See this is exactly what I’ve been saying. I was scrolling through my news feed and came across a blog by Justin Rosario. His blog pointed out exactly what I’ve been saying for a while about Romney and his shady finances.
The man has refused repeated requests by both Democrats and Republicans for Romney to release his financial records prior to last year. The reply everyone keeps getting is that, “Mitt Romney has paid his taxes in full compliance with U.S. law, and he has paid 100 percent of what he has owed.” What I don’t think this guy seems to understand is that, just because something is legal, does not make it ethical. For example, his supporters have been quick to point out the 13.9% tax that he paid in 2010. However, when asked about his taxes for previous years he has refused to give an honest answer. Speculation has covered everything from the fact that he has had questionable tax practices to an unsubstantiated claim by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he was told by a Bain investor that Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years. This is all a major break from the precedent his own father set when he released 12 years of tax returns during his presidential run in the 60’s.
This is the problem with the idea of Romney as a president. A man who is afraid of what we’ll find if he releases his records and doesn’t understand that something can be legal and unethical at the same time has no business running our country. If, by some devastating chance, Romney actually wins the election, I would be willing to start a collection to pay for some business ethics courses for the guy. Obviously, he needs them. Of course, we could save ourselves a lot of trouble and just not vote for him. Let him continue to ruin people’s lives on a much smaller scale. Hey, it’s the best of the available choices. The bright spot is that he seems to be getting backed into a corner he can’t escape. Either he releases his tax returns soon and we find that he’s a shady, rich, corporate scum. Or he continues to refuse to release them and everyone knows that he has something to hide (like the fact that he’s a shady, rich, corporate, scum).