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Now, think about the whole Mitt Romney campaign. I may be wrong here, but it seems to me that they never stopped playing to the base. The big Etch-a-Sketch we were bracing for never happened. And why? Because Mitt Romney doesn't have the conservative vote locked up. He really doesn't. And they've spent months upon months playing up the "severe conservative" credentials in order to try to actually get the base to vote for him.

In keeping with the silence on Mitt Romney's more progressive/moderate past, they are also keeping his tax returns from that time secret. I think that those tax returns will not make us mad, but rather will make the right mad. We already know Romney was involved with a company that disposed of aborted fetuses. I think that's just the tip of the iceberg. I think there's enough stuff like that in his financial past that would actually convince some of the RW base to stay home. Romney knows he can't win without an enthusiastic base, and that's why they're toiling and toiling to hide the things that would keep the right at home--both political and financial. I could be wrong, but it would all sort of fit together. If more about Mitt being unprincipled gets out, he has no chance at all.

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  •  By not releasing his returns, Romney is opening (14+ / 0-)

    himself up to every kind of speculation.

    It's not just Bain. He seems to have had interlocking  and entwining investments that would require an acre to lay out on index cards.

    The guy is as rich as Croesus. I am completely failing to understand why he even wants to be President since he seems to have had no overarching belief system in anything except making money. Now that we are becoming dynastic with Bushes, Clintons, Kennedys, etc, maybe he just wants to stake a claim for future generations of Romneys. And of course, to facilitate ways for other rich guys to pay none or minimal taxes.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 10:40:53 AM PDT

    •  Not just Romney future generations. (4+ / 0-)
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      Mormon future generations, too.  

      Democrats - We represent America!

      by phonegery on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:02:00 AM PDT

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    •  google up (4+ / 0-)
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      If you want to know why I think Mitt is running for president, google up the White Horse Prophecy.

      Mitt thinks he's the Mormon Jesus.

    •  Why Romney wants to be president: (2+ / 0-)
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      1. His Dad was a governor, Mitt became a governor, his Dad never became president.

      2. Prestige and perks.

      3. Opportunity to tilt the playing field even further in his favor.

      4. Keys to Fort Knox.

      "...it's difficult to imagine what else Republicans can do to drive women away in 2012, unless they decide to bring back witch-hanging. And I wouldn't put it past them." James Wolcott

      by Mayfly on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:22:12 AM PDT

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      •  seriously? (1+ / 0-)
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        Fort Knox is still locked with keys? I would have though they would be using high tech biometric locks by now.

        We have GOT to update our infrastructure.

        Sheesh!

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:43:58 AM PDT

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    •  Ann Romney said it: (2+ / 0-)
      I think we deserve it.
      When you're as out of touch and entitled as the Romneys, you can just want something because you want it.  And dang it, you DESERVE it just because you're so gosh darn rich special!!!

      Silly Phoebe. You live in the world with us mere mortals. You can't possibly understand.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:40:16 AM PDT

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    •  Contrast that with Warren Buffett: (1+ / 0-)
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      He seems to have had interlocking  and entwining investments that would require an acre to lay out on index cards.
      Maybe the crux of Romneys's investments are that there's nothing there; it's a game of three card monty subsidized by taxpayers.

      "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

      by CFAmick on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:46:34 AM PDT

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  •  Fireshark - I don't think that's it (4+ / 0-)
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    The tax returns aren't going to be connected to specific Bain Capital portfolio companies. The data is on a partnership basis, and wouldn't have deeper detail. There is no doubt that Romney had an economic interest in the Bain Capital investment partnerships and their underlying portfolio companies through the entire period 1999 - 2010.

     

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 10:40:56 AM PDT

    •  I didn't mean that. (2+ / 0-)
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      I just meant that Romney himself might have some ties to "evil" stuff, not corporate relationships per se.

      Health care is a right.

      by Fireshark on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:06:40 AM PDT

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    •  So when he told those nice unemployed (1+ / 0-)
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      People in the cafe that he was also unemployed, Mitt was (gasp!) not telling the truth?

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:46:15 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  grover - he was parsing words (0+ / 0-)

        and it was dumb. When you own a passive investment interest in Bain Capital and receive speaking fees you don't really have a "job" in that you have no W2 income. It was really stupid given that just his 1099 income was $300,000+. I feel your pain, yea right, with total annual income of $20million +.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 12:26:14 PM PDT

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  •  then this part of the McCain opp research (10+ / 0-)
    Abortion
     Romney says he changed his mind on abortion meeting with Harvard stem cell researcher – Romney claims
    the doctor said scientists “kill” embryos after 14 days, but doctor later said Romney “mischaracterized my
    position.”
     Months after his “conversion,” Romney stated his commitment to upholding Massachusetts’ abortion laws and
    appointed pro-choice judge to state district court.
     In October 2005, Romney signed bill expanding family planning services, including abortion counseling and
    morning-after pill.
     In December 2005, Romney “abruptly ordered his administration to reverse course … and require Catholic
    hospitals to provide emergency contraception medication to rape victims.”
     Romney health insurance plan expanded access to abortion, required Planned Parenthood representative on
    state panel.
     Romney endorsed legalization of abortion pill RU-486 access during his 1994 Senate race and backed
    federal funding of abortion, saying “I think it’s important that people see me not as a pro-life candidate.”
     In 1994 and 2002, Romney confirmed his support for Roe v. Wade decision and forcefully positioned himself
    as pro-choice in 1994 Senate race, saying “you will not see me wavering on that.”
     Romney has refused to comment on bill pending in South Carolina legislature requiring that abortion doctors
    offer pregnant women option of viewing ultrasound.
    Gay Rights
     Romney endorsed Rep. Barney Frank’s Employment Nondiscrimination Act in 1994.
     In 1994, Romney called “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy first step toward having gays and lesbians “able to serve
    openly and honestly in our nation’s military” and said he would provide “more effective leadership” on gay
    rights issues than Ted Kennedy.
     In 2003, The Washington Times reported Romney “would support a Vermont-style civil union law in
    Massachusetts.”
     As governor, Romney said health coverage benefits and hospital visitation rights should be provided to gay
    couples.
     Romney promised to make gay partnership benefits a “hallmark of my leadership as governor” and has said
    he would attend gay weddings if invited.
     Romney publicly opposed Boy Scouts’ ban on homosexuals in 1994 and 2002 campaigns.
     In 2002, Romney backed hate crimes legislation that included sexual orientation provisions.
     In 2007, Romney praised gay parent who confronted him over gay marriage issue, but in 2005 remarked to
    South Carolina audience that some gay couples “are actually having children” and called it “wrong.”
    Gun Control
    8
     In 1994 Senate race, Romney backed Brady bill and assault weapons ban, saying “I don’t line up with the
    NRA” and “that’s not going to make me the hero of the NRA.”
     Romney called Clinton crime bill “a big step forward.”
     As governor, Romney quadrupled gun licensing fees and vowed not to “chip away” at tough gun laws
     In 2004, Romney signed permanent state-level ban on assault weapons that was mirrored after federal
    assault weapons ban.
     In January 2006, Romney said he owned a gun – then two days later admitted he did not and the gun
    belonged to his son.
     Romney bragged about being member of the NRA but later revealed he didn’t join until August 2006, just
    before launching his presidential campaign.
     Romney recently said he’s “been a hunter pretty much all my life” but later admitted he hunted only twice in
    his life, later clarifying remarks by claiming he has hunted “small varmints … more than two times.”
    •  err, left off the Must HURT! (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Shorter McCain oppo research: (8+ / 0-)

      Romney is a lying sack of shit.

      •  Re lying etc. Could be that the problem is that (0+ / 0-)

        if he starts fessing up about what he did in the past, people will start asking more forcefully the question he really really does not want to answer, but which the charges of lying sustained would force him to. That is to say, what, specifically, is he going to do or not do if he becomes president on issues X Y and Z.  If you think he does not want to come clean about his past, what he really does not want to come clean about is what he has in mind for our future, once he's been elected and we're all stuck with him.

    •  Romney is really a Democrat.... (0+ / 0-)

      at least in his actual policy beliefs...or at least he was when he was being his true self.  But the greed in him turned him into a Republican, the not wanting to pay taxes on his hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

      Obviously his love of money and greed to keep it all squirreled away overwhelmed his princples and core beliefs - hence the fact that he's now a "severe Conservative" and has a hard time playing crazy to his base.

      Facts are liberally bias

      by SuzieQ4624 on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:14:09 AM PDT

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    •  This is good. (0+ / 0-)

      Got a link?

      Gracias.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:47:44 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  never mind (0+ / 0-)

        I just saw the other diary.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:59:00 AM PDT

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  •  Meh, I still thing it's the magic underwear (2+ / 0-)
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    that he's hiding.

    but heck, I just ordered some X-ray glasses from Amazon dot com so I'll soon know for sure.

  •  My theory all along . . . (26+ / 0-)

    from 2008, in fact, is that Willard Mitt Romney is not a man without passion at all.  In fact I think he has a great passion, and it is his religion.  I know the subject is the third rail, but this must and will come out in the heat of battle.  The reason he appears to be such a stiff is not that he has no core.  No man succeeds in life like that without an inner life, and I credit the man his successes, especially his solid family, and would respect that he would certainly credit his faith.

    The thing is, his faith is also a very worldly institution, and in that guise the LDS church is vehemently concerned with political legitimation, cultural legitimation (as a branch of mainline Christianity), and economic power.  Mitt has been raised from childhood (along with many other young men) to be a warrior for this vision.  He is very clearly a deeply committed servant of his church.

    What his tax returns would reveal, that goes beyond anything you'd find in the normal megarich CEO's tax-evading, special dealing returns, is the extent of his financial commitment to his church, which is going to be in the tens of millions of dollars, I would be willing to wager  (ten thousand dollar bet, anyone?).  I am certain he has put his money -- tax deductibly, mind you -- where his hidden heart is.  And that staggering level of commitment will open the Pandora's box (that sits atop a rabbit hole, above an endless stack of turtles) of Mormonism as a subject for media dissection and public debate.  

    He has shown enormous discipline in roping it off entirely from his public persona.  But mark my words, he is the candidate from Salt Lake City.

    •  It's a Secretive Religion and Based on Knowing a (5+ / 0-)
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      small number of Mormons his behavior looks similar, there seem to be limits on their openness in my experience.

      I too think his church related giving is likely a key part of the tax secrecy.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 10:54:17 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you for your comment. (2+ / 0-)
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      You have said so well  what I believe is the major  force driving many of Mitt Romney's actions.  His religion.

      Democrats - We represent America!

      by phonegery on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:09:49 AM PDT

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    •  Conversely: (0+ / 0-)

      What if church elders are allowed to buy an ownership stake in the church?

      "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

      by CFAmick on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:47:57 AM PDT

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    •  I don't think direct support of the LDS Church (0+ / 0-)

      is an issue. Lots of people tithe to their church, not just LDS. For someone in Romney's income bracket, that could well be millions of dollars. But so what? The issues seen to date are more serious: opaque financial structures, offshore accounts, tax avoidance, mind-bogglingly huge retirement and compensation, etc. There's probably a lot more of that in his earlier returns, plus maybe other questionable dealings and some of those might have to do with Mormonism, but that's speculation.

      •  All one and the same, perhaps (1+ / 0-)
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        historian D. Michael Quinn, who is working on a book about the LDS Church’s finances and businesses, “The Mormon Church is very different than any other church. … Traditional Christianity and Judaism make a clear distinction between what is spiritual and what is temporal, while Mormon theology specifically denies that there is such a distinction.” To Latter-day Saints, opening megamalls, operating a billion-dollar media and insurance conglomerate, and running a Polynesian theme park are all part of doing God’s work. Says Quinn: “In the Mormon [leadership’s] worldview, it’s as spiritual to give alms to the poor, as the old phrase goes in the Biblical sense, as it is to make a million dollars.”
        http://www.businessweek.com/...
        (The whole artilce is worth a read)

        from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

        by Catte Nappe on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 12:26:36 PM PDT

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  •  I think you're right about the right... (9+ / 0-)

    but IMNHO, pissing off the wing-nuts is only the cherry on top.

    Remember Sankaty? When Romney released his 2010 tax return, he had to retroactively update his financial disclosure forms because Sankaty had been omitted. Can you guess how much other stuff from the past 20 years falls into this 'oopsie' category?

    It looks like there were at least 69 different 'Bain Entities' active during the disupted 1999-2001 period..... how could any of THAT cause embarrassment to Romney?

    And there is the likliehood that he paid almost NO federal income tax in 2009, based on his 2010 return. How could THAT embarrass him?

    Seriously, we need a new chant:

    WHAT'S MITT HIDING?

    Cheers

    Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

    by databob on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 10:53:36 AM PDT

  •  Some say (3+ / 0-)
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    Rmoney is hiding donations to PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

    Not me of course, but I've heard it somewhere.  I've also heard he paid virtually no income tax for 12 years despite earning millions.

    Man has a lot to hide.

    On a different note.  There are lots of fantastically wealthy Mormons.  If they all give 10% what is the Church doing with all that money?  Do they run Mormon hospitals and charities the way the Catholic church does?

    Newt Gingrich: Believes marriage is between one man and a series of ever younger women. Wife #1 born ~ 1936, divorced when in her mid-40s...Wife #2 born ~1947, divorced when in her mid-40s...Wife #3 born ~1966.

    by trillian on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 10:54:58 AM PDT

    •  I think you said it. (2+ / 0-)
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      I think the Romneys pay $0.00 in taxes.  And have for decades.

      And that will alienate one of his two remaining bases: working class white men.

      (The other base, the 1%, will begrudgingly stand and applaud with golf claps. )

      Right now, they're trying to figure out how to create two sets of 2011 returns: the one to file that shows some tax liability, (which they will dutifully pay) and then the amended version they'll file the day after the election after he loses.

      The amended return, of course, will correct the errors on the  first to get a refund for the funds they paid a month or two earlier. Of course, they hope to win, so they don't want to pay too much. It's a delicate balancing game. That's why it's taking so long.

      We should see the 2011 return around Sept 30-Oct 3. I think they'll pay around $80k -$ 105k in taxes, which is nothing for someone of their wealth, but to the average citizen, it sounds like a TON.   So they'll get a pass from their base if all goes according to plan.

      Of course, that doesn't answer for the last 20 years....

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:30:22 AM PDT

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      •  grover you have a nimble mind. nt (2+ / 0-)
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        "...it's difficult to imagine what else Republicans can do to drive women away in 2012, unless they decide to bring back witch-hanging. And I wouldn't put it past them." James Wolcott

        by Mayfly on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:53:45 AM PDT

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      •  But the 1% won't be golf clapping.... (2+ / 0-)
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        because they're ALL getting away with scamming the taxman, and they don't want the rubes to see how it's done.  Might get the masses agitating for tax reform, and we can't have THAT!   "Sorry Willard, we'd love to let you play President but it's all about the bottom line.  Priorities, old man."

         Seriously, I wouldn't be surprised if the real big players have threatened to money-bomb him if he releases his returns.  They'd rather have Obama for 4 more years(Why not?  He hasn't done much to inconvenience them yet) than an Occupy-on-steroids mass movement for real tax reform.

    •  I believe Ann supports Planned Parenthood (0+ / 0-)

      we know at lest on small donation made its way there.

      In 1994, during her husband’s bid for U.S. Senate, Mrs. Romney gave $150 to Planned Parenthood and her husband attended a pro-choice fundraiser.
      http://thinkprogress.org/...

      However, the lion's share of their giving is going to be to their church, or church related entities such as BYU.

      As for what does the church do with all the tithe money - they invest in businesses
      http://www.businessweek.com/...

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 12:31:28 PM PDT

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  •  I find virtually all the hypotheses in thread (4+ / 0-)
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    worth pondering.  In terms of the McCain opp research, has all that been prominently placed in front of his base?  I think not!

    Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

    by Smoh on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 10:56:09 AM PDT

    •  It speaks volumes to the fact that... (3+ / 0-)
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      Romney disclosed 10 years worth of records to John McCain in 2008...to which McCain promptly counted him out and picked Sarah Palin instead.

      How bad are the returns if Sarah Palin seems like the better choice in this scenario?

      Facts are liberally bias

      by SuzieQ4624 on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:18:35 AM PDT

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      •  I think McCain picked Palin for the same reason he (1+ / 0-)
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        Catte Nappe

        crashed so many airplanes in his younger days: he acted on impulse.  (With encouragement from Bill Kristol and others.)

        "...it's difficult to imagine what else Republicans can do to drive women away in 2012, unless they decide to bring back witch-hanging. And I wouldn't put it past them." James Wolcott

        by Mayfly on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:41:10 AM PDT

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        •  Uh, encouragement re Palin not the crashes. nt (0+ / 0-)

          "...it's difficult to imagine what else Republicans can do to drive women away in 2012, unless they decide to bring back witch-hanging. And I wouldn't put it past them." James Wolcott

          by Mayfly on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:44:26 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  After much careful review and (1+ / 0-)
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    DaleA

    a shitton of reckless speculation I fell his tax returns will show not only does he hunt humans for sport, but that he is terrible at it and lies repeatedly to his friends about his many human hunting getaways. In short, he's a liar.

    Lo que separa la civilizacion de la anarquia son solo siete comidas.

    by psilocynic on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 10:59:52 AM PDT

  •  I think there's not much there - it's a trap (2+ / 0-)
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    and that they're holding off to release them once "loose ends" have been cleared up (making sure everything was at least sort of legal)and as a narrative changing: "there ... we did that. Now what about the black guy" moment.

    The groupthink media is worked up enough that unless there's actual Cessna's full of cash from the cartels the media (led by the nose by the usual 'reasonable' right wing empty suits (hey, Brooks, nice suit) can say: sure, he's rich. Sure, he paid $1,200 in taxes in 2003 on income of a bazillion dollars but that's the system - he plays by the rules - and Romney can say "These are the loopholes that only I have the skills to close because I exploited them so easily - now let's talk about how the black guy ruined the economy and is going to outlaw RV's and American flags in his second term"

    "Romney / Huntsman - and 7 first ladies!"

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:05:07 AM PDT

    •  Not a winning line (2+ / 0-)
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      If he paid less than the average middle class tax payer,  it would be a major political problem, even if it was through legal loopholes.  

      •  agree but I think they're minimizing (0+ / 0-)

        he's already going to have this problem. The point will be that he didn't actually break any laws. So by "reforming" the tax code we can save eleventeen trillion especially if there's a white guy doing it. Of course we can't so instead we'll have to defund everything but the Pentagon but "some Democrats say" vs hedidntactuallybreaklaws ... now let's move on to what really matters. Rich white guys running the country you grew up in look! Chicago! Muslims ! Strange last names ! Mexicans chasing your grand daughters !

        If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

        by jgnyc on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:35:47 AM PDT

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    •  I really, really doubt that's the case... (1+ / 0-)
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      Because Romney disclosed 10 years worth of financial records in 2008 in John McCain for consideration for VP pick.  McCain reviewed them and promptly counted him out of the running...and then picked Sarah Palin instead.  There has to be something horrendous to hide in the financial records if Sarah Palin seems like a better choice.

      Facts are liberally bias

      by SuzieQ4624 on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:23:15 AM PDT

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      •  A very good point but see above (0+ / 0-)

        I think they're minimizing. Crank it up. Then ... it was all legal. He's already rich. Rich is as American as mom, apple pie and white males. Let's hope there's something so awful that he can't release them because if this is all we're talking about, like last week, the first week in November, that's gotta be goooood.

        If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

        by jgnyc on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:37:50 AM PDT

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  •  Our Patriotic Duty (6+ / 0-)

    I believe it is our patriotic duty to speculate wildly and start rumors.

    "I've heard from some people in the McCain camp that Romney donated to Planned Parenthood."

    "Reliable sources tell us that Romney paid zero taxes from 2000 to 2004."

    "Romney gave money to the Brady Center."

    Etc. etc. etc.  Whatever is there is damaging enough that he's willing to take the hit on not releasing them.  So probably whatever we make up is not even going to be good enough.

    Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

    by journeyman on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 11:05:29 AM PDT

  •  "at least" $100,000 (2+ / 0-)
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    Mayfly, distraught

    I bet he made many times that amount which would make it even harder to believe that he wasn't involved in Bain between 1999-2002.

  •  I bet there is so much stuff hiding (1+ / 0-)
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    bibble

    in those returns for everyone to hate. But it is dwarfed by the stuff he didn't even report to the feds.

  •  I agree that the Stericycle issue is going to (1+ / 0-)
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    polecat

    hurt him badly. I definitely think he's going to try to stall on the tax documents until after the convention. He knows that there are Paul snipers hiding behind every bush.
    I think that is why the Obama campaign is having so much fun playing with him.
    They know what's on the tax forms. They probably got it from an un-named McCain campaign staffer. (Schmidt)

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 12:16:34 PM PDT

  •  Could be right. Keep the base fired up (0+ / 0-)

    so that even if Romney loses, the Repubs still turn out and take a lot of local races.  If the returns show activity the base doesn't approve of and they decide to stay home, it's good-bye House for the Republicans, and they really don't want that.

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