Ann Romney: Tax Returns? NO MORE.

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Ann Romney would like to make this crystal clear. Mitt Romney, who is honest and of golden integrity, will NOT be releasing anymore of his Tax Returns! Period.

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Mitt Romney’s Tax Return Bombshell: Aborted Fetus Profits?

–What’s in those Romney Tax Returns that could be so damaging? What about Romney’s investment in aborted fetus disposal firm Stericycle?

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Broadcast on August 20, 2012

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Erin Burnett calls on Mitt Romney to release tax returns

CNN’s Erin Burnett tackles whether Mitt Romney should release his personal Income Tax returns.

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Mitt Romney’s Tax Return Question

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His critics say — mad at the 1 percent? How ’bout the .001 percent?

GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s got a taxing dilemma: To release or not to release his Tax Returns?

It all started at Monday’s Fox News debate.

ROMNEY: “If that’s been the tradition, I’m not opposed to doing that. Time will tell. … I have nothing in them that suggests there’s any problem and I’m happy to do so. I sort of feel like we are showing a lot of exposure at this point.”

On Tuesday — that stuttered response got a little more specific when the former Massachusetts governor was asked about his effective tax rate. Here’s the video from HLN:

ROMNEY: “It’s probably closer to the 15% rate than anything, because my — the last ten years, I’ve — my income comes overwhelming from investments made in the past rather than ordinary income…”

15 percent. How’s that stack up? The Christian Science Monitor reports…

“In 2010, Barack Obama paid … an effective tax rate of 25 percent. … Texas Gov. Rick Perry … paid 23.4 percent…”

Romney has not had a regular paycheck since 1999 — like he said, he’s been making most of his money from investments. That means he pays at a lower rate than most American wage earners. According to the Associated Press — after all federal taxes, the average American household pays close to 20 percent on average. Now Romney’s GOP opponents are moving in for the kill over Romney’s 15 percent.

PERRY: “This is a job interview. You need to know everything about us. You need to know what my returns look like. … Including Mitt.”

Romney says he’d be willing to release his returns around April, though he hasn’t said how many years back he’ll go. Still — smart timing, notes Time’s Adam Sorenson.

“Romney might have hoped to delay his tax disclosures until April to soften the political impact–the nomination race will be wrapped up by then and the general election won’t yet be in full swing.”

Then again, Politico’s Reid Epstein suggests the political damage might already be done — especially because Romney said in the same interview he makes money from speaking engagements, but, quote “not very much.” Media did some digging, and turns out that ‘not very much’ is about $375,000 a year.

“The awkwardness with which Romney is handling the question … is proving to be a serious distraction, and a contrast to the generally smooth fashion by which his campaign has dispatched most controversies…”

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Congress hiding their tax returns

Presumptive Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney can’t escape scrutiny regarding his tax records from years past, and now the American Congress is asking for a tax haven bill. What does it say though when elected lawmakers aren’t disclosing their files either? Professor Wilmer Leon of Howard University says that, in a representative democracy, full disclosure needs to happen so US citizens can see that their lawmakers are speaking to the country’s interests–not their own. He talks to RT’s Abby Martin on the hypocrisy happening on Capitol Hill.

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Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns: When Will He Come Clean?

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Mitt Romney has only released one full year of Tax Returns. Why hasn’t he released more?

Is Romney willing to share any new information?

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NewsyVoice: Should Mitt Romney Release His Tax Returns?

Christina Hartman, Ferdous Al-Faruque, and Rosa Sow debate whether or not Mitt Romney should release his Tax Returns. Let us know your opinion in the comment section

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Mitt Romney has some good Tax Reform proposals based on the guiding principle that tax rates should be lower for everyone… Much of the commentary in opposition of Mitt Romney doesn’t even hint at his proposals. Perhaps that is because those commentators don’t bother to read and evaluate them, specifically MSNBC’s commentator Lawrence O’Donnell who had the audacity to suggest, without any facts, that Mitt Romney spoke at the NAACP Convention in hope of getting booed.

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Obama Criticizes Romney Corporate Tax Proposals

President Barack Obama on Monday mocked Mitt Romney’s economic vision, saying the only jobs plan his Republican rival has would create plenty of work for people overseas. (July 16)

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Pirate Capitalist Romney vs The Average Joe

It used to be politicians presented themselves as being just average folks, part of the American middle class or, as in the case of a rich guy like FDR, at least understanding the needs of the middle class and working people. The idea that a rich donor might give money to a candidate’s campaign and then expect that candidate to vote their way was shocking. It was considered bribery. In 1952, when Senator Richard Nixon was running for Vice President, Democrats pointed out that he’d taken $18,000 – around $150,000 in today’s money – from some fatcats donors. Americans were so shocked by the allegation that Nixon had to go on national television to address them. It was his second most famous speech of all time, right behind his “I am not a crook” speech, as he tried to reassure Americans that he would never, ever cast a vote in a particular way or enrich himself because of his position as a senator.

We also liked candidates who were “average people” or at least could understand average people. Harry Truman drove back to Missouri and lived in a modest home until his death. Jimmy Carter walked to his inaugural, as the Washington Post noted right afterwards: “But what undoubtedly will be most remembered about Jimmy Carter’s inauguration was that long walk from the Capitol to the executive mansion. It took him 40 minutes to cover the mile-and-a-half. As he walked along, with Amy prancing, jumping and dancing along at his side, he was shattering recent presidential practice and legend-the idea that a President must be remote and removed from the people.” After he left the White House, Carter chose not to get rich but instead to build Habitat For Humanity houses and work for world peace. Even Richard Nixon knew how important it was to seem like an average American when running for public office –

Then came Reagan and “greed is good” with lavish inaugaural ball – costing millions, paid for by millionaires and billionaires. It was beamed by satellite to 100 cities where other rich people had parallel Reagan inaugural balls.To paraphrase John Steinbeck, after the Reagan era, American working class people began to believe they’re merely temporarily inconvenienced millionaires. And so today we have a quarter-billionaire, Mitt Romney, who refuses to reveal the last decade of his Tax Returns or the full details of his net wealth, although Vanity Fair has found that he has bank and brokerage accounts in a variety of tax havens. That Includes an account in Bermuda – the value of which was not disclosed in tax returns. It also includes $30 million stashed away in the Cayman Islands – where there are no taxes.

Then There’s the 3 million tucked away in a Swiss bank Account. And Romney also has an undisclosed amount of money sitting in bank accounts in Luxembourg and Ireland as well. Devin Dwyer of ABC News notes that what little we do know about Romney’s efforts to hide his wealth both from the American people and from the IRS are pretty surprising: “The company in question – Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd. – is described by government financial documents as “a Bermuda corporation wholly owned by W. Mitt Romney.” Yet, as both Vanity Fair and the Associated Press note in new reports, it has never appeared on the candidate’s financial disclosure forms. Limited details on its existence only recently came to light when Romney released his 2010 tax return under public pressure.”

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