In recent weeks, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been under much political pressure to release several additional years of his tax returns. His refusal to do so has sparked speculation by some — namely Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — that Romney hasn’t paid any taxes in the past 10 years. For this reason, many Republicans have urged Romney to release his tax returns just to dispel these irresponsible accusations.
However, I believe that Romney should stand firm and not release another page of his tax returns. What purpose would it serve? We already have two years of returns, and it is no secret that he has amassed a great fortune. The only reason Democrats want the tax returns so desperately is so they have more political fodder to attack Romney as an out-of-touch rich guy. We have no evidence of Reid’s outlandish claims, and Romney has no obligation to answer to such irresponsible and outrageous accusations.
Some claim that this is about transparency, but this argument can only be viewed as absurd coming from those who support a president as secretive as Barack Obama. We elected a president with an unknown past and a laundry list of questionable associations without a question asked by those who blindly followed his empty message of hope and change. Until Obama becomes more open about the truth of his past, Romney should hold back his tax returns to avoid any cheap political points that may be scored by his opponents as a result.
Source: BDN Maine