Posted July 24, 2012 at 8:00 am, in From the USW International President
John McCain and Mitt Romney share a secret. It’s 23 years of Mitt’s tax returns.
Mitt gave them to McCain in 2008 when McCain, then the GOP presidential nominee, was vetting VP candidates.
This time around, Mitt has won the GOP nomination, but now he’s hiding those 23 years of returns from the American people. He handed them to McCain in exchange for a VP bid. But Mitt is denying that information to the American people when he’s asking them for something more important – the presidency.
Mitt, a quarter billionaire, disclosed his federal payments to fellow one percenter McCain, who owns so many houses he couldn’t count them. To America’s middle class riffraff, Mitt has divulged significantly less — a partial return for 2010 and a promise of the 2011 return when he finishes it.
Ann Romney told ABC reporter Robin Roberts last week that the riffraff need far less to determine who will be their President than McCain did to pick a VP. Here’s what Ann said:
“We have given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life.”
You people. That would be the uppity riffraff who dare to question the rich Romneys.
Mitt has explained all this before. He’ll tell voters what’s good for them. And what’s good for them is part of one year’s return and maybe another year later. That’ll do it. Here’s how he put it to CNN:
“People always want to get more. We’re putting out what’s required plus more. Those are the two years that people will have, and that’s all that’s necessary for people to understand something about my finances.”
That’s all that’s necessary. Got it? Mitt told you. Now go home and shut up about it.
Mitt might do better with middle class voters if he got down off his high-steppin’ dressage horse. But if he did that, he might never get taxpayers to repay him the $77,000 he lost on that horse. That $77,000 loss, an amount larger than most Americans earn in a year, was revealed in the partial return Romney did release. No wonder he’s reluctant to disclose more.
“There are so many things that will be open again for more attack. And you just want to give more material for more attack. And that’s really – that’s just the answer.”
The answer, Ann Romney said, is that there are so many things in those secret returns that would provoke criticism. And the quarter billionaire running for president don’t countenance no criticism from riffraff. (more…)