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Published: Friday, Aug. 24 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Red Headed Stranger
Billy Bobs, TX

Harry Reid seems so sure with his extra-secret source that Mitt didn't pay taxes that Mitt should make a deal. Reid gets to pick one year out of the past ten. If Mitt then releases his forms in say 2005, and if Mitt payed taxes then Reid resigns.

Thanks for pointing me to the website. Now I can see the difference between Obama's 2004 and 2005 taxes. I guess when Barack got a promotion to from Illinois legislature to the US Senate, his wife did too! Congratulation Michelle, you got a pay raise from one year to the next from $122,000 to $317,000. Barack suddenly went from about 100K to to well over a million dollars, maybe because of his book. I don't know, I trust a leader who got rich first and then became a politician, than a politician first and then got rich.

Red Headed Stranger
Billy Bobs, TX

In reality though, this is all just a planned distraction from the fact that unemployment is over 8%, and that since Obama became president, every man, woman, and child in the US owes $15,000 more in debt. So the real two questions are:
Are you better off now than you were four years ago?
Do you really think the current president will be able to perform any better than he has now?

Esquire
Springville, UT

I had someone say the same thing to me, that the Administration Democrats should release theirs. Uh, they have. Easily available. Before people take their cheap shots, they should be better informed, putting it politely.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

Some are so bent on protecting Mitt they become oblivious to reality. The longer this goes on the more curious I become.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Red Headed Stranger,

Mitt Romney is the only presidential candidate in history to have a Swiss bank account and Cayman Island tax shelters. You don't find that odd?

The last time Romney asked that people "take his word for it" on tax issues he was shown to be flat-out lying when the truth about his tax returns was finally released.

And now he says that although his own father, George Romney, released twelve years of tax returns when he ran for president, he's not going to follow his own father's example?

Come on... face it. It is obvious that Mitt Romney has realized that if the public saw his tax returns during the past decade there would be outrage at how the hyper-wealthy have gamed the tax system to let them pay next to nothing in taxes on their millions in income.

Meanwhile, you and I, without benefit of lobbyists, special tax breaks on our private jets and offshore tax havens, grind along with the rest of the shrinking middle class.

Romney is hiding something important, and he knows it's bad.

Red Headed Stranger
Billy Bobs, TX

Blue,

Much like Mr. Scott Garner in this letter to the editor reminds Mr. Jay Atkinson that it took him one minute to find what he was looking for, I recommend that you search the term "john kerry offshore accounts".

HOWEVER, let it be known that I'm not against off shore banking accounts. Whether it be from shrewd, consistent investments over the period of many years or marrying someone who married someone who inherited a lot of money, it is after all their money. I find envy distasteful; don't begrudge people what they've earned. Please illustrate using concrete examples why off-shore accounts that are not related to drug or mafia money are immoral or unethical.

To me, off shore accounts and tax shelters merely illustrate that our banking and tax systems are broken. If rich people aren't paying their fair share, why do rich democrats like Denise Rich give up their US Citizenship? If we were to encourage wealthy people to bank and do business in the US rather than, say, Aruba, then we would have more investment and jobs here. Nah, it is easier to tax'em as much as possible. That works.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

He already has, like 4 years ago.

Next time try a Google search. I know it's hard for some repubs but trust me, it's easy.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Sure redhead, we all forgot about the economy over Mitt's taxes.

If Romney and republicans want to contantly cry that they are overtaxed I don't understand why they are being so shy in showing it.

Henderson
Orem, UT

It's not wonder why so many from the right still believe that Obama is a Nazy/Communist Muslim born from a different country. This letter proves that they just aren't listening (to anything other than Fox) and aren't using less agenda driven and more credible sites like politifact.

Obama just like George W, Clinton, and so many other Presidents, released his tax returns a long time ago.

Get informed folks!

Alfred
Salt Lake City, UT

"Atkinson was probably unaware that the president has provided his tax returns going back to 2000..."

Yeah, well, we don't want Obama's tax returns. He probably didn't even realize Cayman had banks into which money could be securely placed. Perhaps he used Bear Stearns, Washington Mutual or approximately 500 other banks that have failed since 2000, banks that no longer exist. Banks that Mitt brilliantly avoided.

What is wanted that Obama refuses to provide is his college/university papers. What's he hiding? Did he register/attend as a foreigner? If so, why? We know his furnished birth certificate is bogus.

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ Red Headed Stranger, all the rationalizations in the world won't change the fact that we need full disclosure about a man who wants to lead the nation. Who and what have had and will have any influence over the man. It's not that complicated.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

DN can sure find some unflattering photos of the President.

omni scent
taylorsville, UT

"We know his furnished birth certificate is bogus"
No, we don't know that. I know, you saw the youtube video where the guy says it must be fake because of the layers embedded in the document. That theory was already debunked. The handwriting-to-text feature will render seperate layers. The website Snopes shows this. Also the claim that Kenya wasn't an official countqry yet also debunked: while it may not have had official nation status yet, it was still reffered to as Kenya. Like the letter write says, please take the time to do some research before making such claims.
Why should Obama release his school records? No president ever has, and that would just subject Obama to claims that it was falsified just like his birth certificate, and the gullible will believe.
You know what Obama should release? Years of tax returns, which every presidential candidate releases.
Oh wait, he already did.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

The Democrat’s deflection away from Obama’s scandals by whining about Romney’s taxes is typical of the left. We recently read that Obama got massive campaign contributions from “green energy” companies that he gave taxpayer money to! Classic felony money laundering!

wrz
Salt Lake City, UT

When opening a Swiss (or any foreign) bank account, Americans have to file an FBAR (foreign bank account report) form with the IRS that discloses the assets. There's no reason to believe that depositors pay even one cent less in tax than an American bank.

Why would one want a Swiss bank account? The stability of U.S. financial system has come under question for years even before the failure of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and over five hundred other American banks.

There's substantial evidence that Swiss banks are far more stable than U.S. banks. Swiss banks have a capital ratio on reserve of five times as high as for U.S. banks. Reserve requirements are a core measure of a bank's financial strength from a regulator's perspective.

Who else has accounts in foreign banks/investments... er, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi to name two.

Smart people flee from the American banking system. Dumb people us the unstable American banking system. It's that simple. Had Mitt Romney put his money in Lehman Brothers bank he wouldn't have it any longer.

Henderson
Orem, UT

'We know his furnished birth certificate is bogus."

Who's we? I'm not sure if crazy right wing bloggers who don't believe we really landed on the moon are the most credible sources.

"Are you better off now than you were four years ago?"

YESSS! Absolutely we are! All of America is. Four years ago our economy was facing the greatest economic crisis since the The Great Depression.

The recovery hasn't been great. But the disaster was long reaching, powerful, and fell under a Republican President's watch...

"The Democrat’s deflection away from Obama’s scandals"

Which scandals? Please, explain them IN DETAIL.

"Do you really think the current president will be able to perform any better than he has now?"

The mere fact that you folks are still arguing over his birth certificate and his tax returns speaks volumes over:

A. Your credibility
B. Your knowledge
C. Your motives

When will the right finally concentrate on helping America rather than making Obama a "one term President?" Mountain, if you folks really cared about America, then why would Mitchy boy have meetings w/fellow repubs to block all Obama administration, even unemployment benefits?

Alfred
Salt Lake City, UT

@Esquire:

"... all the rationalizations in the world won't change the fact that we need full disclosure about a man who wants to lead the nation. Who and what have had and will have any influence over the man. It's not that complicated."

You got that right... We need Obama's college and law school transcripts and related papers... Is he a foreigner? What did he write about in his thesis?

We need the Fast & Furious e-mails and other papers, too. The ones that Congress has subpoenaed and he and Holder refuse to hand over.

All this stuff is locked up tight. Let's get this guy vetted. We don't need another four years of secretive and socialist policies.

Phranc
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@mountainman

At least try to to pretend to get your facts right, the money that was donated to the obama campaign was by the man who reviewed the loans, (he had nothing to do with the companies themselves). A man that has been employed by both parties throughout the years and has donated to both parties through the years. He found no wrong doing by the Administration and was impressed with they way they conducted business and decided to donate to them. So I have to ask are you suggesting anyone that has ever had any kind of job with or contract with you government has lost their right to participate in the political process because that is going to eliminate a lot of big business.

Phranc
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Sorry that should read "our" government not "you" government.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

If we want full disclosure, how about Obama's college transcript and thesis? His protectors have sequestered them. Why? Might they tell us who our president really is and what he thinks? When he makes gaffs, read as The teleprompter wasn't working, he really did mean "You didn't do that, the government did." He has been elevated to his level of incompetence.

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