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Romney tax questions

Thurston Howell “Mitt” Romney released his 2011 tax return, bringing up some questions.

Using round numbers, he collected $14 million, paid $2 million taxes, and gave $4 million to the Mormons, or about twice what he gave to his country. (He gave the money to a church, not to God.)

So the question asks itself, is he twice as dedicated to his church as his country? He’s a high ranking bishop in the Mormon church. How much say or influence does he wield in how his $4 million contribution is spent? Can he direct this money somehow for his own benefit? It sounds like he could lead a complicated life.

I have these doubts because of his comments about the “47 percent” that he has written off, which probably includes me. My concern is, in spite of his words, where does his heart really lie? One can say anything; doing is another.

It’s bothersome that he didn’t declare all his religious contribution, which raised his tax level to about 14 percent. Why did he not take the full deduction ‘as allowed by law’, and as he claims he always does? Maybe because his tax rate then would’ve been more like 10%, and would look bad? What do his returns from 2001 to 2010 show? What sort of man is he?

More troublesome is that he can later file an amended return, taking credit for his entire religious contribution, and get a huge tax refund from the government!

There’s a story about a girl and her kittens; she claimed they were Christian kittens, but when asked later, said they were atheist kittens. When asked why the change said, “Well, now they have their eyes open.”

That’s the way I feel about Thurston Howell Romney, and his self-described ‘budget expert’, Paul Ryan.

A. Martin


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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