A couple of months ago I posted about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's tax returns. The conclusion--for two people competing for the votes of the "common man," they're pretty rich. In the same post, I speculated as to the answer to the famous question: "Which candidate would you rtaher have a beer with?" At the time, John McCain had not released any tax documents. He still hasn't, to the best of my knowledge, but he has taken some flak for not even intending to release his wife's tax info. From what I gather, they have always filed separate returns, and she's the real rich one. I just read that the McCain campaign has released a summary of Cindy McCain's 2006 tax return (I don't know why it's not '07; maybe she filed an extension...?) The upshot is that she made a little over $6 million. I knew she was rich, now we have some clue HOW rich. She made about 4 times Obama's best year, and about half of Hillary's average for the past 10 years. No way of knowing if '06 was a good or bad year for her, but suffice it to say she's not hurting. As to the beer question--I had forgotten that she's the president of a beer distributorship. Maybe if McCain wins, she can make a commander-in-chief brew, or executive office ale, or similar. Wait--we've already had that back in 1977!
The only reason I'm mentioning the money is for the sake of closing the loop. I knew she (and therefore he) was in the millionaire club, so there's no real surprise there. Even if he only made what they pay senators plus his income as a disabled veteran, he'd still rank up there with Obama's "bad" years, all of which are quadruple the national average. More interesting to me is that he also released 1100+ pages of medical records. To quote Jim Geraghty of National Review, they show he's been swimming with cocoons. That was too good a line not to repeat.