Mitt Romney's Tax Return Folly

Mitt Romney's Tax Return Folly
Mitt Romney's Tax Return Folly

The Circus

During the 1988 Presidential Election cycle, Saturday Night Live did a skit with Jon Luvitz playing Governor Michael Dukakis and Dana Carvey playing George H.W. Bush. During the skit, after one of Dana Carvey's perfect impersinations of George Bush, Luvitz looks at the camera and states, "I can't believe I am losing to this guy."

At some point, President Barack Obama must be thinking, how is this election even close? He very well may be saying at some point, "I can't believe I am losing to this guy." This guy, of course, refers to former Governor Mitt Romney who is currently refusing to produce his tax returns. To be fair, he has produced a partial tax return from 2011 but will not produce anymore until this years returns are done. (Didn't April 15 pass?)

Presidnet Obama, Democrats and even Republicans at this point are demanding that Mitt Romney release his tax returns. Mitt Romney went through the Republican primary season claiming that his business experience makes him the best candidate to defeat President Obama in November. Yet, now, he refuses to disclose how much money he made in his various business endeavors. More importantly, Mitt Romney does not want the American public to know how he made his money.

Personally, I don't know if Mr. Romney has something to hide or not. Maybe he does and maybe he doesn't. But this recent refusal to talk about or produce his tax returns is just another example of Mitt Romney claiming that the American people can trust him without knowing all the facts.

Its amazing MItt Romney has anything to talk about given his laundry list of things he won't talk about.
Its amazing MItt Romney has anything to talk about given his laundry list of things he won't talk about.
Perhaps Mitt Should Listen to This Guy.
Perhaps Mitt Should Listen to This Guy.

I won't talk about that

The following is a list of the things Mitt Romney won't talk about or refuses to produce records on:

- Tax Returns except for a partial return for 2011 - Olympic Uniforms Made In China. - The Lily Ledbetter Act - The Dream Act - What tax loopholes he will close to pay for his 5 trillion dollar tax cut - whether he supports full authorization of the Violence Against Women Act - Which federal agencies he would close - Specifics about his budget plans except to say that his will have more choice than the Ryan Plan - His general economic policy.

At one point, Mitt Romney said that his time at Bain Capital was "off the table." This is the very experience that Romney claims makes him most suited to be President, yet he doesn't want to talk about. By the way, notice how former Governor Mitt Romney never talks about his tenure as Governor. Could it be because he doesn't want to talk about Romneycare?


Mitt's Response:  Let Donald Trump be My Guide
Mitt's Response: Let Donald Trump be My Guide
Instead of talking about things he findings uncomfortable, Romney is trying to divert attention.
Instead of talking about things he findings uncomfortable, Romney is trying to divert attention.

The Folly

With Mitt Romney's list of things he won't talk about, is he really surprised the media is focusing on yet another thing he won't discuss or won't disclose. Can this really be a candidate for President? Someone who doesn't want to talk about issues, his past, or his future plans? What then are voters supposed to use to determine who will make the better President? The Republican response is an unsubstantiated hatred of the President because he is _________ (fill in the blank: black, socialist, a terrorist, African - All things alleged by Republican pundits and some Republicans members of Congress)

And Mitt's new response: Put Donald Trump on the case and have him fix it for him. Seriously, when did Donald Trump become a part of the political process? Has the American election process become akin to a reality television show? Donald Trump has demanded that the President release his college records. Because after being President for 4 years apparently it is now relevant what grades the President got in college. Pretty sure being editor of the Harvard Law Review means the President got good grades in Law School.

So the Donald and Mitt are using the Republican Party's favorite strategy: double down on a bad idea. Mitt Romney is currently in hot water for lack of disclosure: Quick demand that President disclose something . .. anything.

The funny thing is that if Mitt Romney did disclose his tax returns then this story would be over and he could keep bashing the President at every turn. But he won't and now he is being snooty about it. At some point, the American public wants to talk about something. If Mitt Romney keeps taking stuff off the table, they won't be talking about him anymore. But until then, the President, who has disclosed decades worth of tax returns, wrote two autobiographies, and has been one of the most scrutinized Presidents in history must be wondering: How can I actually be losing to this guy?

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mio cid profile image

mio cid 4 years ago from Uruguay

The democratic party and the Obama campaign are winning the battle to define romney, this won't win them the election because the state of the economy near the time the election takes place will determine the winner but it is a factor that gives president obama a better chance of being reelected.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Agreed Mio. But with Romney refusing to talk about anything, at some point, people are going to ask him how he can be better than Obama. Thanks for stopping by


JON EWALL profile image

JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

bgpappa

''President, who has disclosed decades worth of tax returns, wrote two autobiographies, and has been one of the most scrutinized Presidents '' The books are contradictory?

Just like Kerry and his records, Obama or the press did not report his relations with the Chicago gangsters and radicals in Chicago. Releasing the Columbia records as his birth certificate ( forged ) is still not resolved in the last 4 years.

Romney should release all his records at the same time Obama releases his own records. The campaign has other issues more important than what the Obama group are talking about.

Have a good day


bgpappa profile image

bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Wow, you are a birther Jon. Thought you were smarter than that. And note, you didn't answer the question about Mitt. Just some vague allegations against the President. No substance. No response.


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

Romney has followed the law to a tee, He doesn't need to produce anymore except this years return. Funny you guys never cared if Obama proved he was a U.S. citizen??????????????


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Great another birther. And great another non response. Maybe Romney has followed the law, maybe he hasn't. But until he answers these questions, this is what everyone will be talking about. Funny how Republicans are willing to let it slide but in 2004, demanded that John Kerry's wife produce tax returns because the American people deserved more than what was required by the law.


JON EWALL profile image

JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

bgpappa

The proof is in the puddding.

Another hubber has wrote '' think Romney should release more records...when Obama unseals and releases ALL of his records. ALL OF THEM!


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

And what records are you referring. He has released his tax returns. His birth certificate, several times. What records do you want? Oh, you have no answer. You and the rest of Republicans just want to point and say not fair. Take your ball and go home Jon since it is obvious you have nothing of substance to say.


JON EWALL profile image

JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

bgpappa

An olde saying '' what's good for the goose is also good for the gander'', Obama don't release, Romney don'e release.

OPEN AND TRANSPARENT,that's what Obama promissed.


bgpappa profile image

bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Yes, Jon and that is what he has delivered. What hasn't the President released? You obviously don't know yet since you didn't already mention it.


JON EWALL profile image

JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

bgpappa

''The Circus'', It's all about who the ringmaster is today. I like the idea, tit for tat, Obama had 4 years to produce ALL his records.The public is still waiting!


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Sorry Jon, first one deleted. Stay on topic.

As for your second one, I note no substance, again. Its because you have no answer.


Dolores Monet profile image

Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Someone posted on facebook - "It's not what Romney does with his money; it's what Obama does with yours."

The reason that Romney wants to keep his financial dealings under wraps has little to do with him personally. It has more to do with how the whole financial sector works for people in power with a lot of money. The law allows what many of us would think is just not right. (Ha ha, not right) Disclosure of Romney's finances may shock a lot of people who think that the top 1% actually earn their money.


bgpappa profile image

bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Dolores,

I totally agree with what you are saying. As for the Facebook post, love those unsubstantiated claims. The post is trying to build on the idea that taxes have been raised. They haven't. At all. In fact lowered.

As for tax returns, I just want to know if Mitt made his money outsourcing jobs. All I really care about it. I don't like contributions to religion, any religion, being fully tax deductable but it is the law and so there is no problem there.


Dolores Monet profile image

Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

I think that there are lots of things that are perfectly legal and standard business practice that people don't know about because they believe the noise. Some years ago a friend of mine talked his father into putting the son's names on the father's house because they did not want to pay an inheritance tax when the father died.

Now, I didn't know my friend's finances per se, but I said that he could inherit up to $299,000 from a parent without paying an inheritance tax. And what with 2 siblings, that would be quite a lot of money. My friend would not believe me and thought I was an idiot. "Then why do I hear so much about inheritance taxes and how terrible they are?" he asked.


bgpappa profile image

bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Totally agree Dolores. I just want to know how he made his money. I don't really care what he did with it. But he won't tell us. That is the problem.


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

The point is Mitt Romney made a lot of his money at Bain Capital shutting down American factories and shipping those over to China. So this might be legal, and yes all the other corporations are doing it, but I just do not think they guy cares much about American workers for it. That is why I am voting for Obama. Also, Mitt's ideas about wanting to start a war with Iran are scary, and not something people should be wanting for our country. Sorry if my opinions are too political, but I am not a member of the Mitt Romney fan club.

I will make a prediction, and this is going to make people go bonkers. I have a feeling Obama will be re-elected, and I have been right about the last three elections. Not that I voted for George Bush in the 2000 or 2004, but I noticed that was the pulse of the nation at the moment. A lot of people might scrutinize Obama or criticize him, but I think ultimately there will be enough people that realize that Romney is definitely not a good man to lead the White House.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Sweetie, your and everyone's opinion is welcome. And I agree with you. I don't want Gordon Gecko in the White House.

As for Obama, for all the hate, there is a long list of accomplishments. The argument now is that the economy is not growing fast enough instead of the freefall he inherited.

Thanks for stopping by.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Sorry Jon, No Spam.


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JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

bgpappa

No it's not spam, it is the facts. Censorship and spam are not the same as you interpet. Have a good day!


bgpappa profile image

bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Jon, You are always welcome to speak on the topic. But your links that have nothing to do with the topic will be deleted.


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

Well, I was more realistic and looking at history when Obama was elected. FDR presided over seven years of not such a great economy, and it was not until World War II that America recovered again. I think people forget about those times, but as a history buff and person who listened to my grandparents stories, it was always on the mind. Part of the economy slowing down was in 2010 when the Republicans were elected to Congress, and their new majority in the House ended a lot of the stimulus plan. So maybe Obama could have done more to revamp the economy, or at least create job programs like during the days of the New Deal, but can you imagine the uproar that would have occurred? People lost it over health care reform, they would have gone bonkers if they were telaported back to the 1930's.

We live in an instantaneous society, and everyone wants something now. The economy can be argued, but I look at both candidates when making a decision. Romney's track record with the economy as governor of Massachusetts is not so good, so I think about that. Also, whereas I do not think Obama is hard enough on corporate outsourcing, guess who really has no problem with it? Our friend Mitt Romney, who would probably encourage more outsourcing than ever. So the election will be close, but my prediction is Obama will be re-elected.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Agree Sweetie, Thanks for stopping by.

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