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Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 07/23/2012

PostScript: Colbert King on Romney’s tax returns

It’s a pretty jazzy Monday here in the PostScript crater, with a wealth of comment selections to choose from. For example, a former president of the United States (!) wrote a piece about a side of him most of us don’t know, the health-crusader-in-Africa side. The subject is literally whether millions of people will die of cancer. AND the writer is George W. Bush, who incites a lot of passion. Excellent fodder, all around.

Only 300-odd comments. Wow. Where is everybody?

Everybody is in Colbert King’s column about Mitt Romney not releasing his tax returns, which has nine times as many comments. People like to poke at this one. Or people who like to post many times like this topic. We’ve PostScripted about this issue before, but we can’t ignore that it’s what people want to talk about today. So let’s see what we can find!

In the last episode, we tried to figure out what it was Romney could be hiding, since his very hiding of something implies he thinks it is worse than we could guess. Today, we found some interesting comments that lead PostScript to think Romney should release his tax returns . . . because it will help him. Come see! (It’ll take a while to get there.)

Instanton doubts there’s an actual crime but thinks what’s being hidden might undermine the conservative narrative that rich people invest in this nation when they get a tax cut:

I don’t doubt that Romney paid all the legal taxes required. The thing of interest to me is how much lower his taxes are due to the interesting IRA and the offshore accounts, and how much of his money came from actual job-creation endeavors.

Aaronweiner says it all comes down to swing voters:

King finally hits on the most important point about Romney’s tax returns: people who would vote for him might not vote for him if they knew what was in his tax returns. That’s the key point.
Republicans already don’t like Romney very much. They like Obama less, but I don’t hear a lot of “I (Heart) Romney” messages from anyone, even Romney — his tactic is still to mostly try to kick Obama rather than elevate himself. I feel that there’s a good chance they’d like him even less if they knew what he actually did for the last twelve years, and that’s what Romney’s trying to prevent.

Hojowright thinks the returns will undercut Romney’s arguments for tax reform and undermine the “Believe in America” slogan if his money is somewhere else:

The central premise of the GOP is that cutting tax rates for the 1% encourages them to create jobs in the U.S. If Romney took his Bush tax cuts and stored it offshore accounts where it didn’t create any U.S. jobs, then that act undercuts the GOP argument. Its fine if he did it, and legal if he paid the taxes on it, but he doesn’t get to say that what he did is proof that he knows how to create jobs. He knows how to make himself rich, which is great, but that doesnt mean he knows how to run a government dedicated to the purpose of prosperity for ALL of its citizens, not just the ones who can afford a financial manager in Grand Cayman.

Here is where PostScript’s brilliant idea comes in. So, if all Romney seems to be hiding is the ruthless efficiency of his CPA, he can show us that. Not a crime! Just has a good money guy and is fanatical about finding ways to hold onto money and make it grow.  Fanatical.  

So Romney just trots that guy out and promises to make him commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.   

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:04 PM ET, 07/23/2012

 
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