Much has been made recently about Mitt Romney’s reluctance to release a dozen years of tax returns at the request of his political opponents. He’s under no legal obligation to do so, having released as many years of returns as the previous Republican presidential candidate, John McCain.
Even some on the right are saying he should give in and release the documents, though I personally wish he’d use the opportunity to highlight the many documents the Obama administration refuses to release, e.g., his authentic birth certificate or records concerning the Fast and Furious debacle. Call me a right-wing extremist (please), but I’d rather know details surrounding the murder of an American border patrol agent and hundreds of Mexican nationals than whether Mitt Romney took advantage of a legal tax break.
There are many theories surrounding why he won’t release the returns, but the fact remains that, as of the writing, that’s the decision he’s made. Those on the other side of the aisle making such an issue out of it must be willing to practice what they preach, right? Sorry for the facetiousness; of course they aren’t!
Just days ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was one of the more vocal in the liberal band demanding Romney release the tax documents. When asked why she refused to release her own tax returns, she immediately called the entire issue “a distraction.” Pelosi is far from the only hypocrite in the legislative body – reports indicate just 17 of the House’s 535 members produced tax returns when requested.
Turning the tables on reporters, Pelosi asked whether they thought “the same standard should be held to the ownership of the news media in the country who are writing these stories about all of this.” Deflection, along with blame and invective, are among the few weapons left in the leftist’s arsenal, and they constantly prove they are not afraid to use them.
Under normal circumstances, I’d probably recommend Romney release the requested records. Considering the absolute stonewalling by the Obama administration on any number of issues, though, Romney should produce documents only when the country’s current leadership agrees to do the same. I’m not holding my breath.
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