Sunday, August 19, 2012
Mitt Turns Down Reasonable Obama Offer
Why then does Willard Mitt Romney (aka Wall Street Willie) think the American people don't have the right to know what he has done in the past? He is applying for the most powerful position in the free world, president of the United States -- a position that requires, even demands, the trust of the employers (the citizens of the United States). And yet, Willard doesn't think those employers should have the right to check his background.
In fact, Willard has gone to great lengths to hide his background. He had records destroyed (shredded and deleted) from two of his jobs -- governor of Massachusetts and head of the Olympic Organizing Committee for the Winter Games in Utah. And he thinks it's unfair to investigate his actions as a vulture capitalist at Bain Capital. He has lied about his time there, and even asked President Obama to not talk about it (although he is eager to lie about President Obama's background).
But perhaps the most egregious attempt to hide wrongdoing (or at least embarrassing facts) is his absolute refusal to release more than one partial tax return (the 2010 return he's released is missing the page regarding foreign investments). He's doing this in spite of the fact that his primary opponents released their returns, President Obama has released 12 years worth of returns, and Willard's own father (George Romney) released 12 years worth of tax returns when he ran for president.
But Willard thinks he is special. He shouldn't have to do what other candidates have done (including his own father). He thinks the American people (his prospective employers) should just take him at his word, and believe him when he says he has nothing to hide (and has paid taxes in all of the years he is hiding his returns for). There are two problems with that. He could easily prove he has nothing to hide by just releasing more of his returns.
And he has lied so many times in the past that only a die-hard Willard supporter could even consider believing him. If you doubt that, just check on the huge list of lies Willard has told being kept by Steve Benen (who counts over 30 lies by the Republican candidate just in this last week, and hundreds since his campaign has started).
The Obama campaign has offered Willard a deal -- a way out of this embarrassing mess if he truly has nothing to hide. They have proposed, in writing (so they can be held to their promise), that if Willard will just release 5 years of his tax returns (less than half of what his father and the president released), the Obama campaign will not ask for any more returns. Here is what they offered:
Of course, Willard flatly turned down the reasonable offer. That's because it has become obvious to anyone with half a brain that Willard is hiding something -- something that is so embarrassing (or illegal) that he believes it will cost him the election if made public. The only real question is what is he hiding.
You are Willard's prospective employer -- and he is refusing to allow you to do a background check. A reasonable person would toss his application in the trash and hire someone else.