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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mitt's money

Mitt Romney misses the point, as usual, in his refusal to come clean on the nature of the breadth and depth of his wealth.
“In the political environment that exists today, the opposition research of the Obama campaign is looking for anything they can use to distract from the failure of the president to reignite our economy,” Mr. Romney told National Review on Tuesday, explaining his opposition to a broader release of his tax data. “And I’m simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort and lie about.”
It's not about oppo research, Mitt. It's about being open and honest with the people you are asking to give you a job.

Running for president is like no other job. It requires a person to have an overwhelming ego and extraordinary resources, both personal and financial. And it requires that person to lay themselves bare -- no secrets.

Romney's refusal to reveal more than the snippet of income tax returns he has so far inevitably suggest major skeletons in the closet, things so glaring that an average American won't need an opposition research team and a microscope to find. The 13.9 percent rate he paid on income in 2010 stands as proof Romney has a better deal than most of the Americans he would represent.

There's probably ample signs of the legal tax avoidance available only to wealthy Americans -- sheltered investments in Bermuda, Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

And pundits have noted that after examining 23 years of returns that Romney provided John McCain, the Arizona senator decided on the untested then-governor of Alaska as a running mate instead of a man who had proven a tough competitor on the campaign trail.

The request for what might be called a fiscal colonoscopy is not an unreasonable demand of the Obama campaign. It's an integral part of the job interview process. Romney needs to prove himself to the American people, win their trust,

And that's something he can't do as long as he won't trust US.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"lay themselves bare - no secrets", then why so long to get the birth certificate for Barack?

July 19, 2012 10:48 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

I won't even dignify that red herring. Wacko rumors are in no way comparable to a report on how someone who wants to run the federal government views his personal responsibility to that government.

July 19, 2012 6:22 PM  

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