Five Oklahoma lawmakers, including the House speaker, have been warned about negligence in filing tax returns. The public's take on this is understandably harsh. If they have to play by the rules, shouldn't those who make the rules be at the head of the compliance line?
Speaker Lance Cargill keeps making mistakes or showing lapses in judgment that give his political enemies more fodder to shoot down his ideas and attack his leadership.
"I'm human. I made a mistake,” Cargill told The Oklahoman's
Nolan Clay and Randy Ellis in attempting to explain why he failed to file income tax returns for the past two years. To say that Cargill failed to pay his taxes is wrong. What he failed to do is comply with the law on submitting the paperwork.
State Reps. Don Armes, Ryan McMullen and Jabar Shumate, along with state Sen.