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Intro: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed Tuesday in an interview that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney refuses to release additional tax returns because he didn't pay taxes for 10 years."

Senator Harry Reid says Romney paid no taxes for ten years. (photo: Reuters)
Senator Harry Reid says Romney paid no taxes for ten years. (photo: Reuters)



Harry Reid: Mitt Romney Didn't Pay Taxes for 10 Years

By Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post

01 August 12

 

enate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed Tuesday in an interview that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney refuses to release additional tax returns because he didn’t pay taxes for 10 years.

The interview, published Tuesday by The Huffington Post, includes several swipes by the Senate leader at the GOP candidate.

“His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son,” Reid said in reference to George Romney’s decision to turn over 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president in 1968.

Reid suggested that Romney’s decision to withhold tax information would bar him from ever earning Senate confirmation to a Cabinet post. Then, Reid recalled a phone call his office received about a month ago from “a person who had invested with Bain Capital,” according to The Huffington Post.

Reid said the person told him: “Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years.”

“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” Reid told HuffPo. “But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?”

Neither Reid nor his aides would identify the alleged investor, HuffPo reported.

The Romney campaign has previously denied rumors that Romney hasn’t paid taxes in a single year and he recently told ABC News that he couldn’t recall if there were years when he paid below the 13.9 percent tax rate that he paid in 2010.

In that ABC interview, Romney said he would be “happy to go back and look” at his tax records, but his campaign aides haven’t replied to several requests to clarify the former Massachusetts governor’s comments.

As for Reid’s assessment of the state of Senate races, he told HuffPo that “We feel comfortable in the Senate,” but said the growing influence of independent political groups could tip the balance of power toward the Republicans.

“Where the problem is, is this: Because of the Citizens United decision, Karl Rove and the Republicans are looking forward to a breakfast the day after the election,” Reid said. “They are going to assemble 17 angry old white men for breakfast, some of them will slobber in their food, some will have scrambled eggs, some will have oatmeal, their teeth are gone. But these 17 angry old white men will say, ‘Hey, we just bought America. Wasn’t so bad. We still have a whole lot of money left.’”

 

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+26 # HerbR 2012-08-01 07:28
Taxes ? What's that in my (his) life ?
 
 
+169 # mjc 2012-08-01 07:29
There has to be something this monumental for Romney to refuse to release only two years of tax returns. So I'll give Harry Reid the benefit of the doubt and support his speculation that Romney didn't pay taxes for 10 years.
 
 
-183 # edge 2012-08-01 08:30
And what do you speculate is in Barry's college records that must be so disastrous to his being elected that he won't disclose them??
 
 
+143 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 09:38
You'll have to take that up with Harvard, since it was HARVARD that awarded him MAGNA CUM LAUDE!

...AND made put him in charge of the HARVARD LAW REVIEW!!!

PLEASE keep reminding us of Obama's college record! I LOVE IT!
 
 
-20 # SMoonz 2012-08-01 12:50
He may have been in charge of the Harvard Law Review but what good did that do? As President he passed Indedifinite Detention under the NDAA, drones, Patriot Act extension, illegal invasion of Lybia, Guantanamo continues, Fast and Furious, etc.
All this and more went against our Constitution, our rights and laws of the land.
 
 
+62 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 13:11
Wait a minute. I thought the discussion was about his college records? I guess when one accusation doesn't stick it's time to fall back on another, huh?

Rather than trying to change the subject of the entire thread, why don't you stick with the subject we're discussing for now, and then later, when it's relevant, bring up other subjects.

Besides, what is Mitten's policy on the NDAA or the Patriot Act? Does he plan to dismantle them?

Didn't think so.
 
 
+44 # BlueReview 2012-08-01 14:02
"Guantanamo continues . . . " I forget--WHICH President was it started kidnapping people to put them in Gitmo?

"Guantanamo continues . . . " because the Republicans won't allow it to be closed. "We're afraid of these big bad terrorists--we don't want them in OUR prisons!"
 
 
+7 # Lindy81 2012-08-02 19:57
SMoonz--what any president does before sets the precedent for a sitting president. Bush II did first all those things you're accusing Obama of doing. As for all your inaccurate accusations, get your facts straight.
 
 
+2 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-08-04 11:16
Frankly, as a registered Independent, I like the lesser of two evils, Obama. Why? On one hand, he was able to somewhat neutralize the same scare tactic that was used against the citizens decades ago when Medicare was being debated. The scare tactic, "they's not 'nuff medicals to goes 'round." This is the same scare tactic being peddled by the Neo-con Republicans against the Affordable Care Act. What the hell kind of a country do we live in when when its citizens ignore and watch 45,000 Americans die each year due to lack of Universal Health Care and millions more declare bankruptcy because they cannot pay doctor and medical bills but approved trillions of dollars to fight and kill humans in wars around the globe? Stupid slogan" "America, love it or leave it!" There is another truth, how about staying in America just improve it, you know, "to form a more perfect union." That truth takes more courage than killing by means of war, our neighbors and fellow citizens
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-15 13:34
Sounds like you have Education-envy. ..
 
 
-40 # edge 2012-08-01 14:13
Quoting Billy Bob:
You'll have to take that up with Harvard, since it was HARVARD that awarded him MAGNA CUM LAUDE!

...AND made put him in charge of the HARVARD LAW REVIEW!!!

PLEASE keep reminding us of Obama's college record! I LOVE IT!



His records are his to give out, not for Harvard!
 
 
+48 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 15:47
But it was Harvard that made him Magna Cum Laude and appointed him to head the Harvard Law Review. If you're suggesting there was some dishonesty, it's really HARVARD that you're accusing. Either they were in on the conspiracy to dupe voters decades before he ever ran for office, or...

this is just a guess,

maybe Harvard knows something you don't, and,

GASP!,

that black man actually DESERVED the honors!
 
 
+37 # pernsey 2012-08-01 16:29
Again trying to divert the attention onto Obama, because you dont know a Quoting edge:
Quoting Billy Bob:
You'll have to take that up with Harvard, since it was HARVARD that awarded him MAGNA CUM LAUDE!

...AND made put him in charge of the HARVARD LAW REVIEW!!!

PLEASE keep reminding us of Obama's college record! I LOVE IT!



His records are his to give out, not for Harvard!



Again your diverting the topic off of Mitt...why is that? Because you cant defend him, you can only start talking about Obama to distract the attention away from Mitt and his tax dodging ways LOL!
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-15 13:36
Anmd you still believe the State of Hawaii never released his full birth certificate too????
Laughable --- snide grasping at straws.
 
 
-23 # Robt Eagle 2012-08-02 09:22
Who in their right mind would believe a word from Harry Reid? Reid has refused to put up a budget and have it voted on in the Senate for three years even though it is required by law. Reid is a policitcal hack and along with the likes of Pelosi, Eric Holder, and Obama, they are trying to destroy America from the top down.
 
 
+15 # noitall 2012-08-02 10:26
Isn't it sad that as bad as these Democrats are, assuming your charges are valid, the Republicans are SO SO much worse! Doesn't that just make you feel sad for our youth and their future? As long as our elections are auctions, it'll be this way.
 
 
+12 # pernsey 2012-08-02 19:16
Who in their right minds believes Fox news and their bull...Oh wait the republicans and the made up news to suit their fancy.
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-15 13:38
Or Rush (the 'slut')Limbaugh ? or ther 'b ithers' or ... .
 
 
+4 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-08-04 11:20
Speaking of political hacks. How would you describe the US. Supreme Court. Selling elections (Democracy) to the highest dollar bidder. Citizens United decision. United in what?
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-15 13:39
or Scalia deciding the SE-lection of GW and then telling peiple to 'move on' when they protest the selling of the Supreme Court??
 
 
+102 # bigkahuna671 2012-08-01 09:56
What does this have to do with the price of eggs? Barry? Does this mean you don't buy into all the birther talk? I doubt it! From your remarks, you must have an intimate knowledge of the President's college record? That's the one where he's Editor of the Harvard Law Review, right? Yeah, I'd be ashamed of that, too. I mean, come one, in the GOP it's a badge of honor to have an IQ lower than a rock and to pronounce Iraq "Eye-Rack." That's why Republifascists hate Dems, they are smarter. I mean, really, the Republicans use the letters GOP because many of their followers can't spell the real name of the party! As for Romney and his taxes, who cares? We know he doesn't pay his fair share and never has, but he'd insist that tax rates on the poor and middle class go up so he can carry out Paul Ryan's economic plan to lower taxes on the rich, increase spending for the military, and eliminate any programs that benefit the 99% in this country!!
 
 
+37 # mjc 2012-08-01 14:45
Absolutely, bigkahuna. The Republicans could name their party the "know nothings" except the name was taken by a group in the 19th Century. No quesion that being anti-intellectu al is an asset for Republicans.
 
 
+13 # noitall 2012-08-02 10:30
Stupid people are getting hard to find, which is why the GOP spend so much money and effort to thwart voters from voting and effort to steal votes by mechanized voter fraud. They admit that the fewer people that vote the better it is for the GOPs.
 
 
+3 # Doubter 2012-08-02 11:34
I don't understand why everyone here pays so much attention to Romel - Romny, or whatever. Just everybody ignore him.

Nevertheless, it would be interesting to know how he polls, just in case the "sheeple" really live up to that name and Adelson's dollars 'addles' some brains into voting for Ronry.
 
 
+95 # lexy677 2012-08-01 10:12
I ask you sir; which president EVER in recent history has been asked to release his college records? No One! not even obviously dumb ones like George Bush Jnr and the stupidest of all Ronald Reagan. On the other hand almost every candidate in recent history has had to release adequate tax records. "Edge" you must be fool and a "blinking idiot"....that' s why you are a racist.
 
 
+63 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 10:18
No President before occupied the White House while having a skin color conservatives consider inferior.

Shhh!

Don't tell anyone!
 
 
-12 # chirostv 2012-08-03 09:57
Or one that liberals feel so guilty about that they think is superior! Shhh! Don't tell anyone!
 
 
+6 # Billy Bob 2012-08-03 13:41
That doesn't make any sense. Was it supposed to?

Are you suggesting that the sitting President of the United States has received more death threats from conservatives than any other President in U.S. history because I "feel guilty"?

That repugs hate minorities is a poorly kept secret. Conservatives seem to think no one else has caught on to it. We all know conservatives on a personal level and know what they say when no black people are listening. Suddenly, they tone it down when they're on the internet and just rely on code words. No one's falling for it.
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-15 13:43
Except that they are not really 'conservatives' at all (what exactly are they 'conserving'?) but are realluy Right wing RADICAL extremists bent on destroying any real democracy wo they can continue to hoard trillions of dolllars and subsidize the likes of the oil corporations and agribusiness and ensure WARFARE rather than HEALTHCARE.
 
 
+5 # noitall 2012-08-02 10:32
Quoting lexy677:
I ask you sir; which president EVER in recent history has been asked to release his college records? No One! not even obviously dumb ones like George Bush Jnr and the stupidest of all Ronald Reagan. On the other hand almost every candidate in recent history has had to release adequate tax records. "Edge" you must be fool and a "blinking idiot"....that's why you are a racist.

PLEASE! They're politely referred to as "mouth breathers".
 
 
0 # pbbrodie 2012-08-03 06:19
Yuck, yuck, yuck, that's a funny one.
 
 
+75 # NanFan 2012-08-01 11:13
Quoting edge:
And what do you speculate is in Barry's ...


Some respect to the president is in order when you refer to the man who has worked hard to pull the US out of the deepest mess it's ever been in. Calling President Obama "Barry" shows a total disregard for the office, hence, the reason you are off-point in this discussion? You don't care that there's a possibility that Harry Reid has been told the truth? That Romney, indeed has not paid taxes for 10 years? I feel badly for you, edge. Head in the sand, you may be the sorriest among us if Romney buys this election, for he and his cronies will wring the average American dry of everything they've gained under President Obama: out of Iraq, Bin Laden gone, closing in on getting out of Afghanistan, affordable health care, protection of children's and women's rights, overthrow of the don't-ask-don't -tell ridiculous law in the military, and more.

He's not done all perfectly, but President Obama would never hide from showing his tax returns, let alone NOT do them for any number of years.

And by the way, do you think that a person who has avoided taxes, something you and I would be landed on after WAY less than 10 years, should even be allowed to run for president??? Sir, I do not. The IRS should be after this man, and they must do it NOW. The election is three (3) VERY short months away. Get RID of Romney! He's a total embarrassment to the country.

N.
 
 
+6 # Doubter 2012-08-02 11:37
Makes for a perfect GOP standardbearer, though!
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-15 13:44
Yes, this is not an 'election', but an AUCTION as someone has noted.
 
 
+28 # kbarrand 2012-08-01 11:52
do you have any ideas about what's in Obama's college records? Other than the "A"s I mean.
 
 
+3 # natalierosen 2012-08-04 19:47
Who cares? Nothing illegal or unethical if the guy got a "C" in something. Bush was lucky to graduate and that did not stop him as a matter of fact Bush bragged about it by saying he was proof positive that a "C" student could be elected president and guess what? HE WAS!
 
 
+1 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-15 13:46
Bush's dad and family BOUGHT his legacy for him --alhe got were 'gentlemen's Cs ' a pass for contributing to the college....
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-15 13:33
Nothing--- since unlike W, Romney and the rest of the Profits over People party, he is articulate, and actually seems to know things as well as being willing and able to LEARN NEW THINGS!

And demosntrating SUCH DISRESPECT TO THE pRES. BY CALLING HIM ' BARRY' SHOWS EXACTLY WHERE YOU are coming from..
'Mittens the Robot' make you feel good?
 
 
+106 # mdhome 2012-08-01 08:47
I have no doubt RoMoney paid zero tax for 10 years as Harry reported. He will never let anyone see his tax forms, which would prove him to be a leach on the America system. Mitt, how unAmerican can you be?
 
 
+41 # JSRaleigh 2012-08-01 09:48
Quoting mdhome:
I have no doubt RoMoney paid zero tax for 10 years as Harry reported. He will never let anyone see his tax forms, which would prove him to be a leach on the America system. Mitt, how unAmerican can you be?


As the old cliche' goes, "You ain't seen nothin' yet!"
 
 
-120 # RightForAReason 2012-08-01 08:53
Let me get this straight, you take Harry's word based upon Harry's supposed unnamed source, when Harry has never released any of his own tax returns? Great standard of evidence you have going on there.
 
 
+96 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 09:33
I'm taking Reid's word because Mittens refusing to release his tax returns. Clearly he has something to hide that is worse than the political backlash for keeping them secret.
 
 
+40 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 09:33
I'm taking Reid's word because Mittens refusing to release his tax returns. Clearly he has something to hide that is worse than the political backlash for keeping them secret.
 
 
+95 # Smiley 2012-08-01 09:47
If what Reid says he heard is not true, this would be a great opportunity for Romney to disclose his returns and make Harry look small. Do you suppose he'll do it?
 
 
+13 # lexy677 2012-08-01 10:13
You poor "troglodyte".
 
 
+75 # feloneouscat 2012-08-01 10:25
Quoting RightForAReason:
Let me get this straight, you take Harry's word based upon Harry's supposed unnamed source, when Harry has never released any of his own tax returns?


Mitt is running for President, not Reid. Let's keep to the topic.

If, indeed, Mitt didn't pay taxes for 10 years, that's pretty astonishing for someone who "loves his country". I pay my taxes every year as do most Americans.

It's up to Romney to prove that he did pay taxes, not continue with this puppet show that "there is nothing to see". If there was nothing to see, then he wouldn't keep them secret.
 
 
+60 # bigkahuna671 2012-08-01 10:37
RightForAReason (you do realize that those capital letters spell REAR, don't you? - Hmmm...wonder if your choice of a name was somehow a way to send a message?) Anyway, I'm sure you take Rush and Sean and Annie and Mitch and Sunny John at their word, don't you? WHY? 'Cause they believe like you. Heaven protect us from all you true believers. Harry only owes his tax returns to his constituents, not to the great unwashed of the GOP. If you're a constituent, demand he release them, otherwise forget it. As for Mitt's returns, anyone who expects to stand for all the people better show he is like all the people, and that means a willingness to stand up for his country.
Since Mitt has never served (he's from my generation and hid out in Paris during the Vietnam War using his religion to avoid being drafted because he was doing his religious duty) then surely he can at least show a willingness to pay in $$$ for the rights and protections he gets from our military, our firefighters, our police officers, and every other facet of our society. As you often see on bumper stickers, Freedom is not Free! Of course, if you're a Republifascist, you want to get everything for nothing...big tax breaks while avoiding the payment of your fair share, national security while avoiding military service, and the biggest of them all, being above the law. How many of the wealthy go to jail for things the average American goes to jail for? Life sucks for the Rich!!!
 
 
-63 # Martintfre 2012-08-01 11:54
//Harry only owes his tax returns to his constituents, not to the great unwashed of the GOP. If you're a constituent, demand he release them, otherwise forget it.//

When Harry passes a tax, increases the debt ceiling, addes a ton of regulations, plunders social security to get re-elected it impacts every single American who is stuck paying the bill -- so that makes us ALL constituents.

So -- did Harry release his tax records for 10 years? Did harry work for free as a public servant or is he greedy squeezing every dime out of us he can?
 
 
+61 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 12:23
I'll give you a pass on that comment as soon as Mittens releases his complete college, high school, and gradeschool transcripts; releases a valid birth certificate to be inspected by Stephanie Miller and Rachel Maddow; releases complete information on how he avoided the draft during Vietnam; and releases PROOF that he's not a secret Muslim terrorist.

Until then, I want to see his tax returns.
 
 
+15 # karenvista 2012-08-02 13:58
The point will be found to be that Mitt didn't pay any taxes for 10 years because of all the tax shelters he set up in the Caymans, Bermuda, probably the Channel Islands and his Swiss Bank Account(s).

The purpose of setting up tax shelters is,obviously, to avoid paying taxes.

Planning on running for President, he cleaned up his act for one year, and payed 14% tax.

Like his father George said when he released 12 years of tax returns, if you just release one year it could be a fluke, so you should release multiple years to get the full picture.

The apple sure fell far from the tree. In fact, it fell in a different orchard.
 
 
+54 # readerz 2012-08-01 12:36
The Democrats didn't plunder Social Security, it was Paul Ryan, a Republican who suggested in his draconian budget that the middle class would have to pay much more.

If the middle class have jobs, Social Security won't have a problem now or ever. It's when all the jobs are gone that the insurance system doesn't work.
 
 
-53 # Martintfre 2012-08-01 13:29
Quoting readerz:
The Democrats didn't plunder Social Security, it was Paul Ryan, a Republican who suggested in his draconian budget that the middle class would have to pay much more.

If the middle class have jobs, Social Security won't have a problem now or ever. It's when all the jobs are gone that the insurance system doesn't work.


Duuude - Social security was plundered bone dry before Ryan ever came to CONgress
 
 
+39 # pernsey 2012-08-01 16:39
Dude, quit watching Fox News your facts are not accurate!
 
 
+13 # pbbrodie 2012-08-03 06:28
Duuuude, Social Security is anything but dry. The Social Security Trust Fund has enough money now to fully fund all requirements for the next 25 years with no changes at all. If they will simply eliminate the cap on wages subject to FICA taxes, according to the Congressional Budget Office, Social Security would be solvent permanently and have plenty of money available to increase current benefits.
The "plundering" you refer to is the fact that the Trust Fund was borrowed and there are bonds owed that the wealthy who own the vast majority of them do NOT want to have to pay up!
 
 
+1 # Billy Bob 2012-08-03 13:42
You're interupting Marty's narrative.
 
 
+36 # pernsey 2012-08-01 16:38
Martin, your whole post is irrelevant, all presidents including Bush raised the tax ceiling tons of time. Bush ruined this country, and because you righties have no defense you just keep trying to blame Obama for the GOPs blunders...give it up.

Harry Reid doesnt need to release his tax forms Mitt R does. This is about Mitt not Harry Reid quit trying to divert the topic. Mitt more then likely doesnt pay his taxes or he would have presented them by now. Something is amiss!
 
 
0 # mim 2012-08-09 18:29
No, they spell RFAR.
 
 
+5 # Walhalla 2012-08-01 13:13
Quoting RightForAReason:
Let me get this straight, you take Harry's word based upon Harry's supposed unnamed source, when Harry has never released any of his own tax returns? Great standard of evidence you have going on there.

Did anybody ever ask (for HR's tax returns)???
 
 
+24 # pernsey 2012-08-01 16:40
Quoting Walhalla:
Quoting RightForAReason:
Let me get this straight, you take Harry's word based upon Harry's supposed unnamed source, when Harry has never released any of his own tax returns? Great standard of evidence you have going on there.

Did anybody ever ask (for HR's tax returns)???


This is about Mitt not paying his taxes its not about Harry Reid...Mitt is a tax dodger and I will believe that until he presents us with his tax returns.
 
 
0 # noitall 2012-08-02 10:52
Why? is HR running for Pres too? I wouldn't vote for him either in spite of the fact that he's not rich enough to afford it.
 
 
+2 # noitall 2012-08-02 10:38
RightForAReson, just a question about your name. Does that mean you're 'right' as in accurate or 'right' as in political persuasion? And 'reason', is that as in sensibility? or is that 'reason' as in motive? Given your comment I'd assume the latter and you're right-leaning politically because you have expected outcomes (reason). Good name, cloaked, but honest in terms of your self-serving intent. Good republican.
 
 
+2 # Doubter 2012-08-02 11:45
It also means he's a "know it all."
 
 
-4 # chirostv 2012-08-03 09:57
This is the Liberal way of doing business
 
 
-139 # RightForAReason 2012-08-01 08:57
Maybe it is just none of your business. And if he followed the tax laws, it is indeed none of your business. I assume he followed the tax laws to the letter since he is a high profile target for an audit.
 
 
+104 # GeeRob 2012-08-01 09:23
Since he's running for the highest office in the land, it is absolutely our business.
That's some real patriotism your guy has there with his multiple offshore accounts. He wears so many flag pins his lapel can't hold them all.
 
 
+10 # jcdav 2012-08-02 18:14
Repugs will always say "it was all legal", which it likely is, but how did those laws come about? Who made the behaviours legal?
 
 
+66 # vt143 2012-08-01 09:33
Quoting RightForAReason:
Maybe it is just none of your business. And if he followed the tax laws, it is indeed none of your business. I assume he followed the tax laws to the letter since he is a high profile target for an audit.


Such tax laws are outrageous and must go. The point it, is this the kind of person you want running this country?!
 
 
+3 # jcdav 2012-08-02 18:15
Yup, I'm so disgusted perhaps a "let them eat cake" moment will get us straightened out.
 
 
+98 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 09:34
INDEED IT IS OUR BUSINESS.

Mittens MADE THEM our business when he chose to run for President.
 
 
+99 # Ellioth 2012-08-01 09:35
Romney is not running for dog catcher in your home town. He's asking the American people to trust him with our future, our kids' future, our economy and the financial health of America. Every Pres. candidate since his father showed at least 6-7 years of their taxes as a way to be transparent and open with the voter.

If Romney cannot be open and transparent about his financial affairs, why should anyone trust him? It is our business. What if he really did not pay any taxes for 10 years, or even 3 years? Would you vote for this guy who used all public assets that we - the public paid for - and contributed nothing while making himself a fortune? Is this the kind of mindset we want in the leader of the western world?
 
 
+83 # pegasus4508 2012-08-01 09:54
You ASSUME! If in fact he paid $0 in taxes, it would mean that he has contributed NOTHING to the country he loves so dearly. It is obvious he does not feel his money is worthy of our banks. And yes, he is running to be President, so HE made it our business! YOU might be complacent enough to accept NO ANSWERS, NO POLICIES, NO Solutions, but I am NOT.
 
 
+13 # NanFan 2012-08-02 11:19
Quoting pegasus4508:
You ASSUME! If in fact he paid $0 in taxes, it would mean that he has contributed NOTHING to the country he loves so dearly.


It's even WORSE than doing his taxes in a way that works out to him paying $0 on the billions he makes, if the contention is that Romney didn't even FILE taxes for 10 years! That's what needs to come to the forefront. Did he just use loopholes to get to $0 taxes OR did he not file for 10 years? And if he didn't, what made him think he didn't need to?

Either way, he sucks!

N.
 
 
+77 # Jorge 2012-08-01 10:05
The uber-rich have their own lobbyists and Congress representatives (bought and paid for) so they can write the tax laws to make them even more filthy rich. How did Willard/Mitt get millions into his retirement accounts when the rest of us have limits of a few thousand per year?
 
 
+11 # NanFan 2012-08-02 11:26
The same way he got away with not paying taxes for 10 years, if it is true, which I'm guessing it is.

No mystery here. He sets himself above all of us, except the men who will buy his election, if someone doesn't stop them.

Unfortunately, some states will continue to rig elections, and everything we do by just voting may be lost. So...we must, MUST get the truth out about this man in a way that gets him OUT, that does not even allow him to be put into nomination at the GOP convention.

Someone needs to be an "honest whistle blower" about this stuff.

N.
 
 
+4 # karenvista 2012-08-02 14:43
Quoting Jorge:
The uber-rich have their own lobbyists and Congress representatives (bought and paid for) so they can write the tax laws to make them even more filthy rich. How did Willard/Mitt get millions into his retirement accounts when the rest of us have limits of a few thousand per year?

Excellent question! I know there have been comments about him supposedly depositing $30K one year that turned into $50 million a year or two later.

I would like to point out that Willard "Mitt" Romney was named for J. Willard Marriott, owner of the Marriott Hotels and also a Mormon. Mr. Marriott provided most of the money to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment for women in 1982.

That may give us some idea of how women would fare if there ever were a Romney Administration.

I owned a travel agency and handled large corporate groups. Since that time I never booked a Marriott unless the client insisted and would never stay in one.
 
 
+1 # Jorge 2012-08-05 18:28
KV-
Thanks for the info re the origin of his first name Willard. Also, I was not aware of the link with Marriott and will try to avoid giving any business to those RWNJs.
 
 
+48 # RedLeaf 2012-08-01 10:13
Following the laws IS the point of the whole exercise...that he can make a multi-million dollar income and legally pay no taxes. Those who can afford to pay, must be required to pay.
 
 
+10 # jcdav 2012-08-02 18:20
Yup, they rigged the game, then cashed in on the game...all legal like...SO WHEN DO WE CHANGE THESE CORRUPT LAWS??? 2016, 2020, perhaps NOW? I like neither candidate, but a DEM congress (both House & Senate) MIGHT get something done to help the 90+%.
 
 
+61 # Rangzen 2012-08-01 10:52
Our tax laws have been carefully crafted to accommodate parasites like Romney. His 'fair share' is zero while ours is everything they can lay their corrupt hands on.
 
 
+29 # readerz 2012-08-01 12:39
Wrong. Taxes are open to the world, not private.

But maybe Mitt is paying off somebody in the IRS so they won't audit him?
 
 
0 # noitall 2012-08-02 10:53
boy, have you ever bought the squat that they peddle. Sorry sod.
 
 
+6 # karenvista 2012-08-02 14:20
Quoting RightForAReason:
Maybe it is just none of your business. And if he followed the tax laws, it is indeed none of your business. I assume he followed the tax laws to the letter since he is a high profile target for an audit.


Goes right along with the previous article I read here suggesting a new bumper sticker:

ROMNEY "KISS MY ASS"

(CENSORS-It is published in you article by Joe Lapointe so it must be allowable)

No one is allowed to ask Romney about anything he's done, who he is, his wife's horse (media blackout), his taxes, Bain Capital or a host of other pertinent information.

He is above all he surveys, though he did once approve of the height of trees in Michigan.
 
 
+1 # mim 2012-08-09 18:43
If I were running for office and I had based my campaign on lies and evasions, I wouldn't want to be asked questions either.
 
 
+2 # jcdav 2012-08-02 18:13
RFAR= Master of double think/speak.
 
 
+11 # John Escher 2012-08-01 10:53
You do well, mjc, to use the word "speculation" in your post. Reid makes it very clear that he is speculating. And there is a quote in the article to that effect. And yet the headline and general pitch of this article is that Reid is not speculating, HE KNOWS. Just as I KNOW that The Big Twitt has paid little or no taxes his entire life. How do I know it? From his general twittiness.

But Reid is better than I in this respect. He wouldn't jump to some position just because somebody (Mitt) is a big twit.

And in fact Reid doesn't jump. He reports that someone from Bain called him with the
information. Reid then says he doesn't know if the Bain guy's information is correct and continues the discussion.

Clearly, in an article like this, people should be hornswoggled. I don't nominate Reid for this honor but rather Mitt Romney and the author if he had anything to do with his article's presentation.

Otherwise, the author's editor must take the rap. It is basically dishonest for an editor to change somebody's speculation, clearly labeled as such (through direct quote in his article!) to assertion of fact.

Bad journalism, say I, and whap that person across the nose with a dead mullet.
 
 
+10 # readerz 2012-08-01 12:32
Although circumstantial evidence should not be used because it will be called only political, it is high time that these records be subpoenaed. Anybody who runs for the office of President, or the Cabinet, or a Justice, or any other very high office must be above suspicion.

But that leads us to a problem: nobody at the Justice Department seems willing to subpoena anything, whether it is records about Haliburton, or Romney's taxes or responsibilitie s after 1999 in his company of Bain, or anything else. It's as though the Justice Department is dead at the wheel; and they could jeopardize this election.

At the very least, if even the Justice Department would be considered too political at this point, a Special Council should be appointed to look into this matter. If there is no law stating that tax records must be produced and that employment during office of governor must be reviewed, then we are in big trouble, because they cannot prosecute something that is not a law. But they must prosecute if it is, otherwise every attack ad will only look political.
 
 
-7 # chirostv 2012-08-03 09:55
Why won't Harry release his tax returns? In face, he refuses!
 
 
+6 # Billy Bob 2012-08-03 18:09
Why won't you? Oh that's right! You're not running for President either.

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS RELEASED HIS TAX RETURNS.

Mittens HAS NOT. Mittens has something to hide.
 
 
+82 # jayjay 2012-08-01 07:32
It's really very simple to understand Mitt's strategy because when it comes to "show me the money" (for taxes paid), there just ain't any.
 
 
+151 # Barbara K 2012-08-01 07:38
You rock, Sen. Reid. We already surmised there was something really unthinkable in Romney's taxes or he would have been honest enough to show them. Where is Trump on this? He was blabbing loud enough over a legitimate birth certificate, but totally silent on this wealthy millionaire (billionaire?) Romney. Maybe none of them are paying taxes. Screw the American people and the country who made them wealthy just seems to come natural for Romney. He's also a pathological liar. He goes to foreign countries and not only begs for $50,000 a plate campaign money, but insults them in the process. This buffoon is just not Presidential material. Even has his Billionaire friend along to help twist some arms. What a disgrace!
 
 
+61 # Virginia 2012-08-01 10:04
Absolutely correct, Barbara. The hypocrisy of the Republican Party has been the foundation of their platform for years. Look at Bush II - party animal to the max...all dressed up in his "born again" suit like it made everything else he did sleazy go away...and the sheeple bought it, hook, line and sinker.

Abortion and adultery are not without presence in their top ranks too.

The GOP de-regulated the banks, de-regulated the airlines, lessened EPA standards and outright ignored violations...th e list goes on. And we wonder why America is in a Depression?!
 
 
+20 # pernsey 2012-08-01 16:44
Barbara your right again! Buffoon is the right word...the GOP cant help but find the dimmest bulbs in the box and prance them around like they are 100 watt LEDs this guy is just ridiculous. Mitt would be a disaster as president...pay your taxes Mitt!!
 
 
-149 # chirostv 2012-08-01 07:40
He is lying and that makes news. Nice! Great and proud day for the Washington Post. Where are the responsible liberals denouncing this idiot? Opps, answered my own question. Cannot wait for November to get here.
 
 
+85 # GeeRob 2012-08-01 08:29
Can you give one intelligent reason why Romney won't realease those other tax returns?
 
 
+81 # reiverpacific 2012-08-01 09:04
Quoting chirostv:
He is lying and that makes news. Nice! Great and proud day for the Washington Post. Where are the responsible liberals denouncing this idiot? Opps, answered my own question. Cannot wait for November to get here.

"Opps"!
Then you can move to Paraguay with Dimwits Bush, who started two wars on a lie and crippled the US economy into the bargain. Like all reactionaries, you wouldn't recognize "responsible" or "Ethical" for that matter, if it was served up to you on a platter with a parsley garnish.
Enjoy your fantasy world as an apologist for your Rethuglican, Tea-Bugger or Libertarian masters
 
 
+39 # pegasus4508 2012-08-01 09:07
And neither can I. Obama ROCKS and will wipe the floor with this robot. Will be expecting some civility (but since there is none in the GOP), won't hold my breath.
 
 
+34 # kbarrand 2012-08-01 12:10
We know Romney's lying and that does make news. Just a routine day for the Post. And lots of responsible liberals are calling him out. I can't wait for November either; we'll send Romney packing and back to Bain where he can continue his financial rape. He'll be happier there. Maybe buy Ann another horsey.
 
 
+26 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 13:46
"Maybe buy Ann another horsey."

That was classic! Very funny!
 
 
+12 # Phlippinout 2012-08-01 16:43
chirostv, if it were Obama or any democrat who would not release their info, you would be on the other side of that statement, I just know you would!
 
 
+17 # rafael 2012-08-01 18:09
Reid is lying? Prove it.

The worse he can be accused of is repeating hearsay, but unless you have access to Romney's tax records you have no grounds to call Mr. Reid a liar.
 
 
+112 # juliajayne 2012-08-01 07:44
Looks like a bit of the old boxer Reid used to be is coming out at long last! I love it!
 
 
-111 # chirostv 2012-08-01 08:08
You love what he admits is pure speculation?
 
 
+78 # juliajayne 2012-08-01 08:23
Speculation? Perhaps. But he has a source and is playing the provocateur. Is it politics, after all.;-) At least he doesn't make a career of lying all the live long day like the RW nutjobs.

It IS time for the Dems to come out swinging. If not now, when?
 
 
-79 # edge 2012-08-01 08:24
Come on, you know that it is just as true as Obama being a direct descendant of the First African Slave!

Both are pure speculation and most likely BS!
 
 
+21 # pernsey 2012-08-01 16:49
Quoting edge:
Come on, you know that it is just as true as Obama being a direct descendant of the First African Slave!

Both are pure speculation and most likely BS!


Again you have no answer or defense as to why Mitt doesnt release his tax returns...all presidents do it. The only response you have is to attack a democrat, your so transparent. I wont argue about Reid or Obama this article is about Mitt possibly not paying his taxes, so lets talk about that and what excuse you have as to why Mitt wont release his tax forms from the past 10 years? Thats the topic.
 
 
-6 # edge 2012-08-02 02:16
Quoting pernsey:


Again you have no answer or defense as to why Mitt doesnt release his tax returns...all presidents do it. The only response you have is to attack a democrat, your so transparent. I wont argue about Reid or Obama this article is about Mitt possibly not paying his taxes, so lets talk about that and what excuse you have as to why Mitt wont release his tax forms from the past 10 years? Thats the topic.


YOU KNOW THAT IS A LIE!
 
 
+7 # Billy Bob 2012-08-02 15:16
That was your response? In what way was Pernsey "lying"? What excuse DO YOU HAVE for Mittens not releasing his tax returns? THAT IS THE TOPIC WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.
 
 
+73 # vt143 2012-08-01 08:36
Quoting chirostv:
You love what he admits is pure speculation?

It holds more credibility than the argument that Obama is not a U.S. citizen! That had legs for months (and still does!) Simple, end the "speculation" and show us the returns! Where's the Donald on this one???
 
 
+33 # AndreM5 2012-08-01 08:38
We doubt Romney sleeps with sheep but we just love watching him deny it. An ancient Lyndon Johnson trick.
 
 
+23 # CAMUS1111 2012-08-01 10:10
I don't doubt Romney sleeps with sheep, although I doubt the sheep get much rest....
 
 
-7 # noitall 2012-08-02 10:55
I'd like Lyndon to be here to watch him squirm when asked about JFK's murder.
 
 
+30 # mdhome 2012-08-01 08:51
It is not speculation. Look up the defination of speculation, aw what the hell here it is:
A conclusion, opinion, or theory reached by conjecture.
 
 
0 # nice2blucky 2012-08-01 16:52
Dictionary.com

Read #2.


con·jec·ture

/kənˈdʒɛktʃər/ Show Spelled [kuhn-jek-cher] Show IPA noun, verb, con·jec·tured, con·jec·tur·ing.

noun

1.) the formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence for proof.

2.) an opinion or theory so formed or expressed; guess; speculation.

3.) Obsolete . the interpretation of signs or omens.
 
 
+41 # reiverpacific 2012-08-01 09:20
Quoting chirostv:
You love what he admits is pure speculation?

If you are lookin' for "Pure speculation", look no further than "Twit" R'. His whole life has been spent in speculation that was as pure as the driven slush and he can't open his gob without flip-floppin' or stickin' his shiny shoes in't!
B.T.W., if you peruse Reid's statement (also a Mormon) he did say with a degree of honesty seemingly foreign to the right; “He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” Reid told HuffPo [quote from article].
And that darling mouthpiece of the Right FOX, exists in a vacuum of speculation and downright lies without any attempt at restraint.
Away and speculate on that a-while.
 
 
+12 # rafael 2012-08-01 18:10
Speculation? He repeated what someone told him. Speculation means claiming something with no evidence. This may be hearsay, but it certainly is NOT speculation.
 
 
+40 # waltben 2012-08-01 08:18
I'm beginning to think more and more that GOPers will end up nominating someone else - Rmoney is proving himself to be unelectable.
 
 
+3 # jcdav 2012-08-02 18:30
We would be better off with Mitt, likely easier to beat. The groundwork for failure is already laid...Any possibility the Repubs do not care who they run because between disenfranchisem ent and hacked voting machines the fix is already in?
 
 
-40 # mudwoman 2012-08-01 08:21
As much as I like seeing Reid get feisty, this was not his most graceful move. Unnamed sources, or even named sources without any substance to back up allegations, etc., are the kind of shadow punches that Republithugs throw around. Even if it's later proved to be untrue, the damage is done. This is a move worthy of Karl Rove, and Sen. Reid shouldn't be stooping to that level. As much as I suspect that Romney did indeed dodge as many taxes as he could, and maybe paid zero, Reid made it sound like he had absolute, documented proof, and all he has is a phone call. I don't want Romney to be President, but we've got plenty of other moves without throwing sucker punches.
 
 
+18 # vitobonespur 2012-08-01 10:33
We do? Then why are the polls so close?
 
 
+26 # kbarrand 2012-08-01 12:19
mudwoman.... I basically agree with you but you cannot bring a toothpick to a knife fight. The rules of politics have been established by the likes of Atwater and Rove and sometimes you have to get down in the mud with them to survive. Whether he actually heard this from someone or is making it up, now Romney has to respond or the perception will be that it is true. It's a little like Swift Boating. Sad, but this is what it has come to.
 
 
+29 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 13:15
It's not quite like swiftboating. When John Kerry was swiftboating, the accusation was that all the medals he earned were fake. This was a bald-faced lie about something that could easily be substantiated with the military. It was substantiated, but the republicans made it stick anyway.

This is a case of something that Romney could easily prove wrong, but he hasn't and he won't. He's the only one who can do it, but he doesn't feel we have the right to that information.

Plus, the secret is that he really does have something to hide.
 
 
+5 # jcdav 2012-08-02 18:34
"YOU PEOPLE" have no right to my records...this snotty, spoiled attitude defines this "man"... the entitlement of BushII and haughty to boot.
 
 
+3 # noitall 2012-08-02 11:03
Quoting mudwoman:
As much as I like seeing Reid get feisty, this was not his most graceful move. Unnamed sources, or even named sources without any substance to back up allegations, etc., are the kind of shadow punches that Republithugs throw around. Even if it's later proved to be untrue, the damage is done. This is a move worthy of Karl Rove, and Sen. Reid shouldn't be stooping to that level. As much as I suspect that Romney did indeed dodge as many taxes as he could, and maybe paid zero, Reid made it sound like he had absolute, documented proof, and all he has is a phone call. I don't want Romney to be President, but we've got plenty of other moves without throwing sucker punches.


I agree, I thought that too. It comes up a little lame for sure. But with the voters that we have in America, it seems to work for the GOP. "don't give a sucker an even break" has kicked the Dems in the ass all too often. I'm sick of watching the Dems push for bipartisanship, 'play by the rules' (in a forum that apparently has no rules), and be the nice guys, while the overtly, unfair, lying, hateful, racist, assholes, kick the 'nice' Democrat's ass time and again. It's like "good cop bad cop" because who REALLY LOSES? Us Americans!, AND our children, our future, our environment, our natural resources, our life. We're Romans and this is the arena. Be polite and fair and get your head caved in by a rude winner.
 
 
+61 # grouchy 2012-08-01 08:29
Pretty good addition to the job of smoking Romney out of that cave. It keeps the focus on a point that we all deserve to know about--and he obviously (for some reason) doesn't want us to know. So keep on'a smoking!
 
 
+63 # Old Man 2012-08-01 08:38
Mitt & his family have been feeding off this country for decades. It's time he shows us how little or if any hes paid.
I know lets don't pick on the wealthy after all they are the Job creators around the world.
Where are the Job's you've created here in America Mitt?....
 
 
+27 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 09:42
There are probably summer jobs for the rich in the Caymen Islands (caddying, jewelry polishing, etc.)

Otherwise, I got nothin'.
 
 
0 # mim 2012-08-09 18:58
Servants.
 
 
+27 # Citizen Mike 2012-08-01 08:41
Well, he must be a hero of great accomplishment to all those tax haters who refuse to pay their fair share to maintain the nation that has nurtured them! Are there enough of those tax haters out there voting to elect him? We'll see.

Meanwhile, it is obvious to us taxpayers that Mitt is not half the man his father was. Just what we need in the White House: Less Than Half-A-Man! Now, that would be Small Government, right?

So that's the choice this November, folks, Small Government with Less Than Half-A-Man or Inadequate Government with The Lesser Evil! PHOOEY!
 
 
-39 # johninnc 2012-08-01 08:47
If this is true, President Obama as highest officer of the US should call the IRS and have them do an audit. If this is at all true Romney should be arrested charged with a crime and processed accordingly in the courts. He will drop out of the race and seek legal council to avoid a prison sentence.
If it is speculation and false, Reid should apologize, admit he is a moron and move on.
 
 
+50 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 09:44
If Mittens is running for President and refuses to release his tax returns he's open to speculation about what he's hiding. If he wants to keep his tax returns private, he shouldn't be running for PUBLIC office.
 
 
+3 # noitall 2012-08-02 11:09
W got a merit badge, Mitt wants to buy one too. It's all the rage in their circle.
 
 
+54 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 09:52
It's not illegal for the super rich to avoid paying taxes.

THAT'S THE PROBLEM.
 
 
+35 # vitobonespur 2012-08-01 10:40
Legal or not, it is certainly unethical, bordering on immoral, for a candidate for POTUS to essentially give the finger to the American public when asked about his qualifications, i.e., honesty and transparency when it comes to financial dealings.
 
 
0 # noitall 2012-08-02 11:12
"unethical", "Immoral", what's that? "Honesty", "Transparency"? Oh, you must have been in a coma, this is the 2000s. Greed is the new scale of right and wrong and the future has already been bought and sold. Sorry, you might want to relapse.
 
 
0 # vitobonespur 2012-08-02 13:44
Why do you feel it necessary to pick fights with people who are on the same side of the fence that you're on? Must have been a lot of people in your past telling you that your opinion doesn't mean shit and to shut your piehole.
 
 
+2 # Billy Bob 2012-08-02 15:20
I don't think he's actually picking a fight with you. It's just sarcasm about the situation. I could be wrong.

My wife often gets so mad at someone it appears she's pissed EVERYONE including me. I ask her, and she finally summarized it. She said:

"I'm not mad AT you. I'm just mad NEAR you!"

On the other hand, you're right about too many on the left. I see it all the time where commenters get so angry they just lash out at any available target and assume that no one else is properly angry as much as they are.
 
 
0 # vitobonespur 2012-08-04 02:13
Using words like "unethical, immoral, and transparency is simply more polite than saying "Mitt Romney is a lying asshole!" Better?
 
 
+26 # AndreM5 2012-08-01 10:15
Obama cannot legally tell the IRS to audit someone. That used to be common with Nixon, who did it all the time, but it is illegal.
 
 
+1 # noitall 2012-08-02 11:16
Quoting AndreM5:
Obama cannot legally tell the IRS to audit someone. That used to be common with Nixon, who did it all the time, but it is illegal.


Leagal, schmegal. Hasn't stood in the way of torture, illegal detention, drone murder, lying to war, slaughtering of Constitutional rights, environmental crimes, etc, etc.
 
 
+23 # kbarrand 2012-08-01 12:25
I don't believe the President has that authority (although Nixon tried to claim it) and I believe he has been audited. I'm guessing that if he paid no taxes, he did it legally but that's the point here. Why do the wealthy legally pay no taxes and the rest of us taxpayers pay plenty.
 
 
+1 # noitall 2012-08-02 11:07
Yeah, like Obama put the foot down on those other republican murderous crooks and looters, W and his puppet master Cheney. Apologies will be forthcoming when W/Cheney apologize for where the world is today...but then, apologies are like a-holes, unless the return all the croney-gained loot as well.
 
 
+57 # Old Uncle Dave 2012-08-01 08:48
Only the little people pay taxes.
 
 
+33 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 09:45
Commoners. The kinds of people who clean up after your dressage horses. There ok as long as they know their place.
 
 
+4 # chomper2 2012-08-01 20:35
Quoting Billy Bob:
Commoners. The kinds of people who clean up after your dressage horses. There ok as long as they know their place.


And pay their taxes.
 
 
0 # Billy Bob 2012-08-02 15:22
Yeah that's right. SOMEBODY has to pay for the $700,000 tax deduction one gets for therapeutic dressage horses!

I just don't know why he settled for $700,000. From what I understand, the horse costs several million.

I can't afford that kind of "therapy".
 
 
0 # Billy Bob 2012-08-02 15:23
"I can't afford that kind of 'therapy'."

Well, come to think of it, maybe I can, since I paid for $700,000 worth of it. I guess what I meant to say is that I can't afford to manipulate the system in such a way that I can be ON THE RECEIVING END of that kind of "therapy" at the expense of HONEST tax payers.
 
 
+50 # pippers 2012-08-01 08:48
if this is a way to get Mitters to release more of his tax records more power to Reid. The fact that Mitters thinks he doesn't have to release them, that the American people don't deserve to see them, this is true arrogance at it's finest.
 
 
+53 # JayMagoo 2012-08-01 08:53
Shrewd move by Sen. Reid. Okay, Mittens, you pompous ass. Prove to us that you paid at least some taxes. Continue to deny it, and Harry Reid can sit back with the rest of us and say, "Prove me wrong, Mittens. I'm still waiting."

If Romney refuses to release any information, Reid, like the rest of us, wonders how bad it really is.

Either way, Romney, the pathological liar, is in a "put up or shut up" spot.

Romney so far has proven himself an insufferable ass and a ridiculous clown. Ask Richard M. Nixon what good "stone walling" did for him. All the Republican trolls and apologists are coming out of the woodwork in defense of Romney, and each excuse sounds weaker and more lame.
 
 
+24 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 09:47
I wonder if he can "do an etch-a-sketch" with his past tax returns? The more we (don't) find out about Mittens, the more he seems like a two-dimensional cut out.
 
 
+25 # vitobonespur 2012-08-01 10:44
Personally, I'm glad that he's being secretive about his tax returns. It makes me hope that there are some voters who will walk into the voting booth and think, "Wait a second...exactl y WHAT is this guy hiding?"
 
 
+21 # kbarrand 2012-08-01 12:28
I agree completely. The longer he delays, the more suspicious it looks.
 
 
+18 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 13:17
He's not delaying. He WILL NEVER release those records. They're poisonous to his campaign or he would have done it months ago.
 
 
+11 # pernsey 2012-08-01 16:53
Even John McCain had a problem with Mitts tax returns when he was considering him for VP, Im just wondering what that problem was? Hmmm if he would just fess up, we know that isnt going to happen LOL!
 
 
+2 # Billy Bob 2012-08-02 15:24
How bad could it have been for McCain to pick Moose-elini instead?!?
 
 
0 # vitobonespur 2012-08-02 14:10
To-MAY-to...To- MAH-to. Your reply is a non-argument and I'll wager most of the posters in this forum know the difference between delaying and avoiding. I believe that is exactly the point!

Back in the 60's I knew very few young men who were trying to "delay" the draft.
 
 
+48 # cycleman60 2012-08-01 08:53
Conservatives, including 'mush'Rush, demanded Obama show a birth certificate. Let's not forget that stupid looking stump Trump and his crazy yak yak about Obama's birthplace being in Africa or he would show his long form birth certificte. All of those birther nuts are keeping pretty quiet on the Romney tax return flak. If Romney wasn't such a coward in hiding his zero paid taxes, he would show he was a man of honor and prove everyone wrong. But he's gutless. This will be his albatross.
 
 
+19 # vitobonespur 2012-08-01 10:49
Heyyyy...maybe Romney doesn't want to show his tax returns because they will prove HE was born in Africa! That's gotta be it. Makes as much sense as the moronic Birthers.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
 
 
+15 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 13:23
I think he's also a secret Muslim who pals around with terrorists.
 
 
+4 # rafael 2012-08-01 18:13
Oh no, the convention hasn't even happened yet! I think this is just the beginning of what the Democrats have on Romney. Wait 'til October rolls around! This should be an interesting election!
 
 
+10 # robniel 2012-08-02 07:52
The birthers continue after three years to claim Barack Obama is not an American. The evidence: None.

Is Willard Romney an example of a patriotic American? The evidence:

1. He is a descendent of a family that fled to Mexico rather than to submit to U.S. polygamy laws.
2. His father was born in Mexico. How could he run for president?
3. He fled to France rather than face the draft under a curious (exclusive) deal the Mormon church cut with Selective Service for Mormon "missionaries".
4. His $100 million gifts to each son probably was done overseas to avoid U.S. gift taxes.
5. He keeps tax returns secret and may have paid NO U.S. income taxes for several years.
5. He still keeps money in secret Swiss bank accounts.
6. His investments are kept in the Cayman Islands and other foreign tax havens.
7. His company (Bain Capital) sent thousands of jobs to China, India and other foreign destinations.
8. While governor of Massachusetts he outsourced jobs to Mexico.
9. As head of the Salt Lake City Olympics he outsourced jobs to Burma.
10. His 2012 Olympic participation is in a European sport, dressage (and takes U.S. tax breaks for it).
11. He praises the Israeli and Polish socialist health care systems but wants to overturn the Affordable Health Care Act in the U.S.

In 2012 we need to elect a TRUE American.
 
 
+34 # bmiluski 2012-08-01 08:55
Also at that breakfast will be sitting the republican buy-outs from the supreme court.
 
 
-45 # johninnc 2012-08-01 09:01
Harry Reid is accusing a fellow Mormon of breaking the law, and violating his religious principals and as senate majority leader, why is he just talking about it and not pursuing this through the justice department ?
 
 
+46 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 09:49
No one's accusing Mittens of committing a crime. We're accusing him of using the amazing power of being a billionaire as a way to avoid having to pay taxes.

It's not illegal for many of the rich to avoid paying taxes.

THAT'S THE PROBLEM.
 
 
+21 # kbarrand 2012-08-01 12:29
exactly!
 
 
+24 # Rangzen 2012-08-01 11:07
Johninnc, I don't believe that Reid is accusing him of breaking the law. The more awful truth is that it's all perfectly legal in a country so corrupted by lobbyists working to keep every penny possible for the rich. Taxes are for serfs.
 
 
+73 # pegasus4508 2012-08-01 09:04
The GOP are not used to the Democrats being on OFFENSE. Consider this-Senator McCain SAW Willard's taxes (20 years worth) and selected SARAH PALIN.
That is enough smoke for me to call FIRE!
 
 
-63 # rmccormack 2012-08-01 09:09
Harry Reid has sunk to a new low. He is now very clearly the sleaziest of a very sleazy group of Democrats. And this is "journalism"? Give us a break!
 
 
+23 # feloneouscat 2012-08-01 10:41
It's called politics and it is how the game is played. Don't blame Reid for being a politician. That's like complaining that a linebacker is playing football.
 
 
+34 # vitobonespur 2012-08-01 10:53
Do you really want another administration running the country like the Bushies, who obscured every glance into their dealings by the American public? I sure as hell don't!
 
 
+19 # kbarrand 2012-08-01 12:31
While I can understand your outrage, let's not forget that this has been Republican strategy for 20 years.
 
 
+22 # reiverpacific 2012-08-01 12:57
Quoting rmccormack:
Harry Reid has sunk to a new low. He is now very clearly the sleaziest of a very sleazy group of Democrats. And this is "journalism"? Give us a break!

So d'you watch Fox or any of the major owner-media networks, read the tabloid news mag's 'n rags that pass for journalism these days?
What's YOUR sources? Really would like to know m'dahlin'.
 
 
+10 # pernsey 2012-08-01 16:58
Quoting rmccormack:
Harry Reid has sunk to a new low. He is now very clearly the sleaziest of a very sleazy group of Democrats. And this is "journalism"? Give us a break!


For once I would love to read a post from a righty defending Mitt and his side...Oh thats right you dont know his side, no one does. Oh and just attacking the other side and trying to divert the conversation isnt flying, maybe if you would look into what your guy believes, instead of just going on the attack we could see you have a side. So far all I see is someone twisting the conversation because they dont really know what Mitt is doing, but blindly defending him with attacks on people that this article is not about.
 
 
+26 # hobbesian 2012-08-01 09:20
He should not be allowed to drive on our roads, use our police service, or use our airports, our hospitals, our nurses, our national this and our national that, what else.....? all that stuff our money pays for to give us the benefits of civilization. The stuff the repubs want to take away, but that includes schools which of course Romney doesn't use. Someone take his driver's license as well!
 
 
+36 # Aaron Tovish 2012-08-01 09:26
Legally, people are confusing two things. It is not against the law to pay zero taxes if you do not OWE any taxes. It is only illegal if you don't pay what you owe. Romney would be in jail already if the latter were true, so let's concentrate on how fat cats have made sure that lawmakers(Reid no doubt included) make it easy for them to get tax breaks and thus OWE nothing.
Politically, of course, it is disgusting that wealthy people like Romney take advantage of this and then try to keep it secret, all the time waving the Red, White and Blue.
 
 
+18 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 10:23
EXACTLY.
 
 
+7 # ericlipps 2012-08-01 13:50
Quoting Aaron Tovish:
Legally, people are confusing two things. It is not against the law to pay zero taxes if you do not OWE any taxes. It is only illegal if you don't pay what you owe. Romney would be in jail already if the latter were true . . . .


My, aren't you optimistic about the workings of our legal system. Even if Romney has broken the law, he can afford to stall and, if necessary, appeal forever, staying out of prison the whole time because he would be judged not to be a "flight risk."
 
 
+4 # Jorge 2012-08-01 20:54
AT-
What makes you think Willard would go to jail if he was a tax cheat? Uber-Rich people do not go to jail unless they cheat other rich people (e.g. Bernie Madoff). If everything Willard did was legal why is he hiding money in Switzerland, Cayman Islands, etc.? When Timmy G. was appointed he owed many thousands in back taxes and just paid them and then became Treasury Secretary. Same with big corporations found guilty, they just pay a small percentage fine and admit nothing and continue with their corrupt/illegal ways (Walmart).
 
 
+3 # karenvista 2012-08-02 15:57
People of great wealth are allowed, under the pernicious laws they have bought to "delay" paying their taxes, but you and I better not try it.
 
 
+19 # Bill Clements 2012-08-01 09:34
I presume Reid must feel fairly confident to go public with this, but, really, he has opened himself up to criticism and attacks from conservatives and Republicans who are responding exactly like some here are: what evidence do you have? If it motivates others to dig deeper and actually produce some hard evidence, then we can say it was beneficial.
 
 
+4 # chomper2 2012-08-01 20:47
Quoting Bill Clements:
I presume Reid must feel fairly confident to go public with this, but, really, he has opened himself up to criticism and attacks from conservatives and Republicans who are responding exactly like some here are: what evidence do you have? If it motivates others to dig deeper and actually produce some hard evidence, then we can say it was beneficial.


You ask, what evidence? Romney refuses to release his tax records. That's a fact and that's evidence! If the sun refuses to show itself, then it must be night time, right?
 
 
+32 # RMDC 2012-08-01 09:35
I have to admit that this is really funny given the right wing's constant harrange aboout Obama's birth certificate. And I have no doubt that Romney did pay NO taxes in the last ten years. Or close to ZERO taxes. That is why someone hires the best money managers in the world. They know how to avoid taxes.

While the birth certificate was no big deal and did not disqualify Obama from being presidents, ten years of tax avoidance is a big deal. It is at worst a felony and at least a judgment that disqualifies someone from government office.
 
 
+31 # angelfish 2012-08-01 09:47
Romney is a TOTAL Fool! Does he REALLY think Americans will vote for him if he hasn't paid any Taxes in, how many, TEN (10) years? To add insult to injury, he stashes all his millions in Off Shore Accounts to avoid even MORE taxes! WHAT kind of American does that? A Presidential Candidate needs to be like Caesar's Wife, without stain or suspicion of stain! This Bozo misses the mark on ALL counts!
 
 
+31 # walt 2012-08-01 09:49
I suspect that Reid would not make this claim if he were less than reasonably sure the source was telling the truth. However, it is still hearsay and needs to be addressed. That person should come forth and speak openly.

The best thing for everyone is that Romney do the honorable thing and release his tax information and put the cards on the table. Anything less is unacceptable. However, based on his repeated dishonesty all around, we should not expect him to do so.

How sad from a man who claims he is ready to lead the nation!
 
 
-14 # tclose 2012-08-01 10:04
Much as I loath everything that Mr. Romney stands for, and want to see Obama win, it pains me to see the Dems using the same tactics the Repubs do - namely innuendo. If Mr. Reid has real information about Romney's taxes paid, let him come forward with it; otherwise he should not lower himself to the same questionable moral standard of the Republican leadership.
 
 
+23 # Rangzen 2012-08-01 11:10
It would take a lot more than Reid's one presumably well-founded speculation to lower himself to the level of the Republican leadership, Fox, et al.
 
 
+24 # kbarrand 2012-08-01 12:35
Unfortunately, if the Republicans win in the fall, the fact that we took the high road in the campaign will be very little consolation. And the price of losing my be extreme.
 
 
+21 # Douglas Jack 2012-08-01 10:14
Many of the complaints on this "Romney, Didn't Pay Taxes" comment page do not understand that not-paying-taxe s is perfectly legal under today's Internal Revenue Service IRS advantages given to the uber-rich. There are enough deductions /interpretation s given for spurious reasons as well as a lack of follow-up or auditing by tax officials for the rich even with all the exemptions given to the rich. The wealthy may not pay their taxes but they certainly pay their lawyers, so the IRS backs off in all but very extreme cases. Romney ascribes to self-enhancemen t but does not ascribe in any sense for contributing to a common-wealth.
 
 
+14 # hobbesian 2012-08-01 13:08
Well then let's fix it. Only in America.....
 
 
+21 # What Now Toons 2012-08-01 10:28
Taxes are for the small people, not the 1% like Mitt. No wonder he doesn't want to release more than a year, well maybe two if he ever gets around to the second year!
And to the idiot people supporting Mitt Romney in his desire not to share any more tax returns with us., step into the wayback machine to the time when Mitt Romney wanted Ted Kennedy to release his tax records, accusing Kennedy of having something to hide! What's good for the goose is good for the gander the way I look at it! My latest cartoon is all about this, it's up now...
http://www.whatnowtoons.com
Left of Center Independent Political Cartoons since 2003
 
 
-20 # dkonstruction 2012-08-01 10:46
If a rethuglican had made the same charge against Obama using an anonymous source with no back-up documentation most on this board would be going balistic. If Reid has any evidence to back up the claim he should have said so and released it along with the claim (clearly he doesn't have it). It is perfectly reasonable to ask/demand that Romney release the tax returns as well as to scrutinize Bain and his work there but to say essentially that "i think he paid no taxes for 10 years" but i have nothing to back it up is just irresponsible at best.
 
 
-14 # dkonstruction 2012-08-01 12:16
Quoting dkonstruction:
If a rethuglican had made the same charge against Obama using an anonymous source with no back-up documentation most on this board would be going balistic. If Reid has any evidence to back up the claim he should have said so and released it along with the claim (clearly he doesn't have it). It is perfectly reasonable to ask/demand that Romney release the tax returns as well as to scrutinize Bain and his work there but to say essentially that "i think he paid no taxes for 10 years" but i have nothing to back it up is just irresponsible at best.


so, i guess the thumbs down mean that you wouldn't go ballistic if a republican leveled the same charges against Obama with only an anonymous source and no other evidence? Somethow don't think so...sad to see on this board how many thumbs down people get for saying anything critical of the dems...is being a mindless supporter of the dems any better than being a mindless supporter of the repubs (which is not the same thing as saying there is no difference between the two)?
 
 
+8 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 13:19
No. Actually, I responded below.
 
 
+26 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 12:16
There's nothing insulting about asking a man who wants to be President to do like ALL OTHER Presidential candidates and release his tax returns. Romney clearly has something to hide.

"If a rethuglican had made..." unsubstantiated charges? Are you kidding me?

Remember Whitewater? Ron Brown? Troopergate? Obama's colleg records? Obama's citizenship? Obama's secret Muslim/Baptist heritage? Kerry faking the medals he received on the battlefield (we even have a name for that one, "SWIFTBOATING") ? Gore "inventing" the internet? Clinton burning American flags on British soil? Clinton doing drugs? Dukakis letting murders go with just a warning?

I'm sure I could go on and on if I gave it any more thought.

All the examples above only covered unsubstantiated accusations against Presidential candidates and sitting Presidents.

Reid isn't accusing Mittens of a crime. He's accusing him of not loving his country enough to pay any taxes. It's only a double-edged sword for Mittens IF HE DIDN'T. If he had paid anything before last year, he'd have let us know by now.
 
 
-6 # dkonstruction 2012-08-02 05:01
.

I didn't say the rethuglicans don't make unsubstantiated accusations of course they do just as Fox "News" makes it up as they go along. And, when they do, progressives go rightfully nuts. Does that mean that our own strategy is to stoop to their level? So, i'm not saying that Romney paid taxes or that he isn't hiding something by not releasing them. My point was simply that i think it is stupid for anyone to say the guy hasn't paid taxes in 10 years if there is no evidence to back up the claim. Don't see why this is seemingly such a controversial point.
 
 
+7 # Billy Bob 2012-08-02 06:55
No! I get your point! I got it all along.

What you don't understand is that it's a false equivalency. When repugs made those attacks:

1. They KNEW (know) them to be lies.
2. They were (are) intended specifically to DESTROY a person, even on a personal level.
3. They were (are) OPENLY DENIED and PROVEN WRONG, but that didn't stop them.
4. They were (are) asking for things that were (are) completely inappropriate and personal.
5. They often ask(ed) for things that were completely non-existent to prove they were wrong, knowing full well it's impossible to prove a negative.

CONT.
 
 
+9 # Billy Bob 2012-08-02 06:57
CONT.

Now to Mittens:

1. All we're asking him to do is release his tax returns.
2. ALL other Presidential candidates do it.
3. We aren't trying to destroy him on a personal level. No one is accusing him of a crime. If he didn't pay anything for the past 10 years, it will only hurt him because of something HE DIDN'T DO, not because of our attacks.
4. He could easily prove us wrong, but doesn't think the American people deserve to know what he stands for until after he's elected.
5. Regarding #1 in the previous list, there seems to be plenty of evidence that he paid next to nothing.
6. It's NOT inappropriate to ask a Presidential candidate to show he loves his country by ACTUALLY PAYING FOR THE SERVICES HE USES.
7. Regarding #5, his tax records DO EXIST.

You act as though it's possible to win a modern election without making some sort of OFFENSE against your opponent.

Besides, t's a FALSE and TOTALLY DISHONEST "equivalency".

THAT'S WHY you're getting so many thumbs down.
 
 
-39 # Martintfre 2012-08-01 11:01
Has Harry Reid published the last ten years of his taxes?

Has Barak Obama explained how as a poor student he could afford a world tour when he was a student on foreign assistance ?
 
 
+16 # ghostperson 2012-08-01 11:37
At this point, I want the Dems to return comparable fire, if it means I get to see or know what's in those tax returns. There is no way that we can even pretend that there is integrity in our system of government or in elections.
 
 
+25 # ghostperson 2012-08-01 11:40
Reid's income is a matter of public record through financial disclosure forms. Unlike Clarence Thomas, he doesn't see the need to lie about income and assets on his. Bright students often obtain fellowships, scholarships to study abroad. I was a poor student and was able to travel under an established program on a fellowship through my college. You are grasping at straws.
 
 
+22 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 12:08
1. Reid isn't running for President. Mittens is.

2. I really love it when you keep bringing up Obama's college records! It gives me the opportunity to mention that he was MAGNA CUM LAUDE at HARVARD, and that he headed the HARVARD LAW REVIEW.

I guess Harvard was in on the conspiracy before he ever entered politics, right? Hillarious!!
 
 
+14 # reiverpacific 2012-08-01 12:54
Quoting Martintfre:
Has Harry Reid published the last ten years of his taxes?

Has Barak Obama explained how as a poor student he could afford a world tour when he was a student on foreign assistance ?

Has anybody asked him or them?
You're really strugglin' for rationale here mate!
 
 
+20 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 13:21
By the way, OBAMA HAS RELEASED HIS TAX RETURNS.

Mittens isn't running against Reid. He's running for President of the United States of America against President Obama.
 
 
+11 # pernsey 2012-08-01 16:59
Quoting Martintfre:
Has Harry Reid published the last ten years of his taxes?

Has Barak Obama explained how as a poor student he could afford a world tour when he was a student on foreign assistance ?


This article is not about Obama or Reid its about Mitt Romney not releasing his taxes, stick to topic.
 
 
+4 # vitobonespur 2012-08-02 14:04
Harry Reid isn't running for President, but if he were, and refused to produce tax returns, you can bet both the Republicans and the Democrats would be yanking his chain. Failure to divulge that information when asked to (by the American public) is equivalent to thumbing one's nose at the world.

So, what, maybe 30 years ago Obama was able to swing a way to travel...??? I'm sorry, but I fail to see the relevance of that particular statement? I mean, really, who gives a shit?

When I was a young man I had the opportunity to travel to Europe for the summer for a very reasonable price. I put a down stroke on a car instead. And I don't come from a rich family, either. In fact, I had to drop out of college after one semester to get a job. So what?

Does that mean the friends of mine who DID go are somehow un-American?
 
 
+1 # Billy Bob 2012-08-02 15:28
Actually, I think he was AWARDED the "trip". BIG DIFFERENCE.

And YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, Democrats would attack another Democrat RELENTLESSLY about this. Democrats don't march in lock-step like the right. It's our biggest strength and it's also our biggest weakness.
 
 
+1 # jcdav 2012-08-02 18:53
That is beside the point at this time. Another digression/dive rsion- nice ploy.

So, you think asking a Pres. candidate to show his/her tax docs is ...what...illeg al? immoral? What is our problem?
 
 
+11 # ramblinjim 2012-08-01 11:25
Instead of paying taxes he gave the money to the Mormon church instead. That's what Mormons are about, bunch of feebleminded old religious freaks. I live in the West. I know what these cult members are like. If you live in Utah and refuse to join the chuckleheads at the mormon church of laughable-day saints you will be shunned by them and your kids will be shunned. They're true pieces of shit
 
 
+7 # kbarrand 2012-08-01 12:36
Don't sugarcoat it! Tell 'em what you REALLY think!
 
 
+10 # reiverpacific 2012-08-01 15:01
Quoting ramblinjim:
Instead of paying taxes he gave the money to the Mormon church instead. That's what Mormons are about, bunch of feebleminded old religious freaks. I live in the West. I know what these cult members are like. If you live in Utah and refuse to join the chuckleheads at the mormon church of laughable-day saints you will be shunned by them and your kids will be shunned. They're true pieces of shit

Right on. Which "he" are you talking about B.T.W.? Both "Twit" and Reid are Morons -oop's Mormons.
They "tithe" a minimum of 10% of their income to the church which is what is implied by the word and to it's credit in a way, helps out other members who become needy, in a kind of cultish version of socialism,
But of course they have to fund all these pure, squeaky-clean young missionaries that pollute the planet (Twit was in France). You should see their growth rate in Hawaii, Samoa and other Pacific Island nations, where they have built these ghastly, grimly grandiose, granite or pebble-dash mini-replicas of the temple and environs that makes Salt Lake City such a aesthetically and atmospherically depressing dump to visit, in many unlikely places; their vision of Architecture being uncannily like Hitler's in it's massive, cold barren ugliness and they impose them on the locals when they get enough control of an area. See the formerly pleasant li'l city of Laie on Oahu's north shore for an example. It's truly sad.
 
 
+25 # ghostperson 2012-08-01 11:34
I guess this falls under the Leona Helmsley mantra, "Only the little people pay taxes." To the writer who said where are Harry Reid's tax returns, I state: Harry Reid isn't running for president. We didn't get minutes of Cheney's secret energy meetings. We didn't get Bush's military records. How much of a pass does the GOP get on matters that people want to know about in order to vote?
 
 
+16 # stonecutter 2012-08-01 13:02
People who defend or trivialize Romney's decision to hide most of his tax returns can't be taken seriously; they're equivalent to the uber-religious nutjobs who believe humans and dinosaurs walked the earth together just 6,000 years ago, like the Flintstones.

IMO, Romney is Sarah Palin in a $5,000 suit. No amount of media or PR bullshit can obscure this disturbing, albeit predictable reality. When Palin walked on stage at the 2008 GOP Convention to wild screams and applause, and opened her attractive mouth to speak her inimitable rhetorical drivel, it didn't alter one iota the inevitable conclusion that she was a regressive lightweight who would eventually self-destruct as a VP candidate (if not as a subsequent sideshow barker and used car saleswoman), and take McCain down with her.

Romney can't hide from a similar fate. He reeks of inauthenticity, telegenic catatonia, pathological mendacity required to obscure his previous itteration as a moderate, and immensely annoying behavioral tics (the way he licks his lips after defensively responding to reporters, as if he's sucking on a garlic pickle; that stupid grin that involuntarily freezes his expression when he's on camera, no matter how serious the subject; the sense he has no intrinsic personality). Perhaps there are some few voters who don't care about this stuff, but many more do: remember JFK and Nixon? Willard is a cipher, a walking, bumbling, dangerous Bush echo chamber. Please, not again.
 
 
+19 # HooverBush 2012-08-01 13:36
Of course he didn't pay any taxes for 10 years.
He feels he shouldn't have to pay taxes, just like All Wealthy Repiglicans.
Taxes are for us stupid working class people to pay.
They will soon own America, and all of us fools along with it.
There will be no Middle Class, only the Wealthy & those of us who work for them!!!!

When will Middle Class workers learn to stop helping the Rich by voting for the people (Repugs) who let them run roughshod over our once Great country?!?!
 
 
+5 # hammermann 2012-08-01 17:04
Ooh, yeah baby. I KNEW there was fire there- with his accounts in Switzerland, Bahamas, Cayman Is..... the TwitMitt is a poster boy for tax dodging- that's why people have these offshore accounts- to hide stuff from Uncle Sam. Mormons obsessive independence + contempt for the Feds makes them the first RW Tea Party. Also as a director of Marriott, the DimMitt "advocated a very aggressive tax avoidance strategy" ... so this is a guy who uses every trick in the book to avoid taxes, and some are illegal. Nobody can legally get a $100 mil IRA.

See my opus article on the Repub campaign with alot of info on Mitt's journey, Mormon's difficult relations w the feds, natural secrecy, etc.
http://voices.yahoo.com/the-golden-ring-quest-presidency-11227996.html

THE GOLDEN RING- Quest for the Presidency - Yahoo Network Repub contenders new LOCAL Republican contenders + pretenders - all too extreme? Blow by blow flips in states; Profile of Romney and his Mormon exoticism (can he ever win Repub hearts?); and Obama's problems, and supposed betrayal of the base in various suppressive acts; w long interview of fmr DNC chair + Pres. candidate Howard Dean - April-June 2012

Yahoo has some right-wing bastard editors- they've froze the hits for 3 months, ensuring I get nothing for it!!!!
 
 
+4 # rafael 2012-08-01 18:07
Quoting edge:
And what do you speculate is in Barry's college records that must be so disastrous to his being elected that he won't disclose them??


If what you're implying is true, it makes Barack Hussein Obama even more amazing: A bi-racial kid with bad grades rises to be President? What's your point?
 
 
+2 # rafael 2012-08-01 18:07
Quoting RightForAReason:
Let me get this straight, you take Harry's word based upon Harry's supposed unnamed source, when Harry has never released any of his own tax returns? Great standard of evidence you have going on there.


Is Reid running for President? I must have missed that.....
 
 
0 # Douglas Jack 2012-08-01 18:44
Hello, Pernsey, I appreciate your calling for a hearing for Mitt Romney's position. He does express his opinion albeit always seeming to identify with bullies such as Israel over Palestine, Rich over others, war over peace. I'd love to see him in a one-on-one 'debate' (French 'de' = 'undo' + 'bate' = 'the fight') with other candidates. Debate would allow us to see a 'balance-sheet' in order to compare the two sides point-by-point, case-by-case. In fact 'dialectics' ('both-sides') should be the foundation of all reporting, law-courts, education, community & international relations. If Romney & Obama would lead by engaging all perceived enemies in formal equal-time, recorded & published 'debate' as well as facilitate 'debate', then the public & world would be able to weigh the evidence ourselves as well as act appropriately to this evidence. In the meantime we are kept in ignorance as Obama goaded by Romney & other bomb, assassination & sanction advocates create hell and fear in our world for all. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/1-both-sides-now-article
 
 
+3 # pernsey 2012-08-02 06:13
Hi Douglas, you dont have any answer, accept to trash Obama at the end of your paragraph. I find it amazing that you cant defend the man for 2 reasons. You dont know what he stands for and there is no rational explaination as to why hes not showing his taxes, or 2 because he changes his mind daily on what he said, believes, and thinks even when its on film. I get it, you cant keep up with the flip flopping and the denials of what he did, say, mean, or the back peddling. You started out trying to sound rational, but then couldnt help yourself to just trash Barack Obama at the end. We still are talking about Mitt and why he wont release his taxes? Good try to divert and distract, but its not working, Im still trying to find one righty who is not a Fox news Troll that can give a reasonable answer about Mitt, without just attacking the other side. So far my inquiries are many your answers are 0.

What can you tell me about Mitt and why he wont release his taxes, or are you blindly following him too?
 
 
+3 # Billy Bob 2012-08-02 07:09
In fairness. I agree with both of you. It's not fair to assume everyone who disagrees with Obama is to his right. He's left LOTS of room to his left. The trouble is that we've had people on RSN PRETEND to be lefties just to attack him and try to encourage people not to vote, so Mittens wins by default.

I disagree with Douglas Jack, because I think he's living in a fantasy world that simply isn't realistic. I argue about this a lot with several other posters on here. I think he's a genuine liberal. Just not a realistic political strategist.

I ABSOLUTELY AGREE with you that anyone defending Mittens at this point is just blabbering on without any solid information to back it up. He's nothing more than a pre-programmed voice on a cardboard cut out. I honestly don't think HE knows what he stands for.
 
 
+3 # She Cee 2012-08-01 21:10
What about the Freedom of Information Act? Can't the IRS be forced to turn make public Romney's tax records?

I, for one, am beginning to believe that it's very likely that Romney may not even have filed tax returns for those years he refuses to disclose.

I also ask the question, "If he has nothing to hide, why is he working so hard at hiding them?
 
 
+1 # Billy Bob 2012-08-02 15:31
I think you could only ask for that information if he was an elected official. So far, he's just another rich guy who wants to be President to impress his daddy.
 
 
+6 # granny6 2012-08-02 08:23
Twit Robme states the obvious, he pay 100% of the taxes he was legally obligated to pay. Here is the rub. Tax laws favor him. There are millions out here who would love just to have the $77,000 deduction he took for his wife's horse. Does that mean we can claim our pets as "therapy". I know my cats help me mentally. Doesn't your dog keep you going?
Since that horse has 4 owners Did they all get to claim it too? Or just Ann? Of all the lies he tells, stupid remarks he makes, what bugs me the most is the sarcastic remarks he makes then laughs that condescending laugh. Like when Brian Williams asked him iif he was going to pick a boring white man for VP, he re plied, "you told me you weren't available". hee,hee,hee,. He whips us the bird every chance he gets.
 
 
+2 # LarrySantoro 2012-08-02 11:30
Okay. It is now Thursday afternoon. Harry Reid made his comment about Romney not paying any taxes for ten years on Tuesday. One person who DOES know Mitt's tax record -- at least as of 4 years ago -- is John McCain.

Has McCain said anything at all about this? Has he stood up to defend the presumptive nominee of his party?


If he has, I've not heard.
 
 
+1 # Cdesignpdx 2012-08-02 20:00
Governor Etch-A-Sketch embodies the Mormon, "Let's just rewrite it" ethos. Here's a link t a short video about how the Mormon's keep up with the times:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGQsYCBXqLQ&feature=related
There is also a very long, and old, video explaining how Joseph Smith dealt with his rearrangement of the truth: The God Makers– Mormon Conspiracy. (I think the vid was produced by the Baptist Church, more bias). Anyway, the self-entitled Sir Robbed-me has learned that you can rewrite anything – even your tax returns! I'm just sayin'.
 
 
-2 # jtatu 2012-08-03 10:02
Reid is way out of bounds here and every clear thinking person knows it. Did Romney fail to pay any taxes that he owed? Has he done something illegal? Romney's fair share is dictated by the Internal Revenue Code, not Reid or this administration.
 
 
0 # Billy Bob 2012-08-03 13:48
The point is that Mittens is capable of playing the system to LEGALLY get away with paying nearly nothing. If the simple fact that he did it legally isn't a problem, why is he too ashamed to admit it?
 
 
+2 # cypress72 2012-08-03 11:25
First of all, what 10 years is Senator Reid talking about and the more important question is were all of Romneys returns filed within the law?? We all know that the uber rich have legitimate loopholes which were put there by Congress (in many cases to help themselves since so many of them are in the 1%). Romney's returns maybe entirely legal but they just look unfair to the average person who makes around $40,000 to $50,000 per year. And remember, Romney has reportedly given more than $18 million to charities in the last few years and that's going to reduce his tax liability. The whole issue just screams for tax reform.
 
 
+1 # Billy Bob 2012-08-03 13:47
What he "reportedly" chooses to give to a "charity" of his choice shouldn't relieve him of the duty to actually pay for living in this country. The fact that people like him can get out of paying anything in taxes is exactly the problem, and is exactly what he's trying to hide.

If repugs really believed in the "trickle-down" voodoo economics they spout off about they'd BE PROUD of Mitten's taxes.

The trouble, is that it's hard to see how taking money out of the country and taking jobs out of the country is good for THE AMERICAN economy.
 
 
+3 # Showme 2012-08-03 14:09
Show me how malleable Mr Romney's ethics are. Ann and Mitt are proud that they tithe to their church. Show me how they calculate their contribution. Is it 10% of gross income? 10% "taxable" income? Or is it some other "fair" but arbitrary number. Surely Bishop Romney wouldn't cheat his church? Yet he's been fond of the expression: "what's good for the goose is good for the gander." to justify unsavory past behavior on his part. Negative and false ads are acceptable and "part of the game" because "everyone does it". Just like everyone cheats on their taxes and squirrels money away off shore. So show me, does Mitt cheat on his church or on his country or both?
 
 
+2 # Skeeziks 2012-08-04 12:11
Won't the Republicans ever put forth again a candidate who is some sort of bright?
Last one was George H.W. Bush And it just suddenly stopped right there.
I think Dan Quayle was the mold for the next Republican President, but then we were smarter and saw completly through that guy and he folded in favor of "W". Now, I wonder if we can stiil be smart enough to skip Mitt across the lake?
 

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