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About Romney’s Tax Returns

So, as we’ve all heard ad-nauseum, Mitt Romney has some unreleased tax returns.  The reptilian Harry Reid (D-8th Circle of Hell*) has taken to intimating that Romney paid no taxes (don’t miss the social media backlash: https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23HarryReidisaPederast)

The politics seem fairly simple, especially in light of “the Chicago Way” of politics.  Obama opponents seem to have a strange history of having “sealed” documents released http://www.drudge.com/news/159576/obamas-signature-move-unsealing-private

So Reid and company probably do know what is in Romney’s tax returns.  It’s probably something, much like the Bain disclosure, that is easy to distort in a soundbite, and requires a thoughtful, but legal and reasonable explanation.  They’re taking a slight gamble that Romney won’t want to distract from his message for the week or so that it would take to explain the returns. So this is win-win for Reid and Obama as long as Romney continues to play their game.  They can make up whatever they want now, a worst-case, like Romney paid nothing.  They distract from the economic news, and get the media focus off Obama’s disastrous record.  They know it’ll fool some, even though Romney can easily defend the rumor-mongering by attacking Reid, just as he has been.

The payoff, though, comes in late October.  I’d expect those returns to mysteriously become public in the days just before the election if things are close.  Late enough that there’s no time to explain them.  Late enough that the focus will be on the contents, rather than the scandal of how they became public.  That’s always been the Obama gameplan, and there’s no embarrassing personal past of Romney’s to capitalize on.

So I hope Romney just bites the bullet and releases the taxes.  Take the time now to explain them.  Most of the people that will take the time to vote and aren’t Obama-zombies will listen.  There will still be 3 full months to focus on the disastrous Obama record.  Kill their October surprise now.

  1. August 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Funny thing is, Romney had to be vetted by the McCain camp four years ago. He did release his records then (granted only to McCain’s aides), so I have no idea why the hubbub. My guess is, as with most people who have accumulated millions upon millions, there are some tax dodges that we little folk are unable to utilize. But, I could argue to see John Kerry’s taxes (est. net worth around $193 mill, not include wife’s funds which he does not have to disclose as an actual amount, just funds over one million dollars). For that matter, I’d like to see Mark Zuckerberg’s Warren Buffet’s, Bill Gates, you name them. If this is about how Romney is utilizing the tax system to his advantage, let’s see how everyone else it too.

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