Monthly Archives: September 2012

Romney’s taxes and (almost) everybody else’s






Which tax loopholes would Romney want to cut? ‘Loophole’ is an elastic term, defined adequately for now by the free dictionary: “A way of escaping a difficulty, especially an omission or ambiguity in the wording of a contract or law that provides a means of evading compliance.” Broadly defined, tax loopholes are legal ways to escape paying taxes. Easy question: What tax loopholes right now… Read More

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More in the Romney tax returns






More on those tax returns Following up on those Friday-release Romney tax returns, a few quick observations Mitt and Ann Romney’s IRS tax return for 2011 is posted here. For the record, what has not been revealed by Romney is more interesting than what has been. Still, there are some items of interest in the limited and partial two-year disclosure the Romney team has vouchsafed.… Read More

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Romney trusts receive more from govt for 2011 than Romney is paying in income tax






Romney trusts receive more from govt for 2011 than Romney is paying in income tax What was that about receiving money from the government, again? Re-posting from Saturday, responding to a couple of quick questions and further clarifying the earlier post– Friday p.m., Sept. 21, Mitt Romney finally released his completed tax return for 2011. Finished Monday, released Friday afternoon, in one of those document… Read More

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Romney trusts receive more from govt for 2011 than Romney is paying in income tax






Romney trusts receive more from govt for 2011 than Romney is paying in income tax What was that about receiving money from the government, again? Friday p.m., September 21, Mitt Romney finally released his completed tax return for 2011. The date on the filing is 9-17-2012. Thus it was finished right after–first business day after–public release by Mother Jones magazine of Romney’s videotaped remarks about people… Read More

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Romney: “These are people who pay no income tax”






Romney: “These are people who pay no income tax” Where did this Mitt Romney come from? Let’s be clear, up top. Romney’s remarks at a Boca Raton fundraiser did not just link unworthy people, Obama voters, and the number ’47 percent’. Romney linked unworthy people, Obama voters, ’47 percent’, and “people who pay no income tax.”   Who spoke those words? Why, Mitt Romney, the… Read More

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Where did Mitt Romney get his 43 percent figure?






Where did Mitt Romney get his 43 percent figure? Move over, Goldilocks. Mitt Romney has fine-tooled your metrics. As revealed yesterday by Mother Jones, Romney was videotaped at a May 17 fundraiser in Boca Raton giving affluent donors his assessment of the campaign with unbecoming clarity. He was particularly unbecoming about people who don’t vote for him. We’ll get to some of those candid remarks… Read More

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The Republican Party’s legitimate difficulties with Todd Akin, part 2






The Republican Party’s legitimate difficulties with Todd Akin, part 2   What Todd Akin did, with his ill-timed comments, was to illuminate 1) the draconian hard-right stand against abortions. This is the no-exceptions position that would prevent terminating a pregnancy for an eleven-year-old girl sexually abused by her stepfather. (The medical case just referred to is not hypothetical. It occurred in Texas. It never became… Read More

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Republican Party’s legitimate difficulty over Todd Akin






Republican Party’s legitimate difficulty over Todd Akin: Re-cap and overview, part 1   Returning to the topic of Rep. Todd Akin’s senate race in Missouri, the real sticking point for Republican Party movers and shakers is not Akin’s mistaken science, his comforting notion that a woman’s body will ward off pregnancy in a sexual assault. The real sticking point, for top Republicans including presidential nominee… Read More

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