In a recording of Romney at a fundraiser, the aristocrat from Massachusetts said 47 percent of American people pay no income tax, depend on government, believe they are victims and that government has a responsibility to care for them. They believe they are entitled to health care, food, housing-you name it- that’s entitlement. He said “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Romney reiterated the classic difference between Democrats and Republicans. He is unlike the last Aristocrat from Massachusetts who occupied the White House, President John F. Kennedy, who did care for the lives of the less fortunate and convinced Congress to pass laws providing services for the mentally ill and the working poor, who were victims of poverty-not by choice but circumstance.
After prodding from the Democrats and the electorate, Romney released his 2011 income tax returns which show he paid about a 13 percent tax rate. During the campaign, he stated that he never paid less than a 13 percent tax rate in any of the last 10 years. But if Romney had taken his full deductions for charitable contributions he was entitled to, his tax rate would be only 9 percent. Not bad when you consider many middle class families are working two jobs and paying a much higher tax rate. Romney conveniently claimed a charitable deduction of $2.2 million when he actually donated about $4 million to charities in 2011. So why did Romney, who’s worth is considered to be over $250 million, overpay the government $600 thousand, modify his tax return and tailor it to keep within the 13 perent tax rate? He did to deceive the American people, that’s why. I wonder what the last 10 years of his returns would teach us about his religious values of honesty.
Romney’s integrity or the lack of it is clear. With all the promises he made during the campaign, we have to ask, is he a man of his word? If he is, he should concede to the Democrats. When asked about his income tax returns last month, he defended his low tax rate saying: “ I don’t pay more than are legally due, and frankly if I had paid more than are legally due I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president.”
OK Mr. Romney, if you don‘t want to be bothered with the needs of the helpless, concerns of the working poor and the health of the elderly, who don‘t pay any income tax, why are you running for office? To cover your lies, you skewed your 2011 income tax by paying over half a million dollars more than you should have, and you admitted your are not qualified to be president of the United States. I agree. that shoe does fit - now wear it.
David Farside is a political activist and Sparks resident.