“ROMNEY: Release your tax returns!”
“ROMNEY: Release your tax returns!”
I agree with the tsunami-like wave of calls for MITT ROMNEY to release additional tax returns with the same transparency as his father, GEORGE ROMNEY did in the 1968 Presidential Campaign when he was the GOP candidate. Why not?!
For details, you can use this link to the report in OnPolitics yesterday, “Romney's father released 12 years of tax returns.”
One of the axioms in political science is, “Perception is reality.” I suggest that “C. S. Lewis,” one of the most widely known and respected Christian lay theologian and apologist (be sure YOU do understand the REAL meaning of this word!), novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist from Belfast, Ireland, hit the nail on the head in the 6th book in his “The Chronicles of Narnia” series with his assertion reflecting the assertion, "Perception is reality."
Read the 2nd quote, “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” What do YOU think?
The truth is observed by John Weaver, a Republican consultant and former senior adviser to Sen. John McCain in both the 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, quoted by Chris Cillizza in his The Fix OpEd column, “Perception is becoming Romney’s reality and these issues have now risen above mere distractions. The President has had the worst three months of any incumbent, due to the economy, since George H.W. Bush in 1992, and yet Romney has lost traction among key demographic groups in the vital swing states. He has got to get this behind him or he’s going to face summer definition ala [Bob] Dole and [John] Kerry. ” Forewarned is forearmed!
The bottom-line is, “MITT ROMNEY SHOULD JUST RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS.” Why NOT?
Consider the OpEd column, “The Fix” by Chris Cillizza published by the Washington Post yesterday, “Why Mitt Romney should just release his tax returns.”
I agree with Cillizza’s assertion, “Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney continues to be steadfast in his refusal to release any more than his last two years of tax returns, a position that has already become a distraction to his presidential campaign and could cause considerably more trouble if he doesn’t figure out a better answer — and soon.” Do YOU agree?
I agree with the statement, “Those risks and arguments notwithstanding, however, Romney would be making a mistake if he continued to refuse to release any more tax returns.” What do YOU think?
Remember, as Cillizza underlines that during the PRIMARY ELECTION CYCLE, “…when Romney was beating back attacks on his tax returns during the primary he was doing so from flawed candidates running, largely, seat-of-the-pants campaigns. Neither Gingrich or Santorum had the message discipline or the money to prosecute the tax return case against Romney in an effective way.”
Consider Cillizza’s conviction, “Obama wins this election by turning it from a referendum on the economy into a choice between himself and Romney. By not releasing more of his tax returns — and, therefore, allowing the issue to remain in the political conversation — Romney is allowing the race to be focused far too much on him (and his money).” What do YOU think?
It is very significant that NOW GOP voices are calling on Romney to release his tax returns. For more details, use this link to read the article in yesterday’s Washington Post, “With or without tax return release, pressure on Romney ramps up from both sides.”
Consider the observation, “The political pressure on Mitt Romney to release more of his personal income tax returns is causing some divisions inside the GOP presidential candidate’s camp, according to a Republican strategist close to the campaign.”
Realize that after a telephone interview with Romney yesterday, National Review editors wrote an editorial arguing that the only question for Romney is “whether he releases more returns now, or later — after playing more defense on the issue and sustaining more hits.”
Consider, “The editorial adds to a growing chorus of Romney allies urging him to make the additional information public. In response to a reporter’s question at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) also urged his former White House rival to be ‘as transparent as you can be,’ although he appeared to stop short of calling on Romney to disclose more information.”
I agree with the report asserting, “Many Republicans say Romney’s refusal to release the tax returns is beginning to cost him politically. ‘Perception is becoming Romney’s reality, and these issues have now risen above mere distractions,’ said GOP consultant John Weaver, a senior adviser for McCain’s 2000 and 2008 bids. ‘The president has had the worst three months of any incumbent, due to the economy, since George H.W. Bush in 1992, and yet Romney has lost traction among key demographic groups in the vital swing states. He has got to get this behind him or he’s going to face summer definition a la [Bob] Dole and [John] Kerry.’”
Add Rep. Ron Paul, “Among the Republicans jumping into the tax fray this week have been Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.), who told Politico on Tuesday that he thinks Romney should release more of his returns.”
Add, “Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume weighed in on the matter Monday night, telling host Bill O’Reilly, ‘I don’t see any evidence that this is making a difference, but you know, anytime it’s disclosure versus non-disclosure, you always wonder whether it isn’t better to just put it out there.’”
Add, “The two join Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R), former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour (R), and conservative commentators George F. Will and William Kristol in suggesting that the best move for Romney is to release the information.”
I find it fascinating to review the information and perspectives offered by “The Plumb Line” OpEd column published by The Washington Post yesterday, “Experts: Mitt Romney’s returns could show he paid very low tax rates."
The Fix starts with the key question, “Why won’t Mitt Romney release his tax returns? Some commentators have begun floating the suggestion that he paid very, very low tax rates while amassing enormous wealth. The Obama campaign released an ad today taking this further, claiming Romney’s use of offshore accounts and his low rate on investments should make you ‘wonder if some years he paid any taxes at all.’”
The column proceeds to describe several scenarios.
Consider the scenario, “In 2010, the year for which they has released a return, the Romneys paid a 13.9 percent tax rate on $21.6 million in income, much of which was from lower-tax capital gains.
“Asked what the likelihood was that Romney paid substantially lower tax rates than that in previous years, Daniel Shaviro, a professor of taxation at New York University, said: ‘His extreme reluctance to release the returns makes you wonder — it becomes the natural explanation.’”
Another analysis comes from Charles M. Blow in his OpEd column published by the New York Times last Friday (7/13), "What a Tangled Web," which brings into the discussion the Bain Capital dimension of the issues related to releasing the tax reports by Mitt Romney. Check it out.
The haunting question out there is, "Did Mitt Romney retire from Bain Capital 'retroactively'?" What is the TRUTH? Will tax returns prove the case either way?
WHY NOT release the tax returns and explain REALITY so that our PERCEPTION is NOT the ONLY source of the POLITICAL REALITY?! What do YOU think?
I anticipate that MITT ROMNEY will release additional tax returns sooner than later… the sooner the better… I am NOT holding my breath for that release, but I am convinced it will happen. What do YOU expect?
Here we go…
John Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Waukesha and an advocate for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.