During an interview with Bloomberg- Businessweek published today, Mitt Romney said “I’m not a business.” to excuse his refusal to release his tax returns:
“I’m not a business. We have a process in this country, which was established by law, which provides for the transparency, which candidates are required to meet. I have met with that requirement with full financial disclosure of all my investments, but in addition have provided and will provide a full two years of tax returns.”
“I’m not a business”? Huh?
First of all, and please correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Mr. Romney making a HUGE BIG FRICKIN’ DEAL out of his ‘business acumen’? Seriously. So let’s see your damn financials, Mr. Romney!
Second, Romney has thus far only released ONE tax return, that of 2010; evidently he needs more time to prettify his 2011 return.
Third, Romney’s Dad, and every presidential candidate since then, has released TWELVE frickin’ years of tax returns! Why should Romney be any different, why should he be excused from revealing what the taxpayer has a right to know?
Fourth, if he really paid zero in income taxes for ten years (and that’s way more possible than you think), he should not even have considered running for the presidency. I mean, where is his sense of fairness and patriotism if he can’t even grudgingly pay a very small percentage of his huge income in taxes? It’s un-American!
Fifth, I hope the IRS is paying attention here.
Sixth, the man is a walking contradiction, with huge flashing signs declaring his lack of financial ETHICS in so many areas, including offshore accounts, an IRA that evidently is way too large to conform to U.S. law, massive overseas investments, lying about his tax returns when he ran for governor of Massachusetts, and his refusal to release more than two years of amended tax returns while running for the presidency.
So, maybe Harry Reid is just calling Romney’s bluff with nothing to back him up.
But I very much doubt it. And who knows, Deep Bain, whoever they might be, may yet out him/herself.
In any case, I think it’ll all wash out by the time of the Democratic convention, where, oh by the way, The Huntsman’s daughter, Abby, may be partying with Democrats.