The leftist geniuses at the Daily Kos will be never happy when it comes to Mitt Romney’s taxes. First, they bitch because Romney won’t release all of his tax returns prior to 2012, proof for sure that he underpays (or pays none at all according to Dingy Harry Reid). Now, Romney releases his 2011 tax return, and they find a new reason to bitch. Does it occur to any of these people that Romney’s giving $4 million to charity is a tremendous testament to his character as a person, as opposed to BHO and Sheriff Joe, who gave 1% and 1.5%, respectively? Not at all. To them, it’s a sign that he’ll fudge his taxes to defend our “unfair tax system” (? yeah, it’s unfair, but not for the reasons this guy thinks). It’s okay with them that Obama wants to give charitably from taxes extracted from the 53% – that’s compassion.
Mitt Romney’s attorney says he overpaid his 2011 taxes:
The Romneys’ generous charitable donations in 2011 would have significantly reduced their tax obligation for the year. The Romneys thus limited their deduction of charitable contributions to conform to the Governor’s statement in August, based upon the January estimate of income, that he paid at least 13% in income taxes in each of the last 10 years.
Mitt Romney in July said if he overpaid his taxes he wouldn’t be qualified to be president:
“Frankly, if I had paid more than are legally due, I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president,” he said. “I’d think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires.”
Well, Romney is right. He’s not qualified to be president. But not for the reason he stated. Mitt Romney’s big problem isn’t the tax rate he pays: It’s the fact that he supports the law that allows him to pay such a low rate. And the fact that he’ll fudge his taxes to be higher than they need to be illustrates the extent to which he’ll go to defend our unfair tax system.
Oh, and by the way: He still won’t release any of his returns from before 2010.
See? Never happy. If you read the statement at the campaign’s website, the Romneys paid an average tax rate of more than 20% over the 20 years from 1999 to 2009.