Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he has it on good authority that Mitt Romney paid no taxes at all for ten years and that’s why Mitt refuses to release his tax returns. Mr. Romney claims he did too pay lots of taxes, but we’re just going to have to take his word for it because he’s given us people all the information we need to know about him.
Maybe Mr. Romney forgot he is running for public office as a public servant. As such, the public has a right to know how he handled his finances. Even more so in his case, since he’s running on his self-proclaimed business credentials. Mitt says Harry Reid should just shut up but Mr. Reid is right when he says:
“Last weekend, Governor Romney promised that he would check his tax returns and let the American people know whether he ever paid a rate lower than 13.9 percent. One day later, his campaign raced to say he had no intention of putting out any further information.
“When it comes to answering the legitimate questions the American people have about whether he avoided paying his fair share in taxes or why he opened a Swiss bank account, Romney has shut up. But as a presidential candidate, it’s his obligation to put up, and release several years’ worth of tax returns just like nominees of both parties have done for decades.
“It’s clear Romney is hiding something, and the American people deserve to know what it is. …
Mitt Romney couldn’t be confirmed as a mere cabinet secretary in the federal government with the limited disclosure he’s made. He could end these questions in a hot minute simply by releasing ten years of his returns as every candidate for office has done since his own father set the precedent. To paraphrase the old saying, if Mr. Romney has nothing to hide, why is he afraid to release the returns?