I would like to say that this is the final word on the greatest question and issue facing Americans in this presidential election —– will Mitt Romney release the last 12 years of his tax return records? But it won’t be. The issue is one too rich for the class warfare waging left to let go of. But is it really an issue?
Led by Senate Majority Liar, —- I mean Leader, Harry Reid, the issue of Romney’s tax returns have been pushed to the forefront of the 2012 election, mainly because Harry Reid claims that he knows for a fact that Romney has not paid any taxes. According to Reid “The word is out. Romney hasn’t not paid his taxes”. That word only got out because Reid and other Obama surrogates have put that word out. Reid says it comes from a very reliable source who told him that Romney has not paid his taxes.
The charge is one which under normal conditions could result in the filing of libel charges but the politically shrewd Reid understood that by making this charge from the floor of the U.S. Senate, he would be immune from prosecution because of a federal law that does not allow one to be sewed in civil court for their statements on the floor of the Senate. Hence the reason why Harry Reid decided to exploit the august halls of Congress with campaign rhetoric. Instead of using his time to address the problems facing the nation, he used it to carry out the dirty work of the President’s reelection campaign.
But let us examine the validity of these charges.
Over 80 years ago, the legendary and notorious mob boss Al Capone saw his long life of corruption and murder come to an end. But his downfall came to fruition not because our judicial system proved Capone had a hand in murder or corruption. The end of Capone’s criminal career came about only after the Internal Revenue Service brought Capone to justice in one of most celebrated tax evasion cases in our nation’s history. According to AccountingWeb, not long ago, the IRS which rarely releases documents since tax return information is considered highly confidential and is protected by strict privacy protection laws, released several documents pertaining to the prosecution of Capone under the Freedom of Information Act because of what they described as historical significance and public interest in the Capone case.
Among the documentsmade available were a 7-page summary that describes various criminal investigations of Capone during the ’20s and ’30s. Each of the documents released demonstrate that the IRS was relentless in their pursuit to bring Capone to justice. In the end, between all the illegal activities conducted by Capone and between the countless people whos death’s he was respionsible for, Capone was found guilty of five counts of tax evasion and failing to file a tax return. Despite everything else Capone did, and the endless array of law enforcement entities that pursued Capone, it took the IRS to convict him of anything.
Which brings us back to Mitt Romney.
Does anyone believe that Mitt Romney could have been a Governor and run two campaigns for President without the IRS ever noticing that he has not paid his taxes?
To think the IRS missed that or just decided to let it go is to say the least, absurd. That is especially the case since one of the main objectives conatined in President Obama’s budget requests for the Internal Revenue Service has been an attempt to reduce the “tax gap,” between what taxpayers owe each year and what they actually pay. Even the president’s most recent IRS budget request seeks funding increases for enforcement programs and in believing that every dollar spent on collecting revenue reaps twice as much money in return, the Obama administration even proposed to exclude some IRS enforcement spending from the budget caps imposed by 2011’s debt ceiling deal. From day one, the Obama White House has consistently placed a focus on enforcing prompt payment of tax bills and this year the President has sought a $402 million increase over the estimated $5.3 billion budget that the enforcement division already has.
So with all this additional spending and manpower devoted to insuring that people pay their taxes, is there any logical reason to believe that Obama’s IRS just let Mitt Romney slide and refused to prosecute him for evading taxes? Or could it be that Romney avoided the same fate as Al Capone because unlike Capone, Romney has filed his tax returns and paid his taxes?
If Romney hasn’t paid his taxes for the past decade or more and if the IRS has not yet realized that, than we have bigger problems than Romney’s tax bill. We have an IRS that is wasting more than $5.7 billion dollars this years, and that has wasted tens of billions over the last decade.
So the real question here is if Mitt Romney has not paid his taxes, how come all the billions of dollars spent by the enforcement division of the IRS did not catch it? I mean it’s not like Obama’s IRS Administration looked the other way because Romney is a pal of the President. We’re talking about Mitt Romney, a Republican who many have long known to be a potential challenger of President Obama, not an Obama ally like Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner who failed to pay his own taxes but was rewarded with his cabinet post in charge of the IRS.
The bottom line here is the Romney tax return issue is not an issue. It is a distraction that the left is tacking on to their class warfare strategy. If Mitt Romney has been evading taxes, I can’t help but believe that as was the case with Al Capone, someone from the IRS would have picked up on it and Romney would be sitting in prison with the likes of Bernie Madoff, a few former Chicago Governors, or someone who should be sitting in jail, New Jersey’s failed former Governor, Jon Corzine, a man who till this day still can’t figure out where he put $1.6 billion of Goldman Sach’s money.
However; some may still argue that Mitt Romney could put the entire issue to rest if he just followed his father’s example and went public with the tax returns from the past 12 years. Normally I might agree but so far this election is far from normal. Mitt Romney has not even been officially nominated for President and the Obama reelection team has already accused Mitt of being a felon, not paying his taxes, and even killing a woman. What do you think they will do with a dozen years of Romney’s personal tax returns, no matter what t hey show?
Providing the left with his tax returns would be like providing a gunman with bullets. In their hands, Mitt Romney’s perfectly legal, personal finances would be used to generate an endless array of distortions that would be turned into distractions from the real issues as they expand their class warfare tactics in attempt to prove that Mitt Romney is a successful and wealthy entrepreneur. But here’s a newsflash for the left. We know Romney’s rich! Now it’s time to deal with the issues and the Obama record that the left is desperately trying to distract us from.
What it really comes down to is that in Romney’s tax returns we will not find the answers to peace in the Mideast, or the solutions to our skyrocketing unemployment rates. In Romney’s returns, we will not find the cure for cancer or a way to bring down the crushing national debt that President Obama has nearly tripled. The reality is that Mitt Romney’s tax returns have nothing to do with the future of our nation and as such they really should not be the only issue we hear our President’s campaign team talking about. So it’s time for the left to take the advice that can be gleemed by the name of one of their biggest front groups, MoveOn.org, —– and move on already.
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