Romney Shouldn’t Release A Single Tax Return
August 6, 2012 8 Comments
Over the weekend David Axlerod declared that everyone would stop speculating about Romney’s taxes if only he would release his tax returns. Whether this is a coordinated attack between the Obama campaign and Harry Reid remains to be seen, in some ways it doesn’t even matter. Reid claims he has a super secret witness, a Bain investor no less, who claims that Romney didn’t pay taxes for a decade. According to the Democrats the only way for Romney to prove he’s innocent is to release his tax returns. In other news Harry Reid has secret Swiss bank accounts and the only way for him to prove otherwise is to release all of his personal financial data. Ridiculous? Obviously.
While the Democrats are doubling down on guilty until proven innocent, Karl Rove wonders why Mr. Hope and Change isn’t repudiating the tone in Washington. Rove makes a legitimate point, Obama came into office declaring himself post-partisan, he said he was going to be the guy to change the tone in DC. There’s nothing that changes the tone less than personal smears like Harry Reid’s on Romney. The truth though is that Obama was never post-partisan, at least not beyond his fantasy where Republicans just go away because he as elected President. Apparently Obama has an extreme dislike of Romney bordering on outright anger. If this is true, a pure Chicago campaign is what Obama will follow and it will get ugly. Really ugly.
George Will perhaps had the best observation of the weekend concerning Harry Reid and the Democrats. Will says it’s essentially modern McCarthyism. Sen. Joe McCarthy you’ll recall claimed to have a list of 205 communists when in fact he had no such list. Reid is no different. He has no source but he’s going to whip up public outrage anyway. Interestingly, Reid claims he could never vote for someone who cheated on his tax returns or didn’t fill them out in an honest way. Yet Reid voted to confirm the current Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, despite the fact that he failed to property fill out his tax return for years. The double standard here is obnoxious.
So what should Romney do at this point? He shouldn’t release anything more at this point. To do so would look weak, as though he could be cowed into doing something with a bunch of meaningless threats. He’s going to lose anyway, he might as well lose with an amount of personal integrity. The notion that we need to look at candidates tax returns is nothing short of ridiculous. The Bush’s have more money than Romney yet neither of them released tax returns before they took office. There is zero evidence that Romney’s cheated on anything in his life, so what exactly do we need these tax returns for? Romney should try to turn this issue around by pointing out that Obama is simply attacking the successful. It should be tied in with ‘you didn’t build that.’ No matter what though, Romney shouldn’t release anything.