Who Pays Their Fair Share? A Look at the Numbers.
posted at 3:16 pm on September 21, 2012 by Amy Lutz
Harry Reid, foot, meet mouth. It’s time to quit harping about Mitt Romney’s tax returns. Perhaps you should have silenced yourself when your claim that Romney has not paid taxes in a decade was debunked by the extremely right-learning New York Times (Hint: For you dense lefties out there, that’s sarcasm). Too bad. Now that Mitt Romney has released a summary of his 2011 tax returns, perhaps we should talk about “fair share,” “caring about the poor” and all of the class warfare topics Harry Reid and his liberal cohorts are perpetually harping about.
Thirty percent. If you don’t remember anything else from this article, remember that percentage. In 2011, Mitt and Ann Romney made $13,696,951 and paid $1,935,708 in taxes. Here’s the kicker. Romney donated $4,020,772 to charity. That’s 30% of his income. And people say Romney doesn’t care about the poor. In Barack Obama’s defense, he and Michelle donated $172,130 to charity in 2011, 22% of their combined income. The president did not donate more than the biblical 10% to charity until he started running for president, but I digress. Paul and Janna Ryan donated $12,991 to charity, 4% of their $323,416 collective income. Joe and Jill Biden donated a paltry $5,540 to charity in 2011 (1.5% of their income of $379,035). I’d tell you how much Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi donated to charity in 2011, but what do you know, they both neither has released their returns.
While this illustrates the stark differences in charitable donations, the question here is not just one of numbers. When you juxtapose the media narrative about Romney being unaffected by the perils of the poor” and the actual numbers in the tax returns above, the contradiction is clear. He donated 30% to charity for crying out loud. How many politicians can say they’ve given over $4 million to the less fortunate in a single year? Barack Obama’s 2011 donations, political stunt or not, should be commended, but not at the expense of Mitt Romney’s long reputation of large charitable donations.In my eyes, Mitt Romney is a man of character with a large heart. Sure liberals might disagree with his policies. However, when you try to smear the man’s character, the numbers will debunk you every time. Here’s looking at you, Harry Reid.