In his recent interview Mitt Romney accused the reporter of being small-minded because he wanted to know more about Romney’s intentions on his tax returns. With 54% of the American people wanting to know if, this time Romney will be honest on his tax returns, unlike when he ran for Governor of Massachusetts, I applaud the media for staying on the subject.
Unless and until we understand just how a person running for President treats their own taxes we, as the majority of American voters, do not in truth know if they will view jobs and the economy with the same honesty or careless disregard. As Einstein is often quoted,”He who lies in small matters will also lie in large matters.” It really doesn’t matter to us as to what they say on the campaign trail but rather what kind of character and respect they show towards truth, our right to know, and how they behave when no one else is looking……
The truth is that the Romney’s had a home in Utah where taxes are lower than in Massachusetts so Romney had been filing as a resident in Utah for years when he ran for Governor in Massachusetts. Since we have to be a resident of a State for the last 7 years before running for a political office, people questioned if Mitt could even run for Governor since he had been paying resident taxes in Utah instead of Massachusetts.
Mitt’s refusal to show his taxes then, caught up to him, as it will now since taxes are a matter of public record. Someone will find them because no matter how hard the Romney team think they are hidden you can bet they will be found now just as they were then. It is only the arrogance of Mitt Romney that thinks he can pull a fast one now as he did in Massachusetts.
His exact words in Massachusetts were the same as they are today,”You are just going to have to take my word for it, I have paid residence taxes in both Utah and Massachusetts.” When they tracked down his taxes they found that Mitt was lying about paying taxes in Massachusetts. The Republican Party has and continues to slant taxes towards the wealthy, so Mitt qualified for the grace period and was able to pay 7 years of back taxes up in Massachusetts and run for Governor.
Between 2008 and 2009 when the stock market fell from 12,000 to 7,000 under the Bush Administration, many Seniors who had their money invested in stocks through investment companies, lost their entire retirements and pensions that were also invested in the stock Market. Many of us lost our 401k’s as well but those of us who were young enough could recover our losses since the Stock market has consistently ran into highs of 13,000 under President Obama. It is important that we see Mitt’s returns for those years since he plans on going back to Bush economics.
We want to see those years, Mitt, and it is not small-minded of us to want to see them. We want to know if you had previous knowledge and if you along with your Billionaire friends helped create the crash with your early withdraw of investments. We want to know what loss you suffered since millions of us did not have insider trade knowledge.
We want to know how much of your income is shifted to your family members to get out of paying taxes and why it is when you pay taxes on all five of your married sons why the gift taxes we have to pay are so exorbitantly high when we pay gift taxes on our children but it is so low for you paying a million dollars per family per year on the 6 families together, that your total taxes combined are only 13.9% even though all 6 families are millionaires. We the American people want to know how you can avoid paying taxes by putting 100 million dollars into an I.R.A. when we can only put in $1250.00 per person or $2500.00 per couple.
The blame game of blaming the Obama Administration for looking for ammunition and just asking more questions if you turn over the taxes that we the American public are entitled to see is as much bull as it both smells like and sounds like. If there is no smoking gun then there is no need for ammunition,now is there? In a “gun happy”Country we are not too stupid to understand that one. The media and we the people are within our rights to demand it of, you. The smoke screens may work with the indoctrinated that your campaign hand picks but don’t include the rest of us in it because voter suppression just goes so far once we do get to the polls.
We want to know before the election, Mitt Romney, because we do not want to feel that we are responsible for electing another G.W. Bush or Richard Nixon. If your greed or failure to do your patriotic duty, to do your fair share, has not changed since the days that you hid out in a Mansion in France during the Viet Nam draft, then we have a right to know.
We need to know if you are avoiding paying your fair share and if it is so important to you that it will again sell all of us short and risk Democracy in the process. Your choice for Vp gives us even more cause to question your refusal to show us the transparency that we are owed. The choice of Paul Ryan for VP, leaves us doubting you more than we already were.. You need to understand, Mitt Romney, that your selection of a Tea Party member of Congress, who neither believes in Democracy nor the working poor and middle class and has proven it with his votes in Congress for 14 years, makes it even more important to all of us that you show us your taxes, just as every President has since your own father said,”It was the only honest thing to do and anyone who runs for President that doesn’t show their taxes has something to hide,”
Mr. Romney, we need to know why Sheldon Adelson has said he will put 100 million into your campaign in order to defeat President Obama. We need to know why the two of you met on the 36th floor of the Venetian Casino in the high rollers room to discuss strategy and what Sheldon Adelson wants in return. Since Sheldon Adelson owns the casino the only answer we can come up with, other than perhaps he wants you to take federal regulations off of slot machines, is that you are lying to us.
We are neither stupid nor naive and we do know and understand that people like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson,who are putting millions into “American’s For Prosperity”,your and all Republicans’ campaigns, and” Citizens United” do want something from you in return. The wealthy do not just throw away money nor do that kind of men have the best interests of the middle class and working poor in mind. The same groups along with the Koch Brothers have already proven that in Wisconsin, with the re-call against Tea Party Governor Scott Walker being prevented because of their money.
The American people have been burnt long enough by those who skirt the law and cheat the system and as long as you, Mitt Romney, refuse to show us the transparency that “We the People” are owed ,the small mind is your own, and we do need to know so we, the American voter do not have just another Republican President in charge of America, whose only goal it is to get what they and their cronies want. Too many of you in the Republican Party in our States and Washington have already shed our blood and drained us dry.
If you, Mitt Romney, can’t show us your taxes then why would we have anything left to give you at the polls in November? It’s never been more important that every one of voting age votes as it is this year, if we do want our protection back for not only our equal rights and a fair days pay for a fair days work, but also to right the wrong that has been robbed from us by those who refuse to pay their fair share. Vote in November.