Jim Messina, Obama's Campaign Manager, sent a letterto Matt Rhoades, the Romney Campaign Manager. The request was simple, release another three years of tax returns. Messina's concessionary offer, "I commit in turn that we will not criticize him for not releasing moreÂ—neither in ads nor in other public communications or commentary for the rest of the campaign." What this letter does not offer or promise is what the Obama Campaign will do with the information within Romney returns. There is no promise that negative campaigning of information within the returns would end. This is the sticking point for the Romney campaign.
Rhoades declined Messina's request. In his response, Rhoades wrote "It is clear that President Obama wants nothing more than to talk about Governor Romney's tax returns instead of the issues that matter to voters, like putting Americans back to work, fixing the economy and reining in spending."
Romney is a wealthy man. He has made millions. Like any wealthy or businessman, he has complicated returns. Will the average American understand all of what they are looking at? If the tax code was so simple, there would be no need for accountants. Voters will look at statistics provided. Everyone knows an arrangement of statistics prove different assumptions.
For three years, speculators requested Obama to release his original birth certificate. Record of Birth issues raised in 2008 seemed a simple to resolve. The President's response was negative. He did not feel the need to prove to the American people his eligibility to hold the Office of President. "We do not have time for this kind of silliness," Obama said. "We have better stuff to do. I have got better stuff to do. We have got big problems to solve."
This country is in dire straights. It is an election year and the Obama Campaign's focus is on Romney's returns. One must ask the Obama Campaign, aren't there bigger problems to solve then exactly what percentage tax rate Romney paid the last five years? If he paid 14 percent on $20 million, that is around $2.5 million in taxes paid last year. That is more than most Americans will pay in taxes their entire 40-year work history. Pay a fair share of taxes is a battle cry riddled with perspective.
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