Thursday, August 23, 2012

Let's get back to talking about Romney's taxes

Todd Akin has had his 15 minutes of fame. Let's get back to talking about Romney's taxes.

How can anyone keep a straight face, and talk about steering the economy in the right direction, when he used legal, or quasi-legal, tax loopholes to avoid paying taxes for years?

For a bunch of fellows who want to cut "entitlement" programs, the GOP sure has a sense of entitlement. What makes Mr. Romney, or any other holder of public office, or seeker of public office, think they're above the law, and how is figuring out ways to avoid paying federal taxes ultimately any different than authorizing a break-in at Democratic headquarters at the Watergate hotel? Except, of course, for one thing. Richard Nixon was president; Mitt Romney isn't president, yet.

If, as McClatchy and other newspapers suggest, this election will be decided by the economy, and not by gun control, abortion, rape, or any other issue, then any candidate who has shown nothing shy of contempt for the tax code, as well as for the intelligence of the voting public, has no right to determine the course this economy takes for the next four years. President Obama has consistently revealed the taxes he paid. By not divulging ten years of tax records, when called upon to do so, Mitt Romney is violating the public trust. And, nobody, not Richard Nixon or Mitt Romney, deserves to get away with contempt for the public trust.