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July 30, 2012
Morning Journal News


Mitt Romney is not his father's son. George Romney, former governor of Michigan and a one-time Republican presidential hopeful, turned over 12 years worth of tax returns for public scrutiny when he ran for high public office. But, not so with Mitt.

Mitt grudgingly offered his latest two years worth of tax records and has made it plain he plans to make no other returns public. Even Ann Romney said "you people" have been shown enough and backed her husband's refusal to show more financial information because presumably "you people" will use the information contained in those tax returns against him. Yet, we are supposed to believe her when she says that everything is on the "up and up."

Now, if it was only the Obama folks who were calling on Romney to show more of his tax returns one could certainly argue it's politics as usual. But, consider the chorus of conservative Republicans who have urged Mitt to produce more tax records. The list includes conservative columnist George Will, congressman Ron Paul and Senator John McCain.

If, as he and his wife claim, they have nothing to hide then let's see what he earned, where he earned it and the taxes he paid on those earnings.

John DeFazio




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