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article imageOp-Ed: Romney won't release taxes, 'Because I'm not a business'

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Aug 9, 2012 in Politics
Chicago - Recall that famous moment in Iowa when Republican presidential candidate Willard "Mitt" Romney told a protestor "Corporations are people, my friend!"
Guess who has flipped on that position.
In an interview with Bloomberg Business Week Magazine, Romney seems to contradict his earlier stance.
One gets the sense that toward the end of the interview, the presumptive GOP candidate was getting a case of itchy feet.
Speaking of small business …
I’ve got to leave and go to work here …
[Romney adviser informs the governor that the campaign had agreed to a longer interview.]
Ask one question. But I’m holding up traffic in Chicago trying to—I’ve got the Secret Service and all the press and we’re stopped in front of a place of business. So shoot.
Let’s frame the issue around your tax returns in a slightly different way. If you’re an investor and you’re looking at a company, and that company says that its great strength is wise management and fiscal know-how, wouldn’t you want to see the previous, say, five years’ worth of its financials?
I’m not a business. We have a process in this country, which was established by law, which provides for the transparency which candidates are required to meet. I have met with that requirement with full financial disclosure of all my investments, but in addition have provided and will provide a full two years of tax returns. This happens to be exactly the same as with John McCain when he ran for office four years ago. And the Obama team had no difficulty with that circumstance. The difference between then and now is that President Obama has a failed economic record and is trying to find any issue he can to deflect from the failure of his record. Thanks, guys. Goodbye.
Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute...
If corporations are people, my friend, then aren't corporations offered the same rights as people? And then, conversely, should not people be held to the same standards as corporations?
Who's running this campaign? Who's the idiot who didn't let Romney get while the getting was good? Who's the numbskull who forced the governor to stay when he realized where this interview was going?
Which is it? Corporations are people but you are not?
You are a person and not a business, therefore not a corporation and not a person?
Corporations are people, my friend. You said so yourself.
Or do those words only apply, like much of what you've said in your decade-long run for president, when you want them to apply?
And why hasn't Romney released his taxes?
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