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article imageOp-Ed: Obama offers Romney a deal he shouldn't but does refuse

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Aug 17, 2012 in Politics
Well, nobody can say the President didn't at least make a polite offer. "Release five additional years of your tax returns, and we promise not to ask for any more."
See, that's been the main beef of Princess Ann and Elder Mitt. They say, "if we release two, they want five. If we release five, they want 10. They just keep pushing and pushing and pushing and it makes Ann angry that's why Rafalca didn't win an Olympic medal."
OK, Rafalca didn't actually enter the conversation. Still...
This offer does seem to answer Romney's main concerns about releasing more taxes. According to Talking Points Memo:
“I am writing to ask again that the Governor release multiple years of tax returns,” wrote Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, “but also to make an offer that should address his concerns about the additional disclosures. Governor Romney apparently fears that the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide. So I am prepared to provide assurances on just that point: if the Governor will release five years of returns, I commit in turn that we will not criticize him for not releasing more — neither in ads nor in other public communications or commentary for the rest of the campaign.”
Seems fair enough, right?
One would think so...
Unless one is Elder Romney and his wife, the future queen of a planet yet to be named.
TPM reports this response from the campaign:
Hey Jim,
Thanks for the note.
It is clear that President Obama wants nothing more than to talk about Governor Romney’s tax returns instead of the issues that matter to voters, like putting Americans back to work, fixing the economy and reining in spending.
If Governor Romney’s tax returns are the core message of your campaign, there will be ample time for President Obama to discuss them over the next 81 days.
In the meantime, Governor Romney will continue to lay out his plans for a stronger middle class, to save Medicare, to put work back into welfare, and help the 23 million Americans struggling to find work in the Obama economy.
See you in Denver.
Matt Rhoades
Romney for President
Neener Neener Neener!
Only the person being mocked by the Romney campaign is not President Obama. It is you, American Voter. Romney is saying "you people" have seen all you need to see, that you have no right to know if he actually did pay his legal share of taxes, how much of his money he is hiding offshore when it could be here in American accounts where the money could be used by American banks to loan to American businesses to fund American startups for American workers to get American jobs.
But you have no right to know that, Romney thinks. He is better than "you people."
So is Princess Ann.
So is Rafalca, for that matter.
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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