Guest Column: I’ll show Romney mine if he’ll show me his — tax returns, that is

By Bob Soltau

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received 12 years of tax returns from U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to demonstrate, in part, Ryan’s worthiness to be vice president. Yet, Romney only provides two years (only one year so far) of returns to the American people to demonstrate his trustworthiness to be president. Don’t the people deserve to know as much about him as he demands from his running mate? Why the double standard?

Romney’s wife said it best, and to paraphrase her: Showing more tax returns will only provide more ammunition for the Democrats to attack my husband.

In the war, we had ammunition to kill the enemy, and I guess the ammunition of Romney’s tax returns would give the Democrats the ability to destroy Romney’s campaign.

Romney must have something to be ashamed of if he can’t follow the prescription of his dad, the other Gov. Romney, who said many years ago that a candidate for president should provide several years of tax returns.

Candidate Romney obviously has something to hide. Something stinks here.

Is it that Romney paid such a low income tax rate compared to the average citizen? To paraphrase President Ronald Reagan: It’s wrong when Joe Six Pack pays higher taxes than the guy who makes a lot more money. Or, is it the way he stashed away huge amounts of funds in off-shore banks and Swiss bank accounts, or how he amassed an IRA worth millions?

Some patriot Romney is when he’s avoiding and dodging taxes while American soldiers are dying overseas. What kind of patriotism is that?

Also, Romney’s buddy and running mate, Rep. Ryan, wants to drop the income tax rate on capital gains to zero percent. Great, then Romney won’t have to pay any taxes.

It’s wrong, wrong, wrong when the working guy pays higher taxes earned from the sweat of his brow while the rich guy gets away with paying less, and the rich guy doesn’t have to lift a finger. He just uses his financial acumen, family connections and financing to line his pockets with millions.

Don’t be fooled by the Romney television ads you’ll get bombarded with. Vote in your own best interests.

Bob Soltau is a resident of Roscoe.

From the Oct. 10-16, 2012, issue

One thought on “Guest Column: I’ll show Romney mine if he’ll show me his — tax returns, that is

  • October 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm
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    Not a great headline. Is this somehow supposed to entice Romney into showing his…?? You say that it is wrong, wrong, wrong when the working guy pays higher taxes earned from the sweat of his brow. Do you imply that blue-collar / more physical work should get higher income than working smarter (rather than based on which work brings in more money)? Would you prefer if the rich no longer invested in businesses…? You seem bitter about those that ‘win the game’ under the rules defined long ago, and that not only the rules should be changed for the future, but that those who have succeeded in the past should be set-back.

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