When it comes to paying his 'fair share,' Mitt Romney has one opinion with relation to paying 'taxes' to the Mormon church and another when it comes to his country.
I came across an article on CNN last night explaining the 'tithe' that Romney pays (and all devout Mormons must pay) to the church and found something very interesting, but let's briefly go over what a 'tithe' is first in case anyone's not familiar with that term:
(A 'tithe' is defined as: "a voluntary contribution or tax payment, especially when it constitutes one tenth of somebody's income")
The interesting part about the Mormon tithe is this:
...all Mormons in good standing with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are required to give 10% of their salaries as a tithe...And there's never any variation on the 10%, whether you're on welfare or you're a millionaire.
Hmm...interesting! Did you get that part about everyone paying the same amount, regardless of their income level? There's no hiding money away in places like the Cayman islands or looking for loopholes like Romney does when it comes to paying his fair share of taxes for his country...no, he pays the same 'tax' as everyone else -- period.
But wait...that's not even the best part! Here's the real gem:
Not only does Romney not try to wriggle out of the tithe, squirrel money away, or try to oppose it, but he thinks he should pay even MORE than the required 10%!
According to the tax returns he just released:
Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, gave even more to their church last year. Tax documents released Tuesday show they gave $2.6 million, more than 12% of the roughly $21 million they earned. The Romneys also gave $1.4 million last year in cash and stock to their family foundation, which heavily supports the LDS Church.
Wow! What a startling contrast to Romney's expressed views on how much income he should contribute to his country.
He's stated that he doesn't see anything wrong with how things currently stand and doesn't want to raise taxes on the rich so that they pay their fair share.
There's an old saying that goes something like this: Show me how you spend your money and I'll tell you what you value (another version is: I'll tell you how you are.)
Romney's tax returns tell us who he is. Loud and clear.
I didn't see anyone else pointing out this little contradiction so I thought I'd do so myself. ;)
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