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MITT ROMNEY NOT GOING TO RELEASE HIS TAX RECORDS FOR OBAMA, FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT FOR ANYTHING
August 18 2012
Washington, D.C. – One of the challenges any candidate for public office faces in the United States is the intrusion it inevitably causes on their personal lives. Unlike any other job, the need for openness when it comes to one’s personal business while in office makes the job frankly just a little scary for some people.
It is, however, a very clear established part of the way the game is played. When you run for office everything is on the table. The higher that office, the deeper the digging has to go. That is part of the accountability required for doing that type of job and serving the public good. The people need to know who they are voting for.
Thus far, one candidate in the election for president has been a little reticent to talk about some his personal things, in particular his finances. Mitt Romney is of course wealthy, that is not a secret, but given the fragile nature of the country’s economy the success he has had in business could well be a deficit when it comes to election time and, thus, he has sought to keep some of his personal financial details personal. Well, actually almost all the details including his tax returns which is isn’t revealing for no one, no way, no how.
“Governor Romney apparently fears that the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide,” said Jim Messina in a letter to the Romney campaign. “So I am prepared to provide assurances on just that point. If the Governor will release five years of returns, I commit in turn that we will not criticize him for not releasing more - neither in ads nor in other public communications or commentary for the rest of the campaign.”
Romney, of course, has declined the offer because he doesn’t want to reveal his tax returns.
It’s not clear what Romney really has to hide in those taxes but it’s probably quite a bit of money.
“Obviously there is a concern here that Romney is trying to cover something up. What he is trying to cover up isn’t likely as important as the fact that he is trying to cover it up but that isn’t something Romney seems to really see or understand,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “That’s something he hasn’t quite understood yet, or perhaps he has and what it is he is trying to cover up is really, really bad and in that case it’s really just a matter of the lesser of two evils.”
It’s not clear what Romney could possibly be covering up that is so bad he is risking the trust of the voting public.
“Maybe if he has deductions for, like, a baby farm or support for Neo-Nazi groups or
something like that on his returns, maybe that would be a good reason but it’s hard to see how much bad could actually be on a tax return that it would necessitate keeping secrets from the people he is, in theory, going to be representing,” continued Kinsey. “It’s probably not nearly as big a deal as he thinks it is and all this secrecy is going to accomplish is making the voters think he trying to keep things from him, which he is, his tax returns. Frankly it’s got to be something bad to risk the whole election based on that one issue or he’s just stupid. He could be stupid.”
Romney could also be an arrogant prick or simply self-deluded.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent