Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Sunday he will release his 2010 tax return and an estimate of his 2011 tax liability on Tuesday.And then we can get to the issue of why somebody who arguably sits on his ass and lets the money roll in pays a lower tax rate than someone who holds down a full-time job.
The comment, in an interview on "Fox News Sunday," was a big change in Romney's plans for handling an issue that dogged his campaign last week, and followed Saturday's loss to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary.
You've probably seen the link all over the place, but if you haven't read the Rolling Stone article on George Romney, you should. It's hard to escape the conclusion that while Mittens may be a hundred times richer than his dad ever was, Mittens is also a hundredth of the man.
George Romney bucked the then-prevalent racism of the Mormon Church. George Romney stood up for the rights of all people at a time when it was not only unpopular for a politician to do so, it was dangerous. he also stood up against the Vietnam War within a party which was very much pro-war. George also had a sense of it being unseemly to rake in too much cash.
Contrast that to his son, who is willing to say anything and do anything to win an election. Nobody really can be certain what Mitt believes in, because he can flip and flop within seconds on anything. But we do know one thing for certain: A third of a million bucks is chump change to Mittens.