[Marxism] Richard Greener letter to Alexander Cockburn
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Sat Oct 3 18:33:31 MDT 2009
This appeared on the latest Counterpunch. Greener is a very old friend
of mine from Bard College, a heart transplant recipient, and successful
novelist who blogs at http://papadablogger.blogspot.com/.
From: Richard Greener
Subject: Obama's "Ghost" Ayers...
(This was prompted by an item in last week’s Diary noting a claim
made in Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage by
Christopher Andersen, that in preparing Dreams from My Father Obama had
made taped interviews with relatives about his family history, and,
according to Andersen, those "oral histories, along with a partial
manuscript and a truckload of notes, were given to Ayers".)
As an author and novelist (The Knowland Retribution, The Lacey
Confession), I know the process for deducting a writer's expenses when
figuring taxable income rather than simply paying tax on gross advances
and royalties. Obama's tax returns have been made public and they show
no deduction for a "ghostwriter" and no future royalty payments to one
either. Since Obama has now reported more than $8 million in book
earnings, one would have to believe he has either paid his accused ghost
- Ayers - nothing whatsoever, or that he has paid taxes on 100% of his
earnings when he had a perfectly legal deduction for whatever he paid to
As a point of comparison, look to John McCain who deducts 50% of
his book earnings — the money he paid to Mark Salter - and Hillary
Clinton who also reports deductions of more $2.5 million for her
It's more than just silly to say William Ayers wrote Obama's books.
It's absurd. In addition to the financial evidence, I can tell you for
certain that if Ayers was that good — he'd be cashing in to the tune of
millions writing similar books for others. I'm sure my agent would love
to have such a successful "ghost" on her client list.
If the "Birthers" are idiots and morons... the "Bookers" are so
stupid maybe they neglected to deduct things as simple as mortgage
interest on their own IRS tax returns.
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