Okay then, if everybody is going to keep making such a big deal out of it, Mr. Romney will release his darn tax return. But only one. From 2010 and an estimate for 2011.
That’s good enough for Newt who says as far as he’s concerned, the issue is behind us now. But it’s really not good enough. It hardly rises to the standard set by other candidates, including Mitt’s own father:
When Barack Obama ran in 2008, he released returns for the previous eight years. When Bill Clinton ran in 1992, he disclosed 12 years. As we were reminded on Thursday night, when George Romney ran, he set “a groundbreaking standard,” releasing 12 years of returns. He said at the time, “One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show.”
Sadly, Mitt is not the man his father was and this tepid disclosure does not satisfy the interests of transparency. Neither does it answer the questions surrounding his years at the helm of Bain.