As F. Scott Fitzgerald might have written, the Romneys are different than you and me. Take Ann Romney for example, the wife of Mitt Romney, the putative GOP presidential nominee. The little people have no right to know about her “family” finances or taxes. It’s none of their business, she said on TV Thursday.
From Huffington Post:
[ABC interviewer Robin] Roberts pressed: “Why not show that, then?” and reasoned that people could “move on” if her husband released his returns.
Romney responded, “Because there are so many things that will be open again for more attack… and that’s really, that’s just the answer. And we’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life.”
Did you catch that? “You people.”
Her husband is running for president. She is running for First Lady. And we salary pikers are unworthy of knowing what’s in their tax returns. We should simply trust them. To her credit she didn’t say, “Let them eat cake.” But it was close.
Let me be clear. I don’t know whether Mitt Romney paid a lot of taxes, a little, or zero in the years for which he so desperately wants to keep his returns hidden (unlike every major party candidate who has run for president in my lifetime). Whatever it was, he should say so, by disclosing those returns.
It would resolve some nagging questions.
- Did he pay anything in 2009?
- Was his rate that year higher or lower than the average bus driver? Ronald Reagan had some opinions on that question, and so do I.
- The Romneys have made an issue out of their giving to the Mormon church (and Ann did it again in this interview). Did they tithe on their gross income, or their net?
- Is the Mittster reluctant to release those returns because it would show he illegally hid income in a Swiss bank account, and the IRS caught him, and he availed himself of the agency’s amnesty program that year? Sorry, but I want to know if the guy asking for my vote is a tax crook.
- Do the returns list him as CEO of Bain Capital in 2000 and 2001, contrary to his statements that he left the company in 1999?
- Or is he refusing to release them out of mere arrogance?
The answer to at least one of the above is a blinger. I’m a nosy cuss when it comes to candidates running for president, and I want an answer. No apologies, Mitt. You’re auditioning for my vote.
So what is it?