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Op-Ed: What logical reason does Mitt have for not releasing tax returns?

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Aug 6, 2012 in Politics
Washington - When Mitt Romney was being vetted as a potential vice presidential nominee to run with John McCain in 2008, he presented the campaign with 20 years of his tax returns.
Steve Schmidt, McCain’s chief strategist in that campaign, said on MSNBC on July 16 that while he didn’t examine Romney’s returns himself, nothing that McCain’s vetters found in them disqualified Romney from consideration.
So then, where are the vetters? Why has no one from McCain’s campaign — Schmidt included — come forward to say that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s claim that a former Bain investor told him Mitt paid no income taxes in 10 years is a bunch of horse manure? Where are the people who have seen these returns? One would think that a loyal Republican who has seen Romney’s returns would have come forward by now to refute Sen. Reid.
The silence is deafening.
For his own part, Romney seemed quite careful in his word choice while defending himself to reporters at a rare press availability in Las Vegas on Aug. 3. See if you can catch the parsing in this statement.
“I have paid taxes every year, and a lot of taxes,” Romney said. “So Harry is simply wrong.”
Well, heck. We’re not quarter-billionaires, Mitt. But we pay taxes every day! Every time we buy a gallon of gasoline or a pair of shoelaces, or a brand new wheelbarrow. We pay our sales taxes, our real estate taxes, our personal property taxes, our school taxes, our municipal taxes… we pay a whole bunch of taxes, Mitt. But we also pay income taxes.
That’s the question, Mitt. Did you pay any income taxes? You’re not lumping all those other taxes together so that you can say “I paid taxes, and a lot of them,” are you?
And if you did, why aren’t your defenders out there right now, waving copies of your returns in reporters’ faces, pulling Harry Reid’s scalp right off of his tiny head to give you as a trophy?
Until we see the tax returns, Gov. Romney, you leave us no choice but to believe that either:
1. You paid no or very little in income taxes. Or;
2. There is something so horrifyingly embarrassing in those returns that you prefer to let us believe you paid very little or no income taxes at all rather than reveal your returns.
What are we to believe?
Release your tax returns and show your critics wrong. What could it hurt.
Other than...
Your Eternal Soul?
Is that why Mitt is hiding his taxes? Not because President Obama and the Democrats might find something embarrassing?
Question: Who is the highest ranking member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in elected office today?
Answer: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
As Senate Majority Leader and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Harry Reid has achieved a more senior elected position in the United States government than any Mormon in history.
Q: Is Reid aware that lying is considered a sin in the Mormon Church?
A: Of course he is. So is Romney.
Could it be that Mitt has another reason, other than paying no taxes, for not releasing his tax returns?
What are the requirements to get to the highest level of Mormon Heaven, the Celestial Kingdom?
The celestial kingdom will be the residence of those who have been righteous, accepted the teachings of Jesus Christ, and made and lived up to all of the required ordinances and covenants during their mortal lives.
Must one be a Temple Worthy Mormon to make it to the Celestial Kingdom?
Yes, according to the same source cited above.
OK. What are the requirements to be considered a "Temple Worthy" Mormom?
According to an official LDS website:
...those who enter the temple must show their faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ by living the gospel and keeping the commandments. They must be morally clean, pay a full tithing, obey the Word of Wisdom, keep the Sabbath day holy, and strive to live righteously in all other ways. They must also be interviewed by the bishop or branch president and the stake or mission president and be found worthy to receive a temple recommend. (Emphasis added.)
OK. To get to the Celestial Kingdom where you get assigned your own planet to lord over so you and your temple sealed wife (or wives) can pump out the spirit babies to populate your own universe, you have to be Temple Worthy. And you have to stay Temple Worthy, which means...
Ah ha!
What if Mitt's tax returns show he was holding out on the Mormons and not "paying a full tithe?"
What is the penalty for something like that? Can one lose his "Temple Worthy" status?
According to an official LDS Forum on "The Blessings of Tithing":
The LDS don’t “demand” the tithe, they equivocate by calling it a condition of worthiness. In other words, if you aren’t a full tithe payer, you can’t get a temple recommend.
If you can’t get a temple recommend, you can’t go to the temple and take out your endowments.
If you can’t take out your endowments, you don’t qualify for the celestial kingdom (highest degree of glory) and thus, don’t get to dwell in the presence of Heavenly Father.
Although, one can always use their “free agency” to not pay the tithe...but the “conditions” do not change.
So... if Mitt releases his full tax returns and they show he has not paid his full tithing?
No more temple worthiness.
No more temple.
No Celestial Kingdom.
No planet. No spirit babies.
Oh, he can still make the Terrestrial Kingdom. According to Doctrine and Covenants section 76, those who will inhabit the terrestrial kingdom include those who lived respectably but "were blinded by the craftiness of men" and thus rejected the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ when it was presented to them during their mortal lives.
Or, if the Lord judges Mitt's lies and deceptions as evil and wicked, he could wind up in the low rent Telestial Kingdom. According to the LDS scripture, Doctrine and Covenants, Section 76, those who will inhabit the telestial kingdom include those "who received not the gospel of Christ, nor the testimony of Jesus." It also includes "liars, and sorcerers, and adulterers, and whoremongers, and whosoever loves and makes a lie."
So, if this interesting speculation is true, Mitt has much more than a presidency to lose.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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