Romney digs in: I will not be releasing more tax returns

posted at 4:41 pm on July 17, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

There’s a growing chorus insisting that Mitt Romney needs to release his tax returns, because otherwise, he’s the most secretive candidate since “Richard Nixon,” or something — but it isn’t just Democrats clamoring for him to do so, either. There’s a cadre of conservatives urging him to just bite the bullet and get it over with, too:

“He ought to release his returns,” former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, another prominent Republican, told conservative National Review Online. “Any time this campaign’s conversation is not about President Obama’s failed policies…then the [Romney] campaign isn’t talking about the right thing.”

Last week Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Mr. Romney’s personal finances were “fair game.”

And:

Strategic “advice” has been offered up on The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, and in a series of high-profile tweets from NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch. …

On “Fox News Sunday” this week, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol called Romney’s refusal to release more than two years of tax returns “crazy.”

“He should release the tax returns tomorrow,” Mr. Kristol said. “You’ve got to release six, eight, 10 years of back tax returns.”

Over on ABC’s “This Week,” conservative columnist George Will chimed in by observing that Romney was “losing at this point in a big way.” Mr. Will added: “I do not know why, given that Mitt Romney knew the day that McCain lost in 2008 that he was going to run for president again that he didn’t get all of this out and tidy up some of his offshore accounts and all the rest.”

It seems that Mitt Romney, however, is not to be persuaded. On Tuesday, he reiterated to the NJ that he is set on this point and will not be releasing any more of his personal tax returns:

“In the political environment that exists today, the opposition research of the Obama campaign is looking for anything they can use to distract from the failure of the president to reignite our economy,” Romney said in an interview with National Review Online. “And I’m simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort, and lie about.” …

Asked by the interviewer why he didn’t get rid of the off-shore tax accounts that have also become the subject of Obama campaign ads, Romney declined to offer a detailed explanation. He said only, “The world of finance is not as simple as some would have you believe.”

Allright, I’m gonna’ just ponder this out: I’m all about shutting down the Obama campaign’s bullying tactics and refusing to play the game on their terms; but then again, when it comes to the cheap populist appeals, Team Barack Obama has been known to play a damn good game.

Mitt Romney is a pretty judicious, pros-and-cons type of dude — while I highly doubt he did anything at all approaching illegality, he must think that his tax returns would provide Team Obama with more fodder for the anti-free enterprise, populist attacks. As legal and prudent as they can be, the general public probably wouldn’t be too receptive to “unpatriotic” offshore bank accounts or whatever else right now — the world of finance is a complex and tricky thing, and maybe it’s just not a good use of Mitt Romney’s time to be trying to explain hedge funds and whatnot when we need to be talking about broad economic solutions for our national economy.

Is it more worthwhile to let Team Obama keep harping on the “Romney is super-secretive meme,” which will eventually get put on the back-burner and with which they’ve already jumped the shark at least once, or to just let it all hang out and clear the air now while we still have months left to tinker with messaging? Even if Romney’s tax returns contain nothing at all untoward, I doubt they’d be able to tell Team Obama to stick that in their pipe and smoke it — Team Obama would find some way to hype their proffered image of Romney as a dastardly capitalist.

I honestly don’t know — Guy Benson and Conn Carroll offer two thorough, dissenting opinions if you’re looking for a little more analysis. So, what do you think? Should Mitt keep telling Team Obama to get lost, or just have out and be done with it?

So go the latest campaign shenanigans. Meanwhile, back at the ranch


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I would say, and they will say: what’s the problem with releasing more tax returns? Digging in is right!

anotherJoe on July 17, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Good on him.

The most “transparent swine in history”, Obama, can go to Hades, and the media with him.

Hey media, what you eat is Obama’s crap, not Beluga caviar.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Remember when the left was acting the same way about President elect/President Obama about his birth certificate…after the President had been listed in self-promotional material as having been board in Kenya…while being born in the US is a Consitutional requirement for President whereas tax returns aren’t.

I don’t.

dgarone on July 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Romney would be best served by following his father’s example. He can simultaneously claim transparency and showing homage to his father. That would settle it (provided no shenanigans). Naturally, Mitt won’t do it.

Stoic Patriot on July 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM

He can release his tax returns when Obama releases: college application (since he allegedly had a scholarship as a foreign student, no?), college transcripts, law school transcripts, all information on Fast & Furious, etc., etc.

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Minus one “about.” Board=born. I probably should have read that over.

dgarone on July 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Sigh.

The libs will immediatelely take this as proof that Romney is hiding something, and the outcry will only grow .

Seriously, the Romney campaign is inept.

Norwegian on July 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

He should just do it and get it over with. Otherwise the media will make the story about this.

rndmusrnm on July 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

“He ought to release his returns,” former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, another prominent Republican, told conservative National Review Online. “Any time this campaign’s conversation is not about President Obama’s failed policies…then the [Romney] campaign isn’t talking about the right thing.”

Uhh, yeah. Good point Haley. Because once Mitt releases all these returns, Obama and the MSM will have no choice but to shrug their shoulders and finally talk about Barry’s failed policies since every attack line against Mitt will have been exhuasted! /

Kataklysmic on July 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

good… now lets keep the focus on Obama and unseating that megalomaniac

gatorboy on July 17, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Should Mitt keep telling Team Obama to get lost, or just have out and be done with it?

Too mild. To Hell with the impertinent thugs. Romney owes them nothing, nada, not a thing. Period.

He should ask them to get rid of Obama’s EO, covering up Fast and Furious, for starters.

When I see Obama’s grades, papers he wrote, loans he got, selective service records, I’ll reconsider.

Show steel, or go home. Those fools from the Rs too!

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 4:48 PM

dig in-
let obama piss away his money on this one trick pony

Bensonofben on July 17, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I have no problems with Romney releasing his tax returns 5 minutes after Obama releases his school/medical records. I am all about compromise……

JVelez on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Mark Levin: The RINOs are wrong, again (he means Bill Kristol)

Posted by The Right Scoop on July 16th, 2012 in Politics | 127 Comments

Yesterday Bill Kristol said that Romney should release his tax returns and get it over with but Mark Levin says that’s a terrible idea and wrong:

The RINOs are wrong, again.

Leave it to us, conservatives, yet again, to try and win this election.

The RINOs, having told us throughout the GOP primary that Romney was the only candidate who could beat Obama, are now telling Romney to release years and years of his past tax returns to get “the issue” behind him.

To get what issue behind him? It won’t stop Obama from lying about “outsourcing” and demagoguing Romney’s career at Bain Capital. It won’t stop Obama from demagoguing Romney’s wealth and investments. And it won’t stop the media from echoing all of it. Obama’s entire campaign is built on personal attacks, lies, and class warfare. He has no intention of holding back if Romney releases more tax records. On the contrary. It provides Obama with more fodder.

RINOs are not very good at fighting the Left. They don’t know how to deal well with the Left’s personal attacks, lies, and ideological propaganda. And their contempt for the Right runs so deep they all but ignore our advice. They invoke Reagan but act like Ford. Ford was a nice man but a loser.

Go on offense against Obama and his record. Do not allow Obama to further control the issues in this campaign by helping him. He will run his campaign the only way he knows how. All he knows and has are the tactics he’s now employing.

At the same time, Romney must lay out his ideas in concise, compelling, and plain language, contrasting his positive, growth-oriented, pro-American agenda to Obama’s depressing, bleak, and destructive record.

Obama is an awful president. He’s incompetent and reckless. His ideology is radical and his record is disastrous. But he’s also predictable and extremely vulnerable.

Let’s go Romney.

al on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

you’re not winning if you’re stuck in defensive mode

Doctor Zhivago on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Note to aspiring politicians: don’t do what the opposing campaign tells you to do… or the media.

That is all.

nitzsche on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Gawd-dambit, just have one scandal. /LSM

nobar on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I’m getting sick of this crap. Everyone on the right better get on the same page now. Either that, or just shut up for the next 4 months.

TheLastBrainLeft on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Good For Romney. He knows the Dems are just looking for more material to slander him on. He did what was required and does not have to provide them anything else. Remember OBAMA’s Republican opponent for the Senate in Illinois and his sealed divorce proceedings were ordered opened by a D judge that was supposed to decide based on what was best for the kids. These people are street fighters. They know what is in the Tax returns but need to have them come out to use the info.

Also George Will, and the rest of the crew are not your friends. They have sold their souls. George Will is a fop.

Natebo on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

He can release his tax returns when Obama releases: college application (since he allegedly had a scholarship as a foreign student, no?), college transcripts, law school transcripts, all information on Fast & Furious, etc., etc.

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

No kidding. Just say that every time anyone asks him why he won’t release his tax returns.

Doughboy on July 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Me thinks Romney has something to hide.

Just like I think Obama has something to hide by not releasing his college transcripts.

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

The problem is, the media is going to go (has gone) all in with Obama on this, b/c they can pretend they are just being “objective” in demanding that Romney release the tax returns.

So, this is not going to go away and will keep eating up potential support. Romney is likely going to have to eventually give in and release some more returns. It is better to do it now and get it over with then closer to the election.

However, I would have Romney give a big speech where he agrees to release his tax returns if, and only if, Obama releases his law school and college applications / transcripts as well as his full medical records.

At least get something for it. Then, if Obama refuses, put it back on Obama as being the most secretive. Every other presidential candidate has released medical records and college info except Obama.

And, that would take some thunder away from the media as the media would have to at least (begrudgingly) report on Romney’s offer and Obama’s refusal to release his records. I’m guessing that right now most Americans have no idea that such basic information about Obama has never been released or reviewed by anyone.

Perhaps that is what Romney is waiting for, a time when more people are paying attention to make this offer to Obama. An exchange of documents, if you will.

Monkeytoe on July 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Seriously, the Romney campaign is inept.

Norwegian on July 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Some people have said that it’s because his wealth is even greater than reported. I don’t know about anyone else, but the fact that he knows how to make money is a huge positive as far as I’m concerned. It’s the only thing that sets him apart from being just another nice guy who worked in finance…. :D

cynccook on July 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

When you show me yours I will show you mine!

derecho on July 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Always count on the Rs to be stupid.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Sigh.

The libs will immediatelely take this as proof that Romney is hiding something, and the outcry will only grow .

Seriously, the Romney campaign is inept.

Norwegian on July 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

+1

nathor on July 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Romney is right. Democrats want to lie and distort and they will use whatever they can to do it. Giving them more information is yet another way for them to distract the public.

It won’t end the call for more information either. Obama has been secretive about his past and he gets a pass for it. The hell with them. Bill Kristol is a fool and dead wrong once again. He wants Romney to play by the opposition’s rules.

echosyst on July 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

D: “Hey, show me your taxes for the past 12 years.”

R: “Under what authority do you have the right to look at my taxes?”

D: “No right, just want to fish through them and see if I might be able to find something to embarrass you with.”

R: “Sorry. No. If you feel I have done something wrong, you have the right to file a complaint and have it looked into by the pertinent authority but Americans have no obligation to have their private finances gone through.”

D: “Aha! That MUST mean you are HIDING something!”

crosspatch on July 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Some people have said that it’s because his wealth is even greater than reported. I don’t know about anyone else, but the fact that he knows how to make money is a huge positive as far as I’m concerned. It’s the only thing that sets him apart from being just another nice guy who worked in finance…. :D

cynccook on July 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

more like Romney has surrounded himself with yes men

Doctor Zhivago on July 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM

al on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

You just saved me a lot of typing. Thanks.

CurtZHP on July 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM

What exactly are people looking for, anyway? More proof that he’s rich? Well, we know that already. I don’t know what difference shutting down the offshore accounts years ago would’ve made, either…they’d still make hay about him having them, one way or another.

It’s maddening that Obama is elected four years ago without having the same sort of vetting, where documents weren’t demanded and such requests were deemed racist. The hypocrisy is astounding. I don’t want him to release any more of his returns, as I think it is unnecessary and will just provide the Left with more shiny objects.

changer1701 on July 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Always count on the Rs to be stupid.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

not the stupid party for nothing

Doctor Zhivago on July 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM

echosyst on July 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

+100

derecho on July 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Mitt: “I will release more tax filings when barack releases his college transcripts. After all, when you apply for a job you normally have to provide your grades. I will even provide mine”.

That would shut barack’s pie hole.

DuctTapeMyBrain on July 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Note to aspiring politicians: don’t do what the opposing campaign tells you to do… or the media.

That is all.

nitzsche on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Absolutely, and I don’t get why there are Republicans climbing on the Democrat bandwagon.

TwilightAuthor on July 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

No – he released the taxes which all the other presidential contenders released.

He owes NO one 12 years’ worth of releases of anything.

You, good one, should not fall for the leftists’ propaganda and traps. Fluke them!!!

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Man… He obviously has something to hide. Did these idiots not expect this to happen. The Libs/Media are going to have 24/7 circle jerk about this.

brewcrew67 on July 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

If this is going to be pushed, then Obama should release his college grades and every liblet troll posting here should also make available here his/her returns for us to scrutinize.

Liam on July 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I wonder if the tax returns he is refusing to release would damage him with Conservatives more than democrats?

Hmmmmmmm.

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Hey, Obama’s BC and grades went away as an issue in 2008 b/c he simply refused to talk about them and refused to release them. Now I realize Mitt is the Rep. so things are different for him, but there is precedent. He has released all he needs to under the law or whatever and that is enough. Go pound sand DWS & Obama!

JAM on July 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Its really just all a play by the left to paint targets on Mitt’s back the stupid part is the collaborationist on the Right, keep your mouths shut if you don’t have a well deserved dig on the left.

Speakup on July 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Portlandon may well be right, but the story here is the Barry crew keeps Romney on defense. That is RNC and good old boy smarts. Smarts that gets you in the L column.

Limerick on July 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I’m getting sick of this crap. Everyone on the right better get on the same page now. Either that, or just shut up for the next 4 months.

TheLastBrainLeft on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Agreed. But we can’t help it, apparently. With “friends” like these…

changer1701 on July 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Should Mitt keep telling Team Obama to get lost, or just have out and be done with it?

He should tell them to go screw themselves.

And everytime they bring it up, he should pull a little file out and shake it in the media’s face and say, “Here are my tax returns, my college transcripts, my medical records and my birth certificate. When you have the same from Obama, get back to me.”

BacaDog on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Romney should make a deal with Barry. Obama UNSEALS ALL HIS COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS AND MEDICAL RECORDS, Romney releases the last 7 years of his tax returns.

After all, the IRS only requires you keep the last 7 years.

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

This is a non-issue, just another distraction.

Pork-Chop on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

You, good one, should not fall for the leftists’ propaganda and traps. Fluke them!!!

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I personally don’t care what is in Romney’s tax returns. But until he releases them, he is playing defense and Obama and his minions can frame the argument that Romney is hiding something.

I do however wonder if Romney’s tax returns would upset Conservatives more than Democrats. Maybe more donations to Planned Parenthood, or Pro liberal charities?

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

This would be a win when say the huge number over small percents that LSM is propagandizing.

Approx big million paid over 5 years sounds big over that he only paid a small 16.1% over 5 years. Once the actually dollar value number comes out it will go away.

tjexcite on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Note to aspiring politicians: don’t do what the opposing campaign tells you to do… or the media.

That is all.

nitzsche on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Exactly. I would also include other members of your party who would like to see you lose becasue they are hoping to carry Jeb’s jock in 2016.

Kataklysmic on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I do NOT think there is anything in those returns Romney is afraid of — I think this is simply his refusal to negotiate with terrorists. So he releases some more tax returns. What, is that going to silence the Obama campaign? Hell no! It will embolden them. He releases 2 years, they want 10. He releases 10, they’ll want 15. Next up will be something else. Screw Obama and his lapdogs in the media. I agree with Romney on this. You don’t negotiate with terrorists.

Rational Thought on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

All he has to do is, hold a Press Conference and say, “Why hasn’t the sitting President of the US released his College Transcripts and Medical Reports? I’m just a candidate. He’s the prsident.”

kingsjester on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Good. Don’t release them Mitt. We already know u are a rich man. And all u have to say is: “Follow me, peeps. I know the way to prosperity and BO doesn’t.”

gracie on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Obama is a fiction, a composite.

He never even had a paper route and yacks about capital, business and job creation…as if he has a clue. Every time he opens that impertinent trap he steps in it.

Attack him on eveything, including his personal impertinent thuggery. He is not “likeable”. This is a thuggish thief, a narcissist to boot, who only cares about his own power.

Mitt needs to fire his advisers and marketeers, including some here. Dang, what a moment in history and the moment can’t find the man. It is devastating to the land and her future generations.

Wake up already. Quit moping and attack, attack, attack.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

that ought to about do it for the obama reelection.

Just do not understand. If you know that there is something that the obama campaign and the media (birm)) are going to pummel you with to great effect, why even run? You eviscerate every Republican opponent then play sweet with o and then hand him the one thing that can turn almost everyone against you.

F you Republican establishment that keeps putting up these trash candidates. Hell, I would have rather santorum (I actually had to think about his name for a second) and his Christian authority than someone with a insurmountable handicap.

Not normally a pessimist, but damn.

traye on July 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Obama digs in; “I will not be releasing more forgeries”.

VorDaj on July 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Also, show why people should follow you.

See Ronald Reagan and be at least half of the man/mensch, damn it!

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

That is a distinct possibility.

kingsjester on July 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Romney, like the same thing that happened during the R nomination fight, is probably going to kick and scream about this for days or weeks. Another candidate perhaps could put out the fire and so not release his returns. But something about Romney’s character, or his situation, leaves him unable to put out the fire. It will just grow and grow, and ultimately he will releases his returns despite his protests, or pays a huge electoral price. Why not just backtrack quickly, get it over with without this extended drama that will put off the whole nation.

Release the returns, then release the hounds (go on the attack!).

anotherJoe on July 17, 2012 at 4:58 PM

There is no “just do it and get it over with” with the democratics. If he releases five more years, the contents will be the news for two weeks. Then they will say what is he hiding before 2005?

The spaghetti-spined pundits will replay the “just go it and get it over with” refrain.

If he releases all his tax returns back to college (and who keeps them that long?) it won’t be enough. They will want all emails from his time at Bain Capital. They will want all financial records from Bain, for its entire existence. They aren’t after information, they aren’t after dirt, they just want to remind voters that “this Romney guy is very wealthy”.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Remember when the left was acting the same way about President elect/President Obama about his birth certificate…after the President had been listed in self-promotional material as having been board in Kenya…while being born in the US is a Consitutional requirement for President whereas tax returns aren’t.

I don’t.

dgarone on July 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Source?!

lester on July 17, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I do however wonder if Romney’s tax returns would upset Conservatives more than Democrats. Maybe more donations to Planned Parenthood, or Pro liberal charities?

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Hmmm. I hadn’t considered that possiblity. That would definitely hurt him.

Kataklysmic on July 17, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Hey Mitt…Welcome to Thunderdome.

If anybody was still wondering if Romney was immune to being Palinized, well now we know. This will go on and on and on until that poor horse is flogged into an unrecognizable mess.

sharrukin on July 17, 2012 at 4:59 PM

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I don’t care. They release nothing, do nothing, and throw all the acid in his face. He should dump more at them. Period.

Nothing short will do it. These are thugs, not civilized people.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I personally don’t care what is in Romney’s tax returns. But until he releases them, he is playing defense and Obama and his minions can frame the argument that Romney is hiding something.

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Yep. Romney could’ve precluded all of this by just releasing them a few months ago. Now, it’s just going to be drip drip drip.

ddrintn on July 17, 2012 at 4:59 PM

when it comes to the cheap populist appeals, Team Barack Obama has been known to play a damn good game.

Almost as good as Hitler.

VorDaj on July 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Hey Mitt…Welcome to Thunderdome.

If anybody was still wondering if Romney was immune to being Palinized, well now we know. This will go on and on and on until that poor horse is flogged into an unrecognizable mess.

sharrukin on July 17, 2012 at 4:59 PM

And again, yep.

ddrintn on July 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Maybe more donations to Planned Parenthood, or Pro liberal charities?

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

In the news now – Obama directly gives your taxes to PP divisions and they today run ads for him, with your taxes.

God, the right is stupid.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Every time they bring up his tax returns, he should bring up Øbama’s transcripts and school applications, and then the docs Issa wants re Fast and Furious. Turn it back on them every time. As Trump said, if Romney responds like this, soon they’ll stop bringing it up.

petefrt on July 17, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Let’s see, Romney destroyed his emails from his term as Governer, and now he won’t release the rest of his tax returns. Welcome to the most transparent administration in history, only to be compared to the Obama administration.

idesign on July 17, 2012 at 5:01 PM

If the IRS thinks he’s cheating, they know what to do about it. And they have every page there is.

RBMN on July 17, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Almost as good as Hitler.

VorDaj on July 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

He, at least, loved his adopted land.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 5:01 PM

So he releases some more tax returns. What, is that going to silence the Obama campaign? Hell no! It will embolden them. He releases 2 years, they want 10. He releases 10, they’ll want 15. Next up will be something else. Screw Obama and his lapdogs in the media. I agree with Romney on this. You don’t negotiate with terrorists.

Rational Thought on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

There is no limit to what they will request.

Meanwhile, the most transparent regime in the history of the universe is still stonewalling the Gunwalkergate investigation.

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Almost as good as Hitler.

VorDaj on July 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

ah, good old Godwin. Happened sooner than I expected

Doctor Zhivago on July 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

All these pundits have never seen a tax return that looks like Romney’s. It’s probably 100 pages or more. The sheer size of the actual return will be shocking to ordinary people who use TurboTax or file a 1040EZ. That is very different from the return of a salaried worker or law partner or Congressman. So these people don’t know what they are talking about and should STFU.

rockmom on July 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

One thing I know for a fact: never, ever listen to Bill Kristol. In fact, it is usually wise to do the exact opposite of what he says.

If the 2008 swooning over Obama like 12 year old girls at a Justin Beiber concert done by Kristol, George Will, and every other “conservative” pundit wasn’t enough to convince you; if the fact that to a one as of February 2012 they were still so gaga over Obama that despite his record of failure they said that Obama was such a “lock” for re-election that the GOP should just write off trying to obtain the presidency and concentrate on winning Senate seats; if all that wasn’t enough to tell you who these putzes are *really* pulling for, then I hope the fact that they are advising Romney to allow Team Obama to dictate how he runs his campaign & the conversation will. These guys are more than happy to talk about Romney’s tax returns and not Obama’s record & the economy — the same way they were saying in 2008 that Rev. Wright didn’t matter; the same way the were pounding Palin for saying Obama “palled around with terrorists;” the same way they agreed that McCain’s military career wasn’t a “qualification to be president” the list is endless — they may not necessarily be *actively against* us, but they are *on* Obama’s side. Romney, at least, recognizes this.

Dark Star on July 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

He can release his tax returns when Obama releases: college application (since he allegedly had a scholarship as a foreign student, no?), college transcripts, law school transcripts, all information on Fast & Furious, etc., etc.

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

This.

nukemhill on July 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

So, what do you think? Should Mitt keep telling Team Obama to get lost, or just have out and be done with it?

Herds of low IQ voters, whose vote has been locked in for Obama, will not be influenced by Romney’s tax returns.
They have been told to hate him because he is white and rich and their IQs don’t allow them to know any more.

Those who want to get rid of Obama will vote for Romney, knowing that he has been a successful businessman.

As for those who are still waiting to form an opinion about Romney based on a few more tax returns, they are too stupid to even understand the severity of the danger this country faces with Obama. These voters will vote Obama anyway.

So who benefits from Romney releasing more of his tax returns ?
George Will ? Bill Kristol ? A$andturd? Carville ? Khalidi ?

burrata on July 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Romney should never do anything the Obama swine want him to do. These are Chicago Mafioso thugs, with more respect for the Mafia, sincerely.

Mitt needs to wake up or go home.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I do however wonder if Romney’s tax returns would upset Conservatives more than Democrats. Maybe more donations to Planned Parenthood, or Pro liberal charities?

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Conservatives would vote for a steaming pile of dog crap if it meant getting Obama out of office. The worst that could happen if he donated to lib causes is it would make a couple independents like Romney more.

But I don’t think he should release them until Obama releases his college transcripts, AT LEAST. Make it all about Obama and how secretive he is. Run ads on how much money Obama has invested in keeping his history secret.

The Rogue Tomato on July 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Selective service info

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Romney shouldn’t have released ANY tax returns at all. What’s the real point of releasing them anyways?

El_Terrible on July 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Think about it. He’s known for years that he wanted to be President which means there’s zero possibility that he did anything illegal. At the very least we know that the last 4 years (since losing the nom to McCain) would be squeaky clean (and I think all of them are since I think he happens to be an honest and upstanding guy).

So he’s clearly made a calculation that weathering this temporary brouhaha is better than what a dishonest Marxist like Bambi would make from the detailed records of a decade’s worth of the legal dealings of a successful business leader.

Given that, it’d be nice if those who’d like to see Obama defeated would stop lending a hand to BO’s campaign.

SoRight on July 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

brewcrew67 on July 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Cut and paste straight from Axerods’s email much?

txhsmom on July 17, 2012 at 5:04 PM

All these pundits have never seen a tax return that looks like Romney’s. It’s probably 100 pages or more. The sheer size of the actual return will be shocking to ordinary people who use TurboTax or file a 1040EZ. That is very different from the return of a salaried worker or law partner or Congressman. So these people don’t know what they are talking about and should STFU.

rockmom on July 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

haha, if that is your reasoning why he shouldn’t do it, that frigging pathetic

Doctor Zhivago on July 17, 2012 at 5:04 PM

He release a bunch of stuff YEARS AGO. He had to do it to run for Gov of MASS.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/here-are-all-of-mitt-romneys-personal-financial-d

STUPID Dems don’t know how to do research.

Gunlock Bill on July 17, 2012 at 5:04 PM

lester on July 17, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Out of the loop?

Does it bother you that the dear liar may be a Fast & Furious Felon?

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 5:04 PM

atta boy Mitt, we’re done being pushed around…nothing like having a set of cajones…

RedInMD on July 17, 2012 at 5:04 PM

He needs to have a public dialougue with Obumbler. One that the lamestreams can’t ignore. To wit:

2009 tax return for the unredacted Fast & Furious emails;
2008 tax return for Occidental transcripts & application docs;
2007 tax return for Columbia transcripts & application docs;
2006 tax return for Harvard transcripts & application docs:
2000 through 2009 for Obama’s admission of being a liar about the Bain tenure.

MikeinPRCA on July 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

So how many years of tax returns did Obumble release in 2008?
Why would Romney be forced to release more tax returns than the IRS requires anyone to maintain?

Do we already have Romney’s college transcripts?
If so, why don’t we have Obumble’s college records?

So who is and is not being transparent?

dentarthurdent on July 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Romney should offer to release his tax returns just as soon as Obama waives executive priviledge shielding the release of DOJ documents shedding light on Obama administration giving guns to mexican drug cartels, which led to the killing of two american law enforcement officers and hundreds of mexican citizens.

Cavalry on July 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

God, the right is stupid.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

As they say, we are the Stupid Party.

As you’re well aware, it’s a lot bigger than PP. Our taxes fund a pervasive leftist infrastructure. And the Stupid Party lets it happen.

petefrt on July 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Plus there are these.

http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/candlook.php?CID=N00000286

Yet the stupid Dems still need more water to fish in.

Gunlock Bill on July 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Absolutely, and I don’t get why there are Republicans climbing on the Democrat bandwagon.

TwilightAuthor on July 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Hi Stephanie. And I believe it’s what they call being ‘useful idiots.’

cynccook on July 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

After all, the IRS only requires you keep the last 7 years.

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

One of our newbie trolls from the last Open Reg started throwing around the claim on another thread here this morning that Romney had released “20 years” worth of his tax returns to the McCain campaign in ’08 when he was being vetted for V.P.

When I started to question this and asked for verifiable proof that Romney had actually done this in 2008, the unit could not respond.

I then found that this meme got started by Axelrod on Sunday morning talk shows, and was then cut-and-pasted by Chairwoman Debbie and O’bama’s campaign manager Kenny Loggins. And Axelrod said it was 23 years, not 20.

But I found absolutely no evidence after doing extensive Google news searches dating back to 2008 that Romney had actually done this.

And why would he give him 23 years’ worth? Why that particular number?

Apparently Axelrod planted this totally false turd, and the low IQ Dem base is lapping it up.

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The libs will immediatelely take this as proof that Romney is hiding something, and the outcry will only grow .

Seriously, the Romney campaign is inept.

Norwegian on July 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I think he’s doing the right thing. If you give the left an inch, they’ll ask for a mile. 0bama’s operatives are trying to create a scandal where none exists, just to draw attention away from 0bama’s own failures and shady past.

Romney is smart not to go along with their game.

UltimateBob on July 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

no more tax release. he complied with the law, end of story, anything else it’s just a distraction and it’s irrelevant. besides, the average voter is pretty dumb and uninformed anyways, they won’t get any more enlightened by ‘studying’ Romney’s tax returns..so instead of having odumbass campaign cherry picking, distorting and coming up with god knows what crap and lies, better let them stick with the meme he’s ‘secretive’, they’ll get tired of repeating that again and again, int he absence of any other info…besides ‘secretive’ and ‘mystery man’ is closest to ‘exciting’ that Mitt’s ever going to get :-), so he might as well dwell on it and enjoy the mystery man aura :)…

jimver on July 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM

ah, good old Godwin. Happened sooner than I expected

Doctor Zhivago on July 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

It’s not “Godwin” when it’s true.

VorDaj on July 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM

We are living in different times that Mitt’s father.

If Mitt releases his taxes the Dems will find something in there that equates him to satan (like, he’s rich!). If he doesn’t, he’s just hiding the fact that he’s satan.

I say stick to the letter of the law and don’t give Obama any ammo.

Keep pounding the “you didn’t build that” thing and remind voters of Obama’s own business dealings .. Solyndra and the like. And his administration’s “transparency” with regard to Fast & Furious.

BRunner on July 17, 2012 at 5:07 PM

al on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I didn’t see your post before I posted. Levin is 100% correct on this one. I agree with everything he said.

Dark Star on July 17, 2012 at 5:07 PM

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