So, as Pharper posted yesterday, Ann Romney went on television and angrily pounded the table to insist that Mitt Romney was not going to release any more tax returns because it would, in her words, give Obama *ammunition*. Oops. If you didn't see the video, you have to watch it, because she is the model for the rich, entitled angry white woman who believes that everyone should just take her at her word. (Even Ronald Reagan said Trust, but Verify) Anyway, it's really worth seeing because it shows that if Ann Romney is ever dumped for another wife, she can get a role in the remake of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for Nurse Ratchet. Also, you will enjoy this Open Letter to Ann Romney. I have to ask again who thought it would be a good idea to have Romney do this?
Today, Mitt Romney decided to just tell us that he knew he had paid taxes, that he looked himself, said he ALWAYS paid over 13% (note: He did not say INCOME taxes) and so that should be okay with him, people just need to believe him without being able to see for themselves. . Wonder if, since he had vetted various people to be his VP and he looked at *several* years worth of taxes, he had anyone try that with him? "Hey, Mitt, I want to be your VP but I'm not going to show you my tax returns. You'll take me at my word there's nothing there that would cause you grief, right?" Funnily enough, Paul Ryan had to go back and fix his tax returns, because, oops, he left off
The trust, an inheritance of Ryan's wife, former Washington lobbyist Janna Little Ryan, represents one of the couple's largest assets. Letters and amendments Ryan filed June 6 with the Clerk of the House show the trust produced income of between $15,001 and $50,000 in 2010, and between $100,001 and $1 million last year.
Dang pesky income. Poor Poor Paul Ryan, the so-called financial wonk who *forgot* to put in that dang extra income.
So 13 percent. Let's chew over that for a minute, shall we? David Simon of The Wire.
Can we stand back and pause a short minute to take in the spectacle of a man who wants to be President of The United States, who wants us to seriously regard him as a paragon of the American civic ideal, declaiming proudly and in public that he has paid his taxes at a third of the rate normally associated with gentlemen of his economic benefit.
Am I supposed to congratulate this man? Thank him for his good citizenship? Compliment him for being clever enough to arm himself with enough tax lawyers so that he could legally minimize his obligations?
Thirteen percent. The last time I paid taxes at that rate, I believe I might still have been in college. If not, it was my first couple years as a newspaper reporter. Since then, the paychecks have been just fine, thanks, and I don’t see any reason not to pay at the rate appropriate to my earnings, given that I’m writing the check to the same government that provided the economic environment that allowed for such incomes.
Point is that this perfectly natural issue of wanting to see Romney's taxes keeps coming up, and now we know, according to Ann Romney, that there is something there that would be ammunition. What the heck! President Obama's spokesman, rightly then, told Obama today to prove it.
"We would say: 'Prove it, Gov. Romney," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt told reporters on a conference call.
Romney told reporters at an impromptu press conference in South Carolina that he's never paid less than a 13 percent tax rate over the last 10 years and blasted Democratic critics, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, for leveling the "totally false" charge that he's paid no taxes.
"He has the ability to prove his claim," LaBolt said.
"Look, this is a candidate who has defied bipartisan precedent: His own father put out 12 years' worth of returns, Gov. [George W.] Bush put out returns for every year of when he was governor," the spokesman added.
"Yet Gov. Romney has only put out two years' worth of returns. And the fact is the American people deserve the opportunity to look through those documents and to make their own conclusions," LaBolt said.
Go back and revisit what CNN said about his taxes and the so-called blind trust back in July
The Romney campaign has released only one year of the candidate's tax returns, for the year 2010. It has provided an estimate for 2011, the most recent filing. But those returns are not yet final.
Romney's father, by way of a quick comparison, released 12 years of tax returns when he pursued the presidency.
By only releasing one year of tax returns, Romney is making it impossible to see how his assets evolved over time. One year is only a snapshot.
YOU do see this, right? Romney has not EVEN released two years, the second year is just an estimate. And don't forget about the blind trust.
For example, the trustee who manages the portfolio, Bradford Malt, is a friend of the candidate. A close personal relationship with the trustee, according to federal ethics rules, is most definitely out-of-bounds.
Ann Romney also said that her hub is trustworthy and GOLD. And she brought up her husband's tax returns from YEARS ago when he was Gov of MA as if that should settle it for now-hah. Someone should ask her specifically about the LAST time Romney lied about his tax returns and was caught. Was he *golden* then?
So, Mitt Romney, Where are your dang tax returns, and why do you think you should be able to get away with not showing them to the American public? Aren't you running to work FOR US?