Howard Dean's Secret Enron Tax Breaks December 12, 2003 Not long ago I referenced the amazing phenomenon of Doctovernor Howard Dean sealing his political records from Vermont. Why the secrets? Where's the left screaming about the public's "right to know"? Dean has refused to come clean to the point where the thing is going before a judge. Dean hasn't even bothered to hide the motives for his unprecedented secrecy, telling NPR in January: "There are future political considerations. We didn't want anything embarrassing appearing in the papers at a critical time in any future endeavors." In the audio link below, you can hear Dean shoot back that he'll release his records if President Bush releases his. It's the kind of angry, conspiratorial attack that's made Dean the darling of the Bush-hating left - it's also 100%, totally untrue. (Liberals like that too.) In fact, getting Bush's records is as easy as going to the Attorney General of Texas. Claims that Bush sealed his records "at his daddy's library" are off the mark. That being said, now that President Bush has shown us his, will you show us yours, Dr. Dean? I actually named Dr. Dean as one of my physicians, thus ensuring his records would be seized immediately. I did so because Michael Kranish gave us an indication of just what Dean's hiding in the Boston Globe: "[D]uring Dean's 11 years as Vermont governor, he enacted tax breaks that attracted to the state a 'Who's Who' of corporate America - including Enron - to set up insurance businesses. Indeed, Dean said in 2001 that he wanted Vermont to 'overtake Bermuda' as the 'world's largest' haven for a segment of the insurance industry known as 'captives'..." (story) More: "With little notice then - and barely any mention now in the Democratic presidential campaign - Dean succeeded in turning Vermont into the kingdom of captives. Vermont has more of these companies than the other 49 states combined. As part of the enticement, Dean led efforts to cut state taxes of such companies, and he helped defeat a Clinton administration effort that would have eliminated $100 million worth of federal tax deductions given to the industry." So while Dean spouts Clintonian rhetoric against corporate welfare, he protected such perks in his tiny state of 600,000. Furthermore, Howard Dean - who's running with a promise to re-regulate everything from the media to energy - slashed every regulation he could reach to woo these megacorps. Dean and his entire party are out there screaming about the big tax breaks that Bush and the boys give to Enron and Halliburton, yet he tried to set up the Granite State as a landlocked Bermudian tax haven! No wonder Dean is willing to go to court to keep those records sealed. Can you imagine what his fringe, kook liberal base would say if they got found out about these tax breaks to the corporations they hate? The acrid stench you smell is that of liberal hypocrisy. Go ahead and crack a window.