LET THE TRUTH OUT.
"... or forever hold your peace".
For Sen. Harry Reid, the Majority Democratic Leader in the United States Senate, to double down on his accusation that he had ample information or Mitt Romney evading taxes for ten years, is a serious matter.
The Senator has said, referring to Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican candidate and challenger against President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, thus,
"The word's out that he hasn't paid any taxes for 10 years," he said. "Let him prove he has paid taxes because he hasn't." (CNN, 8/03/12).
However, the response to that (accusation) by Romney himself looked too mild and presumptuous that he has something to hide, and that the Senator "... must put up or shut up," because the fervent answer to such a charge would be one that would sound more convincing.
As it was common practice for presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns over a period of time span, Romney should have done so long ago; or especially, when the Obama campaign brought the issue up some few weeks back.
Sen. John McCain, who had vetted Romney for his vice-president in 2008 has come to his aid, and said that Sen. Reid might have "gone over the line." with his assertion.
The simple fact should be for Romney to reveal the tax returns that he had before 2010 and 2011 that was in the process of a late filing; then sleeping dogs would "lie".
Yet, nothing of that sort was happening, except for denials from Romney saying "put up or shut up," on a Sean Hannity radio show, and one of his senior campaign advisers, Eric Fehrnstrom, who responded with some choice words as, "shameful, pathetic, baseless and untrue" to the Reid report.
He, Fehrnstrom, pointed out that Sen. Reid, with the help of the Obama campaign was engaging "in McCarthy-like accusations about Mitt Romney,"
Nevertheless, wouldn't it be nice for his boss to put out the tax returns that he has for the media and the public to stop jumping to conclusions that Romney was trying to hide something in his past? That would bring the matter to a close or put it to rest within minutes of their (tax returns') publication.
The American people would urge Romney in doing so without delay, for the sake of his own candidacy; and also for the actual truth to come out.
P.S. This Hub does not pick on people; it writes about personalities.