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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney must realize by now that it has become a catch-22 situation with either the release or the continued non-release of more of his tax returns – his campaign is probably going to be damaged either way.

Those who are defending Mitt Romney for not releasing more of his tax returns, continue to bring up this excuse that if he releases more returns, then the Obama team will just demand more. I suppose that is possible, just about the same way President Obama was asked to show his birth certificate, then after he did, some right-wing conservatives to this day are still not satisfied – such as Donald Trump for instance, one of Mitt Romney’s friends on the campaign trail.

If anything, Mitt Romney should want to match his opponent – Barack Obama as he is the one he’s competing against for the White House. It also is very strange for a presidential candidate to refuse to release more tax returns when several of his own colleagues are strongly encouraging him to.

All he needs to say is “I will release ten more years of my tax returns, but I will make it understood that this is as far as I will go, so don’t even ask for more.”

Of course, that sounds more like New Jersey Governor Chris Christy than Mitt Romney as far as tone but that would put a cap on it and it would at least sound like he’s trying to be reasonable.

But I highly suspect as many do, that within those tax returns there is much to hide, way too much and it would destroy his chances at the White House. I even suspect that there could be something illegal that could risk not only his career but his freedom. That of course is just my personal hunch as there is no evidence of any such thing to date.

Republicans should realize one thing; we Democrats are shaking our heads in amazement and dancing a jig at the choice of candidate they chose to stand up against Barack Obama. The contrast between these two men will show not only what Mitt Romney is about but the political party that nominated him.

Mitt Romney is what I call the poster boy for the out-of-touch 1 percent.  He also has it wrong when he says about those who oppose wealth inequality; that it’s just about “envy”. Americans believe in wealth; we love to see others be successful and become wealthy. That encourages the rest of us to do the same.

By the same token, how that wealth is obtained and how it is used may draw fire. Wealth should be about a higher standard of living and financial security, not about manipulating government and our laws to secure even more wealth, and trampling over everyone else in the process.

Presently, the media and everyone else can only guess at what could be in Mitt Romney’s tax returns that could be so damaging, that his campaign would continue to take this fire storm of criticism and scrutinizing without budging.

If Mitt Romney continues to refuse to even give a few more of his returns, I think it will be a big issue during the debates and in November.

The most important factor that’s going to play in my opinion this election will be the contrast between the two candidates. Barack Obama is an open book and Mitt Romney is not – this alone could decide this election.

Americans want a good look at who they’re voting for. It’s always been important that candidates don’t appear to be hiding anything; it surely doesn’t play well in elections. With so much pressure coming from all sides for him to release more returns, it also presents a question in those undecided voters’ minds that if this guy won’t even release some, there must be something to hide.

But, I’m a Democrat and I actually support Mitt Romney not releasing his tax returns, for very selfish reasons of course. The heat will surely keep get hotter under his feet as long as he doesn’t. And, for the next four months we won’t be talking about the economy, but about his unreleased tax returns instead – life couldn’t be better for guys like me.

As I’ve said before and I’ll say it again; the GOP got what they deserve in Mitt Romney – he is so much of what they represent.  Who knows, maybe Mitt Romney will lose the nomination and it will go to Ron Paul instead. Now wouldn’t that be a whole new ball game?

This is a republish from my website: Fidlerten Place

Originally posted to Fidlerten Place on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:28 AM PDT.

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  •  It is not Romney's wealth (35+ / 0-)

    It is how he got it.

    No one held Ross perot's wealth against him, or Ted Kennedy's.  The given in each case was that the individual actually cared about anyone but himself (and his secretive church.)

    As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

    by BPARTR on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:47:23 AM PDT

  •  There's some bad shit in those returns, but (28+ / 0-)

    the main issue to me is, he gave up those returns to McCain to be vetted for the vice=presidency, but he won't show the same returns to be vetted by the voters for the presidency! It's contemptuous! To me, its disqualifying. Who in their right mind would vote for a guy who is telling everyone he has a lot to hide? (Not that I would have anyway, I'm just sayin'...)

    Two hundred million Americans, and there ain't two good catchers among 'em. --Casey Stengel

    by LongTom on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 10:10:59 AM PDT

    •  You know (2+ / 0-)
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      fidlerten, TrueBlueMajority

      You know whatever is in those tax returns is bad when John McCain preferred Sarah Palin to Mitt Romney.

      My guess is one or more of those tax returns shows the Romney's paid no taxes.  

      This is such winning issue for Democrats they ought to be hammering it home 24/7.  It goes to the heart of the traditional Democratic agenda:  Fairness.  

      •  Harry Reid said Mitt paid "virtually no taxes (1+ / 0-)
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        over the past 12 years." He knows sumthin.'

        That said, I don't think there was any way in hell McCain was going to pick Romney. He dislikes Romney (as has most everybody else Mitt's run against) intensely. And I think it's one reason he might have let a little something about Mitt's returns 'slip' to Harry Reid.

        Two hundred million Americans, and there ain't two good catchers among 'em. --Casey Stengel

        by LongTom on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 10:34:49 AM PDT

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  •  The main issue is the conflict of interest (17+ / 0-)

    the GOP has an agenda for tax rates, spending, public debt, etc that is all tied together. And they try to sell it to the American middle class as if its of benefit to them. And in some circles they can do that with remarkable ease.

    Romney's returns would pull the curtain back on that agenda, exposing the total hypocrisy and fraud behind the idea that any of these positions are about what's good for the middle class or the country as a whole.

    Romney and the GOP are responding to that threat by doing what the GOP has always done. they look at each threat purely from a political persective and see it only as a problem to overcome. so, if the tax returns will take the election debate in a direction they don't want it to go, they'll do whatever they need to make sure the returns are never released. if that means making Romney look foolish by going against his own fathers precendent, the GOP certainly doesn't care. After all, Romney's father didn't win, and they don't really care that much if Romney does either. just so long as the agenda and the party come out of the next election intact.

    •  Maybe in their Minds... (1+ / 0-)
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      They may have accepted that Mitt's got a good chance of losing, so they might as well put more focus on improving their legislative seats across the country and in Washington DC.

      This by Voter ID laws and any other voter discrimination law they can come up with, and overloading key spots with super pac commercials to destroy certain opponents, even their own members if they don't serve the "Tea Party" agenda.

      The GOP have a really big plan and lots of super pac money to do it with but that doesn't mean the American people are going to fall for it - I certainly hope not.

      Rule the Day, Let not the Day Rule You.

      by fidlerten on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 07:07:28 PM PDT

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  •  some logical guess what is in those returns (10+ / 0-)

    Amnesty of secret off shore accounts that failed to pay taxes for many years. But this is just a tip of the ice berg since Romney only released information from UBS Bank.

    He paid less than 1% on income from 2003 to 2009.

    He put over $100M in tax deferred IRA against approved regulations

    And that is merely a start that does not include investments into out source companies

    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty~Ben Franklin

    by RWN on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 01:25:23 PM PDT

  •  Reasonable inferences (19+ / 0-)

    The reason I was sure that a fair and accurate count of the votes in Florida in 2000 would have shown Al Gore was the winner was that the Bush campaign, with his brother the governor and his campaign manager in charge of running the election, was in the best position to know what a fair and accurate count of the ballots would produce.  And they fought like demons to make sure that no one would ever be able to conduct a fair and accurate count.

    The reason I am sure that Romney's tax returns will seriously damage his campaign is that Romney, along with his attorneys and accountants, is in the best position to know what information will be revealed.  And they are fighting like demons to make sure that no one ever sees those tax returns.

    These are reasonable inferences.

    •  The other reasonable inference is that (9+ / 0-)

      there is simply devastating information in those tax returns, information that goes beyond losing him the election because failure to release alone will accomplish that much.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:34:20 PM PDT

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    •  Yep - Look how long he is taking to release 2011 (11+ / 0-)

      Obama released his 2011 returns on April 13, before the filing deadline.  Romney still can't get it together even though he is now 3 months beyond the date when most Americans have submitted their returns.

      This is yet another demonstration of how rules don't apply to Romney. Sure, anybody can get an extension - but for a Presidential candidate who has the money to pay an army of accounts to not be able get everything in on time is a disgrace.

      •  he doesn't get the info he needs (3+ / 0-)
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        until August at the earliest.

      •  dfe - this specific issue has had diaries (1+ / 0-)
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        Edge PA

        and hundreds of comments. Returns are not due until Oct 15th, although you have to pay your tax by April 15th. Those are the actual rules and they apply to everyone, not just Romney. Many taxpayers, including Romney, do not receive the information needed to file an accurate return until as late as September 15th which is the deadline for partnerships to file their tax returns and send all investors the needed information. Romney did disclose a very detailed draft of his 2011 return in Feb, 2012 based on the information available and estimates. There are many legitimate areas to critical of Romney's financial management but being an October filer isn't one of them. I have been an October filer for 35 years.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 11:29:49 AM PDT

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        •  If he releases his final full return October 15th (0+ / 0-)

          and that's a huge "IF" since he hasn't fully revealed his 2010 tax return, the October surprise could well be another reminder to America just how rich Rmoney is and just how he got that way (and how he's proposing to do even more to pay even less).  I'm hoping America gets a fresh reminder in the lead-up to the election either that he's a rich SOB who won't reveal even one tax return or that he is a rich SOB who got that way by making the rest of America pay more.

  •  Not releasing will NOT hurt Bishop Romney (15+ / 0-)

    Paraphrasing a comment I made earlier today, the conventions are a month away.  August is the Sargasso Sea of national political campaigns.  We've seen no significant movement in polling to date, even with non-stop stories of Bishop Romney's tax havens, Bain, and refusal to release tax returns.  It's unlikely that there will be any real shifting in polls before the conventions.

    So, with polling being static, there is no incentive for Bishop Romney to release his returns.  Heck,staying close in the polling is a DISincentive to release.

    Romney isn't going anywhere, despite the fevered wet dreams of quite a few diarists.  The presidential race will be too close to call right up to the last moment - which, we should remember, is a primary requirement of diebolding.

    The test of whether we're willing to stand up to the thugs that wrote voter suppression laws is this: Are you willing to hold hands with someone that needs hand holding in order to qualify to vote?

    by Richard Cranium on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:49:23 PM PDT

    •  I wish I could rec this 10 times!! (9+ / 0-)
      Romney isn't going anywhere, despite the fevered wet dreams of quite a few diarists.  The presidential race will be too close to call right up to the last moment - which, we should remember, is a primary requirement of diebolding.
      I think we are all way too complacent regarding the election stealing thing.   There is imaginary "voter fraud" and then there is the GOP voter fraud.   OHIO was stolen pure and simple!!
    •  Not Unless all of the Polls are wrong (9+ / 0-)

      Only a few states are in play and unless the polls are completely wrong and there is a huge game changer before the elections, the elections are not likely to be close. The media likes to pretend that this is a toss up by only paying attention to the meaningless national polls but the reality is Romney has very few paths to victory.

    •  they have made a calculated decision... (5+ / 0-)

      that whatever is in the returns is worse than the american public's speculation. Which is pretty telling in and of itself. I don't think you are wrong, Unless he takes a significant hit in polling, he won't release them, but eventually all this opacity, paranoia, and vagueness regarding his record has to hurt him, right? American's like transparency, don't they? If they like transparency, then as they learn more about all the things Romney is being severely not-transparent about, that has to hurt him.

      Even if I wasn't an Obama supporter, the amount of details about his past that Romney has hidden or "forgotten" about at this point would put my vote firmly in the "anywhere buy Mitt" box.

      "Ruin comes when the trader, whose heart is lifted up by wealth, becomes ruler" - Plato, Republic

      by sixeight120bpm on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 07:45:00 PM PDT

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  •  I was never (9+ / 0-)

    going to vote for Mitt...but his refusal to release his tax returns proves to me that he is un-American and has a Whole Lot to Hide.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:50:10 PM PDT

  •  Nothing's gonna damage Mitt (5+ / 0-)

    except maybe a huge pedophile scandal where is would be discovered that he sold 3 illegitimate daughters to sex traffickers.   Even then.....some on the Religious Right would still forgive him, as long as he said he was sorry and asked for forgiveness.  

    When I think of Mitt and his supporters, I'm reminded of an old Peter Paul & Mary song:

    •  Romney is a Deeply Flawed Candidate (4+ / 0-)
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      He would never have been considered as a viable candidate if he had been challenged by somebody other then the clown brigade. Even if you take away his negative charisma, his rich entitled snobbery, his secretive taxes, his years at Bane, and his propensity to take 3 different side on every subject you are still left with a very weak candidate.

      The bottom line is Romney's only experience in public service is a single term as Governor.  Nobody with such a weak resume has ever received a major party nomination in the past 30 years, let alone been elected to the Presidency.

      •  Well, just four years ago the Republicans chose a (0+ / 0-)

        half-term quitta from Wasila to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency, and her only foreign policy experience was seeing Russia from her house.  She wasn't put at the top of the ticket, but given the stresses of the top job and McCain's age, she could have had to take over at any time.

  •  You people need to leave Willie Mitt alone. /nt (4+ / 0-)
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  •  And (6+ / 0-)
    Mitt Romney’s Unreleased Tax Returns Will Damage His Campaign
    And

    Mitt Romney’s Released Tax Returns Will Damage His Campaign

  •  Willard--the Frank Burns of rich politicians. (5+ / 0-)
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    Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by maybeeso in michigan on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:40:24 PM PDT

  •  While I admire Obama's tactic of focusing on this (2+ / 0-)
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    fidlerten, LSophia

    I have to admit that I agree with Romney surrogates who charge that he is doing so in order to take the focus off of the economy.  Yes it does,,,and it does so in a way that most Dems in my memory have not attempted.  I tip my hat to him for that.

    But I fear that we have a long, hot summer in front of us yet.  I am thrilled that a Dem has finally ripped a page out of the Karl Rove playbook and used it against them.  But at any point between now and October, the economy might still raise it's ugly head.

    I hope Team Obama has a discourse already prepared for that possibility...that probability.  Spain is on the ropes.  Its provinces are asking the central government to bail them out, and Spain's central government is on the brink of asking Europe to bail it out.  Greece has just come out and said that it is, officially, in a 1930's style Great Depression.  Grain crops are failing in the Midwest, and commodity prices are skyrocketing...presaging another year like 2008 when global food prices spiked to the point that it cause food riots in some countries.

    We are in store, yet, for a Long Hot Summer.  Mitt has had a bad run of late, but not as bad as we might think.  And this could all turn on a dime.  In a New York minute.

    There's a reason Team Obama is focusing their laser on off shore accounts, Bain, and 10 year old tax returns....the present situation is not a good talking point for them.  In that, I agree with the Romneybots.

    And it could well get worse.  Have y'all read Nouriel Roubini's piece in the papers of late?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:53:21 PM PDT

  •  Where're the Tax Returns? Olly olly oxen free! (8+ / 0-)

    romney137

    In the law, there's a doctrine called "spoliation of evidence." It provides that a jury can be instructed to infer that any evidence being withheld or hidden by a party is horribly damaging to that party.

    In this instance, Mitt Romney is the "spoliator." We, the jury in this election, can make any reasonable damaging inference from Mitt's actions. I infer that he's hiding illegalities. Based on the way Romney handled the issue during the Republican debates, it was apparent he had something absolutely sordid to hide. He was way too nervous. (As the jury in this election, we can also judge the demeanor of the witnesses.).

    On top of that, everyone in the campaign from the surrogates to Ann and Mitt have admitted that there are damaging items in those returns.

    Good job, fidlerten!  Keep up the pressure.

    I would tip you, but the man took away my tips.

    by Tortmaster on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:56:59 PM PDT

    •  Don't think it shows illegal behavior (2+ / 0-)
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      fidlerten, ColoTim

      Keep in mind that it's not just the McCain campaign that has seen his returns; the IRS knows what's in them as well, and probably spends more time analyzing them than a presidential campaign can afford.

      If the returns either stated that he had income from illegal activity (the Catch-22 on the form that allows Al Capone-style prosecution) or included evidence of tax evasion, the government would either have gone for him already or would be preparing to do so. It seems hard to imagine that anybody would write down evidence of illegal activity on a paper that they are signing under penalty of law, let alone that a politician would do so.

      It think that what's really there are the legal but morally questionable actions like paying 0% (I get hit with the AMT, but he doesn't?!?), taking advantage of an amnesty of some sort, or payments of penalties for activities that were ruled to be illegal attempts to avoid taxes.

    •  is it just that he has understated his wealth ? (1+ / 0-)
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      ColoTim

      is he much much richer than 'only' $250million?

      is that it?  And he thinks the public won't accept anyone that rich?

  •  I still think releasing them has MORE downside... (9+ / 0-)

    ... for rMONEY Inc. than allowing us to continue speculating about what's in them.

    Yes, I really think it is THAT bad.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 06:16:38 PM PDT

  •  This is an issue that will drip and drip (8+ / 0-)

    It maybe has not had the damage on the poll numbers now, but the seeds of doubt are planted and growing. I'm just guessing, but the tax issue has got to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars of free negative ads on RMoney. And...the longer he waits, the more he invests in his position. If he releases them later, people will be deeply distrustful and ask...'Why not earlier?'. He's gonna try and ride this out. Historically, this is big time bad for Willard.

    "The problem with quotes on the internet is you can never be certain they're authentic." - Abraham Lincoln

    by realwischeese on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 07:01:08 PM PDT

  •  can't Romney just "brazen it out," Rumsfeld style? (6+ / 0-)

    This was being discussed on the Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell the other night. The question was, what is to stop him from simply refusing. After a while people will get bored of asking, right? News media depends on the new, new, new. And at some point the story will grown cold.

    Everyone assumed that when Abu Ghraib came to light Rumsfeld would have to resign. But Rummy just "brazened" it out (as the British said), and refused.

    What is to stop Romney from doing the same? When it becomes clear he's just not going to do it, I am sure Republicans who advised him to release them will back off. They don't want their candidate to lose, right? Then they'll start saying, "okay Dems, we agree with you, but time to give it a rest. It's a dead issue. Let's all just move on." Once it is just the Democrats pushing for release it will more and more start to look like a partisan thing.

    And if the returns contain something so damaging that it would definitely sink his chances of getting elected, I can guarantee you: he won't do do it.

    I see no reason to believe that this is not exactly the calculation he has made.

    So, the question is: how to keep the heat on? How to keep the issue alive?

    I'm no political strategist, but here's my idea: at some strategic moment, after the issue appears to have grown cold, Obama revives it---and ups the ante---by releasing another four years of his own tax returns (making it a total of 10!)

    What's more, I think even the threat of this happening (and it would be a perfect way to break some news cycle unfavorable to the President) might be enough to get Romney to make a move now. After all, at the present moment he could get away with releasing just 4 more returns (thereby matching Obama). Maybe it would be better to do that than have to face the prospect of being expected to release a whole lot more down the line.

    •  Some Very Good Points... (6+ / 0-)

      The story might get old but it will become an issue in November. It will also come up in debates and Romney will be asked point blank why he didn't release more tax returns.

      Obama is going to have a real edge here because he can rebuttal Romney's already-made-up-excuse which is to say that if he released anymore, then Democrats and the Obama team would have demanded even more.

      Obama just needs to say that Romney could have at least matched the number of years that he himself released, and if not that, at least as much as he released to the McCain team for the vetting process in 2008.

      Old story or not, it will affect the votes in November with Independents for sure; they want a forthcoming president, not one with something to hide.

      Lastly, I have a feeling that even four more years for Romney to release his tax returns would be too much and would reveal more than he wants to risk.

      Rule the Day, Let not the Day Rule You.

      by fidlerten on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 05:48:46 AM PDT

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      •  Some of this speculation has to do with (0+ / 0-)

        who is asking the questions and moderating the debate.  If it is as awful a situation as the debate with Hillary was, all bets are off.

        Mother Teresa: "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

        by Amber6541 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 06:29:32 AM PDT

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      •  here's how I see Romney gaming this: (2+ / 0-)
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        Let's say there is something really damaging in his tax returns, but it's not in the last 5 years (because he managed to set things straight for those years). It's six years ago. So what would be the best thing to do.

        Step 1: Release two years.
        Step 2: Let the Democrats make a hue and cry.
        Step 3: Say he won't release more than 2 years, on principle.
        Step 4: Get fellow Republicans to say, "release more years."
        Step 5: repeat step. 3.
        Step 6: Let Dems work themselves into a tizzy.
        Step 7: At an appropriate moment (when some bad news has hit and Romney want's to chance the conversation) release another 4 years. Say, "see, as I said, there was nothing wrong. I was only holding out as a matter of principle, but now you know: I have nothing to hide."

        He looks like a man of principle. Democrats look like they made a fuss over nothing. At this point there is no way in hell anyone is going to ask him to release more than what he has, and the really bad stuff remains forever hidden.

        Of course this is all just speculation, but the way to totally foil such a strategy is for Obama to preemptively up the ante by releasing an additional 4 years and then challenge Romney to match him.

        •  I'm not so sure about the "principle" argument (0+ / 0-)

          Obama's already released 10 years.  Romney's dad released 12.    Clinton released 10.  W only released 3 years.  

          So what principle is he standing on, the right to be a tease?  If he only releases a few years, way to draw another parallel between himself and Bush the Unpopular.

          I do like your idea of Obama releasing more returns.  Great way to get the conversation going again.  Time it right and it could be devastating.

    •  Rumsfeld had to please only one master (1+ / 0-)
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      Nate Roberts

      ...and that was Dick Cheney.

      Romney needs a majority of EC votes.  And for that he probably needs a majority of the popular vote.

      America, we can do better than this...

      by Randomfactor on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 09:54:20 AM PDT

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  •  As Carville would say; It's the Swiss account..... (7+ / 0-)

    2009 is the key as that was the year where so many wealthy people owned up to their Swiss bank accounts and paid an IRS penalty. This would be an admission of evading taxes in previous years, even if he "paid every dollar owed" (eventually).

    Think about it; we already know he is incredibly wealthy and we already know he pays a tax rate that is well below average. We already know that we subsidize his wife's dancing horse to the tune of $77k. Besides, people from the McCain campaign say that the only problem with previous returns was that he was just too darn rich. That leaves 2009 – the year of the Swiss bank account amnesty.

    •  2009 - the year of no taxes (4+ / 0-)
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      I'm intrigued by something raised elsewhere. The ultra-rich like Romney got socked pretty hard in 2009, as there was no safe place to hide the money - investments collapsed everywhere. But that meant they could write off business losses on their taxes. There's a non-zero chance that Mitt Romney paid NO taxes in 2009, a year when many Americans were losing their jobs, their homes, and their life savings - and still paying taxes.

      Subtleties of Swiss bank accounts may seem ephemeral to many voters. He's rich, so what? But if it came to light that he made millions of dollars that year and paid no federal taxes at all? THAT is something voters will understand.

      Obama is our Reagan.
      Romney is their Mondale.

      by Orbital Mind Control Lasers on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 09:22:11 AM PDT

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  •  Just sayin.... (2+ / 0-)
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    fidlerten, Amber6541

  •  really? (0+ / 0-)

    says who?

    Meh... and shoulder shrug is what this gets from the so called numerous "undecided" voters out there:

    "Oh? another rich white guy is scamming, cheating on his taxes? what else is new?

    "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 01:58:02 PM PDT

  •  based on what evidence? (0+ / 0-)

    There is no evidence that not releasing his tax returns will damage his campaign. In fact, after two horrible weeks regarding his record at Bain and his unwillingness to release his tax returns, national polls show the race is even tighter, meaning Romney may have gained a little and even swing state polls showing little change.

    A week or two ago people were making blanket statements about Romney's lying about his tenure at Bain and his "retroactive retirement," coupled with his stubborness about not releasing tax returns would be his undoing. They were talking about Republicans being so scared about all of this, they might dump him as their nominee. Without any evidence whatsoever that he was being hurt in the polls. And then...he actually improves his position in the polls.

    Once again...pleasse provide some specific evidence that not releasing his tax returns has hurt or will hurt Romney's chances,

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