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SHOULDN'T INCOME TAX RETURNS BE PART OF THE ISSUES?

Updated on August 6, 2012

Of course, they should.

The Sunday TV talk shows were all about the question of whether Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican Party candidate for the 2012 presidential election, was being accused, wrongly or rightly, for not paying his income tax over a decade.

Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader in the United States Senate, has made the allegation that Mitt Romney, from a liable source, hasn't been paying taxes over a period of ten years.

"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." alleged Sen. Reid.

Now, the issue here has two sides, that the statement carried a flat out accusation; but it also gave the accused, Mitt Romney, the chance to "prove he has paid taxes,"

Mitt Romney's response to Sen. Reid has been one that did not make any sense at all, by saying that the Senator must "Put up or shut up," meaning that he (Reid) must tell the American people where he got that information.

Republican leaders have gone on a rampage on Sunday to deny the charge, with Sen. Lindsey Graham being on the reversion by stating that his colleague (Reid) was "lying" about Romney on CNN's "State of the Union."

"I just cannot believe that the majority leader ....... would take the floor twice, make accusations that are absolutely unfounded, in my view, and quite frankly making things up to divert the real campaign away from the real issues," said Sen. Lindsey Graham.

On another show, ABC's "This Week", the Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has called Sen. Reid a "dirty liar"; and others have gone to the defense of Romney, such as Sen. John McCain, who had vetted him (Romney) for his Vice-president four years ago.

Yet, in all those cases, the onus was on Sen. Reid to reveal his source, while those Republicans used kid gloves on Romney by not asking him to respond to the other side of the statement, to prove that "he has paid (his) taxes."

The allegation was serious, and it must be part of the political discourse in an election year that the economy was the main issue, as it (economy) and the question of Income tax tend to run side by side, after one candidate has disclosed several of his or her tax returns and the other one has not.

The whole affair should become part of the issues that concerned voters most, that the candidates were playing fair with them; and just as Romney was making Israel a sticking point on the campaign trail, so should the Obama camp insist on him about being frank with the voters regarding his taxes, and how he has dealt with them in the past.

"... a new TV ad on Sunday in which the GOP presidential candidate calls the connection between the United States and Israel “a cherished relationship” and criticizes President Obama for not visiting the country since being elected president nearly four years ago." made it how important that issue was with Romney, personally.

Well, how about your income tax returns, Mr. Romney; and whether you had any or not over a period of ten years; shouldn't that be an issue too?

The American people (and the world) would need an answer to that pertinent question.

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      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up and interesting. Romney isn't releasing more than 2 years of tax returns for obvious reasons. Let's face it, in 2010 he paid less than 14% in taxes. How anyone can cast their vote for POTUS on a man who hides his wealth in foreign bank accounts like a squirrel buries their nuts, is beyond me.

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