Skip to comments.Romney's taxes: Who cares?
Posted on 09/25/2012 6:12:45 AM PDT by Kaslin
Did anyone think the release of Mitt Romney's tax returns would satisfy Democrats and make them focus on the real issues in this campaign, including President Obama's failed domestic and foreign policy record and approaching massive tax increases? If so, please call me for a great deal on Arizona swampland.
The Obama campaign's deputy manager, Stephanie Cutter, accused Romney of taking advantage of lower tax rates for capital gains available only to "those at the top." Is Cutter saying Romney is wrong to obey tax law? The tax code is a mess. It, not Romney, should be the object of scorn. And by the way, Americans who make average incomes can benefit from lower capital gains taxes if they build sufficient wealth by making good investments.
Now that we know Romney paid a considerable amount of tax last year and in previous years, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should apologize for his comment about an unnamed "source" he claimed told him Romney paid no taxes for a decade. After Romney released his returns, instead of apologizing, Reid tried a new tack. "The information released today reveals that Mitt Romney manipulated one of the only two years of tax returns he's seen fit to show the American people," Reid said in a statement. "And then only to 'conform' with his public statements. That raises the question: what else in those returns has Romney manipulated?" Reid, of course, still has not released his 2011 tax returns. Is he hiding something? Suppose a "source" told me so?
I don't care how much, or how little, the Romneys pay in taxes. I do care, and so should voters, about government overspending and a national debt that now tops $16 trillion dollars.
I don't care how much money anyone makes and neither should voters. Voters should be concerned only about whether they have the opportunity to make a decent living without having to depend on government. I do care -- and so should voters -- that our future is being mortgaged to pay for "entitlements" and huge interest on long-term debt that is greater than the gross domestic product of some countries.
Before leaving Washington to campaign for re-election, members of the Senate passed one of those stopgap spending bills, ensuring government paychecks will continue to go out. It ends what many regard as one of the least productive legislative sessions in U.S. history; not necessarily a bad thing when you consider the damage Congress might have caused were it not for a Republican House crying, "NO!" Voters should also recall the numerous bills passed by the House and ignored in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
In the first presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 3, Romney must show a part of himself no one has yet seen and perhaps not even he knows exists. He should remind Americans of their history of self-reliance, personal responsibility and accountability. When government replaces those virtues with entitlements and dependency it diminishes and weakens the nation.
Government is supposed to be of, by and for the people, not in spite of the people. It is "we the people," not you the government. It is the people who grant power to those who govern. It is not the government, or any politician, who has the constitutional right to limit our freedoms and shackle us to Washington.
Quote Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, Mitt. Quote Reagan. Remind people why the Democrats lost control of the House in 1994 and again in 2010. It makes no sense to vote for conservatives in one election and then vote for a liberal in another.
Four years ago, a majority of Americans were seduced by Obama's soaring and messianic rhetoric. It's time for us to embrace what our parents and grandparents tried to hand down to us: individual responsibility and a sense of caring for each other. If Romney makes that case in this "entitlement nation," he could win. If not, we're finished and what Romney paid in taxes will matter even less than it should now.
Again, from the shirt:
Im supposed to be more worried
about what Romney does with HIS
money than what Obama does with MINE?
I wish Romney made twice what he made. What difference should it make to me. It’s the 99% crowd who are envious and believe it should be given to them.
Pray for America
Depends on how you see it. I believe it will help.
agree...just trying to get a rise out of anti Romney freepers :)
Multiple choice, kiddies:
Would you rather have:
A. a POTUS who is rich because he was wildly successful?
B. a POTUS who is poor because he was a failure at everything he ever did?
Explain your answer.
When is Romney and the GOP going to start fighting back? Romney should never have released his tax information. Instead, he should have said: “I’ll release my tax returns as soon as Obama unsequesters all of the documents he’s been hiding for the past four years, from school and employment histories to why he and Michelle both surrendered their IL law licenses.”
End of friggin’ story!
I had a long discussion with a Democrat and Obozo’s policies. I asked why he’s hiding his past records. Her answer: I don’t care. I asked why she favors the Democrat position, and she said: They do more for the poor. I asked: After 5 decades of Democrat-controlled Congresses, a War on Poverty, and trillions of dollars spent on aid to the poor and a report last summer saying there are more poor today (even in relative terms) than ever before, could it be that their policies are designed not to end poverty but to perpetuate it so they are beholding to the Democrats? No response. She also said: Republicans are all pro-business and don’t care about the common man. My response: Who do you think produced the highest standard of living on the planet, the poor or the rich, businesses or the unemployed? No response. When asked: Do you think a rising tide lifts all boats. Response: That may be, but I don’t believe it!
Jesus! It’s like talking with a post.
I don’t care at all.
In fact, anyone who can find a legal way to pay zero taxes is fine with me. If you don’t owe it, then don’t pay it.
It’s like us folks from Ohio being speaking ill of tennesseans because we have a state income tax and they don’t. I’d say that they’re smarter. I wouldn’t bellyache that they’re committing some kind of crime when what they’re doing is perfectly legal.
Romney, knowing two years ago that the issue of his 2010 taxes (2011 tax returns) were going to be a major campaign issue, with that clairvoyant information, structured his income and donations to nullify his critics by releasing that financial information in 2012.
If Romney can predict the future that accurately, he is "da man" for "da job".
To the headline: no one with common sense.
C. a POTUS who became rich in office by peddling his influence?
Romney was smeared by harry reid and it was implied.. "Word's out" that he payed no taxes.
Where's the interest in holding reid accountable?
What tax rate does Warrn Buffet pay?
Most of his income is from investments......
How about Harry Reid?
Dems just cannot play fair. They wrote the tax codes over a large number of years & now they squack like a trapped duck.
I couldn’t care less about Romney’s taxes.
Obama and his filthy democrats gotta go, that is all that matters this go around.
That explains the mentality of liberals to a t
When you make Romney- level money, you file taxes. Plain and simple. If he had a tax problem he would never have survived gop vetting lett alone escaped IRS scrutiny .
Furthermore, lets be honest about his overpayment in taxes: when you make a lot of money, you over pay to avoid penalties if you kiss something and you get that overpayment back in a refund. I did that for years with all my dividend and capital gains income.
This is all so stupid.