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Romney Given 'All you people need to know'

The hopeful First Lady, Ann Romney, wife of Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, has her husband’s back when it comes to the extended release of their tax returns. Romney has refused to disclose previous years of his tax returns and says, “We’ve given all you people need to know,” in regards to their family’s financial information.

Mrs. Ann Romney tries to redirect to conversation to the present and the future saying, "You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he's been financially." She adds, "He's a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person that is trying to hide things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn't take a salary in the four years."

Then what is the problem releasing those tax returns to show that and everyone can move on. The more the Romney's resist and refuse disclosure the more people and voters will think they have something to hide. If Romney is such an upstanding and honest American, then why hide anything?

Even his fellow Republicans are pressing for his release of the tax returns, as it will hurt his campaign and hopes of winning the election. Fellow Republican Presidential Candidate, Ron Paul stated, "Politically, I think that would help him... In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want." In addition to Dr. Paul, Republican journalist, George Will said, "I don't know why ... he didn't get all of this out and tidy up some of his offshore accounts and all the rest. He's done nothing illegal, nothing unseemly, nothing improper, but lots that's impolitic."

No one knows why Romney won't release the tax returns, which leads everyone to the same assumption that they're hiding additional information that will be scrutinized. This assumption was confirmed by Romney's wife who said, "There are so many things that will be open again for more attack ... and that's really, that's just the answer...and so, the election, again, will not be decided on that. It will be decided on who is gonna turn the economy around and how are jobs gonna come back to America."

If everyone is saying he should turn in his tax returns from previous years, he should do exactly that. Otherwise, he silence says it all and confirms the assumption of his opposition.

Posted by obamaluv at July 27, 2012 7:17 PM
Comments
Comment #349607

luv…..don’t you understand that rules and laws are not written for the privelaged class? They don’t need to obey when they can buy any official at nearly any level you might consider. It is the sheer arrogance in his (their) refusal that is just galling! And he is such a dumb-ass, to boot… he made such a fool of himself while abroad…..it just tickled me silly. It is going to be interesting to see how many times and for how long he can hold people off with this…..and…who will cave and let him get away with it.

Posted by: jane doe at July 30, 2012 9:27 PM
Comment #349608

Who cares?

Posted by: Perkins at July 30, 2012 9:42 PM
Comment #349614
Who cares?
Obviously, Perkins…..we all SHOULD care..! If you don’t, then you are missing a lot of what makes this country special. Nobody has the right to so openly and blatantly attempt to buy their way into public office. Romney for sure has a set of big ones to think he can get away with it all the time, and with everyone. Posted by: jane doe at July 30, 2012 10:47 PM
Comment #349616

to author of #349610….aka Vivien…..your “name” leads to a Chinese buying site……please quit contaminating this site with potentially harmful material and destinations….

Posted by: jane doe at July 31, 2012 12:03 AM
Comment #349617

luv……as the author of this post, please try to monitor a little more closely the activities………

Posted by: jane doe at July 31, 2012 12:05 AM
Comment #349633

We know that the IRS accepted the returns and that we have good reason to believe that the Romneys paid all the taxes that they owed and acted within the law.

IMO - they should release the returns for political reasons, but Mrs Romney has the law, morality and reason on her side.

Just as Barack Obama refused to release his college transcripts, we should respect the Romney privacy. If these sorts of things were released we would probably find out that Obama didn’t do well in school as some people assume and that Romney is rich. No surprise.

Posted by: C&J at July 31, 2012 7:03 AM
Comment #349635

Romney has given us all we need to know. After all the insults he has hurled towards others on his trip overseas he makes W look good. I thought that would be impossible but he has managed to do it. He cannot lead the nation as he cannot keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to lead. What else do we need to know?

Posted by: j2t2 at July 31, 2012 9:15 AM
Comment #349637

C&J,

It seems we are all satisfied that Obama actually did graduate from Harvard with the accreditations he has claimed.

Romney’s is running on his “ability” to make money and to run a business.

I, for one, would like to know how much money Romney made during ‘07, ‘08, and ‘09, when the rest of us were taking it in the shorts.

Mrs. Romney’s claim that “we have all we need” gives the impression that she is a pompous twit. Her husband is running for President to serve our needs, not his…, or hers.

Rocky

Posted by: Rocky Marks at July 31, 2012 9:37 AM
Comment #349638

The guy released one year (plus an estimate) and just from that there were several stories issued about incomplete returns and possible tax evasion. Just imagine if he released 2 or even 3 years let alone 10 years. It would consume the press for the next 3-4 months and we would be talking about his tax returns instead of his plans for the future. Oh wait a minute, is that what this is about?

I’m pretty sure I konw what Mitt’s tax returns will show: He’s a rich guy.

Oh and for the record I sold all of my foreign investments last week. Can’t say I did it for altruistic reasons or because I’m running for office though; not a good time to be invested overseas right now!

Posted by: George at July 31, 2012 10:43 AM
Comment #349648

There’s something in his 2009 return that he doesn’t want to show the American people. Wasn’t that the year that the IRS gave amnesty to all the tax cheats that had been hiding income in Swiss bank accounts were going to be made accessible by the IRS. That was a big O.S. moment for a lot of rich folks and could have meant severe penalties or jail I am assuming. Romney has money in these accounts and it isn’t a stretch to think that this guy would take every angle to not pay taxes. If indeed he was one of these tax cheats scamming the system it looks doubly bad. First, he cheated on his taxes and committed tax fraud. Second, he took advantage of an amnesty law designed to protect the very rich that none of the rest of us could access. If I don’t pay my taxes, I get fined or go to jail. If rich guys don’t pay theirs they get amnesty and their hands are washed. Another possibility is that he didn’t pay taxes in 2009 and possibly several other years. Probably through legitimate loopholes but still looks bad. It would also make him look bad to his religion who he’s supposed to give 10% of his income to. If he’s hiding income from the IRS it is likely that he’s hiding it from his church too. That makes him look like a hypocrite.

Either way, he’s hiding something he doesn’t want us to see. i don’t think that it’s a big secret that he’s a rich guy. I don’t think anyone really cares. People do care that he’s led an honest life and not taken short cuts to amass his wealth. For a guy who is running pretty much solely on his record as a businessman this is certainly relevant information. It was stupid of him to not let this out during the primaries when it would be old news by now. Though, for a guy who is probably pretty smart, he’s made some really dumb decisions. Thank god, because a good GOP candidate would probably be mopping the floor with Obama right now.

Posted by: tcsned at July 31, 2012 4:53 PM
Comment #349650

George-
If there is so much **** in his tax returns that the press could feed off of, maybe he deserves to lose the election. If he’s so scared of full disclosure, maybe he has a reason to lose this election.

So on, so forth. You can’t get away with just revealing the facts that make you look good.

C&J-
Why does Obama need to release his college transcripts? Only substantive charges of academic fraud would merit such a response. Otherwise, we already know that he graduated in the top of his class.

It’s been traditional for candidates for president to release finances going back pretty far. Romney’s not being asked to reveal anything that any other candidate hasn’t been asked for. Why is it specifically a problem for him?

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at July 31, 2012 5:01 PM
Comment #349668

Thank god, because a good GOP candidate would probably be mopping the floor with Obama right now.
Posted by: tcsned at July 31, 2012 4

tc, that is quite a statement. Republican values will trump democrat values at this point in time given the right candidate. I am pleased that you recognize just how bad obama has screwed up in the past four years.

Posted by: Royal Flush at July 31, 2012 7:47 PM
Comment #349700

How can you release tax returns if you didn’t pay taxes for 10 years. No wonder Mitt is running from this issue. So much for the rich paying their fair share if this is true. So much for conservatives that vote for Romney knowing he didn’t accept the responsibility that comes with citizenship in this country.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/harry-reid-romney-taxes_n_1724027.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

Posted by: j2t2 at July 31, 2012 11:41 PM
Comment #349701

It really does appear to be the case that Romney is a tax dodging crook! Even the GOP has leaned extremely hard on him to show a few years in order to clear the air it’s obvious that he’s just not planning to do it. That’s got to mean that something truly awful is being hidden from the American people, because if it was just that he’s a super-rich guy and it wasn’t really all that bad he would have definitely shown a few more years of his tax returns by now.

tcsned:

There’s something in his 2009 return that he doesn’t want to show the American people. Wasn’t that the year that the IRS gave amnesty to all the tax cheats that had been hiding income in Swiss bank accounts

I floated this possiblity a while back too. I think it’s entirely possible that this MIGHT be the case. If it IS the case, let’s face the facts right now: being a blatant tax cheat is a surefire way for Romney to lose the election in a landslide. And, also means that the GOP really does need to pick another candidate at their convention — despite how incredibly strange that might seem.

I’m really getting the sense that once again (just like with The Palin) the GOP didn’t actually bother to vet their candidates! Probably because they’re so busy kissing 1% butt and looking after wealthy interests they really believe they can be completely sloppy and haphazard over the kinds of crucial character details that the rest of us average slobs look at carefully when trying to chose our president.

But maybe it isn’t true? I mean, how incredibly arrogant and utterly disrespectful would Romney have to be to pull that crap on the people of his party???
But what am I saying? We are talking about the guy who commemorated the Olympic Games by putting out a bunch of commemorative pins with his frikin’ face on all of them!

Posted by: Adrienne at August 1, 2012 1:21 AM
Comment #349703

j2t2,
Mighty shocking possibility Reid is floating there. Still, I don’t know that I’d be wiling to trust the word of any one at Bain as far as I could throw them!

Posted by: Adrienne at August 1, 2012 1:51 AM
Comment #349706

The guy is a dum-ass to think that he is above any wrong-doing…..but then, he has probably been able to buy his way out of all kinds of crap in his lifetime.
Maybe it’s time for him to be jerked up really hard and find out differently..
I was wondering if Mrs. Mittens had gotten into something else for therapy, if she would have just hired someome to do it for her and tell her each day how her progress was…..just thinkin,,,

Posted by: jane doe at August 1, 2012 3:04 AM
Comment #349752
I was wondering if Mrs. Mittens had gotten into something else for therapy,

The whole dressage thing really would be hilarious, if it wasn’t for the fact that tax-cheating Thurston and Lovey get to take $77,000 tax deductions on their snooty dancing-horse hobby. Not to mention the fact that the American taxpayers just picked up the tab for her trip to the Olympics.

Posted by: Adrienne at August 1, 2012 1:14 PM
Comment #349798

tcsned-
I’d say the real problem is that the Tea Party that gives the party new stiffness in its spine gives makes it more brittle when it comes to making compromises that don’t push it in a politically correct direction for them.

It’s one thing to grab for power, to surprise your rivals with a show of political force, it’s another entirely to actually do something with that.

And what’s the 2011-13 Congress got to show for itself? Almost nothing real. Getting in Obama’s way is not a big achievement for most people, and the only reason we’re facing a fiscal cliff is a policy that stands as one of the few things the Tea Partiers were able to inflict on us.

The problem with Republicans is that they can motivate people to rush to the polls and vote for them because Democrats suck, etc., but they’ve lost the benefit of the doubt that would have allowed them to govern from a more centrist position, and keep themselves popular.

Romney doesn’t have the option of appealling to people from the center anymore. Neither do most Republicans. David Dewhurst was defeated here in Texas by campaigns that included rhetoric slamming him for being a moderate. I mean, forty percent of this country self-indentifies as moderate.

Where exactly do Republicans have to go, but to greater and greater Right Wing Radicalism? And how can they pretend that there isn’t a breaking point somewhere in there?

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at August 1, 2012 8:27 PM
Comment #349884

Politics is very complex indeed, because this is invisible but closely related with every citizen, our lives.

It is obvious that the history
is marching forward, and our living level is imporving day after day. But problems never stop appearing. We have the responsibility to solve those problems and pursue for better life.

So what should we do? Maybe we need time to figure it out.

Posted by: Alice at August 2, 2012 9:54 PM
Comment #349885

Let’s take a look at ‘All you people need to know’
, I am sorry if you feel not good about it.
Politics is very complex indeed, because this is invisible but closely related with every citizen, our lives.

It is obvious that the history
is marching forward, and our living level is imporving day after day. But problems never stop appearing. We have the responsibility to solve those problems and pursue for better life.

So what should we do? Maybe we need time to figure it out.

Posted by: Nancy at August 2, 2012 9:56 PM
Comment #349890

Royal Flush,
I am not saying anything of the kind about Obama. I think he’s done a remarkable job considering the depth of the financial crisis, the obstinate GOP controlled house who has done a lot of harmand not much positive, and a Senate where a minority is holding the country hostage by filibustering every single bill that the other side has proposed. Not to mention the obscene greed demonstrated by the so-called “job creators” who are making record profits but can’t seem to create any jobs unless we totally remove their tax burden so that the rest of us have to pay for defending their right to use Chinese slave labor to get rich. That being said, I am a realist. No president has ever been re-elected with economic numbers like we have seen. It’s really kind of stupid since no president really has as much control over the economy as they say they do or that they get credit and blame for … other than tax policy which has been shown to have very little impact on either prosperity or unemployment rates. Has a lot to do with deficits, but the right likes to pretend that they care about, which they prove time and time again, they only care about paying lip service to deficits but don’t want to take any steps to do anything about them.

The GOP decided to run a bunch of lunatics and a smarmy rich guy who nobody likes. The lunatics all self destructed and left the smarmy rich guy sitting in the last chair. He’s got so many financial skeletons in his closet that he’d rather lose the election rather than show his tax returns, discuss his job creation/layoff ratio, or even really give details on his financial plans - though what he has released has been deemed, by an independent organization, to raise taxes on 95% of the public (guess where that 5% is). He just spent his foreign trip insulting his hosts and making bigoted statements. What’s next for this guy?

Posted by: tcsned at August 2, 2012 11:07 PM
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