“His Poor Father Must Be So Embarrassed About His Son”


The headline at HuffPo said it all:

Harry Reid: Bain Investor Told Me That Mitt Romney ‘Didn’t Pay Any Taxes For 10 Years’

Now, that kind of speculation about what Romney is hiding is inevitable and will only get worse, despite the fact that Mittens is standing strong against transparency.  The HuffPo story relates:

“His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son,” Reid said, in reference to George Romney’s standard-setting decision to turn over 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president in the late 1960s.

Saying he had “no problem with somebody being really, really wealthy,” Reid sat up in his chair a bit before stirring the pot further. A month or so ago, he said, a person who had invested with Bain Capital called his office.

“Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years,” Reid recounted the person as saying.

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

How it looks now is increasingly becoming a problem for Romney, who is still running strong on the idea that he was a “sterling” bidnessman—his latest ad quotes Bill Clinton as saying so—but refuses to let the light shine on the whole of his business career and how he benefited from it and from America’s skewed tax system.

In any case, Harry Reid, who at times is frustratingly kind to his Republican colleagues, also said some other stunning things about money and politics. Although he said he is optimistic about the Democrats’ chances of keeping control of the Senate, he accurately summed up what’s wrong:

We feel comfortable in the Senate. 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. 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.’

Give ’em hell, Harry!


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  1. Treeske

     /  July 31, 2012

    Hard to believe but wouldn’t that be something!


  2. ansonburlingame

     /  August 1, 2012

    “…didn’t pay any taxes…..” on what I ask? I wonder if he bought a gal of gasoline during all those years? Or did Reid or the whistleblower mean “income taxes” as opposed to “capital gains” taxes, or personal property taxes, or sales taxes, or……?

    But whether or not Romney “didn’t pay any taxes” is not the real question to ask whether he did so legally? No I suppose that does not matter. I suppose anyone running for office should voluntarily pay more taxes than that which is legally owed, right? After all that is “fair” is it not?

    Romney has said, repeatedly, over the last months that he paid all the taxes owed and “not a penny more”.

    It is amazing to me how all politicians try their best to “spin” what the other side says and I mean ALL politicians of either party or pundits from “no party”. The sad part of that is that many, many potential voters believe that spin, with few questions asked.

    Even Tress above said “hard to believe, but….” I am sure Tress and the rest of the gang in here would love to “believe it”, regardless of how inaccurate the statement might be.

    Try this point as a potential source of agreement between “me” and the rest of you herein. Our federal tax codes are a travesty and need to be changed dramatically and fairly.

    Now show me which party is taking the lead to achieve that goal. My answer is NEIGHTER ONE OF THEM, and that in itself is a travesty, in my view. Hell, if we could get the tax codes “right” we might even have a basis to argue over how to pay for universal HC, just for starters!!!



  3. Jane Reaction

     /  August 1, 2012

    Jane thinks it rather odd that Cpl. Anson finishes his off-topic screed with a question about national healthcare costs, for which he pays absolutely nothing! Hypocrisy or decrepitude?


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