Archives for: August 2012, 17
In response to Ryan's
Mitt Romney and Morally Legal Taxless Taxes
In fact, if the tables were turned, I suspect that you would be criticizing Obama in the same way that Democrats are criticizing Romney.
But perhaps I am wrong. After all, on your own blog, you present a wonderful argument that has convinced me that "legal" and "moral" are synonymous:
"The left wants to know why Romney won’t release more than two years of his past income taxes if he has nothing to hide; never mind the fact that this is all that is legally required when running for office."
- T. Paine
Ryan, it is my opinion that Obama and his surrogates are making Romney's taxes an issue as a distraction in order to avoid discussing what a vast majority of Americans of all political persuasions consider to be most important in this election; namely jobs and the economy. Do you really think that Romney’s past taxes trump those issues to most voters? Further, I would submit that Romney is refocusing voter attention on the economy accordingly. Of course, you are free to disagree with my opinion if you like.
Regarding Obama’s grades, you handled that very deftly, Ryan. Indeed it does not matter at this point if Obama’s grades were excellent or poor. The fact that it doesn’t matter and that he still won’t release them tends to make one wonder what else he might be hiding, since the grades regardless are inconsequential now. Does that mean the issue is irrelevant, as you suggest, and that we should all move on? Not quite so fast there, sir! If Mr. Root’s theory is correct that it isn’t the grades that Obama is hiding but rather his status as a foreign exchange student from Indonesia by the name of Barry Soetoro, then I think that might be quite relevant to many Americans. It would also give a reasonable explanation why Obama doesn’t want these records disclosed. It really isn’t about the grades.
If you think Romney’s tax records, other than those he already released, are more relevant then perhaps you should contact your elected officials in congress and ask them to change the requirements for the number of years back that such records must be submitted for presidential candidates. In light of the fact that there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest wrong-doing on Romney’s behalf, it seems rather unfair to set a standard for the amount of documents required, for the candidate to meet that standard, and then for the opposition to then bully the candidate for more records simply under the guise of trying to make him appear to be guilty of some sort of malfeasance.
Lastly, regarding your attempt to prove that I equated “legal” with “moral”, are you trying to say that by Romney not releasing a decade of his past taxes, that he is somehow immoral? Is so, and assuming that your definition of “immoral” is an accurate one, then I do need to get me a new Funk & Wagnells.
In addition to periodic, valiant attempts to educate us on the virtues of conservatism, T. Paine writes for his own site, where dictionaries are provided upon request.
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