View Poll Results: Why do you think Romney chose to with hold his tax returns for all but the last year?

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    Re: Why do you think Romney refuses to release his tax returns (still)

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    This is PURE speculation.

    Romney doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell of winning. Tax returns contain a lot of revealing information about your business methodologies and their results. Why give this info to your competitors?

    I think he is pretty smart and knows that he is a throw-away candidate. When this is over, he'll go back to making more money.
    I don't see him as a throw away candidate(being that incumbents during an economic crisis tend to have a lower shot of winning than otherwise), but I think he's got some hurdles to get over. The primary one being that he isn't relateable to the common man. He's a lot richer, smarter, and better educated than most of us, and even more, he might be cheating on his taxes. The average Joe from middle America can't relate to that.

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    Re: Why do you think Romney refuses to release his tax returns (still)

    I won't argue the richer, smarter and better educated part. The accusation of "cheating on your taxes" is absolute partisan speculation and negates the value of the obvious and valid observations.

    "Cheating on taxes" is a serious federal crime. You might just as well accuse him of drug dealing or burglary. IMHO, the odds are virtually zero that a man in his position, who requires extensive tax preparation work involving many others, is "cheating".

    As for the "economic" crisis, that (IMHO) is not what is happening. We are coming into a new reality of automation and globalization and there will NEVER be low unemployment again. As for those who suffer from the new reality, which candidate is more likely to offer them welfare? Maybe you don't approve of welfare but that's kind of beside the point. I think you'll find "the poor" voting Obusha AND a surprising percentage of high income people that feel sympathetic to the less fortunate.

    Of course, I've been wrong 2 or 3 times in my life so anything is possible. I hold both of them in such low regard that I'm voting 3rd party for the first time in my life.




    Quote Originally Posted by waas View Post
    I don't see him as a throw away candidate(being that incumbents during an economic crisis tend to have a lower shot of winning than otherwise), but I think he's got some hurdles to get over. The primary one being that he isn't relateable to the common man. He's a lot richer, smarter, and better educated than most of us, and even more, he might be cheating on his taxes. The average Joe from middle America can't relate to that.

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    Re: Why do you think Romney refuses to release his tax returns (still)

    Thing is every one already knows he pays 13/14% on taxes from his 1 return, why not release the rest unless you have something to hide.

    Being rich and well educated doesn't make you smart. Being smart and well educated doesn't mean you have the interests of the nation and the world at heart.

    Every one of our presidents have been to top schools, not all of them are brilliant.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...s_by_education

    Both candidates have been to and graduated from top schools btw

    Obama from Colombia and Harvard Law
    Romney from Stanford and Harvard Business
    Last edited by shiang; 09-10-12 at 09:38 PM.

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    Re: Why do you think Romney refuses to release his tax returns (still)

    Because it none of you or my business.
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    Re: Why do you think Romney refuses to release his tax returns (still)

    Quote Originally Posted by shiang View Post
    Thing is every one already knows he pays 13/14% on taxes from his 1 return, why not release the rest unless you have something to hide.

    Being rich and well educated doesn't make you smart. Being smart and well educated doesn't mean you have the interests of the nation and the world at heart.

    Every one of our presidents have been to top schools, not all of them are brilliant.

    List of Presidents of the United States by education - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Both candidates have been to and graduated from top schools btw

    Obama from Colombia and Harvard Law
    Romney from Stanford and Harvard Business
    Surprise, folks...we have another crazy taxer on the forum.
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    Re: Why do you think Romney refuses to release his tax returns (still)

    The taxereturns will most likely reveal that Mittens has placed his priorities outside the USA and apart from the American people. A true patriot who wants to lead our nation whould place the nation and its people first. I suspect Mittens has placed the worship of Mammon first and is more than happy to use other nations and tax law to his own advantage regardless of its negative impact upon the nation and the American people.

    He wants to avoid that poison which will drive independents away from him in droves. The conservatives and right wing of course will stay the course no matter what.
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    Re: Why do you think Romney refuses to release his tax returns (still)

    Quote Originally Posted by shiang View Post
    Fine media demand
    To be fair, this is the media that has been demanding a Presidential press conference for quite a while. At least that is a situation where what the President does has a bearing on our lives. What Romney did in filing taxes is no different than you or me--yes, as long as he followed the law. To me it's the same as asking both candidates how many times they went to church. I DON'T CARE and my knowing isn't RELEVANT.

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    Re: Why do you think Romney refuses to release his tax returns (still)

    That's a good argument for a normal everyday citizen. Remember though Mr Romney is running to be our President. He made decision being fully aware of the scrutiny that comes with that and every aspect of his life past & present would be under a microscope. So blame him for giving Obama this fire power. Whatever his taxes say. He & his team decided that it would be a unrecoverable blow to release em. So I guess he's hoping what.....Obama forgets about em. Idk

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    Re: Why do you think Romney refuses to release his tax returns (still)

    Quote Originally Posted by JoshuaW View Post
    That's a good argument for a normal everyday citizen. Remember though Mr Romney is running to be our President. He made decision being fully aware of the scrutiny that comes with that and every aspect of his life past & present would be under a microscope. So blame him for giving Obama this fire power. Whatever his taxes say. He & his team decided that it would be a unrecoverable blow to release em. So I guess he's hoping what.....Obama forgets about em. Idk
    Of course there is more scrutiny, the question always should be, where does it stop? Unfortunately the Obama campaign has a long history of seeking the release of even court sealed documents from pretty much every campaign he ever ran, so I prefer not to give Obama the benefit of the doubt on this issue that his motives are altruistic. Those people who initially called for the release of Obama's birth certificate at least were directly challenging his qualifications to be president. I'm in the camp that if the state of Hawaii says he was born there, that's fine by me.

    I suspect that most calling for Romney's tax returns beyond his legal requirement to disclose are either jealous or carrying the water for the Obama campaign. Just as with Hawaii and the birth certificate. If the IRS is ok with Romney's tax returns, that's fine by me.

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    Re: Why do you think Romney refuses to release his tax returns (still)

    Question isn't even a tough one. Romney's tax returns will predictably be relatively complex and contain large numbers. Which would be pure gold that Axlerod/Obama and crew would love to pick apart/distort. The focus of the Obama campaign to this point has been almost entirely based on defining/demonizing Romney. Little or nothing about the issues.

    Romney's tax returns would just give them more content to distort in the next campaign commercial.


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