Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called out Mitt Romney on the Senate floor the other day with a claim that "Romney paid no taxes....."
As we all know, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has released on one year of past tax returns, and is adamant that, the one tax return will be the only one Romney releases. During past presidential runs in the modern era, most every candidate has released multiple years of tax returns in a good faith effort to expose the financials of those who are seeking the country's highest office. This is not done under the rule of law, it is done as a means of transparency.
Here in 2012, we have Mitt Romney, who admittedly is worth multiple millions and has financial interests inside the United States and outside the United States. Fine and dandy, he isn't the only person of wealth who has his finances in off shore accounts.
The above is all legal and Romney has violated no laws or election rules, so why the caterwauling about Romney's tax returns? Why the indignation from some that Harry Reid has "crossed the line", with some even making the accusation that Reid has determined Romney to be some sort of FELON!
Here's the reality:
1) The American people are due the simple respect of seeing Mitt Romney's taxes over a number of years
2) Harry Reid simply said Romney paid no taxes.
3) Romney has made claims that his tax returns might be able to clear up.
The bottom line is if there is nothing in Romney's Tax returns that shows illegalities then produce them and put this issue to rest.
As a side not to those who have taken great offense to Harry Reid, claiming Reid has called Romney GUILTY before any evidence/proof has been produced..........let's not forget that for 3 years, there has been a constant crescendo coming from the right about President Obama's birth certificate, which has been made public many times, even the "long form".
Again, if Romney has nothing to hide, produce multiple years to tax returns and all this goes away........but as long as Mitt Romney balks at releasing the returns, the questions will always remain and the question of: "What is Mitt Romney hiding?" will be on peoples minds.