Jeb Bush’s Finances Could Spell Trouble For Him in the GOP Primaries

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Jeb Bush is in big trouble:

Since leaving the Florida governor’s office in 2007, Jeb Bush has made about $29 million, a considerable increase in his personal wealth since reentering the private sector….The documents show he paid an effective tax rate of more than 36 percent each year since leaving the governor’s office, according to his campaign.

That’s it? $5 million per year? And he was lame enough with his finances to hand over 36 percent to Uncle Sugar? What the hell kind of business-oriented Republican does he think he is? You could make that much working for a bunch of do-gooder charity operations like some starry-eyed Democrat.

Jeb better have a good explanation for this. Otherwise he might not make it out of the primaries.

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