President Obama’s team is offering Mitt Romney a deal on taxes: Publicly release five years of returns, and the Obama campaign will drop its insistence for additional tax information.
“I am writing to ask again that the Governor release multiple years of tax returns,” wrote Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, “but also to make an offer that should address his concerns about the additional disclosures. Governor Romney apparently fears that the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide. So I am prepared to provide assurances on just that point: if the Governor will release five years of returns, I commit in turn that we will not criticize him for not releasing more — neither in ads nor in other public communications or commentary for the rest of the campaign.”
The email, addressed this morning to Messina’s counterpart Matt Rhodes, Romney’s campaign manager, stresses that the request is “surely not unreasonable” given Romney’s father made 12 years of tax returns to the public during his presidential run.
I’m soooo surprised they turned down the offer. (Rolling my eyes)
Whatever’s in those returns kept him off the ticket in 2008.
So first there are programs I would eliminate. Obamacare being one of them but also various subsidy programs — the Amtrak subsidy, the PBS subsidy, the subsidy for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Because on the list of things that are ruining this country, helping sick Americans, enriching our children’s lives through education and art, and getting people to and from work are right at the top.
They’re hoping you won’t notice the anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice, anti-science, anti-environment, anti-poor, anti-minority agenda. Oh, and they really hope you don’t notice the disappearing act that they are playing with your voting rights in the states. That would just be inconvenient.
They would like their fake Puritan roles to prevail.
…the Romney campaign is reviving the single oldest tactic of southern reactionaries: race-baiting white working class voters to distract them from the many issues on which this segment of the electorate is naturally unsympathetic to policies that reinforce economic and social privilege. It’s how the Bourbons reasserted control over the Populists in the late nineteenth century. It’s how conservatives undermined southern support for the economic policies of the New Deal and Fair Deal and New Frontier and Great Society. It was ultimately the fulcrum for the realignment of the whole region from the Democratic to the Republican Party. So it’s a familiar tactic, but what makes it novel is that it is not being narrow-cast into North Carolina or Virginia or northern and western Florida or Missouri, but broadcast everywhere. And there is zero way it can be rationalized as a part of an overall GOP message supposedly focused on economic recovery and job creation—or even, given the ridiculously small quantities of federal money that go to the Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) program, as part of a budget austerity message. It’s a flat-out racial appeal aimed at convincing non-college educated white voters that this black president wants to take their tax dollars to give them to his shiftless black brothers and sisters.
The “romney campaign” incorporates the lowest points from all the prospective contenders. He’s despicable.