O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!
—America the Beautiful
1. Do you now approve of the deals that Bain made regarding outsourcing between February of 1999 and 2002?
2. If Americans were allowed a more extensive look at your tax returns, would they learn that you paid little or no taxes on your income some years?
You can see that any answer to the first question poses even more problems for Romney. If he says he doesn’t approve of what Bain did, the follow-up question would be:
But you were variously listed in filings with the SEC during that time as Chief Executive Officer, president, managing director, sole director, and sole shareholder. Additionally, you have profited from Bain holdings, including holdings involving outsourcing. Do you regret doing so?
A “yes” answer to that follow-up, or if Romney says he does approve of what Bain did during the period between 1999 and 2002, would generate a final question:
3. What do you plan on doing with your free time after November 6?
As for question two above regarding Romney’s tax returns, if he said his returns would not show that he paid little or no taxes some years, he would then be asked to show them to us to prove his claim. If he said they would show that some years he did pay little or no taxes, see question 3.
Finally, Missouri isn’t considered a battleground state this cycle (so far), so we don’t get to see all that many political ads involving Romney and Obama and we’re missing a lot of the fun surrounding Bain Capital. But here is one of the finest campaign ads I have seen in ages: