Romney reveals little about himself

August 5, 2012


He has run for the Senate, for governor and, twice, for president. He has given more campaign speeches in high-visibility circumstances than almost anyone in the country. And still, after 18 years on public rostrums and in the public eye, he remains the most mysterious figure on the American scene.

On the surface, he may seem the least likely politician of the age to be regarded as mysterious at all — but the plain talking, seldom excitable and rarely exciting Mitt Romney, who has been speaking four or five times a day for more than a year, has revealed almost nothing about himself and his views.

Indeed, Romney is, as Franz Liszt said of Frederic Chopin, “prepared to give anything, but never gave himself.”

America has had political figures with a mania for privacy before; Calvin Coolidge gave up little about himself, and the two President Bushes were so reluctant to share their personal thoughts they disparaged even the idea of introspection, saying they didn’t want to sit in a psychiatrist’s chair.

Not all privacy-preserving politicians are Republicans; both former Vice President Walter F. Mondale and former Gov. Michael S. Dukakis of Massachusetts failed to win the White House in part because they didn’t share the warm, engaging sides most voters still don’t believe they possess.

Man of the future?

But seldom has a major American political figure so hidden both himself and his own ideas as Romney, who, like most politicians, prides himself as a man of the future rather than the past and, like almost all successful leaders, argues he is not a prisoner of the past. He is not, as John Maynard Keynes might say, the slave of “some long-dead economist” — not that Romney himself would be caught dead quoting Keynes.

Political polls have shown remarkably little movement in recent months, with President Barack Obama holding a steady but slim lead over Romney. While it is impossible to isolate a single reason why a business-oriented Republican has failed to overtake a regulation-oriented Democrat at a time of stubborn economic distress, it remains remarkable that Romney has proffered so few new ideas of his own.

This is not to say that Romney is running an empty, media-oriented campaign. He has plenty to say, about economics, gay marriage and, after his overseas trip, about national security and diplomatic matters.

But except perhaps for his China policy, his proposals, dutiful and detailed, are more derivative than innovative or original. They are a quilt of notions about the size of government that can be traced to Ronald Reagan; views about social issues with strong roots in religious conservatism; assertions of American exceptionalism growing out of the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party; and expressions of impatience with the status quo ripped from the labels of the tea bags on the muscular right of the conservative movement.

Everyone’s not an original

Not all American politicians are American originals, of course. Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt had very few ideas when he ran for president in 1932, and even from this distance it is difficult to distill a consistent ethic from the New Deal except for the determination to do something, and then to do something else, until something worked or until the Supreme Court struck it down.

Only in the White House did Lyndon B. Johnson, a conventional New Dealer but mostly a wheeler-dealer, make the full transformation from Senate institutionalist to presidential idealist.

But some candidates, like Sen. Gary Hart (1984 and 1988) and Rep. Jack F. Kemp (1988), are founts of new ideas. Sen. John F. Kennedy (1960) and former Gov. Reagan (1976, 1980 and 1984) ran on very big ideas, with oversized rhetoric to match — rhetoric that, in both cases, stirs Americans still.

Wizardly manager

For his part, Romney is running as an exceptionally gifted, almost wizardly manager armed with conventional conservative ideas, though Americans rarely elect managers, who in folklore, if not in reality, often have the political sex appeal of accountants. The only exception may be Herbert Hoover, one of the great business figures of his age and perhaps the leading manager in political history.

What is significant here isn’t that Hoover presided over the Great Depression — his role in that is still debated — but that Hoover’s business experience and acumen, and the air of management competence that he cultivated and personified, gave him 444 electoral votes in his battle against a breakthrough candidate much like Obama, Gov. Al Smith of New York, the first Catholic to win the presidential nomination of a major American political party.

Other presidential candidates who have run as managers have failed, making little impact in electoral politics. These include Donald Rumsfeld, who as the recent former chief of G.D. Searle and Co., ran for president briefly in 1988, and Lee Iacocca, who held top positions at both Ford Motor Co. and the Chrysler Corp., and also toyed with running for president. Both said they would have emphasized bringing business values to government, which sounds better in the executive suite than on the campaign hustings.

(A business approach was not part of the electioneering appeal of Gov. George W. Bush, who became the first president with an M.B.A. He ran on his record of partisan conciliation in Texas, his concept of “compassionate conservatism” and his own brand of Western-style politics.)

In his 1988 acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Dukakis made a memorable remark:

“This election isn’t about ideology; it’s about competence. It’s not about meaningless labels; it’s about American values — old-fashioned values like accountability and responsibility and respect for the truth.”

Romney could say almost all of that except for the ideology part, for he has drawn an ideological contrast with the president even without original ideas.

It’s still early

It is, however, relatively early in the campaign. Romney’s formal nomination is still weeks away. His acceptance speech has not yet been written. Both the phrases “New Deal” (from FDR) and “New Frontier” (from Kennedy) appeared in their convention acceptance speeches.

When Robert Frost went to visit the White House in 1958, he presented President Dwight D. Eisenhower a volume of his poems, and on the flyleaf he wrote: “The strong are saying nothing until they see.” Perhaps that applies to Romney, and perhaps for the former Massachusetts governor the road not taken lies ahead.

— David M. Shribman is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Paul R Getto 5 years, 8 months ago

Interesting. It will be interesting to see what else becomes known about Mr. Romney, and if anyone cares.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

I know Romney's wife owns a fancy horse, for which the Romneys received a $77,000 tax deduction.

acg 5 years, 8 months ago

And she dresses it up real pretty and takes it to horse proms. LOL. Thanks Jon Stewart for that info. I also know what she spent on horse proms in the last 5 years could fed, housed and clothed 25 American families for close to a decade. But whatever, as long as Mitt and Ann are happy, right? ; )

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 8 months ago

Business school trained managers are, in my opinion, greatly oversold and immensely overpaid.

I am constantly reading stories about how much money they get paid to become CEOs and then how much money they get paid to leave after they screw up the company.

In the same sense, I have to assume that much of the management "wizardry" that is attributed to Romney is mythological at this point and this is a guy that I used to admire.

woodscolt 5 years, 8 months ago

2 heaping helping scoops of stupid. Its always interesting to find out who has changed their moniker on these threads.

camper 5 years, 8 months ago

It's all about the short-term for the CEO today. For them and the company's share price. Long-term sustainability is rare. But you can find some good ones.

jafs 5 years, 8 months ago

Actually, Bain Capital's MO involved taking such large fees from corporate dividends that they often drove previously successful companies into bankruptcy.

It's not an example of capitalism at it's best, but rather at it's worst, in my view.

jafs 5 years, 8 months ago

I didn't mean to say that's all they did, but it's certainly some of it.

And, my comment wasn't about buying distressed companies and liquidating them, it was about turning successful companies into failures by the way in which they collected their fees, and the amounts of those.

Although liquidating companies in trouble, and off-shoring jobs isn't much to be proud of either, in my view.

woodscolt 5 years, 8 months ago

Care to provide a link, I couldn't find one to back up your comment. Therefore, I call BS

chootspa 5 years, 8 months ago

Bain Capital operated steel company called GS Industries which went bankrupt in 2001 after years of laborstrife, closing a plant in Kansas City and laying off over 700 workers

No mention of a software company that flourished in KC under Bain investment.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

That's not at all true-- not that you're going to get anything like truth on Fox News or the bellowing of Rush.

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 8 months ago

Obama has written an autobiography, can you read?You don't know about Obama because you don't want to know.

Scott Drummond 5 years, 8 months ago

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." A. Lincoln

Mittens has certainly learned that lesson. Too bad so many teabaggers haven't

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 8 months ago

I think I would avoid using "wizard" as a metaphor for Romney. I think more accurate would be terms such as "lucky", "offshoring" and "tax shelters".

But the Romney method for creating wealth only worked if you had assetts you could liquidate and technology you could transfer. When America still had an industrial base that you could sell on the cheap and industries that you could exploit by manufacturing product in China and then showing up at the next trade show and killing your competition.

That way of doing business where you send thousands of workers home and ship all the fixtures and know how to a foreign country has a limit and it is measured eventually by the size of our trade deficit and the trillions of dollards in off shore accounts.

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 8 months ago

Obama's autobiography was copywrighted in 1995. The information was out there if you cared enough to look.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

Okay BAA, so you are unhappy with what was known about Obama before he was elected. So this means you are pleased when your own party's candidate reveals very little? I would think you would be equally upset if you believe both candidates are guilty of hiding information.

It just boils down to, which is worse? Is it worse to keep academic records sealed, or to ignore growing requests to show more than two years of tax returns from someone who is known to have money squirreled away in foreign accounts? Is knowing if a 20 year old Obama received a C in his art appreciation course, or if over the last decade Romney, making millions, possibly paid nothing in taxes?

chootspa 5 years, 8 months ago

Everybody already knows he's rich. Car elevators, Swiss bank accounts, and fancy dancing horses rich. We get it. I doubt years and years of that stuff would change any minds, provided it's all legit.

Team Obama has more ammunition if Romney doesn't release his returns, since he lied about what was in his returns when he ran for gov in Mass and was later embarrassed when he was forced to disclose his returns. He already has a proven record of lying about his tax returns, and refusing to release them makes it look like he's got something to hide. Clearly whatever is in those returns is more damaging than the speculation.

chootspa 5 years, 8 months ago

He never released the completed form. He released a redacted version that only revealed the state he filed it in, and then he was forced to admit that he'd retroactively filed Mass residency. He'd actually filed from Utah at the time.

progressive_thinker 5 years, 8 months ago

I do not think that he ever did release his tax forms in 2002. He did refile and change his residency status.

What is interesting is that there is one person--John McCain--who has seen many years of Romney's tax returns. After seeing them, he chose Palin as his VP. Go figure.

chootspa 5 years, 8 months ago

He released a redacted version that showed only his residency status.

Stuart Evans 5 years, 8 months ago

You're right, we should emphasize his dim levels of intelligence, his magic underpants, and his blatant lying. Before you snap and call me an Obama-lover, I'm voting for Gary Johnson.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

I'll bet you a billion dollars that Romney gives his acceptance speech at the Republican Convention from a teleprompter.

chootspa 5 years, 8 months ago

Santorum sure showed 'em how it was done, eh? His amazing abilities to deliver speeches without a TelePrompTer is what got him onto the ticket, unlike every other major presidential candidate since Reagan (who also used a TelePrompTer.)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

"Well, he can reveal an irrefutable birth certificate..."

He can? I haven't seen it. And I haven't seen a plethora of mouth-breathers demanding it 24/7 on Fox News.

voevoda 5 years, 8 months ago

Obama's birth certificate is irrefutable. And if that's not enough for you, what do you make of his birth being listed in Honolulu newspapers at the time it occurred, right alongside all the other births in Honolulu hospitals.
As long as you subscribe to the "birther" nonsense, commonsenseanyone, how can you expect anybody to take any of your other opinions seriously?

voevoda 5 years, 8 months ago

Of course Obama produced a birth certificate--exactly the same type of birth certificate everybody born in Hawaii has and uses. Nobody among the Democrats has said that the tax returns Romney publicized are fake. They just are saying that he needs to provide access to more than 2 years' worth. What's wrong with asking a presidential candidate to reveal information about his financial connections and tax status, LarryNative?

chootspa 5 years, 8 months ago

The most liberal president ever? Really? Credibility called to deny it ever knew you.

chootspa 5 years, 8 months ago

Is Harry Reid imaginary in your world of black and white absolutes?

voevoda 5 years, 8 months ago

If we could trust a President Romney to do what he did as governor of Massachusetts, he might be a reasonable choice. After all, he instituted a system of health insurance much akin to Obamacare. He was in favor of women's reproductive freedom. He was in favor of Obama-style economic choices.
My worry is that a President Romney wouldn't be a Governor Romney, but instead he would be beholden to the radical right wing of the Republican Party.

repaste 5 years, 8 months ago

presidents get to vote? Governors vote? Silly stuff there. Mr Romney did start Obamacare as Gov. though. He is not a stupid man.

progressive_thinker 5 years, 8 months ago

Did not last long.....the moniker fit though

woodscolt 5 years, 8 months ago

Romney should have joined the "Choom Gang". Then perhaps he would not be subjected to such scrutiny.Baa haa

Well, maybe if he didn't run for president he wouldn't be asked for information typically offered by presidential candidates.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for the reminder.

Imagine, strapping your dog to the roof of a car! Who would vote for someone who practices animal cruelty. As far as the spoiled rich kid harrassing a child for being "different" and holding him down while others torture him, I'm not surprised.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

In other words, you would vote for someone who practices animal cruelty. Got it.

Try putting your child in a cage on top of a vehicle and see if the police don't see a difference between that and having a child in the back of a pickup. Spin away BAA, spin away.

Oh, and Romney held the kid down and cut his hair! http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romneys-prep-school-classmates-recall-pranks-but-also-troubling-incidents/2012/05/10/gIQA3WOKFU_story.html

Topple 5 years, 8 months ago

Wow. Nothing more telling about a person's character than a story about him bullying someone 40 years ago.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

I would be happy to talk about his tax returns of the past decade, only he hasn't shown them.

jafs 5 years, 8 months ago

You know, I looked at the above link - it's very informative, and I recommend others look at it as well.

I find the vast majority of his voting record to be admirable, and in line with my own views and values.

There are a few exceptions, of course.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

Time to cut spending on national political convention = they accomplish little and cost too damn much money.

Perfect example of unlimited spending increasing the cost of living...

Ah, it’s August – time for the presidential nominating conventions!

This grand testimonial of our citizens’ rights and liberties will begin with the Republicans in Tampa. Flags are being mounted, majestic music is being arranged, uplifting speeches are being scripted – and, as has now become normal for these spectacles of democracy-in-action, heavily-armed police repression of our cherished First Amendment rights is being ordered.

Of course, the delegates, candidates, lobbyists, and billionaire funders inside the GOP’s convention bunker will be perfectly free (as they should be) to gild the promises and lies that will frame their presidential campaign.

They will not be bothered by the 4,000 riot-geared police that authorities will deploy around Tampa.

However, any outsider citizens who come to practice the hallowed freedoms of public assembly and speech at the convention will be welcomed by a thoroughly un-American police state.

In May, at the behest of national Republican officials, Tampa’s mayor and council passed a temporary ordinance to suspend our First Amendment and authorize a crackdown on protesters. Warning ominously that a few vandals might get out of control, the ordinance tries to force all citizen demonstrators into a few restricted parade routes and what amounts to “protest pens.”

Preemptive detainments, indiscriminate mass arrests, and police infiltrations of peaceful protest groups can be expected. Ironically, that’s the kind of autocratic excess that led to the American Revolution itself.

The city’s top lawyer recently barked that, “troublemakers… will not be tolerated.” But the real troublemakers are those inside the hall – and inside a police system that’s being used to stomp on the very freedoms that America is supposed to embrace and encourage. What's coming down in Tampa this month is not what Madison, Jefferson, and the others meant by liberty.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 8 months ago

Hahahahaha!!! He used Breitbart again :)

Flap Doodle 5 years, 8 months ago

Did the Mope release his college transcripts and I missed it?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

So what is it that you expect to find in those transcripts? That he didn't really graduate? That he failed Intro to Basketweaving?

voevoda 5 years, 8 months ago

So many of Breitbart's videos were doctored that you undermine the authority of any opinion by using them to back up anything you say. And why would anyone think that 30-year-old college transcripts are indicative of anything? Three-year-old tax returns are another story, though.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

It is flawed logic to demand to see the college transcripts of a 20-something year old Obama while supporting the non-release of Romney's tax returns from this past decade.

Every time you bring up Obama's college transcripts, it only reminds people that Romney -- the man who wants to be president and has money in offshore accounts -- refuses to release his tax returns. Is it because Romney hasn't paid taxes the past decade?

Topple 5 years, 8 months ago

"It is flawed logic to demand to see the college transcripts of a 20-something year old Obama..."

Yet, here you are posting links to him bullying a kid 40 years ago.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

Actually Topple, I responded to BAA's mention of Romney's bullying, which he distorts and claims it happened when Romeny was 14 and said he didn't hold the kid down that he was bullying. I didn't bring it up, BAA did. Nice try, though.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

Whether or not another post was removed, I still responded to your comment. I did not see another post mentioning Romney bullying another kid when he was in high school, only yours (which does not appear as a reply to anything, but as an original post). Assuming you are correct does not change the fact that I responded to your distortion of the history of Romney's bullying ways when he was in school.

However it is sliced, my bringing up Romney's bullying ways was a respond to your post and only your post. No distortion, only corrections of your errors.

That wasn't even a nice try on your part.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

Lunacy, for providing facts to clarify your false claims? Um.... okay.

Topple 5 years, 8 months ago

It's difficult following these replies on LJW sometimes.... I can't tell who's talking to who.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

Where have I called anyone anything? Support your claims BAA. If you can't, I would prefer it if you did not continue making false statements about me. I can appreciate that you must distort the facts beyond all recognition in order to support your rampant hatred for our president, but it is pretty sad when you try to do the same to fellow posters.

Support your claims.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

But if I do what you claim "on a daily basis" you wouldn't have to dig that far.

Don't worry, I know. In fact, I've always known that being able to support your claims has never been very imporant to you.

Now, call me a name. I believe that is what you are best at.

woodscolt 5 years, 8 months ago

Using fantasy sites for facts. It is amusing.

weeslicket 5 years, 8 months ago

  1. regarding the statements that "we really didn't know anything about president obama" before he was elected is, imo, sheep-dip.
    example 1: the long running primary debates between barak obama and hillary clinton provided more and greater clarity about both candidates. which was really, quite remarkable in politics. then again, i actually watch the debates (both R and D and presidential) and the newshour, and not fox entertainment. example 2: barak's speech on race (march of '08, if i remember correctly) was the single most remarkable (courageous) statement of political "introspection" i have ever listened to.
  2. while mitt romney is long on generalities and short on specifics, i am not entirely persuaded that this means i "do not know who he is". i have come to the conclusion that this IS the real mitt romney. and, unfortunately for him, he will have to keep up this persona for fear of alienating (further enraging?) the conservatives and uber-conservatives in his base. iow: he's kind of stuck with his current version of mitt romney until after the elections. 2a. likewise the problem with releasing his tax information. it's a real distraction now, and it will continue to get more problematic for him; AND he does not have a convincing answer to the public for that problem right now. (authenticity is not a strength for mr. romney.) on the other hand, if his tax information does become public, i would expect an even more enormous problem for him. republican leaders had urged mr. romney to release his tax info earlier rather than later, but he would not do that. makes one wonder, doesn't it? anyway, we wait and see on the tax info question. (how close is The Onion to getting this one right??)

Mike Ford 5 years, 8 months ago

Barack Obama... Born in Hawaii, raised in Indonesia, went to college at Occidental in California and Harvard in Massachusetts, worked in Chicago to help ignored people try to rise above circumstances, ran against Bobby Rush in Chicago, won locally then nationally, did the convention speech in 2004 and ran for president in 2008. His campaign got it's legs in Iowa against Hillary Clinton in the primaries. His Dunham ancestry in from the Carolinas. His recent ancestors lived in Ark City, El Dorado, and Topeka, and contributed to the WW II effort. They were White and Cherokee. My Dunnam ancestors from the Carolinas also claimed Native ancestry with different name spelling.

What do I know about Romney? his ancestors were Morman polygamists and left to Mexico when polygamy was prohibited so that the State of Deseret could become the State of Utah in the 1890's. His father George was born in Mexico and came back here. His father ran AMC into the ground to the point that it left Michigan and went to Kenosha, WI, and eventually combined with Renault and ran itself into the ground in 1984 or 1985. His father was a governor of Michigan. Both father and son were blandlicans kind of like the 1920's GOP or Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota. Mitt was a Morman missionary in France of all places and was involved in a horrible car accident where people died in a mountainous part of France and he was injured. He worked for Bain Capitol which sounds like the corporate raiding Michael Milken company crashing junk bond people of my 1980's adolescence. He was behind Romneycare being the plyable blandlican that the crazies in the GOP and Tea Party fear as a governor of Massachusetts. The Olympics in Salt Lake City tried to railroad through wetlands issues for the Railway system there for the Olympics which drew one of the original SLT attornies Bruce Plenk to Utah if I remember correctly. It they want a politician with the conviction of silly putty Mitt's your man. By the way Roedapple.......no wikipedia used here....just lots of reading, listening, and learning on my own.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 8 months ago

George Romney was respected as a CEO and as governor in the state of Michigan.

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 8 months ago

Thanks touschkahouma. Most of Obama's info has been out since at least 1995, if anyone really cared to look.Romney,not so much.And the fact that you can't get a straight answer out of him bothers me. "conviction of silly putty"--GOOD ONE!!

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

I appreciate that most of your comments are short. It makes scrolling past that much easier.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 8 months ago

I find it amusing that when daddy George ran for President no one cared he was born in Mexico and only an American citizen by the grace of having American parents. Wonder what the birthers would say about that now?

Mike Ford 5 years, 8 months ago

tommie.....keep talking that nonsense.......who knows.....the hope and change would've occured if the tpers and the gop hadn't of thrown a tantrum in the middle of the street and vowed to obstruct until removed.......looked at the rcp polls this morning tommie..... not looking too good for you falsietommie......repeal and replace tommie.....with what tommie? obstruction down stranger creek tommie......

Mixolydian 5 years, 8 months ago

Romney legally mimimizes his tax liability. So what, we all do, at least those of us fortunate enough to have a job in this dismal environment. Romney handles his money well. Without a doubt, Obama hasn't handled our money well at all. He put us 6 trillion dollars more in debt, ruined our credit rating, kept us unemployed and discouraged. I trust Romney to handle our money more than Obama. That's what it all comes down to this election, the economy and fiscal policy.

camper 5 years, 8 months ago

Wait a minute....it was the Republicans who are most responsible for the credit downgrade when they stalled to the very last second during the debt ceiling crisis. I will never forgive them for this and will likely never vote Republican ever again for this reason.

camper 5 years, 8 months ago

I take that back, I may vote for a Republican or two....but only local. Probably never for congress or President.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

How do we know Romney legally minimizes his tax liability? He should release the past 10 tax returns to prove it.

It was the Republicans in the House who "ruined" our credit rating by refusing to vote in favor of paying the debt we already owe.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 8 months ago

Romney is banking on attacks against Obama, so that he doesn't need to put any ideas out there.

This is because his only economic ideas are what got us into the recession in the first place: tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, and increases in defense spending. He says he wants spending cuts, but will not specify what he would cut.

Romney's tactic is to attack Obama relentlessly and avoid putting any of his own ideas and solutions forward, because they have been demonstrable failures in the recent past.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

Romney is a devout Mormon. Mormons do not believe in gambling. They state: "The Mormon Church has always opposed gambling in every form, including government-sponsored lotteries. Mormon prophets and leaders have counseled the members over time, to avoid gambling of any type. Doing so, leads one away from righteousness and into the hands of Satan." http://whatmormonsbelieve.org/mormons_gambling.html

One of Romney's largest supporters is the casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. Romney has not rejected this money that was gained from unrighteousness and the hands of Satan. Romney is not a man of conviction, otherwise, he would reject Adelson's money.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

So are you saying that Romney is really no better than Obama?

chootspa 5 years, 8 months ago

Other than being a community organizer for a private church-based organization, a lawyer, a professor, a book author, and an elected representative, sure. He never worked. Also he never paid taxes, except for the effective 20% rate on his mostly investment earnings and book royalties at that point.

I do remember his tax forms making the news when he released them. Perhaps they weren't a bigger issue because he didn't have a history of lying about what was in them.

riverdrifter 5 years, 8 months ago

"I appreciate that most of your comments are short. It makes scrolling past that much easier."


yourworstnightmare 5 years, 8 months ago

It is interesting that Romney will not release his tax returns. It just fuels speculation that he is hiding something. Best to end all speculation.

Then again, John McCain has seen his tax returns and did not choose him, calling Palin "a better candidate".

Yikes. Maybe Romney is correct in not releasing them after all.

Topple 5 years, 8 months ago

Completely worthless post. Correlation does not prove causation.

voevoda 5 years, 8 months ago

Nobody is claiming that Romney did anything illegal, commonsenseanyone. But we are reasonably interested in how he makes his money and what he does with it. If he is availing himself of particular tax loopholes, then we must expect that he will be inclined to preserve them. If he has taken payment from particular corporations or individuals, they could have influence with them. If he has donated to particular organizations, we can expect that they will continue to enjoy his support for their activities and their stances on issues. If he invests primarily overseas rather than in the US, that's telling, too. I'm surprised that you don't want to know any of this, commonsenseanyone. Even if you don't, the rest of us do. It will help us to decide whether we might want to vote for Romney. Maybe you're content to vote for anyone who isn't Obama, but most of the rest of us prefer to evaluate candidates on their merits.

uncleandyt 5 years, 8 months ago

Don't bet too much on the audits. Why do a small number of folks think that there is nothing, or not much wrong with Romney? The Radio lies to us. I'm gonna go ahead and claim that Romney's 100million dollar IRA is illegal. Alot of news never "comes up". It's kinda strange that the powerful, lefty, liberal, mainstream media (that my Radio has been warning us about for the last twenty years) hasn't mentioned Mitt's impossibly large Individual Retirement Account. Obamanomics? pu-lease. The Radio's got some of my thoughtlesser friends and strangers thinking that The Poor People are taking all the money. Settle down ditto-heads, Obama is one of the best Republican Presidents we've had since Nixon. Obama governs to the right of Reagan. Seek information from outside of your "most-watched" and "highest-rated" news sources. If Fox and Radio are truly number 1s, shouldn't we recognize them to be among the mainest of the "Mainstream"? hhmmm?? The lefties got more for you if you care to look. Explore the "dangers" of Amy Goodman, David Pakman, The Young Turks, Sam Seder, The Professional Left Podcast... there are hundreds, thousands, maybe millions of sites to visit to find out that "The Right" is wrong. Or stick to your 2 or 10 or 20? sources that say the poor people have all the money. that War protesters are violent thugs, that voter fraud is a bigger problem than election fraud, that government doesn't create jobs (as they cash their government-funded Media Contract paychecks). That's one of the goofiest lines, "government can't create jobs".Please stop parroting the the script. Watch some CSPAN. Help us help you, neighbor.

chootspa 5 years, 8 months ago

Interestingly enough, he could have participated in a voluntary amnesty program created for people putting money illegally into Swiss bank accounts. The evidence would be in his 2009 return. The one that even team McCain never saw. We know he had a Swiss bank account, because he coincidentally closed it in 2010.

camper 5 years, 8 months ago

Legal or illegal is probably interpreted or the opinion of the accountants and IRS at that given time..... when you have a return as complex as his. I'm sure he was probably "aggressive" with his deductions, but that was his choice. He had a lot of eyeballs on hi sreturn before he submitted them.

The problem with venture capital companies is that they often bring in or select their management. I have seen that they often do not understand the day to day operations of the business and this often is very distruptive. Especially when they outsource departments to the Phillipines or India for instance. There is a communication barrier that becomes crippling. I have seen this happen, and am not particularly fond of companies like Bain.

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 8 months ago

I know one thing about Romney- he'll never be elected to the Presidency.

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 8 months ago

If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all (whoa!)...Gloom, despair and agony on meee.

I'm a pickin'! And he's a grinnin'!


(what's wrong with the youtube link?)

Flap Doodle 5 years, 8 months ago

Pulling stuff out of your fundament, mach?

Flap Doodle 5 years, 8 months ago

In pot and kettle news: "Despite his pledge to preside over the most open and transparent administration in history, Barack Obama has been insulating himself from the press of late, according to Keith Koffler at White House Dossier. Writes Koffler: The last substantive question Obama took from a White House reporter was during a June 20 press conference following the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Obama allowed only six questions during the event, which was nearly guaranteed to keep him out of political hot water as the focus was on foreign policy. Since then, Obama has held no press conferences, given no interviews to White House reporters, and taken no questions at the White House events he has held where reporters have been present..." http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2012/08/06/obama-has-not-taken-a-question-from-the-press-in-more-than-two-months/

weeslicket 5 years, 8 months ago

i tried to vote 2 likes. sadly, could only like once.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm shocked snap. Here you are trying to divert attention away from Romney by giving us "hotair."

So why not just defend all the wonderful things you know about your man Romney?

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 8 months ago

Dump Obama and forget about Romney...they are one in the same--bought and paid for by big business and Wall Street.

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 8 months ago

It is a fact that Mitt Romney is as crooked as a dog's hind leg. We should all forget about Romney and the Republicrats. And do the same with Obama and the Democans! Move forward!


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Flap Doodle 5 years, 8 months ago

Somebody unearthed one of Romney's high school report cards recently. That means we now know more about his academic career than the Mope's.

tbaker 5 years, 8 months ago

All Mr. Romney has to do is say he’ll gladly release all his tax returns if Mr. Obama un-seals his college records from Columbia. If he did that, you wouldn’t hear another peep out of the Obama Campaign concerning Mr. Romney’s taxes because there is a good reason why Mr. Obama has gone to so much trouble to keep those college records sealed. There is information in those records that would be very damaging to him.

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