Well I’m not sure exactly who she meant by “you people,” but as an American who will be a voter in November, I certainly do not feel like I know “all I need to know” about Willard Romney. For starters, I want know whether he and his wife took advantage of a government amnesty program offered in 2009 for wealthy Americans who held money in Swiss bank accounts that had — unlawfully — never been disclosed.
And I want know whether, as many tax lawyers suspect, the Romneys paid little or no federal income tax in 2009. How did the Romneys managed to stash $101 million in an IRA during a 10-year period when the maximum contribution for “ordinary Americans” was $10,000 per year.
I need to know about the shell corporations set up in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands to shelter Romney income from U.S.A. tax laws. Also, it would be interesting to know how Romney was listed as CEO, managing director, and sole shareholder of Bain Capital in SEC filings for the years 1999-2002 when he claims that he had nothing whatsoever to do with Bain Capital. And how was it that during this period when he says that he was doing “nothing” he drew a minimum salary of $100,000 per year.
Unlike other presidential candidates, Romney resists releasing his tax returns for the years leading up to his run for the presidency. Certain key forms are missing from the 2010 return that he released and he has an extension on his 2011 filing that will likely not be completed until after the November election.
When Romney finished his term as governor of Massachusetts he had all the hard drives of the computers of his key aides confiscated or destroyed. And certain key financial records from the 2000 Olympics that Romney managed have mysteriously “gone missing.”
I think Willard Romney is a man with a lot to hide, and I do not think that “we people” have everything we need to know about this secretive one percenter.