• Oh, Mitt Romney, How You Tease Us with Your Approximate Effective Tax Rate

    By | January 17, 2012

    As we know, inevitable GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney hasn't been too forthcoming with his 1040, basically saying to hell with tradition and his own son Tripp Kip Skip Flip MATT! suggested (jokingly but sorta seriously) that just as soon as Imam Obama released his birth certificate, maybe dear ol' dad would dig out the tax return. 

    However, in last night's debate, Mittens' armor started to crack on the tax return question:

    Romney did not firmly commit to releasing his records but said historically candidates have released them around April. "That's probably what I'll do," he said.

    That's nice and all but we demand official government documents with the amount of money you made in past years NOW, Willard and your teasing is not appreciated:

    Mr. Romney  said his effective tax rate is “probably closer to the 15% rate than anything.”

    Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I guess we'll all just have to continue dreaming of your gigantic capital gains. Damn you, Mittens. Damn you.

    Romney Says His Effective Tax Rate Is ‘Probably Closer to 15%’ [WSJ]
    Romney unscathed from debate attacks [Reuters]

    • Chimpy

      Considering he doesn’t have a real job and is probably invested in dividend paying stocks this would be pretty obvious.  His income from the speaking circuit is probably not enough to shift millions of dollars worth of investments in dividend paying stocks.

    • Guest

      While he’s at it, he should also release his birth certificate. Just so there aren’t any lingering questions…

    • Guest

      What does he have to gain by releasing his tax returns?  He’s already released his financial info which says what he owns.  It’s a lose / lose for him to release the returns.  He can’t change or hide the fact he’s one rich SOB and he shouldn’t have to.  I for one think its a GOOD thing in a presidential candidate to have demonstrated real world success.  That’s a whole heck of a lot more than BO can claim (student, community organizer, politician) in the way of real world experience or success therein.  I firmly hope Romney wins the nomination and the November election. 

      • Guest

        Thanks for the talking points. Now I don’t have to watch Hannity tonight.

      • Guest’s Shadow?

        Do you even know what a community organizer is, or do you just like parrotting?

        • 155

          Community organizer is a fake job.  It’s a made up job title and euphemism for something most people wouldn’t consider to be a real job.

          A real job title would be “volunteer coordinator” or “policial activist”.  Community organizer is a political word made up to make his job sound good.

          If a “community organizer” was interviewing for a job at your firm or dating your daughter, most people would be horrified.

          I’m surprised that of all the weaker points Guest stresses you chose that one.

          • Guest

            And after he was a community organizer he became a state senator for 8 years of one of the more heavily populated and diverse states in the union. And then he became a U.S. senator. I’m sure your daughter would be down to fuck much worse.

          • Guest

            Also, the majority of the American people elected him president. That’s got to count for something.

          • 155

            Saying Obama becoming President makes community organizer a top tier job is like saying, because Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer, we should all encourage our children to be peanut farmers.

            It’s a fake job with a euphemistic name rewritten to make it politically difficult to attack.  It’s unproductive and not respectable.

            • Guest

              Something tells me Obama accomplished more good in his time as a community organizer than you have in your entire career.

          • 155

            I don’t agree.  Fake job.  Certainly Obama has accomplishments, being a “community organizer” was not one of them.

            • Guest

              Who said it was a job? Why does someone have to make a lot of money doing something for it to be worthwhile or important? You sound like an accountant.

    • 155

      Who cares?  We are looking for someone to lead the country, why does his tax return matter.

      Besides, he’s been running for like 5 years.  I’m sure there’s nothing scandalous there. He knew he’d end up releasing them when he filed them.

    • The Incredible Bean Counter

      As much as I am sure this is going to rile up the non-accounting public, if this is honestly the biggest critique Mittens suffers from during the election, he is doing a hell of a lot better than most candidates. 

      Seems like this is smoothing over the objections to his actions at Bain more than anything else.

      • Guest

        Yeah, Mitt is practically the perfect candidate for the Republicans.

        • The Incredible Bean Counter

          Not exactly what I was saying, but he is certainly the least controversial. Not that it matters too much – Obama will statistically win regardless of who he is running against.

          • Guest

            He is the least controversial because on every issue he says what his audience wants to hear.