Romney says two years of tax returns is enough

Mitt Romney has put his foot down. He has no intentions of following the example of his father and releasing many more years of tax returns. Nope, two years is all we are going to get. And if you happen to think that’s not enough, well, then you are a partisan hack.

“MITT ROMNEY: I’m NOT Releasing Any More Tax

And here’s what he told CNN’s Acosta:

First of all, we’ve complied with the law. The law requires us to put out a full financial disclosure. That I’ve done. And then, in addition to that, I’ve already put out one year of tax returns. We’ll put out the next year of tax returns as soon as the accountants have that ready. And that’s what we’re going to put out.

I know there will always be calls for more. People always want to get more. And, you know, we’re putting out what is required plus more that is not required. And those are the two years that people are going to have. And that’s all that’s necessary for people to understand something about my finances. And, look, if people believe this should be a campaign about attacking one another on a personal basis and go back to the kinds of attacks that were suggested in some campaigns in the past, I don’t want to go there.

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  • Steve

    Romney has an interesting line to walk: On the one hand he wants to be seen as a “regular guy” who knows what it’s like to live as a “commoner” in America. On the other hand, he wants to be seen as the successful business leader who knows how to make money for business. Those two can’t coexist, and the tax return thing is a great case in point: He doesn’t want to release more years than he has to because he knows people will see how rich he is/was, and the reason he gives is because the campaign shouldn’t be about his finances. Then he turns around and campaigns on how great he is at running a business and making profits. Even funnier is the implication by his resistance to releasing more returns that if people saw how “successful” he’s been, then he would be “attacked” for it. Which of course acknowledges this incongruity between the two sides he’s trying to portray. Why would someone attack him for doing well at running businesses? Isn’t that an important part of his pitch for why he should run the country? Obviously, it’s because he knows this contradicts his efforts to seem relatable to blue-collar Americans. So then logically, doesn’t this mean he’s AWARE that he’s lying to us when he tries to portray himself as an everyman? The cognitive dissonance must give him constant headaches….

    Oh yeah, and then there’s also the possibility that he doesn’t want to release them so that we don’t get a look at all the shady tax dodges and such he’s been using the game the system to maximize his own profits at the expense of the very country he says he loves. But, I’ll just take him at his word that it’s because he’s afraid of diverting his message and being attacked, which only makes him a liar, rather than also a soulless cheat.

    Mittens ‘012!