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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Welcome Back, Mitt Romney. Now, About Those Tax Returns...

Posted by on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 2:37 PM

This pro-Obama ad serves as an in-case-you-missed-it reintroduction of Mitt Romney's tax returns into the political debate, just in time for Romney's return stateside.

I don't blame them for remounting this issue. It's a solid one, and Romney seems terrified to release his taxes, so the tax returns are basically an endless source of attack ads for the Obama campaign. Of course, they also run the risk of exhausting the media's patience on this topic. Our media outlets are famous for letting go of stories that appear to have no resolution (look at how quickly the news networks rolled over for the Bush campaign during the drawn-out aftermath of the 2000 election, for example) and so the Obama campaign runs the risk of obsessing on a topic that nobody will report.

But the Democrats always seem to find new ways to make the story fresh. Case in point: Harry Reid's comments today about Romney not paying taxes for a solid decade, which may seem irresponsible but which get everyone talking about Romney's taxes again. Someone should start a Romney tax rumor generator. It would get a ton of hits.


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Theodore Gorath 20
@19: No one releases their college transcripts. They are sealed documents, it is illegal to share them. We have only seen (very few) others because they are illegally leaked.

A brown person can graduate from Harvard, believe it or not.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on August 1, 2012 at 5:20 AM · Report this
lark 19
I never demanded Obama's birth certificate. He's American just like Romney. I do want to see everything relevant about the President and the candidates for that office (female or male, black or white or anything in between, gay or straight Dem. or Rep.). Their tax releases and transcripts are relevant. OK?
Posted by lark on July 31, 2012 at 10:51 PM · Report this
There is no conclusive proof that Harry Reid is a pedophile. We just don't know.

We do know Obama was involved in a land deal with convicted felon Tony Rezko, but those documents are not forthcoming.
Posted by delbert on July 31, 2012 at 9:50 PM · Report this
"But, I would like to see Pres. Obama release his transcripts from Pepperdine & Columbia. OK?"

Of course it is okay to want that.
And his birth certificate.
And the "long form" birth certificate, too.
And he's already released his tax information.

I'm sure you've also demanded (and can provide documentation showing such) the same things from previous, white, candidates. Right?

Hmmmmmm ......
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on July 31, 2012 at 8:59 PM · Report this
lark 16
Fair enough. Romney should release more on his taxes. But, I would like to see Pres. Obama release his transcripts from Pepperdine & Columbia. OK? As far as I know, they have never been released (not even for the 04' campaign). BTW, I have a copy of my tax return (2011) and my transcripts. But, I want to see yours as well.
Posted by lark on July 31, 2012 at 8:41 PM · Report this
Something in his taxes stinks to high heavens, which makes it impossible for Romney to release them. He'll just sit tight until this issue goes away.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on July 31, 2012 at 5:30 PM · Report this
blip 14
Personally I would like to hear more about his trip.
Posted by blip on July 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM · Report this

What good is done by relentless, nasty, repetitive anti-Romney posts?
Posted by joel connelly on July 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM · Report this
Mitt Romney makes $2,374 an hour. He makes $56,986 a day, more than Washington's average yearly household income.
Posted by Narbles on July 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM · Report this
It's more complicated than that. There is a requirement that you submit a form detailing your overseas bank holdings (a requirement instituted at some point after 9/11). The form detailing holdings in 2010 was required to be submitted to the Treasury; it's only starting with holdings in 2011 that the form has to be submitted to the IRS. Rmoney has released his 2010 taxes, and not his 2011 taxes - and by a weaselish technicality, that form wasn't part of his 2010 taxes, as it didn't go to the IRS.
Posted by Warren Terra on July 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
I thought he folded them up and stuck them in the Wailing Wall.
Posted by pox on July 31, 2012 at 3:26 PM · Report this
Posted by Romney Inter Vivos Beneficiaries on July 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM · Report this
Am I the only one disappointed that it appears that this ad concedes that Romney has releases a complete year of tax returns, when it has been widely reported that he has not put out all the forms for any complete year?
Posted by Twit, Shit, Git... on July 31, 2012 at 3:19 PM · Report this
Pick1 7
The opening of them reading his own father's quote and the look on his face. Damn, that was awesome.
Posted by Pick1 on July 31, 2012 at 3:18 PM · Report this
@2 "this is all just fine, it worked, Obama in the White House"

There fixed that for you. See how it is done?
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on July 31, 2012 at 2:58 PM · Report this
wingedkat 5
Eh, I don't think it would make much of a difference even if it were true.

Republicans and Tea Party independents will probably just admire him for not giving the government money.

Progressives who view taxes as an investment for the good of everyone already don't like Romney.
Posted by wingedkat on July 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM · Report this
@2 You gotta be kidding me.
Posted by floater on July 31, 2012 at 2:55 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
Nope, that's not all, he's got a ton of stuff to run on:
Posted by Urgutha Forka on July 31, 2012 at 2:55 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 2
So this is all "private industry is doing just fine," "you didn't build that" and "it worked" Obama has to run on after three years (most of it with control of both houses) in the White House?
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on July 31, 2012 at 2:50 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 1
My guess is he is filing a bunch of amended returns to clean them up and not look as ....... questionalbe to the public.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on July 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM · Report this

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