes, I see this point too. And it is all so confusing. Life is NOT fair . . .<br><br><blockquote>so, she keeps her finances hidden and John can use that money in any way he chooses (8 places of residence) and there's no easily traceable record of it. perfect for a career politician. </blockquote><br><br>I hope I don't ever get appointed to the Supreme Court! I can't make up my mind on so many things. <br><br><br><br><br>
That to me is simply amazing! It works for you. I just can't see how you would say save for a new car or washing machine or decide who buys the TV or new water heater.<br><br>I can see why my sister never married her sig one. They have been together over 20 years! They DID get engaged two years ago. ??????<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Do you really have to make up your mind about this though? It's not a big deal. In fact... it's not really a deal at all. I suppose that if Ms. McCain begins flamethrowing around the stump on the topic of wealth or tax policy, there might be a case to be made about her finances, but that's not likely to happen.<br><br>Think back to 2004. The arguments about Sen. Kerry's wife were unsubstantial, made from nutty corners of political discourse, and likely did not affect the race outside of talk radio circles. There's no reason that anyone reasonable should roll around in it just because someone has done it before.<br><br>Either way, we will have a candidate worth standing up for. Democrats won't need to try to bring down the other guy's wife.<br><br>-- Cee Bee Double-U
Sorry 'bout that. Lame attempt at making conversation.<br><br>Democrats won't need to try to bring down the other guy's wife.<br><br>I had not idea I was attempting that!<br><br>Chalk it all up to oldtimerz and I'll stay out of your sandbox! <br><br><br><br>
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