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The Issue of Mitt Romney's Tax Returns
Is it important to you, as a voter? What would it reveal? Would it make a difference in how you vote in November?
I have heard all the arguments for releasing it and for not releasing them. As a voter, I would be interested to see how much he did make in the last 5-10 years and the tax rate he paid. Mitt Romney's dad at first stonewalled the release of his tax returns as Governor, He only released one, but days later, after thinking about the political fallout and how it would look to many, he released 10 years of tax returns, which put the issue at rest.
His son, has tried the same thing, The Democrats challenged him to release at least five years. Yet, he resists. Why? Romney will cite privacy issues and other ones, but for a man to be President, he should be open. By not being so, suspicion is created and we all know the issue will continue to draw negative attention to his campaign. What is he worried about? Hiding? Maybe, he does have legit reasons for not releasing them because it will show him to be extremely rich and will show his tax rate, because of tax loopholes and off shore accounts that all the rich have. It would be embarrassing for him because unlike Obama who really did have a "normal, middle class life" Mitt was a rich kid and nothing to really worry about. We all know what those differences are. The kid in high school arriving in a Porshe, showing off his parent's wealth versus those who drive a VW bug and work at the gas station. It is the have's and the have-not.
Sure, he Mitt has the right to refuse and tell those who try to determine what man he is, the voter, it is none of your business. Remember that other president, Richard Nixon? He had the same attitude much of the time. It will be greatly embarrassing should the tax returns indicate he avoided paying what a normal percentage is paid by those with millions, and then, have to answer for it and why his tax plan seems to favor the rich? I get it.
If a president candidate cannot be upfront and provide tax returns for several years, they should lose the votes of many unless the party dogma is so strong it is blinding to the followers following the pied piper.
The bottom line is that by not releasing more tax returns, it will to appear Romney is hiding something. End of story.