Listen tea party Republican conservative fundagelicals: you would never ever let Pres. Obama get away with this kind of secrecy. It’s time you let YOUR presidential candidate know that he needs to show the American people at least 10 years worth of tax returns. And the only reason it hasn’t happened yet is because he’s hiding something. We get to ask what he’s hiding and expect to find out. And don’t even try to compare fake “birth certificate” or college transcript conspiracies with Romney’s tax returns.
Steve Benen asks, incredulously: “Reince Priebus thinks questions about Romney’s secret tax returns are as legitimate as questions about Obama’s college transcripts?”
“As a purely objective matter, there are important unanswered questions about Romney’s offshore finances, controversial investments, unanswered questions about his individual retirement account that somehow ended up with more than $100 million, and claims about his business that contradict SEC filings. Romney himself promised to “go back and look” at these returns to look at the tax rates he paid — a promise he’s apparently already broken.
“These are legitimate areas of inquiry in a presidential race. Donald Trump’s wild-eyed conspiracy theories are not. That Priebus can’t tell the difference is discouraging.”
No. No, of course Priebus doesn’t believe they’re both legitimate areas of inquiry — but what else is he going to say at this point? That’s the best aid and comfort the rightwing nutjob apologists can come up with to distract the dittoheads from really thinking about what exactly the King of Bain is hiding from them. The GOP motto might as well be ‘Vote Blind’ because that’s what they’ll be doing, willingly, if they continue to make excuses for their candidate.
Bob Cesca grieves over what the Tea Party considers patriotic:
“Mitt Romney’s tax returns are off-limits, but Tea Party Nation President Judson Phillips would like for President Obama to prove that he’s not a gay crackhead. Really. [...] Romney has employed teams of accountants, lawyers, and professional, suited scam artists to ensure that America is denied every single penny possible using every trick, every loophole, and every single exception the system allows. And he paid for those accountants, lawyers, and scam artists with money he earned bankrupting companies, screwing people out of their pensions, and sending jobs overseas. No stone has been left un-turned in Mitt Romney’s quest to abuse the system. Highly-decorated economic experts can’t even identify half the stones, nor will anyone be able to unless Romney releases his labyrinthine tax returns.”
The Tea Party / GOP will continue this pathetic attempt to shield their candidate from having his tax returns / wealth / business dealings scrutinized by demanding increasingly ridiculous documents from the President, such as college transcripts (prove he wasn’t a foreign student!) and now medical records (prove he didn’t have anal sex and take drugs!). Un-fucking-believable.
Totally, totally not racist though – right? It’s just information that rightwing conservatives always demand of every (black, Democratic) presidential candidate. “Taxed Enough Already” my ass. That fools no one.