We can’t become too excited about Mitt Romney’s tax returns. The Democrats are looking for anything they can grasp to deface the Republican candidate for president. Romney has disclosed two years of his tax returns. That’s not enough for the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He wants a decade or so of tax returns from Romney.
Romney said in his own review of his tax returns, he never paid lower than 13 percent in taxes. Reid has charged that Romney didn’t pay taxes in some years, but he has offered no evidence to support his claim.
We all know Romney is a multimillionaire. It also is safe to say that he is like other American taxpayers who take advantage of anything in the tax code that will allow them to take a deduction. Romney also said if his charitable giving were excluded, he would have paid “well above” 20 percent of his income in federal taxes in the past 10 years.
The Democrats and President Obama should concentrate on the real issues in the campaign, such as the national debt, the economy and high unemployment and our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Romney tax returns is another effort to divert attention from the Obama record. America has lost its triple-A credit rating and our national debt has increased by nearly $5 trillion under his watch. Those are real issues.
We really don’t care what Romney paid in taxes. We don’t care what his income is from his investments. What we want is a campaign based on real issues and not smear tactics that are misleading and aimed at diverting attention from the Obama record. This election should be about leadership. Who can best lead America and who has the best plan to meet the many challenges this country faces is what the voter is looking for in a president.
We all should be concentrating on the real issues.