Fri Jul 27, 2012, 11:59 AM
Swede (27,094 posts)
Romney's taxes: Why do they matter?
Mitt Romney is a rich man. Like everyone, rich or poor, he has done everything legally available to him to minimize the tax bite. There are very few people standing in line waiting for the opportunity to overpay their taxes.
It is very clear, from the current debate over revealing more of his tax documents, that Romney knows the steps he has taken to minimize his tax bite, while legal, will subject him to still more fire from President Obama and his supporters. That is a given. No doubt, Romney is right. In fact, his wife, Ann, made that very clear when asked why he would not reveal additional years: “Because there are so many things that will be open again for more attack … and that’s really just the answer.”
Well, yes — and no. Maintaining the secrecy creates the impression, justly or not, that there is something there to hide. No escaping that reality. The impression is there. And it will cost Romney votes he cannot afford to lose. Those voters might not cast their ballots for Obama, but not voting can be just as damaging. And yes, for using the tax dodges and loopholes legally available to him, he might lose votes as well.
But there is no place for secrecy or, indeed, privacy in a Presidential campaign. If you want the job, you have to subject yourself to the scrutiny.
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Fri Jul 27, 2012, 12:58 PM
noel711 (2,177 posts)
1. It's all about trust.. can we trust Romney?
Can we trust someone who used every avenue to hide,distort,re-frame,
obfuscate and deny the truth of his assets...
Can we trust someone who won't tell the truth about his religion?
Can we trust someone who enjoys the troubles of others,
who enjoys firing workers, and makes hay out of the vulnerability of
foundering businesses and the lowly workers?
Can we trust someone who doesn't understand basic human values
Can we trust someone who won't/can't see the humanity in
That's the bottom line: not whether he's rich,
but is he trustworthy?