Romney needs an answer to financial questions

President Obama and his fellow Democrats have begun to raise a ruckus about Mitt Romney’s Swiss bank account and his multi-million-dollar holdings in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, all of which are known as tax havens. Romney’s mysterious $100 million tax-sheltered retirement account, which contains far more money than such accounts typically can accumulate, has also come under scrutiny.

In response, the Romney campaign has tried to suggest that its candidate’s extensive offshore holdings and other financial records are somehow off limits for discussion in a campaign to be president of the United States, although it has had a hard time explaining why that should be:

“The Obama campaign’s latest unfounded character assault on Mitt Romney is unseemly and disgusting,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said over the weekend, calling Obama “a typical politician willing to use false and dishonest attacks to save his job after failing to do his job.”

That’s not exactly a rebuttal or even a denial. However, if Saul is correct — if the attacks are indeed false and dishonest — then the American people have a right to know that President Obama is engaging in such tactics, so they can vote accordingly. Moreover, Romney possesses all of the unreleased tax returns and other financial information that would be needed to expose Obama’s attacks as “false and dishonest.”

Yet for some reason, Romney refuses to release that evidence. Every major presidential candidate in the past 36 years has followed the example set by Romney’s own father, George, in releasing financial information, but oddly, Romney has refused to follow suit.

That’s his choice, of course. He is free to do as he wishes, and others are equally free to draw whatever conclusions they wish about his behavior. But it’s frustrating to see a candidate who complains about “unseemly, disgusting, false and dishonest” attacks from his opponent, but who refuses to tell voters exactly why such attacks are unseemly, disgusting, false or dishonest.

Romney’s stance is also odd given that some 60 percent of employers now check the credit background of at least some job applicants, according to a survey by the Society of Human Resources Management. In fact, such checks have become part of doing due diligence, particularly when hiring for high-profile positions. And while what’s being asked of Romney is a little more extensive than a credit check, the job for which Romney is applying is a bit unusual as well.

Under federal law, a prospective employer can’t check an applicant’s credit background without getting the applicant’s permission. But as Romney no doubt knows given his experience in the business world, those job candidates who refuse to be open about their financial background are usually thought to have disqualified themselves from further consideration.

– Jay Bookman

737 comments Add your comment

SoGaVet

July 9th, 2012
3:43 pm

Deny, deny, counter-accuse!

Steve

July 9th, 2012
3:44 pm

Imagine the fury from the “right” if Obama had all this money overseas and wasn’t forthcoming about it.

ty webb

July 9th, 2012
3:45 pm

hey look, Jay got the memo!

Jay

July 9th, 2012
3:48 pm

“hey look, Jay got the memo!”

That too is a non-rebutting rebuttal. Is this a legitimate question or not, Ty? And if not, why not?

Wild Eyes

July 9th, 2012
3:48 pm

Strawman in 3,2,…..

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

July 9th, 2012
3:48 pm

of course he must release at least as many returns as he did when McCain was vetting for him for last elections veep stakes.

what’s he hiding?

oh and ty, when a liberal gets a memo….or maybe even a PDB and it’s important we don’t look the other way like some have…..

Brosephus™

July 9th, 2012
3:50 pm

Under federal law, a prospective employer can’t check an applicant’s credit background without getting the applicant’s permission. But as Romney no doubt knows given his experience in the business world, those job candidates who refuse to be open about their financial background are usually thought to have disqualified themselves from further consideration.

I find it interesting that he won’t release those returns, but he will undoubtedly undergo a credit check to get the necessary security clearance to do th job if he gets elected. If there was nothing to hide, why not release the returns to embarrass the Obama camp?

ty webb

July 9th, 2012
3:51 pm

Easy…it’s between him and the IRS. Either the IRS isn’t doing their job, or he’s done nothing wrong.

Jay

July 9th, 2012
3:52 pm

Apparently, the considerable flak that Romney is catching for not releasing his records is less than the flak he would catch if he DID release the records.

That’s the only explanation that occurs to me. If someone has a better one, I’m willing to listen.

Lord Help Us

July 9th, 2012
3:54 pm

WEALTH ENVY!!!!!

It's No Secret

July 9th, 2012
3:54 pm

Mitt Romney is TOO RICH to be President and cannot relate to the common poor and working class people. Anyone that has an elevator in their home for one of their Cadillac’s does not know how hard it is just to make ends meet from payday to payday! Every year the IRS comes around to collect their due. Mitt on the other hand would rather send his money away so that it cannot be taxed. He sure is patriotic!!

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

July 9th, 2012
3:55 pm

Americans lost 40% of their wealth in the supply side recession.

I think we have the right to demand his answers to ALL financial questions.

Chas Holman

July 9th, 2012
3:56 pm

Governor Romney’s dad, when he was running for president, basically said any moron could come up with a years worth of returns and make it say anything they wanted. So he went all unprecedented and released 10 years worth.

Mr Romney doesn’t seem to have learned a lot from his dad integrity wise, but maybe he is actually listening to that advice by NOT releasing more than 1 year?

I also know George warned about the growing military industrial complex, and lost the vote much because he said he had been brainwashed by the Generals in control of nam, and he was wrong and we simply had to get out.

George Romney also walked out of the 1964 Republican National Convention to protest the Republican platform plank against civil rights legislation.

It seems Governor Romney learned everything from his dad what not to do to win an election, but ditched the whole ‘integrity’ lesson along the way.

PJ

July 9th, 2012
3:57 pm

If there’s nothing to hide then he needs to release the info. What he is doing is basically taking the 5th like a criminal would do.

kitty

July 9th, 2012
3:58 pm

I find this lack of transparency amusing from those on the right who are after Obama’s school records and refuse to believe State of Hawaii certified BC is real. then again…..

Oh and Ty, the IRS can’t release his personal documents. He has to release them. Do you want them to release yours?

Lord Help Us

July 9th, 2012
3:59 pm

Open up the kimono, Mitt. Let’s see what you got…

SoGaVet

July 9th, 2012
3:59 pm

Perhaps the amounts Mittens is offshoring would show he is effectively paying less in income tax than he has legally done under the law. And since he already pays proportionately much less than those of us in the middle class, it surely won’t do his “Don’t tax the rich more” stump speech much good.

Goodness knows he’s creating a lot of advertising jobs right now (with other peopl’s money).

gadem

July 9th, 2012
4:00 pm

According to Ty. If he is not breaking the law he has not done anything wrong. But I can guarantee that if President Obama had his money if off shore accounts, the right would be screaming about how unpatriotic he is. Typical hypocrites…

kitty

July 9th, 2012
4:01 pm

I suspect those records would sink him with the average American. Less fuss if he doesn’t release them. Shoot, I bet even his supporters would get upset when they are hit with the huge amounts he has not paid taxes on…well, some of them anyway.

TaxPayer

July 9th, 2012
4:02 pm

But… But… Where’s Obama’s real birth certificate!

TaxPayer

July 9th, 2012
4:02 pm

Mitt Romney — Chief Executive Offshorer

Jefferson

July 9th, 2012
4:02 pm

Not my quote but a good en’

all these headlines on Obama’s tax plans should read: “President proposes leaving marginal tax rates as they are for the bottom 98% earners”

JamVet

July 9th, 2012
4:03 pm

Flip’s just another sleazy, job killing, tax avoiding, money hiding, fat cat draft dodger.

And Barry is going to DESTROY him in the upcoming debates. All he has to say is, “12 years of tax returns, anyone?”

Flip is not one twelfth the man his daddy was. (But then daddy had SOME moral courage.)

Yep. Sounds like the perfect Republican candidate to me!

Tundra Dude

July 9th, 2012
4:05 pm

PJ:
If there’s nothing to hide then he needs to release the info.
What he is doing is basically taking the 5th like a criminal would do.

Exactly. My guess is, at least some of his stash was illegally shifted to Cayman.
Also, the DEA and US Treasury Dep’t know CI to be a money-laundering haven.

Jefferson

July 9th, 2012
4:05 pm

He too rich to drive a watercraft, that for sure.

Steve

July 9th, 2012
4:07 pm

He’s the Republican’s John Kerry. He’s doomed this fall, unless our economy tanks.

GT

July 9th, 2012
4:08 pm

There is more here than just modesty. Romney has a campaign sponsored to some extent by foreign money and now a off shore account worth 100 million. We become so use to our politicians being bought that this is unseemly, disgusting, false or dishonest. Here is where America fell off the cliff, while we chased ghost pointed out to us by the same man conducting this carnival.

dougmo2

July 9th, 2012
4:10 pm

Jay I will make you a deal. I will call my friend, Mitt, and tell him to release his taxes, if you call your friend Obama and tell him to release his college transcripts and papers. Also throw in all of the documents he is hiding for Eric Holder also. Deal Jay?

TM

July 9th, 2012
4:11 pm

And when do we get to see the president’s college transcripts that he refuses to disclose? Why

They BOTH suck

July 9th, 2012
4:12 pm

ty

That is a valid statement. I’m sure you led the charge to shut up the “bithers” and those who cried about Obama’s church.

After all, he was certified in each state and his church his between him and his God.

Correct?

JamVet

July 9th, 2012
4:12 pm

dougmo, are you going to vote for MittCorp? (He’s a people, my friend.)

Paul

July 9th, 2012
4:13 pm

Interesting how the argument of “just release it and stop hiding or people have to conclude something is wrong” sound an awful lot like Issa’s arguments on Fast and Furious.

But I am not that sympathetic to the view of “if you are running for office I have a right to look at anything that happened in your life” or “I’m going to imply or charge something and you have to prove me wrong or people will believe what I implied” tactic.

JamVet

July 9th, 2012
4:14 pm

TN, right because it is imperative that you know if BHO made an A- or B+ in Statistics vs, whether Flip is hiding $100M or $200M overseas, right?

LOL at the selective outrage…

Jay

July 9th, 2012
4:14 pm

So in your world, DougMo, what Obama got in freshman English 30 years ago is of equal importance to how Mitt ended up with millions of dollars stashed in known tax havens?

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

July 9th, 2012
4:15 pm

TM

I see you skated around the topic.

Are you opposed to canddidate Romney releasing his tax returns?

Erwin's cat

July 9th, 2012
4:15 pm

Who cares about Romeny’s Swiss bank accounts etc..how is it relevant if it’s legal.

You folks sound like birthers…really you do

Peadawg

July 9th, 2012
4:15 pm

Beautiful article, Jay. Perfect way to end a Monday!!!

curious

July 9th, 2012
4:16 pm

Obama has his money in the Bank of Kenya.

Jay

July 9th, 2012
4:16 pm

In addition, DougMo, I’d bet that Obama would jump at that offer while Romney would refuse. We’ll never know for sure, of course, but that’s the way I’d bet.

Paul

July 9th, 2012
4:16 pm

Another thing that gets me. The guy is paying only 15% tax on his income yet he apparently goes to extraordinary lengths to save a relative pittance?

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

July 9th, 2012
4:16 pm

Dougmo

Same question for you.

King of Everything

July 9th, 2012
4:16 pm

When the Latinos were cutting his lawn and doing his pool he figured that they could not hire illegals because “I’m running for President for crying out loud.” He never thought of that when he was stashing money abroad. Contrary to what the Donald believes, a lot of money doesn’t make you smart.

ByteMe - Political thug

July 9th, 2012
4:16 pm

Who cares about Romeny’s Swiss bank accounts etc..how is it relevant if it’s legal.

Is it legal? How can we know?

Jm-pass TSPLOST silly people

July 9th, 2012
4:18 pm

Nytimes bill scher: democrats are in the pocket of big biz and foster anti market policies at the behest oftheir corporate masters

Bingo

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

July 9th, 2012
4:19 pm

Erwins cat

sorry, dude but Mitt is the owner of a 100 million dollar
shroedingers IRA –

It may NOT be legal.

If it was, would there be any hesitation?

ty webb

July 9th, 2012
4:19 pm

They both suck,
I’m not a “birther”, nor a “truther”…and I don’t believe in “shutting up” any idiots…everyone is free to make a jackass of him or herself.

Logical Dude

July 9th, 2012
4:20 pm

Sure, he’s rich. He’s taking advantage of apparently legal tax shelters offshore.

Not as big of a deal as say. . . what’s his platform on getting more jobs to people? (and I do NOT want to hear “tax cuts”)

Jm-pass TSPLOST silly people

July 9th, 2012
4:20 pm

Democrats stalk and threaten republican candidates families

I hope democrats lose

JamVet

July 9th, 2012
4:20 pm

Why is Erwin NOT asking why is it legal???

Tax evasion is anti-American.

Maybe Mendacious Mitt needs to do what that gutless piece of trash that started up Facebook did…

Tundra Dude

July 9th, 2012
4:21 pm

How Romney can win:

new ad :
Vote for me, and I’ll set you free!

I’ll let everyone open accounts in the Caymans.
100% of your paycheck will be direct-deposited by your employer.
You can decide to participate (or not) in the tax system.

Erwin's cat

July 9th, 2012
4:22 pm

“sorry, dude but Mitt is the owner of a 100 million dollar
shroedingers IRA – ”

so what?

JamVet

July 9th, 2012
4:22 pm

Republicans stroll into churches and murder innocent women and children…

They BOTH suck

July 9th, 2012
4:22 pm

ty

Thanks for the reply. I didn’t call you either. My point is that all sides will come up with distractions. See my original reply to you….. it read “Good point…………..”.

It is big boy politics and it is just getting started. Be prepared for some stupid shenanigans to come down the pike, especially from the Super Pacs supporting both sides.

TGT

July 9th, 2012
4:24 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

So libs are now all of a sudden concerned about a presidential candidates’ financial background when just three-and-a-half years ago they elected a man president with one of the most mysterious and unknown backgrounds in U.S. elections history!!!

Obama himself has used various historical narratives whenever convenient, hung out with communists and terrorists and other radical anti-Americans, and we have yet to see his college records, yet the libs barely bat an eye.

Romney has paid millions in taxes the last couple of years (every penny he was supposed to), and unlike liberals, was very personally generous, giving away millions (more than he paid in taxes) to charity. Were you libs ever this concerned about the Kennedy family fortune?

Unlike with Obama’s Attorney General, there is no evidence that Romney has done anything illegal or illicit. This is just the latest sad attempt to distract the public from Obama’s woeful record that he can’t run on. What little hope Obama has is in going negative. This will continue until November.

Remember libs:

JFK was a “One-Percenter.”

George Washington was a “One-Percenter.”

Filter

July 9th, 2012
4:24 pm

After lurkingly watching the other day as ty webb twisted and turned in the wind, refusing to address how the ACA and the Massachusetts health plans were substantially different is it any surprise that there is no substantive answer to the questions as to WHY this is a non-issue. (To be fair I gave up after a while and I suppose there may have been a detailed response from ty I missed.)

This seems to be more of the constant form of obfuscation from the right. Lots of talk of “repeal and replace” with no details on the replace. Lots of talk about how we need to create jobs with no details as to how but lots of finger pointing at the President, and now a refusal to show the American people records in a way that has become pro-forma over the last 36 years.

The saddest part of all of this is that no matter how serious the issue the right seems to know no other tactic save to cry and whine about “media bias”, say no, and point the finger at the President and say, “but look at what he’s done.” There is no issue so great as to force them to actually address it or lay out a plan.

Erwin's cat

July 9th, 2012
4:24 pm

Jam “Tax evasion is anti-American.

Maybe Mendacious Mitt needs to do what that gutless piece of trash that started up Facebook did…”
1)Tax evasion is illegal and 2) Zuckerberg fleeced wallstreet

TM

July 9th, 2012
4:25 pm

I am tired of all the Dems being so wealth envy and want to see if they can find something to embarrass the other candidate by just making unfounded allegations to get to the tax records to find something else.. Yesterday the mouth of the party Wasserman Schultz was calling for this but the fact is she is refusing to release her tax records, You called for Bush to release his college transcripts but if you man refuses its okay.

straitroad

July 9th, 2012
4:25 pm

In a normal election cycle this would be a legitimate question to ask. But given the fact that you are willing to give the most anti-American president in our history a total pass on transparency, you have zero credibility on this issue. I don’t wake up each day coveting what others own. I just want an American back in the White House.

dougmo2

July 9th, 2012
4:26 pm

Jay,
Yes I do care what our president thought and put on paper thirty years ago. Just like you thought that what Romney did in high school (in 1965 I believe) was relevent a few months ago. I also noticed that you did not get into the Eric Holder debate with me. Could it be that you haven’t gotten the talking points about executive privlege from the DNC or CT yet?

SCOREBOARD

Jefferson

July 9th, 2012
4:26 pm

The president already has the job, the wanna be should show…

weetamoe

July 9th, 2012
4:27 pm

Of course the IRS can not release tax records without permission but if Romney has done/is doing anything illegal, you can be sure the IRS would have already collared him, since at the behest of the boss they are down to investigating even donors to small town TEA party groups that have only a few members. This is a typical democrat stunt. In the category of if you don’t want the feds listening in on your phone conversations, you must have something to hide. During his political career to date Obama forced the courts to unseal divorce proceedings of two of his Chicago rivals, one democrat, one republican. In one case, the records had been sealed to protect the children involved. There is no question that Obama will win (*I won, Eric, I won John, I won Paul….) again. There is no one candidate ruthless enough to withstand his bring a gun to the fight warfare.

ByteMe - Political thug

July 9th, 2012
4:27 pm

when just three-and-a-half years ago they elected a man president with one of the most mysterious and unknown backgrounds in U.S. elections history!!!

Which is to say that the conservative media blowhards you listen to really suck at getting into a candidate’s background… right?

Jefferson

July 9th, 2012
4:27 pm

Romney is a .01 %er

Donovan

July 9th, 2012
4:27 pm

You people make me sick. Your bark is low class, repulsive, and typical of how liberals and Democrats operate.

It was tax returns before and his compliance was answered with not enough. It was liberal attacks on his wife that were met with revulsion. It was condemnation of his vacation time with his family over the 4th and how out of touch this millionaire spends his time. You all make me sick.

First of all, it’s none of your business how much money he has or where he keeps it. The only thing that you all care about is the negative image you paste on this man. Shameful and low-class attacks.

Why don’t you tell the American people with your liberal news media how much Obama’s wife soaked the taxpayers for her last trip to Spain. For your information it was $467,585. It took 2 years and the threat of a law suit to extract that information with filings of FOIA requests.

Mitt Romney did not kill a federal agent like the Obama DOJ did with Fast & Furious. The DOJ has not and will not devulge any pertainent information regarding this crime. The DOJ hides behind Executive Priveledge. The American people “demand” this information, don’t you think?

Forget about your low character requests about Mitt’s money.

ByteMe - Political thug

July 9th, 2012
4:27 pm

Yes I do care what our president thought and put on paper thirty years ago

Speaking of worshiping the trivial….

ByteMe - Political thug

July 9th, 2012
4:28 pm

You people make me sick

We love you too.

dougmo2

July 9th, 2012
4:28 pm

BTW Jay,

If Romney made all of his money leagally, it is NOBODYS business where he puts it. End of discussion.

Jay

July 9th, 2012
4:29 pm

The bottom line is, if the American people don’t care, none of this will matter. That’s what drove the Republicans crazy about 2008. They had all this “ammunition” on Obama — the Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, etc. — that the American people simply decided was unimportant.

The same could happen here, but I’d be surprised.

Don't Tread

July 9th, 2012
4:29 pm

“those job candidates who refuse to be open about their financial background are usually thought to have disqualified themselves from further consideration”

Some job candidates were less than open regarding their educational background and the financing of same (and in fact had those records sealed), but that didn’t seem to matter in 2008, now did it?

(”Apples and oranges” argument + name calling in 3, 2, 1…)

Ragnar Danneskjöld

July 9th, 2012
4:29 pm

I think the financial question I need Romney to answer is:
(1) Do you think adding more taxes on US businesses will increase employment in the US?
(2) Do you think spending more money for bureaucrats and other non-market leftist preferences will “stimulate” an economy?
(3) Do you think additional pollution controls will cause energy prices to fall?
(4) Do you think blocking expansion of drillling will increase supplies of energy?

So long as he does not answer any of the foregoing in the affirmative, we will know he is not an economics idiot.

TM

July 9th, 2012
4:30 pm

Jay
Rumor has it that you are getting a large payment from the democratic party to publish this blog, will you put you tax returns on line so we can review them. If you got nothing to hide lets see them, This is exactly what they are doing

Obama is over

July 9th, 2012
4:30 pm

So it is o.k. for the most transparent administration in history to be upset about Romney not releasing his personal tax returns yet at the same time hide behind executive priviledge when subpoenaed for documents investigating the loss of life due to the failed Fast and Furious policy? What do they have to hide? It is not like anybody DIED or anything. This is yet another attempt to distract the conversation from the issues because Obama does not have any thoughts on the economy.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

July 9th, 2012
4:30 pm

erwins cat

so what?

SO WHAT if he shows a little character and explains this:

“As Reuters reported when the controversy first emerged in January, Romney’s IRA likely thrives on a strategy of gaming the valuation of investment partnerships in a way that yields outsized dividends.”

oh and “UBIT”

getalife

July 9th, 2012
4:31 pm

willard will try to buy this election and lies about caring for the middle class.

The gop voted to end Medicare and SS so you get what you vote for.

A real depression.

JamVet

July 9th, 2012
4:32 pm

Donovan, save your tears.

And keep your powder dry.

You’re gonna need it for November 2016!

Prepare for your second straight McCaining!

Mitt is a dead man walking. (But I’m sure he’ll party in the Caymans without you!)

weetamoe

July 9th, 2012
4:33 pm

Scott Brown won the MA senate seat on the promise that he would vote against Obamacare. He won a majority of the vote in MA on that promise even though the powerful, privileged, and wealthy in the state are reliably democrat. The voters who put Brown in the senate must see a fairly significant difference between Obamacare and Romneycare.

They BOTH suck

July 9th, 2012
4:33 pm

TM

Based on your logic, are you also implying that every right leaning radio talk show host, columnist, pundit is paid by the Republican Party?

No you do not think that, so why post bs and stupidity?

Probably comes natural, but I digress

Welcome to the Occupation

July 9th, 2012
4:34 pm

You can bet that Romney wants you and me to be subject to providing all manner of personal and financial information in applying for employment, with minimal or no legal recourse. Absolutely classic one percent behavior.

Moreover the oligarchy must be crushed.

Jm-pass TSPLOST silly people

July 9th, 2012
4:35 pm

Romney has off shore accounts for the same reason as many sane people: wealth preservation

In the event the US goes nuts and confiscates wealth, he won’t end up poor

It’s a risk aversion strategy

Not a tax dodge

josef

July 9th, 2012
4:35 pm

ON TOPIC

This bothers me. But if he ships jobs offshore, why not his money, too…

ZamVet

“Republicans stroll into churches and murder innocent women and children…”

And sports coaches molest children….

GT

July 9th, 2012
4:35 pm

I want a piece of this exchange, Obama’s college grades for something that may wreak Romney’s political career sweet. This is like trading potatoe chips for gold.

Jay

July 9th, 2012
4:35 pm

TM, you confuse running a blog with running the most powerful country in the world.

It’s an easy mistake — a lot of people make it.

TM

July 9th, 2012
4:37 pm

TBS no just using the same logic as the people trying to pry into other people’s affairs to go on a witch hunt

getalife

July 9th, 2012
4:37 pm

Lets see his offshore accounts and tax returns.

They BOTH suck

July 9th, 2012
4:39 pm

TM

Sort of like the birthers and people who cried about what church Obama went too, whether he was a Muslim or not…….

Things like that?

JohnnyReb

July 9th, 2012
4:39 pm

Obama Campaign – anything but his record. Anything but the truth – and I give for evidence last week when he stated jobs were on the right track. How can that be defended when more people got disability than new jobs?

So Romney is rich; has offshore accounts and possibly a Swiss banking account. The only difference that makes is if he has done anything illegal.

Jay, you don’t have to lower yourself to Obama standards.

GT

July 9th, 2012
4:39 pm

I don’t think the Republicans care, it is all about power and money as 60 Minutes pointed out again last night. The swing voters are the ones that do care. What separates the two men, well one is a crook and the other is honest, that could get your attention.

ByteMe - Political thug

July 9th, 2012
4:39 pm

In the event the US goes nuts and confiscates wealth, he won’t end up poor

:roll:

Strawman argument with just a shade of blackhawk helicopter insanity. Perfect for cons!

JamVet

July 9th, 2012
4:39 pm

The same could happen here, but I’d be surprised.

Surprised?

I’ll be shocked.

Even my 86 year old mom, who is generally disinterested in politics has said repeatedly that she doesn’t like that “old Romney”.

Mom is very smart that way. She knows sleaze when she sees it. And she sees it in him. Pretty much everybody but the anti-patriots in the lunatic fringe does, I suppose.

The funny thing is our cons barely have two nickles to rub together but they sure are worried about Mitt’s millions.

And Barry is absolutely gonna murder him with the outsourcing/hiding money overseas stuff in those debates…

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

July 9th, 2012
4:40 pm

Imagine the fury from the “right” if Obama had all this money overseas and wasn’t forthcoming about it.

Just a quick look back at the “Birther Movement” (OBAMA!! Where’s your Long Form??!!!!???!!!), puts credence to that!

ByteMe - Political thug

July 9th, 2012
4:41 pm

Obama Campaign – anything but his record. Anything but the truth – and I give for evidence last week when he stated jobs were on the right track.

Romney wants to make the campaign about Obama’s track record. Fair enough. But every election is a CHOICE BETWEEN 2 OR MORE CANDIDATES, not one candidate in isolation, up/down, yes/no.

Romney is worse. That’s what the people are saying.

And the cons rationalize not having any idea where Romney stands on ANYTHING.

Erwin's cat

July 9th, 2012
4:41 pm

josef – the job out-sourcing thing has already been proven false

josef

July 9th, 2012
4:41 pm

IMAM

Oh, hell, go ahead and post it…1040EZ is only one page… :-)

GT

July 9th, 2012
4:41 pm

Why is Obama so bad for saying we on track. It is an opinion, salting away 100 million dollars of illgotten money is an action.

TGT

July 9th, 2012
4:42 pm

you confuse running a blog with running the most powerful country in the world

Hey, if a community organizer can be elected the leader of the free world, why not a blogger?!

Erwin's cat

July 9th, 2012
4:42 pm

GG – “As Reuters reported when the controversy first emerged in January, Romney’s IRA likely thrives on a strategy of gaming the valuation of investment partnerships in a way that yields outsized dividends.”

oh and “UBIT”

so what…and what is UBIT?

SheeshLouise

July 9th, 2012
4:42 pm

The IRA account is what REALLY stinks and needs to be investigated. Considering how much an individual is allowed to contribute into IRAs, how in the hell did that much money manage to get into that type of account in such a short amount of time??? And considering a “businessman” of his so-called caliber would by definition be astute enough to diversify his investments, it stands to reason that IRA is but a measley portion of money this dude has stashed away. Nothing wrong with diversifying, just saying what are the chances some tied up in shady dealings? A $100 MILLION IRA screams shady to me.

TM

July 9th, 2012
4:42 pm

Jay I am not confused if you were a paid undisclosed consultant for the democratic party wouldn’t that be important to know. And wouldn’t be important to find out why the man running the most powerful country in the world ( that may be debatable) won’t release his college information?

JohnnyReb

July 9th, 2012
4:42 pm

“The bottom line is, if the American people don’t care, none of this will matter. That’s what drove the Republicans crazy about 2008. They had all this “ammunition” on Obama — the Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, etc. — that the American people simply decided was unimportant. ”

No, American people did not decide it was unimportant. They did not know about it. Mainstream media decided it not important. They did not do their due diligence and report it to the American people before the election.

Jay and those posting here know about it because we are political junkies. Assuming most Americans know is just that, an assumption.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

July 9th, 2012
4:43 pm

Romney has paid millions in taxes the last couple of years (every penny he was supposed to), and unlike liberals, was very personally generous, giving away millions (more than he paid in taxes) to charity….blah, blah, blah……

Quick question. How would you know this if he hasn’t released ANY of his financial information?

Did you call the Pyschic Network?