Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Painfully Obvious

ABC News’ David Muir:  Let's clear this up, was there ever a year when you paid less than 13.9 percent?
Romney: I haven’t calculated that.  I’m happy to go back and look.

Romney never got back to ABC News.

At risk of stating the painfully obvious, everyone here is clear that Mitt Romney knows precisely what he pays in taxes every year.

In dollars and cents.
As a percentage of gross income.
In 25+ other weird combinations and calculations none of us normal folk have ever seen.

For every year of the last 20 years.

Equally obvious is the fact that he is hiding something.


Blogger Sirocco said...

It's especially obvious since, as news reports have mentioned, he required his VP candidates to provide more years of income taxes to him for review than he is willing to provide to the voters.

8/14/2012 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Dustin said...

What do you think he is hiding?

I think it is likely that there is something politically damaging in there, like that he paid much less than 13%. I don't think it goes beyond that though.

P.S., welcome back!

8/17/2012 5:17 AM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

The favorite speculation I have seen is that his returns would show he took advantage of the 2009 tax amnesty program.

This works on a number of levels. For example, McCain and crew could honestly say they had seen anything that concerned them when doing VP vetting for the 2008 race, since the amnesty hadn't occurred yet.

Anyhow, it's all speculation ... although the Obama campaign has encouraged people to think about it again after their 5-year offer yesterday.

8/17/2012 8:56 AM  

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