Mitt Romney is a puzzling person.
He’s the Republican nominee for POTUS, but most Republicans don’t really like him.
He’s very secretive about many aspects of his life.
What secrets is Romney keeping?
Since they are secrets so far we are left to speculate, but here are the most solid predictions I have seen. The two possible secrets are especially troubling when taken together.
He is a billionaire. Romney’s entire life it seems has been almost focused mainly on one thing: making money. It is thus sadly ironic that although he has done such a good job accumulating wealth that he is now at some level either ashamed of it or he is proud of it but willing to hide it for political reasons. Either way, it doesn’t say good things about his character. Is America ready for a billionaire president? Romney doesn’t think so.
He has had years where he paid little or even no taxes at all. Despite being a very wealthy man, like many people Romney has not been content with that. He wants to be even richer and one way in his mind to do that is by paying as little tax as possible. I can understand not wanting to pay more taxes than reasonably necessary I suppose, but one can take this too far. So it is even possible that some years despite 10s of millions of dollars in income, he paid no taxes at all. In part this may very well have been achieved via overseas accounts that while technically not illegal, seem downright un-patriotic to many Americans. A bit embarrassing for a candidate for POTUS, especially in a rough economy.
Taken together these two possible secrets are especially damning….
A billionaire who pays little to no taxes
Is that what Romney is afraid of in his tax returns?
Maybe yes, maybe no. We can’t be sure, but until he releases them publicly everyone is speculating and some are assuming far worse than the two predictions above.
At a broader level, Romney’s poor judgement on the tax return issues also, regardless of what is hidden therein in his mind that is so damaging, raises serious concerns about him having poor judgement and possessing a mindset of secrecy that would carry through to his presidency if elected.
I’m not a fan.