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It's July where you are?
Sure, if Romney wants to get his asSsss whipped.
I live in New York City. My effective tax rate is 29.7%. Romney stated that his effective tax rate was about 15%. I understand that NYC is a high tax place, and I also understand that someone who is "solidly....lower middle class" may pay an effective rate of 15%. I make about $375K/year. That is CHUMP change to someone like Romney, although it may seem like a lot. But the fact of the matter is that the average middle class American will not easily accept that someone who made $20MM in a year paid 15% ETR, even if they paid the same. Romney knows this, and this is why he won't release those returns. I'm sure they're perfectly legit and within the law. But they're bad press, and he knows it. He's a victim of legit loopholes for the rich.
Reposting a response to me from a while ago from Tish6: "Buddy...what world are you in. I am solidly middle class to lower middle class and have NEVER paid more than 10 -15% effective tax rate. I work in a CPA office and prepare tax returns for a living...and I have a few clients that are considered rich and they are paying the 30 and 40% in taxes that you claim that I am. If you are paying 30 to 40% in taxes then may I suggest you pay for a competent tax preparer" (con't)
"...if you believe that your a gullible imbisile" Kinda says it all, doesn't it?
Nahhh,,, I make my money the old fashioned way. I earn it. But nice retort: I see you avoided the issue. Not surprising.
Not only is Romney unable to release his tax returns and reveal the TRUE tax rate that enormously wealthy people pay, while the middle class pony up 30-40% of their income: He's such a dunce that he publicly says that paying more would "disqualify" him from the presidency. If he ever DOES release them, he's toast because the Republican game of using rich people to deceive regular people about what's in their interest will be exposed, and his idiotic statement will make him look that much more callous about it. If he doesn't, he's got something to hide. Not anything criminal: What he's got to hide is the LEGALITY of his tax rate. He's in a lose-lose situation.
I think Charles Krauthammer's advice here is very wise, indeed: "...not just to Obama being in over his head but, even more important, to what’s in his head: a government-centered vision of the economy and society, and the policies that flow from it." LOL. Shyeah, Benson: "Very wise, indeed". As though Romney and the entire right haven't attempted to hammer that into the heads of everyone in every single second of this campaign. Here's a fun fact for you, Son: Romney can't release those tax returns precisely BECAUSE they're perfectly legal and correct. The amount he paid in taxes will INCENSE real American middle class voters. Because the system is slanted toward the very rich. THAT is what's "in Obama's head", and he's right.
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BuddyChrist Wrote: Aug 10, 2012 2:09 PM
Very good post, Andrew, and I'm a democrat.
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BuddyChrist Wrote: Aug 10, 2012 2:06 PM
Pete Seeger is an American Hero.
Romney won't release his tax returns. He probably DID pay all the taxes he legally owes, but the American People won't react well to the fact that that is probably about 12%. Romney is a victim of the fact that the rich DO, in fact, pay far less as a percentage of their wealth, and FAR FAR less as a percentage of the wealth they accumulate relative to the rest of the country, than middle and lower class people. This is, to Romney's detriment, a simple fact that works heavily against him and the President knows this. So of COURSE they're using this very relevant fact against Romney, and there's not a damn thing Romney can do about it. The system works.
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