A Philosophical Question on Romney's Tax Returns
If a tree falls in the forest and Mitt Romney still hasn't released his tax returns, does it make a sound? Is there any message at all that Romney can communicate until he stops the din of people braying for his tax returns? The charge is "out there." For ten years, Mitt Romney paid nothing at all in taxes. If it isn't true, then Romney has the easiest slam-dunk in history. He can make Harry Reid look like either a gullible fool or a complete liar. How could an honest Republican politician pass up such a golden opportunity to defend his honor while blasting the reputation of one of Washington's most powerful Democrats? What is in those tax returns that is so damaging to Romney's chances that he'd saddle himself with this controversy rather than humiliating his accusers?
Pretty soon, Romney is going to announce his running mate. We'll chew that over for 72 hours or so, and then we'll go right back to asking Romney to release his tax returns. We'll want to know how many years of tax returns Romney saw from his running mate and why we can't see those, too. Romney gave 23 years of tax returns to John McCain. And McCain chose Palin.
No one is going to listen to Romney until he comes clean.