Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Romney's Tax Returns and McCain

Dear Madame L,

If Mitt Romney gave something like 20 years worth of tax returns to the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign, how come he won't give more than 2 years to the rest of us now?


Where's the Money?

Dear Money,

Madame L doesn't pretend to know or understand what's going on with the 2012 Mitt Romney presidential campaign. But she does wonder, as you do, what Mitt Romney is trying to hide.

Madame L doesn't even suspect in a million years that Mitt Romney has done anything illegal with his money or his taxes. After all, rich people like him have lawyers and accountants to help them avoid breaking tax laws while still. keeping as much money for themselves as possible.

So Madame L suspects that he might be simply hiding more facts about his wealth and his tax shelters. He might be hiding behind not having paid any taxes at all in some years, or having paid more in tithes and offerings to the LDS church than he did in taxes to his country. Again, none of this is illegal, but all of it may add fuel to the fires being ignited against him by the Obama campaign and liberals, particularly in light of the fact that Candidate Romney seems to have no problem with the right-wing-nuts in his party who want to increase taxes and penalties on the poor and the middle class while lowering taxes on people like him to even lower levels than their current all-time lows.

As you're undoubtedly aware, even prominent members of the Republican Party are now urging Mitt Romney to release more tax returns.

As you point out, he was willing to give 20 years worth of tax returns to the McCain candidacy when he was being considered as John McCain's VP running mate.

Here's the funniest thing of all: When asked if he chose Sarah Palin instead of Mitt Romney for his running mate because of the tax returns, John McCain said, "Of course not. I don’t know what depths these people won’t reach. Obviously, it’s just outrageous. That’s just outrageous. It shows the—it’s so disgraceful for them to allege something that they have absolutely no knowledge of."

So, why did McCain reject Romney? "Oh come on, because we thought that Sarah Palin was the better candidate," McCain told Politico. said. "Why did we not take [Tim] Pawlenty, why did we not take any of the other 10 other people. Why didn’t I? Because we had a better candidate, the same way with all the others. ... Come on, why? That’s a stupid question."

Really? Sarah Palin was a better candidate than Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty? 

What does that say about the 2012 Republican presidential candidate that he was passed over in favor of the know-nothing half-term former Alaska governor? 


Madame L, AKA "Where's the Brain?"

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