Romney fails due diligence test on taxes
by Kevin Foley
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August 03, 2012 12:11 AM | 1122 views | 7 7 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mitt Romney wants the American people to hire him in November. I’ve hired many people over the years, so I know how important it is to conduct due diligence on somebody in whom you will place a great deal of trust.

It was Romney himself who invited Americans to consider the vast private-sector experience he acquired at Bain Capital as his primary presidential qualification.

So far, so good, Governor. Now, since you brought up your business experience, we need to know much more about it. You always did due diligence on the companies you bought, so you will understand America’s need to do the same. Former presidential candidates have customarily provided years of tax returns to this end so we expect the same from you.

What’s that? You’ll show us just two years of returns?

But it was your father, George, who famously released 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president, saying, “one year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show.” So, American voters need to review your tax returns to get the full Romney picture.

In fact, we want to see them back to 1999, when you claim you left Bain Capital to become CEO of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. SEC filings suggest you were making decisions at Bain long after you say you left the firm. We also have the matter of your corporations and accounts in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Switzerland.

No?!

Mr. Romney, is there something you don’t want Americans to see?

What’s that? You think releasing your returns will create a distraction from President Obama’s record?

Well, the president’s record is actually pretty good, Governor. He pulled the economy back from the brink of a second great depression with almost no help from Republicans. GM is alive and bin Laden is dead, as we like to say around here.

So it’s your record as a businessman we need to fully understand. You have told us your wealth is the product of your business acumen, your ability to manage and overcome huge problems. Tax returns serve to validate your claims.

Arms folded over his chest, lips pursed, Romney vigorously shakes his head and petulantly mutters, “It’s an attack on success because you’re envious of my wealth!”

At this point Romney would be shown the door absent a job offer.

This is why many prominent Republicans along with Democrats are calling for Romney to release his returns. Americans have every right to know everything there is to know about the person who will be making life and death decisions in the White House. But Romney believes he’s above this vulgar fray. He considers himself entitled to the presidency because, well, he’s Mitt Romney, the embodiment of government by and for the one percent.

We already tried this from 2000 to 2008. The results were pretty ugly for 99 percent of us.

Nevertheless, the one percent wants to call the shots again, so they’re unleashing a torrent of negative propaganda that says almost nothing about why Romney is the right candidate and much about why Obama is the wrong one.

When Romney’s qualifications are questioned, the right wing media attack dogs bark “class warfare.” Meantime, birthers still screaming for the “real” certificate seem to care not a whit about Romney’s years of fuzzy offshore finances.

By blowing off demands to see his tax returns, Romney reveals his utter disdain for average American voters and our democratic process in general. He is also telling us much about the sort of president he would be.

Kevin Foley is a public relations executive, author and writer who lives in Kennesaw.
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anonymous
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August 03, 2012
I bet Romney even eats at Chik-Fil-A!!!
Evan Thomas
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August 03, 2012
Nice try again, Kevin.

The feint is failing badly. Oh....that's a fancy word for "head fake" for those of you liberals and non-progressives.

Tell your man Obama to release his transcripts from college and law school, his thesis and other academic works, his passport from 1980, his social security records and actual number, and his selective service documents. A non-photoshopped birth certificate would be nice to have as well.

Then we'll talk about some tax records.

Geez. How pathetic and desperate these Obama-bots are.
SG68
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August 03, 2012
@Kevin Fooley

You fail the due diligence test on common sense.

All anyone has to do is read your columns and that becomes crystal clear.
LossOfGravity
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August 03, 2012
Vote for Ebenezer Romney in November,

And there will be no Christmas pie by December!

Mitt’s a Miser so he hides his Returns,

Scrooge’s straitjacket he wears so I’ve learned!

Conservatives didn’t want him from day one,

God Bless us All. -- Everyone!

Illuminator!
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August 03, 2012
So its not ok to be a miser in your opinion. At least he is spending his own money. Your man Obumbles loves to spending everyone else's money plus all that he can borrow. Mitt gives more to charity than all the Demorats combined.
Same talking points
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August 03, 2012
The Feckless Far Left is desperate to find some way to smear a decent man. The reason being that their man has such a miserable record that they can't talk about that. Well, FFL's, the American public is not quite as stupid as one might think. We care about jobs, national security, honesty and decency! We are tired of a president who runs all over the world Apologizing! for his country. (The greatest country in the world, by the way).
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