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Monday, August 20, 2012

Tax Return Offer Proves Obama Is Master Of Distraction

Michael Ramirez Cartoon
Posted 08/17/2012 07:03 PM ET
2012 Campaign: The president's latest "offer" is that Mitt Romney can release five — not ten — years of tax returns, and Obama will drop the subject. Sure, and there's this bridge in Brooklyn for sale cheap, too.
Assisted by a compliant media, the Obama campaign continues to distract voters from 8.3% unemployment, the most tepid "recovery" in U.S. history, debt about to exceed $16 trillion, and the imposed terminal illness of the greatest health care in the world.
You might think the great challenges facing us are things like preventing the impending catastrophe of government entitlements, fixing a tax code that penalizes success and chases companies overseas, and stopping Islamists from taking over Mideast countries.
But no, according to Obama, the great issue is what marginal tax rate Mitt paid.
"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," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina last week wrote to the Romney campaign.
It would be beyond foolish for Romney to fall for this, especially since he has already satisfied any legitimate curiosity with the revelation that he has never paid less than 13% of his income in taxes.
The president's re-election campaign is ravenous in its yearning for Romney's returns. And it shows how desperate the president is to keep this silly ball in the air, in order to keep the voters' eyes off the reality of the mess Obama, ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid got America in during the two years of absolute Democratic rule of both the executive and legislative branches.
Romney ought to reply: "If the president will release five years of his secret educational records from Columbia and Harvard, I commit in turn not to criticize him for the rest of the campaign about wasting a trillion dollars in failed stimulus spending and stealing over $700 billion from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare."
The most outrageous aspect of the tax return distraction is that it lets Obama define Romney in the minds of the public — something Romney must stop soon.
The former Massachusetts governor is a man who:
• Put his rare organizational skills to use to save the Salt Lake City Olympics;
• Gave away his own considerable inheritance from his father to an educational institution that teaches others how to be successful;
• Worked as a brilliant surgeon of ailing companies and brought more than 150 firms back to health, so they can now employ thousands of American workers.
Romney offers these skills now to the nation at large. We've never needed them more.

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