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(Talking Points Memo)   Mitt Romney doesn't want to be compared to John Kerry. He wants to be compared to John Kerry's wife   (2012.talkingpointsmemo.com ) divider line
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2012-07-16 01:32:58 PM  
...Seriously Mitt who's running your campaign? David Alxerod?
 
2012-07-16 01:34:10 PM  
F*cking moron.
 
2012-07-16 01:36:38 PM  
Well, to be fair, the Heinz family DID make their fortune by buying up tomato farms, taking all the tomatoes, burning down the plants, then investing the profits in French mustard farms.
 
2012-07-16 01:41:07 PM  

BunkoSquad: Well, to be fair, the Heinz family DID make their fortune by buying up tomato farms, taking all the tomatoes, burning down the plants, then investing the profits in French mustard farms.


Sacre jaune!
 
2012-07-16 02:01:06 PM  
I can only assume that the job of running Mitt's campaign went to the lowest bidder.
 
2012-07-16 02:02:57 PM  

bloobeary: I can only assume that the job of running Mitt's campaign went to the lowest bidder.


I haven't seen anything from the GOP this year - from the primaries till this latest debacle - that's shaken my belief that the whole thing is just being filmed for the next Christopher Guest/Eugene Levy movie.
 
2012-07-16 02:05:47 PM  

BunkoSquad: bloobeary: I can only assume that the job of running Mitt's campaign went to the lowest bidder.

I haven't seen anything from the GOP this year - from the primaries till this latest debacle - that's shaken my belief that the whole thing is just being filmed for the next Christopher Guest/Eugene Levy movie.


Oh god, Jennifer Coolidge is going to be showing up soon, isn't she. :/
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-07-16 02:13:28 PM  
I think Romney is just hoping for a "Desert One" type of disaster I think he realizes he can't win otherwise.
 
2012-07-16 03:07:06 PM  

what_now: Oh god, Jennifer Coolidge is going to be showing up soon, isn't she. :/


She will play Newt Gingrich.
 
2012-07-16 03:10:24 PM  

vpb: I think Romney is just hoping for a "Desert One" type of disaster I think he realizes he can't win otherwise.


he.... does know that obama's bin laden mission was a success, doesn't he?

god, to have been a fly on the wall in a republican enclave when THAT news broke! i mean, they cheered when chicago lost its olympic bid. i can only assume they cried and wailed when they found out that the bin laden raid was a success.
 
2012-07-16 03:10:51 PM  

what_now: Oh god, Jennifer Coolidge is going to be showing up soon, isn't she. :/


Hey now! Calvin's wife wasn't running for president either. Leave her alone!
 
2012-07-16 03:12:32 PM  

j.wigflip.com

 
2012-07-16 03:14:07 PM  

ignatius_crumbcake: what_now: Oh god, Jennifer Coolidge is going to be showing up soon, isn't she. :/

She will play Newt Gingrich.


I think she'd make a great Ann Romney. The absurdity factor would be hilarious. I can see her wearing $1,000 wil clown sweaters.
 
2012-07-16 03:14:55 PM  
That's cool, Mitt. You can not release anything and then go on to have a successful campaign like his wife did.
 
2012-07-16 03:15:14 PM  
It's almost like Mitt Romney is taking advice from the sarcastic twitter feeds of hipsters from Williamsburg.

Amazing.
 
2012-07-16 03:18:00 PM  

WTF Indeed: [j.wigflip.com image 512x384]


Oliver: Chocolate eclair.
Milo: What?
Oliver: I've run the polling numbers. Turns out what Americans want in a president is "Chocolate Eclair"
Milo: That's ridiculous.
Oliver: No, just silly. "Peanut farmer" was ridiculous.
 
2012-07-16 03:24:21 PM  
"John Kerry ran for president," Mitt Romney said Monday morning on "Fox & Friends." "You know, his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow, this wasn't an issue."

um...because Kerry's wife wasn't running for office, you idiot.
 
2012-07-16 03:25:54 PM  
But... but... Mitt Romney has Patriot and Freedom and Reagan.
 
2012-07-16 03:26:30 PM  
Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.
 
2012-07-16 03:27:01 PM  

what_now: It's almost like Mitt Romney is taking advice from the sarcastic twitter feeds of hipsters from Williamsburg.

Amazing.


I am very much amazed and puzzled at how effectively Team Romney is destroying themselves.
 
2012-07-16 03:28:04 PM  

vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.


I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.
 
2012-07-16 03:28:57 PM  
He thinks he's African-American too?

/Teresa Heinz Kerry was born in Mozambique
//claimed that she was African-American
 
2012-07-16 03:31:50 PM  
Retroactively, I assume?
 
2012-07-16 03:38:41 PM  

Vodka Zombie: But... but... Mitt Romney has Patriot and Freedom and Reagan.


I'm reminded of a scene from the first episode of Game of Thrones.

Tyrion, the dwarf is sitting on a step, putting his boots on. A man sits behind him and asks if he is going out for the hunt. Tyrion replies- I love hunting. It is my favorite thing to do, to which the other man tells him it isn't hunting if you pay for it.

Romney didn't win those, he paid for them.
 
2012-07-16 03:39:49 PM  
I think it's nice that Romney's given total control of his campaign strategy to those guys who designed the AMC Gremlin for his Dad.
 
2012-07-16 03:45:00 PM  
maybe he's just saying he wants to...

*glasses*

Ketchup in the polls.

YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH
 
2012-07-16 03:45:47 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I think it's nice that Romney's given total control of his campaign strategy to those guys who designed the AMC Gremlin for his Dad.


Ha!
 
2012-07-16 03:50:38 PM  
I'm old enough to recall one editorial cartoonist habitually depicting George Bush in a dress with a handbag. Alas, my Google-fu isn't turning up any of them.

Still, I suspect this has almost unlimited potential to blow up in Romney's face.
 
2012-07-16 03:51:26 PM  
So after taking a week's worth of beatings on the Bain Capital issue, this was his big counter-attack. That's like sending Kathy Griffin armed with a pointy stick into Abbottabad.
 
2012-07-16 03:53:41 PM  

Paris1127: He thinks he's African-American too?

/Teresa Heinz Kerry was born in Mozambique
//claimed that she was African-American


Well, she was.
 
2012-07-16 03:54:31 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I think it's nice that Romney's given total control of his campaign strategy to those guys who designed the AMC Gremlin for his Dad.


What Romney imagines his campaign to be:

www.oldcarsweekly.com


Reality:

siestakeyster.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-07-16 03:56:08 PM  

Sgt Otter: hat's like sending Kathy Griffin armed with a pointy stick into Abbottabad.


Really.

If you DO want to use the "But MooOOOom, they started it" strategy, at least use an example that has a little relevance.
 
2012-07-16 03:57:49 PM  

Paris1127: /Teresa Heinz Kerry was born in Mozambique
//claimed that she was African-American


I have a (white) friend who was born in South Africa and moved to the US as a young adult, they consider themselves to be African American.
 
2012-07-16 03:58:40 PM  
FTFA:On Sunday, senior Romney adviser Ed Gillespie claimed that Romney need only release two years of tax returns, in line with the precedent set by former presidential nominees John McCain and John Kerry.

"I'm meeting the bar the last two losers set. Why isn't that enough?"
 
2012-07-16 04:00:53 PM  

vernonFL: Paris1127: /Teresa Heinz Kerry was born in Mozambique
//claimed that she was African-American

I have a (white) friend who was born in South Africa and moved to the US as a young adult, they consider themselves to be African American.


Is it Charlize Theron?

Please say it's Charlize Theron. I will be your best friend if it's her. We could double date!
 
2012-07-16 04:00:53 PM  

vernonFL: Paris1127: /Teresa Heinz Kerry was born in Mozambique
//claimed that she was African-American

I have a (white) friend who was born in South Africa and moved to the US as a young adult, they consider themselves to be African American.


I have a blond, blue-eyed Morrocan friend (Alexander The Great genes, his parents both are olive-skinned with jet black hair) who worked in the US for a while. He said he got into trouble for checking the African-American box on a form once because he wasn't aware it was the politically-correct term for blah people.
 
2012-07-16 04:05:04 PM  

Flab: vernonFL: Paris1127: /Teresa Heinz Kerry was born in Mozambique
//claimed that she was African-American

I have a (white) friend who was born in South Africa and moved to the US as a young adult, they consider themselves to be African American.

I have a blond, blue-eyed Morrocan friend (Alexander The Great genes, his parents both are olive-skinned with jet black hair) who worked in the US for a while. He said he got into trouble for checking the African-American box on a form once because he wasn't aware it was the politically-correct term for blah people.


Yup. I occasionally climb with a chick from South Africa. She's quite white. She's got dual citizenship status, I think. She's African American, but doesn't say that.
 
2012-07-16 04:08:33 PM  
Mitt Romney considering his avenues of attack:

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dtdstudios.com
 
2012-07-16 04:10:40 PM  
Nobody said he wasn't pretty.
 
2012-07-16 04:12:32 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I think it's nice that Romney's given total control of his campaign strategy to those guys who designed the AMC Gremlin for his Dad.


Threadwinner.
 
2012-07-16 04:21:21 PM  
What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?

I cannot imagine any logical reason not too. The best case is that he wants to maintain his privacy. The worst cases range from he's got more money in other places/sources that can embarass him (like Bain after 1999) to questionable actions (Swiss bank account not reported?).

/Maybe you shouldn't have run for President, Mr. Romney.
 
2012-07-16 04:23:01 PM  
Newsflash for the Romney Campaign; Your man is running against Obama not Kerry.

Bunch of Rove wannabe's running his campaign
 
2012-07-16 04:26:27 PM  
Attacking the wife of a guy you're not even running against...stay classy, Mitt.
 
2012-07-16 04:28:54 PM  

AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?

I cannot imagine any logical reason not too. The best case is that he wants to maintain his privacy. The worst cases range from he's got more money in other places/sources that can embarass him (like Bain after 1999) to questionable actions (Swiss bank account not reported?).

/Maybe you shouldn't have run for President, Mr. Romney.


It's a combination of two things I believe

1) Never concede anything to Obama has potentially become so ingrained into GOP thinking that they still do it even when it looks bad.

2) They've made a calculated decision that what is in the tax returns is so bad that it's worth taking the heat.
 
2012-07-16 04:34:38 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: Attacking the wife of a guy you're not even running against...stay classy, Mitt.


He's got the first debate all planned out.

While she is answering this first question his buddies will jump on her, hold her down, and he'll cut her hair. He'll proceed to run around the stage in a figure-eight pattern holding the scissors and her hair high above his head screaming "BAIN CAPITAL FOR LIFE, BEEYATCH!"
 
2012-07-16 04:35:20 PM  
What Romney should do is lay low until July 30th. That way once a few million Americans have seen Bane destroy Gotham and beat up Batman he can say "Sure, we destroyed a lot of towns with Bain Capital, but at least we did destroy Gotham. Amirite?"
 
2012-07-16 04:37:48 PM  

WTF Indeed: What Romney should do is lay low until July 30th. That way once a few million Americans have seen Bane destroy Gotham and beat up Batman he can say "Sure, we destroyed a lot of towns with Bain Capital, but at least we did destroy Gotham. Amirite?"


By the end of this, he'll be cross promoting Batman and Capital One cards.

"What's in your wallet, Batman?"
 
2012-07-16 04:38:38 PM  

AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?.


take your pick:

1. don't give the uppity peasants anything every. f*ck 'em.
2. whatever is in those returns is bad. like 'sink the campaign' bad. so they're gonna keep them out of the public view and just ride it out.
3. Its Obama doing the asking. WTF is that guy's problem?
 
2012-07-16 04:39:07 PM  

Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.


I heard he's recently acquired a company that produces umbrellas or something.
 
2012-07-16 04:45:28 PM  

Weaver95: AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?.

take your pick:

1. don't give the uppity peasants anything every. f*ck 'em.
2. whatever is in those returns is bad. like 'sink the campaign' bad. so they're gonna keep them out of the public view and just ride it out.
3. Its Obama doing the asking. WTF is that guy's problem?


Eventually it'll be the Media asking the question... not because they particularly care, but because they smell blood in the water. Scandal drives ratings. Ratings mean money.
 
2012-07-16 04:45:43 PM  
I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.
 
2012-07-16 04:49:53 PM  

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


He wrote off Massachusetts as a charitable donation.
 
2012-07-16 04:51:53 PM  

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


Giving millions of dollars in tithing to the Mormons isn't going to look good to the Deep South fundies. It's one thing to think about tithing as a concept, but another when you see actual numbers. I think that's at least one factor.

I'd LOVE to get my tithing back from the Mormons. I could really use it now.
 
2012-07-16 04:52:08 PM  

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


Whatever it is, it's worse than the hit he is taking in blue collar states.
 
2012-07-16 04:52:25 PM  

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


He actually still owns slaves.
 
2012-07-16 04:53:57 PM  

WTF Indeed: what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.

Whatever it is, it's worse than the hit he is taking in blue collar states.


He's made a nice living screwing those people over, he doesn't understand why they would start to pay attention to him now.
 
2012-07-16 04:55:01 PM  

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


He wrote off "rust protection" and "WD-40" as medical expenses.
 
2012-07-16 04:57:05 PM  
Mitt, this was all a test to see if you could really feel human emotions.

www.wearysloth.com
 
2012-07-16 04:58:33 PM  

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


His real name is Peeeeeenis Willard Penispenis Romney.
 
2012-07-16 04:59:41 PM  

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


He cancelled Arrested Development *and* Firefly.
 
2012-07-16 04:59:57 PM  

what_now: He's made a nice living screwing those people over, he doesn't understand why they would start to pay attention to him now.


It could be two things: 1) What's in the tax returns are so damaging to the GOP that it will turn hardcore GOPers off from voting and switch independents to vote straight Dem. Or 2) Romney's team sucks. The latter is more likely.
 
2012-07-16 05:02:41 PM  

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad


Voter Fraud
 
2012-07-16 05:08:12 PM  

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


I don't know either, but Romney sure seems afraid of it.
 
2012-07-16 05:08:12 PM  

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


I'm guessing he has so many tax credits, write-offs, tax shelters, deductions (all perfectly legal), Mr. Why Are We Punishing the Job Creators? pays a stunningly low effective tax rate, which completely derails his entire campaign narrative.
 
2012-07-16 05:08:36 PM  

bloobeary: what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad

Voter Fraud

The issue arises from the ballot Romney cast for Republican Scott Brown in January 2010 in the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

The former Massachusetts governor did not own property in the state in 2010 and registered to vote from an address in the unfinished basement of an 8,000 square-foot Belmont mansion owned by his son Tagg.

Last June GOP political consultant Fred Karger filed a complaint with Massachusetts state election officials alleging that Romney voted in several elections without residing in the state.


He can be a resident of the state and not own anything, right?

Residency issues have plagued Mitt Romney in the past. When he campaigned for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, he ran into trouble because he had switched his residency to Utah three years earlier when he moved to Park City to take over the struggling Salt Lake Olympic operation. The move technically made him ineligible to run for office in Massachusetts, which requires seven years of continuous state residency before a candidate is eligible to run. After a lot of legal wrangling and paying back taxes, he was finally allowed on the ballot.

Wow. He really does think he can buy the highest office in the land.
 
2012-07-16 05:26:15 PM  
No one's acting for your wife's returns, Mittens.

But, I do want to know how much staying at home and watching the servants work pays
 
2012-07-16 05:33:58 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Wow. He really does think he can buy the highest office in the land.


Mitt Romney is a real life version of Bobby Newport.

Bobby: Hi, I'm Bobby Newport. I'm a regular guy. I like dogs. I'm here with my Persian greyhound Reclette, who was given to me by the pretender to the crown of Alsace-Lorraine.

Bobby: Why'd you guys post that video of me, man? I mean, that didn't make me feel good. It was mean. You guys are mean.

Leslie: We're not gonna quit the campaign. Why would we do that?
Bobby: Because I want it. Come on, give me it. Give me it. Gimme it. C'mon gimme it. Just gimme the election! I'm sorry, please. Please.
 
2012-07-16 05:36:11 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: No one's acting for your wife's returns, Mittens.

But, I do want to know how much staying at home and watching the servants work pays


Being a stay at home mom is hard work. Mitt got paid $100,000 per year for 3 years to do nothing. How about that!
 
2012-07-16 05:45:08 PM  

AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?


A lot of people were upset that he only paid 15% in taxes in 2010. Wait till they find out he paid 0% in the prior years. You don't think all that money in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Caymans was a vacation fund, do you?
 
2012-07-16 05:46:48 PM  

Dinki: AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?

A lot of people were upset that he only paid 15% in taxes in 2010. Wait till they find out he paid 0% in the prior years. You don't think all that money in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Caymans was a vacation fund, do you?


that would be very interesting to learn indeed....were it true, he'd be handing Obama a ton of ammunition to use against him.
 
2012-07-16 05:47:37 PM  

Weaver95: what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.

I don't know either, but Romney sure seems afraid of it.


Which makes me all the more curious.
 
2012-07-16 05:50:38 PM  
You have got to be kidding me.
 
2012-07-16 05:52:52 PM  

GAT_00: You have got to be kidding me.


I know, right? fascinating to watch Romney flail about tho, I must admit.
 
2012-07-16 05:57:37 PM  
Speaking of John Kerry, when is Daily Show coming back?

/Jon Stewart's impersonation is gold
 
2012-07-16 05:57:57 PM  

Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.


And a cousin of the Lannisport Lannisters!
 
2012-07-16 05:58:18 PM  

bloobeary: I can only assume that the job of running Mitt's campaign went to the lowest bidder.


The ad firm in question is called Free Market Corrections.
 
2012-07-16 06:00:31 PM  

Weaver95: Dinki: AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?

A lot of people were upset that he only paid 15% in taxes in 2010. Wait till they find out he paid 0% in the prior years. You don't think all that money in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Caymans was a vacation fund, do you?

that would be very interesting to learn indeed....were it true, he'd be handing Obama a ton of ammunition to use against him.


I'm thinking that there is a just a shiatload of questionable stuff. Write-offs, money going overseas, investments in 'questionable' companies, large non-dividend paychecks from Bain after 1999. And every trick in the book to pay little to no taxes. One thing that Romney is good at- getting lots of money and keeping as much as possible.

Funny isn't it- the year after OWS makes unbridled wealth a topic of dinner and TV talking head conversations, the GOP puts up someone that is the epitome of the ugly rich guy. Bizarre.
 
2012-07-16 06:02:45 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Giving millions of dollars in tithing to the Mormons isn't going to look good to the Deep South fundies.


Hm. Interesting. Maybe what he's worried about actually isn't political? Maybe he didn't actually tithe 10%, and that's what he's worried about releasing? He doesn't want his church to know he wasn't tithing?

/random speculation
 
2012-07-16 06:03:33 PM  

Dinki: Funny isn't it- the year after OWS makes unbridled wealth a topic of dinner and TV talking head conversations, the GOP puts up someone that is the epitome of the ugly rich guy. Bizarre.


That's not fair, if not for his crippling moral deficiency Mitt Romney could be quite attractive.
 
2012-07-16 06:03:48 PM  

what_now: ...Seriously Mitt who's running your campaign? David Alxerod?


Mitt is according to what I've read in the right wing blogs. He's fairly much in complete control.
 
2012-07-16 06:03:50 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-16 06:03:59 PM  

bloobeary: I can only assume that the job of running Mitt's campaign went to the lowest bidder.


Nope.

Initially it was being run by a DC firm called Campaign Resource Solutions Inc, but Bain Capital picked up CRS for a restructuring. Now Mitt's campaign is run by a team of 15-19 year old boys in Balgalore.

Saved Mitt a bit of money on his campaign costs and his buddies at Bain made $12.7 million by bankrupting CRS domestically and selling all their assets.

It's a win/win scenario!! (unless you're actually, yknow, talking about the election itself)
 
2012-07-16 06:04:20 PM  
How is this something to be proud of?

My guess is that if Romney is elected the last thing he will want to do is pick a fight with a conservative house. He will be limited in being able to do the "compassionate conservative stuff" by the gigantic fiscal problems. He will make good court selections. Anyway, he's a Bush Republican but without the freedom that Bush had to make mistakes. The important thing is to keep the pressure on the congress who will keep the pressure on Romney.

In Freeperville, El Rushbo is a RINO.
 
2012-07-16 06:04:27 PM  

ignatius_crumbcake: Mitt Romney is a real life version of Bobby Newport.


I got the feeling that the Bobby Newport character was inspired by Mitt Romney.
 
2012-07-16 06:04:58 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Eventually it'll be the Media asking the question... not because they particularly care, but because they smell blood in the water. Scandal drives ratings. Ratings mean money.


I read that as 'Madea' and was simultaneously intrigued and disgusted.
 
2012-07-16 06:05:47 PM  

Paris1127: He thinks he's African-American too?

/Teresa Heinz Kerry was born in Mozambique
//claimed that she was African-American


Romney is a Mexican-American

Still has family in Mexico, I hope a superpac brings that up.
 
2012-07-16 06:07:22 PM  

Dinki:

Funny isn't it- the year after OWS makes unbridled wealth a topic of dinner and TV talking head conversations, the GOP puts up someone that is the epitome of the ugly rich guy. Bizarre.


I don't think the GOP bothered to listen to the OWS people. they wrote 'em off has hippies and socialists, mocked their speeches, and watched with glee as the cops trampled their civil rights and beat some of them so hard that they ended up in the hospitals.

it would be almost poetic justice if the efforts of OWS ended up costing Romney his campaign.
 
2012-07-16 06:07:23 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-16 06:08:03 PM  
Heard McDonnell and another shill defend him saying he's released more PAGES of tax returns than anyone else. Really hope they stick with that one.
 
2012-07-16 06:08:12 PM  

vpb: I think Romney is just hoping for a "Desert One" type of disaster I think he realizes he can't win otherwise.


He need wait no longer, because Romney IS a Desert One type of disaster.
 
2012-07-16 06:08:43 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.

He wrote off "rust protection" and "WD-40" as medical expenses.


Ding, ding!!
That's it!
 
2012-07-16 06:09:15 PM  

One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 850x532]


i45.tinypic.com
 
2012-07-16 06:09:56 PM  
next talking point... I know you are but what am I?
 
2012-07-16 06:11:14 PM  

Flab: vernonFL: Paris1127: /Teresa Heinz Kerry was born in Mozambique
//claimed that she was African-American

I have a (white) friend who was born in South Africa and moved to the US as a young adult, they consider themselves to be African American.

I have a blond, blue-eyed Morrocan friend (Alexander The Great genes, his parents both are olive-skinned with jet black hair) who worked in the US for a while. He said he got into trouble for checking the African-American box on a form once because he wasn't aware it was the politically-correct term for blah people.


I have an Egyptian friend who got into the same kind of trouble. He has a muslim-y name, but I guess people reviewing those forms just assumed he was one of them blah guys who drops their "slave name" for something cool like Muhammed Shabazz Al-Shawarma and starts wearing a suit and bowtie.
 
2012-07-16 06:13:56 PM  
This!
 
2012-07-16 06:16:27 PM  
"As an owner, I could have come back," Romney conceded to NBC News. "I could have gone back and taken over." To CBS News, he affirmed, "I had the capacity, if I were not on leave, if I were actually wanting to run the business, to do so."

Romney not helping Romney

Romney calling Romney a liar
 
2012-07-16 06:16:34 PM  

One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 850x532]


He. Lost.

Notice how he was the 'not Bush' candidate that year? That's Romney. Except less appealing. Sorry, the country is going to be destroyed by Fartbama and there is nothing you can do about it.
 
2012-07-16 06:16:40 PM  

One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 500x416]


People are not complaining that Romney is rich. They are complaining that he has never lived like the middle class and can not empathize with middle income people.
 
2012-07-16 06:16:51 PM  

Ed Finnerty: One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 850x532]

[i45.tinypic.com image 850x482]


Bwahahaha!
 
2012-07-16 06:16:54 PM  

One Big Ass Mistake America: i.imgur.com


Wow..."conservatives" sure are good at missing the point, aren't they?

I guess I can't blame them. It's easier to defend points you make up yourself.
 
2012-07-16 06:17:08 PM  
the minute Teresa Kerry runs for President, I will personally request that she release 20 years of tax returns.
 
2012-07-16 06:18:30 PM  

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


He hasn't filed a tax return since the Clinton administration.
 
2012-07-16 06:18:42 PM  

Ed Finnerty: One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 850x532]

[i45.tinypic.com image 850x482]



He-he!

They tried to steal intellectual property AGAIN?
 
2012-07-16 06:18:44 PM  
the gremlin was a chick magnet, who know

encrypted-tbn2.google.com
 
2012-07-16 06:18:44 PM  

hinten: "As an owner, I could have come back," Romney conceded to NBC News. "I could have gone back and taken over." To CBS News, he affirmed, "I had the capacity, if I were not on leave, if I were actually wanting to run the business, to do so."

Romney not helping Romney

Romney calling Romney a liar


Right this is what I have been saying all along. If Romney wanted to he could of called up Bain and said "Stop the outsourcing of jobs. That's not what we want to do." and it would of been stopped. But he decided not to do that and he should take responsibility for that.
 
2012-07-16 06:19:19 PM  
img98.imageshack.us
 
2012-07-16 06:22:46 PM  

Corvus: One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 500x416]

People are not complaining that Romney is rich. They are complaining that he has never lived like the middle class and can not empathize with middle income people.


While you are correct, you may as well be speaking to a turtle.
 
2012-07-16 06:23:05 PM  

Godscrack: [img98.imageshack.us image 632x421]


Almost a perfect birther-copy, with spelling errors and all!
 
2012-07-16 06:25:01 PM  

vpb: I think Romney is just hoping for a "Desert One" type of disaster I think he realizes he can't win otherwise.


Except, at this point, he would need to retroactively hold a few hundred people hostage for 180 days.
 
2012-07-16 06:25:07 PM  

Shrugging Atlas: Corvus: One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 500x416]

People are not complaining that Romney is rich. They are complaining that he has never lived like the middle class and can not empathize with middle income people.

While you are correct, you may as well be speaking to a turtle.


Are you saying Mitch McConnell is One Big Ass Mistake America?
 
2012-07-16 06:25:45 PM  
McCain saw 10 years of Romney's tax returns in 2008 and decided that Sarah Farking Palin of all people would make a better veep pick. That's all you have to know about why Romney doesn't want them released.
 
2012-07-16 06:25:53 PM  

Ed Finnerty: [i45.tinypic.com image 850x482]


I just read what the story was behind that pic. Jesus farking christ, they've got to be throwing this election. It's the only way to explain all of this.
 
2012-07-16 06:26:04 PM  

vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.


Oh you know he's got some Weland/Yutani stocks too.
 
2012-07-16 06:27:06 PM  

DamnYankees: Hm. Interesting. Maybe what he's worried about actually isn't political? Maybe he didn't actually tithe 10%, and that's what he's worried about releasing? He doesn't want his church to know he wasn't tithing?

/random speculation


I will be very interested to learn how Gov. Romney tithed on his tax free uber-schweet mal-priced 20,000%-100,000% IRA gains.
 
2012-07-16 06:27:12 PM  
I remember when Theresa Kerry ran for President. Wasn't John her campaign manager or something?
 
2012-07-16 06:28:37 PM  

spongeboob: the gremlin was a chick magnet, who knowknew

[encrypted-tbn2.google.com image 190x265]


FTFM I was distracted by something.
 
2012-07-16 06:29:01 PM  

Ed Finnerty: Are you saying Mitch McConnell is One Big Ass Mistake America?


Well, it sure would explain a great deal.
 
2012-07-16 06:29:12 PM  
Most of Romney's team is made up of George W. Bush's old advisers, so you know they're smart.
 
2012-07-16 06:29:12 PM  
Bet he throws like a girl.
 
2012-07-16 06:29:25 PM  

Quasar: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

I heard he's recently acquired a company that produces umbrellas or something.


www.underconsideration.com
 
2012-07-16 06:29:34 PM  

Shrugging Atlas: Ed Finnerty: [i45.tinypic.com image 850x482]

I just read what the story was behind that pic. Jesus farking christ, they've got to be throwing this election. It's the only way to explain all of this.


No kidding. It can't be real. If it is real, it's just plain sad.

By the way, credit for the screenshot goes to jcb274, who posted in the (now redlit) thread.
 
2012-07-16 06:33:31 PM  

AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?


My guess: he didn't actually break any laws, but he still managed to pay considerably less, as a percentage of his total income, than the typical middle class American, and furthermore he did it by sending jobs overseas. Meanwhile the GOP narrative is that "job creators" need lower taxes, and this will magically heal the economy. If it gets out it won't just hurt Rmoney, it will hurt the Republican party in general, and not necessarily just for this election cycle.
 
2012-07-16 06:34:35 PM  

One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 500x416]


You've convinced me. I'm definitely not voting for Soros, Al Gore, John Kerry, Edwards, or Oprah now.
 
2012-07-16 06:35:46 PM  

One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 500x416]


SOROS! DRINK!
 
2012-07-16 06:36:08 PM  

BunkoSquad: Well, to be fair, the Heinz family DID make their fortune by buying up tomato farms, taking all the tomatoes, burning down the plants, then investing the profits in French mustard farms.


What? They wasted their time on PRODUCTS that people wanted? Made by 'Murkens in the heartland? Mitt would never bother with all that. Too complicated.
 
2012-07-16 06:37:15 PM  
This is what happens when you outsource the campaign.

"What, we cant outsource the voters? Jeeves, warm up the jet!"
 
2012-07-16 06:37:22 PM  

bootman: DamnYankees: Hm. Interesting. Maybe what he's worried about actually isn't political? Maybe he didn't actually tithe 10%, and that's what he's worried about releasing? He doesn't want his church to know he wasn't tithing?

/random speculation

I will be very interested to learn how Gov. Romney tithed on his tax free uber-schweet mal-priced 20,000%-100,000% IRA gains.


I would also be interested in his tithe.
A church I used to belong to used the 10% tithe on a gain, if you were a worker you had to tithe 10% of your salary, and they meant pre-tax because that was a gain, but if you were a "bussiness person" you only tithed on the gain you made from your investment. Never stuck around long enough to see if they counted union dues, uniforms, tools for work etc has reasonable expenses that lowered the amount of tithe you were required to "donate"
Maybe the Mormons don't want their members knowing the big shots don't tithe the whole 10%
Or Mitt could be holding out so the church doesn't find something out.

Mitt the only way to stop such questions is to release your returns.
 
2012-07-16 06:39:22 PM  

Arkanaut: One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 500x416]

You've convinced me. I'm definitely not voting for Soros, Al Gore, John Kerry, Edwards, or Oprah now.


Go ahead. Throw your vote away.

OPRAH | SOROS
2 • 0 • 1 • 2

 
2012-07-16 06:41:34 PM  

Weaver95: "John Kerry ran for president," Mitt Romney said Monday morning on "Fox & Friends." "You know, his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow, this wasn't an issue."



Did he actually effing say that?

HEY MITT: Your dad released years and years-worth of tax returns when he ran. Are you claiming your own father was too transparent?
 
2012-07-16 06:41:40 PM  
static.talkingpointsmemo.com

Well, hello there, Pema Levy.
 
2012-07-16 06:42:08 PM  

Weaver95: "John Kerry ran for president," Mitt Romney said Monday morning on "Fox & Friends." "You know, his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow, this wasn't an issue."


Holy crap he said that? I thought he was just having a bad weekend with the whole Bain thing, but this type of comment is absolutely pathetic and desperate. "The wife of the guy who lost 8 years ago didn't have to... so this is clearly a witch hunt!"
 
2012-07-16 06:42:14 PM  

Ed Finnerty: Shrugging Atlas: Ed Finnerty: [i45.tinypic.com image 850x482]

I just read what the story was behind that pic. Jesus farking christ, they've got to be throwing this election. It's the only way to explain all of this.

No kidding. It can't be real. If it is real, it's just plain sad.

By the way, credit for the screenshot goes to jcb274, who posted in the (now redlit) thread.


Aww... shucks. You didn't have to go and do that :-).

/Although if anyone knows intricacies of fair use, I would still like to know if Mitt needs Al Green's permission to show video of Obama singing his song.
 
2012-07-16 06:44:43 PM  

Weaver95: "John Kerry ran for president," Mitt Romney said Monday morning on "Fox & Friends." "You know, his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow, this wasn't an issue."

um...because Kerry's wife wasn't running for office, you idiot.


Not only that, is it REALLY that difficult to figure out where the fark her money/income came from?

Unbelievable.
 
2012-07-16 06:45:58 PM  
Look, he's got a lot of filing cabinets in any number of houses. It's embarrassing, but...he lost them, okay? I know, I know, how can you lose track of tax returns, they're important, what was he thinking, but there you go. He lost them, and he's very embarrassed about it and very sorry. Maybe he'll find them later but it's a lot of papers to go through, so let's just drop it for now, okay? If he finds them, he'll let you know.

/almost half expect "we lost them" from his team at this point
 
2012-07-16 06:46:21 PM  

mainstreet62: Weaver95: "John Kerry ran for president," Mitt Romney said Monday morning on "Fox & Friends." "You know, his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow, this wasn't an issue."

um...because Kerry's wife wasn't running for office, you idiot.

Not only that, is it REALLY that difficult to figure out where the fark her money/income came from?

Unbelievable.


HEY TERESA! HOW MANY TOMATOES DID YOU MURDER TODAY? STOP THE TOMATO GENOCIDE!
 
2012-07-16 06:46:43 PM  
I have seen more competent campaigns for junior high class treasurer.
 
2012-07-16 06:48:05 PM  

DeltaPunch: Weaver95: "John Kerry ran for president," Mitt Romney said Monday morning on "Fox & Friends." "You know, his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow, this wasn't an issue."

Holy crap he said that? I thought he was just having a bad weekend with the whole Bain thing, but this type of comment is absolutely pathetic and desperate. "The wife of the guy who lost 8 years ago didn't have to... so this is clearly a witch hunt!"


welcome to the Republican party. Romney sure seems to be self destructing lately.
 
2012-07-16 06:48:24 PM  
Teresa Heinz Kerry : Takes farms full of tomatoes, crushes them, and makes ketchup.

Willard 'Mitt' Romney : Takes companies full of people, crushes them, and makes money.

I can see the resemblance.
 
2012-07-16 06:49:11 PM  

AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?



He's thinking like a businessman. Cost/benefit. Whatever is in those tax returns will hurt him more than the act of not releasing them. If not, he would have already released them. You can gauge how damning his returns are by how much of a beating he's willing to take for not releasing them.

In back-to-back campaigns we now have two Republican candidates who maintained unprecedented secrecy: Romney and his guarded tax returns, and Palin's refusal to release her medical records. Both are pretty unprecedented in modern American presidential campaigns. Hell, McCain released like 20 years-worth of tax returns, and he's a rich farker, too.
 
2012-07-16 06:49:26 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Well, hello there, Pema Levy.


She is exceptional. Hello indeed.
 
2012-07-16 06:50:24 PM  
Well, we know his dog wasn't indoors long enough to eat them. The excuses are running a bit thin.
 
2012-07-16 06:51:05 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: Attacking the wife of a guy you're not even running against...stay classy, Mitt.


He didn't attack her. He hid behind her skirtline, and yelled mean things. He's not being classy, he's being a prissy momma's boy. In this case, it was someone else's momma. I'm still laughing. This man wants to be President of the United States of America?
 
2012-07-16 06:51:13 PM  
I'm sure Teresa Heinz will be willing to release her tax forms, as long as Ann Romney releases hers as well. Retroactively, of course.
 
2012-07-16 06:51:15 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: and he's a rich farker, too.


What's his login?
 
2012-07-16 06:52:16 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?


He's thinking like a businessman. Cost/benefit. Whatever is in those tax returns will hurt him more than the act of not releasing them. If not, he would have already released them. You can gauge how damning his returns are by how much of a beating he's willing to take for not releasing them.

In back-to-back campaigns we now have two Republican candidates who maintained unprecedented secrecy: Romney and his guarded tax returns, and Palin's refusal to release her medical records. Both are pretty unprecedented in modern American presidential campaigns. Hell, McCain released like 20 years-worth of tax returns, and he's a rich farker, too.


I'm actually pretty sympathetic to Palin not releasing her medical records. I think, given that she had several children, they were likely MUCH more invasive than those of any male contender. Now I may be wrong, but I don't think Secretary Clinton released hers in 2008 either, but she was never a candidate.
 
2012-07-16 06:53:06 PM  
I am disappointed in Fark, 141 comments and no one is going for a joke about Mitt being a girl.
 
2012-07-16 06:53:23 PM  

One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 500x416]


The idiot behind "http://liberallogic101.com/" is the same idiot that was behind "http://whyfirefoxisblocked.com/".

That anti-AdBlock mongo from a few years ago is a Teabagger AND a raving fundie Christian?! Whoodathunkit?

Oh, even better, from his personal website http://jacklewis.net/weblog/about.htm :
"Because we have two children with a rare congenital disorder, health insurance was hard to come by ... " Wonder what his thoughts are on PPACA?

//sorry for jackin' it
 
2012-07-16 06:53:36 PM  

missiv: thismomentinblackhistory: Attacking the wife of a guy you're not even running against...stay classy, Mitt.

He didn't attack her. He hid behind her skirtline, and yelled mean things. He's not being classy, he's being a prissy momma's boy. In this case, it was someone else's momma. I'm still laughing. This man wants to be President of the United States of America?


We need some graphically minded farker to photoshop Mitt in a schoolgirl plaid skirt to use whenever he whines about something Obama does, or asks to be compared to someone else's wife.
 
2012-07-16 06:53:48 PM  

spongeboob: I am disappointed in Fark, 141 comments and no one is going for a joke about Mitt being a girl.


Too easy.
 
2012-07-16 06:55:40 PM  

Weaver95: "John Kerry ran for president," Mitt Romney said Monday morning on "Fox & Friends." "You know, his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow, this wasn't an issue."

um...because Kerry's wife wasn't running for office, you idiot.


"Now look, fair is fair. When John Kerry, a democrat, ran for office, the marital partner with a lower net worth released their tax returns. Therefore after we release my wife Ann's returns this week I hope we can put all of this foolishness behind us. I am holding up my end and playing by the rules my opponent's party has set. To argue otherwise is simply a sign that the liberal press holds Republicans to a higher standard. Good day."
 
2012-07-16 06:55:56 PM  
You want to play by the same rules Theresa Kerry did? Fine. Then have Anne be the farking nominee. Heel At this point she'd proabably do 2-3 points better than you anyway
 
2012-07-16 06:56:00 PM  
Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point, and unless someone can find an actual reason it's relevant to the presidential race beyond pure gossip-rag voyeurism I think we should stop reporting on this like it's some sort of real issue of some kind.

We already know about Romney's career in pretty good detail, what his company has done and how he was involved in it, plus basically everything about his tenure as governor, which frankly is more important. Assigning the exact number of dollars and cents gained by flipping and stripping companies for dividends isn't in any way going to make the fact that he made money flipping and stripping companies for dividends any worse, or any better.

Given that knowing exactly how much he gained from being a proud and productive captain of industry / shameless job killing profiteer with no ethics is in no way going to change so much as a single person's opinion of the practice, there's no interest whatsoever in seeing his tax records, much less the overriding interest typically required to justify violating someone's privacy.

mainstreet62: Not only that, is it REALLY that difficult to figure out where the fark her money/income came from?


Um, is it difficult for Romney? Because I'd say it's pretty well-known in the general sense at this point. Albeit, the comparison is still stupid for the original reason (Mrs. Kerry wasn't running for office).
 
2012-07-16 06:57:42 PM  

AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?

I cannot imagine any logical reason not too. The best case is that he wants to maintain his privacy. The worst cases range from he's got more money in other places/sources that can embarass him (like Bain after 1999) to questionable actions (Swiss bank account not reported?).

/Maybe you shouldn't have run for President, Mr. Romney.


my guess is that he collected a paychck from someone that isn't illegal, but is political suicide. Could you imagine if he released documentation that he'd collected consulting fees from Chavez or the Bin Laden family?
 
2012-07-16 06:59:34 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point, and unless someone can find an actual reason it's relevant to the presidential race beyond pure gossip-rag voyeurism I think we should stop reporting on this like it's some sort of real issue of some kind.

We already know about Romney's career in pretty good detail, what his company has done and how he was involved in it, plus basically everything about his tenure as governor, which frankly is more important. Assigning the exact number of dollars and cents gained by flipping and stripping companies for dividends isn't in any way going to make the fact that he made money flipping and stripping companies for dividends any worse, or any better.

Given that knowing exactly how much he gained from being a proud and productive captain of industry / shameless job killing profiteer with no ethics is in no way going to change so much as a single person's opinion of the practice, there's no interest whatsoever in seeing his tax records, much less the overriding interest typically required to justify violating someone's privacy.

mainstreet62: Not only that, is it REALLY that difficult to figure out where the fark her money/income came from?

Um, is it difficult for Romney? Because I'd say it's pretty well-known in the general sense at this point. Albeit, the comparison is still stupid for the original reason (Mrs. Kerry wasn't running for office).


Well it's pretty obvious why he's not releasing his tax returns. Because it would destroy his narrative of tax rates being too high when he's paying an effective tax rate much lower than your Joe Sixpack.
 
2012-07-16 06:59:53 PM  

PonceAlyosha: I'm actually pretty sympathetic to Palin not releasing her medical records. I think, given that she had several children, they were likely MUCH more invasive than those of any male contender.



I think people could have forgiven her a bit if she'd left out some of the girly medical details. I think the reason Palin didn't release them is because they would have proven that her last kid, while definitely hers, wasn't born the way she said he was, with her water supposedly breaking and her giving a speech while she's in labor and then flying clear across the country to have her kid back in her home town. Like Romney and his tax returns, Palin's medical records would have likely exposed a lie she'd told.

It's always the cover-up that gets the pols -- they never learn.
 
2012-07-16 07:01:13 PM  

Lurk sober post drunk: Weaver95: "John Kerry ran for president," Mitt Romney said Monday morning on "Fox & Friends." "You know, his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow, this wasn't an issue."

um...because Kerry's wife wasn't running for office, you idiot.

"Now look, fair is fair. When John Kerry, a democrat, ran for office, the marital partner with a lower net worth released their tax returns. Therefore after we release my wife Ann's returns this week I hope we can put all of this foolishness behind us. I am holding up my end and playing by the rules my opponent's party has set. To argue otherwise is simply a sign that the liberal press holds Republicans to a higher standard. Good day."


Very nice. You are probably not far off.
 
2012-07-16 07:02:38 PM  
Looks like Republicans are down to using False Equivalency as their only strategy this year. Sad really.
 
2012-07-16 07:03:40 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point, and unless someone can find an actual reason it's relevant to the presidential race beyond pure gossip-rag voyeurism I think we should stop reporting on this like it's some sort of real issue of some kind.


I think these are all good and very relevant points. Would you disagree?
 
2012-07-16 07:03:46 PM  

Shrugging Atlas: Corvus: One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 500x416]

People are not complaining that Romney is rich. They are complaining that he has never lived like the middle class and can not empathize with middle income people.

While you are correct, you may as well be speaking to a turtle.


Aw, that's unfair. I understand his point perfectly.
 
2012-07-16 07:04:09 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point, and unless someone can find an actual reason it's relevant to the presidential race beyond pure gossip-rag voyeurism I think we should stop reporting on this like it's some sort of real issue of some kind.


the issue in this case isn't the returns themselves. the issue is, he's getting taken out behind the woodshed on this bain capital thing. it looks like he's a liar, a buffoon, or that he's covering up something. he could stop all of the issues with the bain attacks if he just releases his tax returns "proving" he left in 1999 when he said he did. the fact that he now refuses to do that is perplexing and the only conclusion is that getting ripped up about bain and being made to look like a liar and fool is nowhere near as bad as the attacks he would field if he released them. and then people start to wonder- what is he hiding? what is in those returns that are so much worse than what he currently faces?
 
2012-07-16 07:04:09 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point, and unless someone can find an actual reason it's relevant to the presidential race beyond pure gossip-rag voyeurism I think we should stop reporting on this like it's some sort of real issue of some kind.



It has nothing to do with legal obligation. He's applying for the most important job in the country. We deserve to have the proper due diligence done on his career and his character. I'm under no "legal obligation" to give references for a job I'm applying for, but if I don't, I'm probably not getting hired, am I?

There is NO DEFENSE of this when you consider that every other candidate before him has done it. Obama has released 12 years of returns. McCain released 20 years. Romney's own dad released 12 years of his. "I'm not legally obligated to do it" is not a viable defense here.
 
2012-07-16 07:04:22 PM  

Corvus: One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 500x416]

People are not complaining that Romney is rich. They are complaining that he has never lived like the middle class and can not empathize with middle income people.


In addition, many of us are complaining that he got his money through unethical means, leaving broken businesses and destroyed lives in his wake, and he neither feels that they were unethical nor feels the need to do anything about others doing the same thing as President.
 
2012-07-16 07:05:40 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Given that knowing exactly how much he gained from being a proud and productive captain of industry / shameless job killing profiteer with no ethics is in no way going to change so much as a single person's opinion of the practice, there's no interest whatsoever in seeing his tax records, much less the overriding interest typically required to justify violating someone's privacy.


1) Romney wants the police to force Latinos to show their papers. Yet he's unwilling to show his.

2) Romney has criticized Obama for "lack of transparency." Yet he is unwilling to be transparent himself.

3) It is now customary for presidential candidates to release their tax records.

Under these circumstances, it is perfectly fair to infer from his refusal to release his tax records that they contain information which would disqualify Mr. Romney in the minds of a significant number of voters. Certainly, given the centrality of his claim that his business expertise gives him economic expertise, the question of what sort of business expertise he has is highly relevant. His tax records contain information germane to that assessment.
 
2012-07-16 07:06:44 PM  

YoungSwedishBlonde: Jim_Callahan: Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point, and unless someone can find an actual reason it's relevant to the presidential race beyond pure gossip-rag voyeurism I think we should stop reporting on this like it's some sort of real issue of some kind.

We already know about Romney's career in pretty good detail, what his company has done and how he was involved in it, plus basically everything about his tenure as governor, which frankly is more important. Assigning the exact number of dollars and cents gained by flipping and stripping companies for dividends isn't in any way going to make the fact that he made money flipping and stripping companies for dividends any worse, or any better.

Given that knowing exactly how much he gained from being a proud and productive captain of industry / shameless job killing profiteer with no ethics is in no way going to change so much as a single person's opinion of the practice, there's no interest whatsoever in seeing his tax records, much less the overriding interest typically required to justify violating someone's privacy.

mainstreet62: Not only that, is it REALLY that difficult to figure out where the fark her money/income came from?

Um, is it difficult for Romney? Because I'd say it's pretty well-known in the general sense at this point. Albeit, the comparison is still stupid for the original reason (Mrs. Kerry wasn't running for office).

Well it's pretty obvious why he's not releasing his tax returns. Because it would destroy his narrative of tax rates being too high when he's paying an effective tax rate much lower than your Joe Sixpack.


also, romney has been (effectively) running for president for how many years?
he is obviously shrewd when it comes to money, and i'd bet has some really kick ass accountants.
so it would appear he did some things he's not proud of in order to maximize his net worth and minimize his tax liability.
instead of, you know, get his house in order so that the inevitable and obvious inquiries can be squashed and turned into a non-issue.
 
2012-07-16 07:10:26 PM  

Lurk sober post drunk: Weaver95: "John Kerry ran for president," Mitt Romney said Monday morning on "Fox & Friends." "You know, his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow, this wasn't an issue."

um...because Kerry's wife wasn't running for office, you idiot.

"Now look, fair is fair. When John Kerry, a democrat, ran for office, the marital partner with a lower net worth released their tax returns. Therefore after we release my wife Ann's returns this week I hope we can put all of this foolishness behind us. I am holding up my end and playing by the rules my opponent's party has set. To argue otherwise is simply a sign that the liberal press holds Republicans to a higher standard. Good day."


I'm just tickled that he wants to portray himself to the voters as a very, out-of-touch heiress.
 
2012-07-16 07:11:23 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point


While there is no legal obligation, I think the fact that he is vehemently refusing to release them when every major presidential candidate for the last 30 years released them without question is a bit suspicious. Don't you?
 
2012-07-16 07:14:50 PM  
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2012-07-16 07:17:36 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: I think people could have forgiven her a bit if she'd left out some of the girly medical details. I think the reason Palin didn't release them is because they would have proven that her last kid, while definitely hers, wasn't born the way she said he was, with her water supposedly breaking and her giving a speech while she's in labor and then flying clear across the country to have her kid back in her home town. Like Romney and his tax returns, Palin's medical records would have likely exposed a lie she'd told.


That story always bothered me, why was it so important that her kid be born in Alaska? So that if Alaska ever gets the Independence her husband wants for it he would be a native son? Any mother putting your kid and yourself in that much risk is not a good mother, and for God's sake you had other kids to worry about. It raises the question did you want your kid to die, and this way it is not your fault for getting an abortion but God took him home?
And did this story impress anyone?

Alaska Farkers can you spill any light on this? Do native born Alaska persons get more money from the state or is the culture really oh you weren't born in Alaska poor you
 
2012-07-16 07:17:41 PM  

HeartBurnKid: Jim_Callahan: Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point

While there is no legal obligation, I think the fact that he is vehemently refusing to release them when every major presidential candidate for the last 30 years released them without question is a bit suspicious. Don't you?


of course it's suspicious...but in this case, Romney is apparently planning to the letter of the law and to go no further. again - that's revealing of what sort of presidential administration he'd have: the letter of the law but only when it lends him an advantage. we're learning a lot about Rommey...more than he intended to tell us, I think.
 
2012-07-16 07:17:57 PM  
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2012-07-16 07:18:56 PM  

deadcrickets: Lurk sober post drunk: Weaver95: "John Kerry ran for president," Mitt Romney said Monday morning on "Fox & Friends." "You know, his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow, this wasn't an issue."

um...because Kerry's wife wasn't running for office, you idiot.

"Now look, fair is fair. When John Kerry, a democrat, ran for office, the marital partner with a lower net worth released their tax returns. Therefore after we release my wife Ann's returns this week I hope we can put all of this foolishness behind us. I am holding up my end and playing by the rules my opponent's party has set. To argue otherwise is simply a sign that the liberal press holds Republicans to a higher standard. Good day."

I'm just tickled that he wants to portray himself to the voters as a very, out-of-touch heiress.


Finally, thank you.
 
2012-07-16 07:19:53 PM  

Lurk sober post drunk: YoungSwedishBlonde: Jim_Callahan: Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point, and unless someone can find an actual reason it's relevant to the presidential race beyond pure gossip-rag voyeurism I think we should stop reporting on this like it's some sort of real issue of some kind.

We already know about Romney's career in pretty good detail, what his company has done and how he was involved in it, plus basically everything about his tenure as governor, which frankly is more important. Assigning the exact number of dollars and cents gained by flipping and stripping companies for dividends isn't in any way going to make the fact that he made money flipping and stripping companies for dividends any worse, or any better.

Given that knowing exactly how much he gained from being a proud and productive captain of industry / shameless job killing profiteer with no ethics is in no way going to change so much as a single person's opinion of the practice, there's no interest whatsoever in seeing his tax records, much less the overriding interest typically required to justify violating someone's privacy.

mainstreet62: Not only that, is it REALLY that difficult to figure out where the fark her money/income came from?

Um, is it difficult for Romney? Because I'd say it's pretty well-known in the general sense at this point. Albeit, the comparison is still stupid for the original reason (Mrs. Kerry wasn't running for office).

Well it's pretty obvious why he's not releasing his tax returns. Because it would destroy his narrative of tax rates being too high when he's paying an effective tax rate much lower than your Joe Sixpack.

also, romney has been (effectively) running for president for how many years?
he is obviously shrewd when it comes to money, and i'd bet has some really kick ass accountants.
so it would appear he did some things he's not proud of in order to maximize his net ...


Wow, you are so smart! Smarter than all of us!
And Romney and his kick-ass accountants!

Let's see how smart you and they were a week from now.
 
2012-07-16 07:21:26 PM  
You guys, Mitt's dad is the reason candidates release their tax returns, but even that isn't enough for Mitt. His dad is the pioneer, yet he's still fighting it. Wouldn't be amazing if Mitt's dad is the one that sinks his campaign?
 
2012-07-16 07:22:45 PM  

tlchwi02: Jim_Callahan: Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point, and unless someone can find an actual reason it's relevant to the presidential race beyond pure gossip-rag voyeurism I think we should stop reporting on this like it's some sort of real issue of some kind.

the issue in this case isn't the returns themselves. the issue is, he's getting taken out behind the woodshed on this bain capital thing. it looks like he's a liar, a buffoon, or that he's covering up something. he could stop all of the issues with the bain attacks if he just releases his tax returns "proving" he left in 1999 when he said he did. the fact that he now refuses to do that is perplexing and the only conclusion is that getting ripped up about bain and being made to look like a liar and fool is nowhere near as bad as the attacks he would field if he released them. and then people start to wonder- what is he hiding? what is in those returns that are so much worse than what he currently faces?


a) it could be that he was with Bain until 2002 (which isn't a huge issue, IMHO), or

b) considering that he payed a 15% tax rate for the single year he released, I'm guessing he paid close to zero for some of the previous years. OWS? Class Warfare? Raising taxes on the rich? Holy crap if everyone finds out he paid zero tax, he might as well sign Obama's next term right now.
 
2012-07-16 07:23:57 PM  

I_Hate_Iowa: You guys, Mitt's dad is the reason candidates release their tax returns, but even that isn't enough for Mitt. His dad is the pioneer, yet he's still fighting it. Wouldn't be amazing if Mitt's dad is the one that sinks his campaign?


To be fair, if his Dad had turned Mitt over his knee a few more times, we might have a better candidate and a better human period running...
 
2012-07-16 07:25:27 PM  

hubiestubert: I_Hate_Iowa: You guys, Mitt's dad is the reason candidates release their tax returns, but even that isn't enough for Mitt. His dad is the pioneer, yet he's still fighting it. Wouldn't be amazing if Mitt's dad is the one that sinks his campaign?

To be fair, if his Dad had turned Mitt over his knee a few more times, we might have a better candidate and a better human period running...


I can't decide if Romney is simply out of touch or if he's really arrogant enough to think he can simply ignore the consequences of his actions here (his career at bain capital, not releasing his tax returns to name but a few).
 
2012-07-16 07:29:28 PM  
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2012-07-16 07:29:44 PM  
"Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually."

"I'm also unemployed."

"Rick, I'll tell you what, 10,000 bucks, $10,000 bet?"

"I know what it's like to worry whether you're going to get fired, there were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip."

"I like being able to fire people who provide personal services to me"

"I'm not sure about these cookies. They don't look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7-eleven, bakery, or whatever."

"He took a leave of absence and in fact he ended up not going back at all, and retired retroactively to 1999 as a result."

"You know, his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. "

Good luck, Mittens. These will be on loop come this fall.
 
2012-07-16 07:32:10 PM  

Weaver95: hubiestubert: I_Hate_Iowa: You guys, Mitt's dad is the reason candidates release their tax returns, but even that isn't enough for Mitt. His dad is the pioneer, yet he's still fighting it. Wouldn't be amazing if Mitt's dad is the one that sinks his campaign?

To be fair, if his Dad had turned Mitt over his knee a few more times, we might have a better candidate and a better human period running...

I can't decide if Romney is simply out of touch or if he's really arrogant enough to think he can simply ignore the consequences of his actions here (his career at bain capital, not releasing his tax returns to name but a few).


Both
Out of touch because he only has yes men around, and everything about his life and upbringing screams arrogance: raised rich, went to the best schools, Mormon so he has always been told that he must have been very good in preexistance to get his white skin and perfect life.
 
2012-07-16 07:35:46 PM  

DeltaPunch: a) it could be that he was with Bain until 2002 (which isn't a huge issue, IMHO), or


its not that big a deal to me, tbh, but it would make a great campaign add for obama- not only did a lot of shady stuff go down at bain in those years which joe six pack wont much appreciate, but yu get to call romney a liar about it too. use his own words against him. so i guess it could be a big political point score for obama.

thing is now, obama is already scoring that point. even if its true, release the forms- you've already suffered the damage. people believe since he wont release them that he probably is guilty. its lose lose for romney, so he should release, take the knock and move on. its the smart play. the fact that he wont do it seems to suggest that there is even MORE damaging stuff in there, which hurts him a lot
 
2012-07-16 07:36:26 PM  
I wonder how much Rmoney and company would scream if some state legislator introduced a bill that said you must release at least 5 or ten years of federal tax returns to be on a ballot in that state, like was attempted with a birth certificate?
 
2012-07-16 07:37:51 PM  
I thought he wore magic underware, not womens underware!
 
2012-07-16 07:38:51 PM  

spongeboob: Weaver95: hubiestubert: I_Hate_Iowa: You guys, Mitt's dad is the reason candidates release their tax returns, but even that isn't enough for Mitt. His dad is the pioneer, yet he's still fighting it. Wouldn't be amazing if Mitt's dad is the one that sinks his campaign?

To be fair, if his Dad had turned Mitt over his knee a few more times, we might have a better candidate and a better human period running...

I can't decide if Romney is simply out of touch or if he's really arrogant enough to think he can simply ignore the consequences of his actions here (his career at bain capital, not releasing his tax returns to name but a few).

Both
Out of touch because he only has yes men around, and everything about his life and upbringing screams arrogance: raised rich, went to the best schools, Mormon so he has always been told that he must have been very good in preexistance to get his white skin and perfect life.


I think the words that best describe Romney are "unreasonable sense of self-entitlement." His basic platform, when it boils down to it, is that he's just entitled to be president because he was born with a silver spoon up his ass. Reminds me a lot of Bush, really.
 
2012-07-16 07:39:29 PM  
Really, trash talking Oprah? A woman who was born, quite literally, "a poor black child", sexually abused, and yet she created a media empire that employs, what, hundreds, a few thousand, people. As opposed to, being born the child of privilege and wealth, never having to really worry about anything, and getting rich by playing the angles? Nice try.
 
2012-07-16 07:39:33 PM  

Weaver95: hubiestubert: I_Hate_Iowa: You guys, Mitt's dad is the reason candidates release their tax returns, but even that isn't enough for Mitt. His dad is the pioneer, yet he's still fighting it. Wouldn't be amazing if Mitt's dad is the one that sinks his campaign?

To be fair, if his Dad had turned Mitt over his knee a few more times, we might have a better candidate and a better human period running...

I can't decide if Romney is simply out of touch or if he's really arrogant enough to think he can simply ignore the consequences of his actions here (his career at bain capital, not releasing his tax returns to name but a few).


Come on, you KNOW it's arrogance. I am completely sold on that. Thwre just cant be another explanation....wait...secret democrat?
 
2012-07-16 07:40:07 PM  

I_Hate_Iowa: You guys, Mitt's dad is the reason candidates release their tax returns, but even that isn't enough for Mitt. His dad is the pioneer, yet he's still fighting it. Wouldn't be amazing if Mitt's dad is the one that sinks his campaign?


So what you are saying is that even the Presidential candidate who self-described himself as mentally damaged is sane enough to release tax returns to show the public that he is prudent and open enough to justify their trust in giving him the job of President, but that his son goes completely apeshiat at the suggestion he do the same? If George Romney was batshiat insane and could do it, what does that say about the mental stability and general ability of Mitty? Was "Tereza Hienz Kerry, biatches!" RMoney's "I was brainwashed"?
 
2012-07-16 07:40:12 PM  
 
2012-07-16 07:40:14 PM  

sdd2000: I wonder how much Rmoney and company would scream if some state legislator introduced a bill that said you must release at least 5 or ten years of federal tax returns to be on a ballot in that state, like was attempted with a birth certificate?


5 or 10 years of birth certificates? I think it took me less than an hour to be born.
 
2012-07-16 07:40:30 PM  

Pharque-it: Lurk sober post drunk: YoungSwedishBlonde: Jim_Callahan: YoungSwedishBlonde: Jim_Callahan: Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point, and unless someone can find an actual reason it's relevant to the presidential race beyond pure gossip-rag voyeurism I think we should stop reporting on this like it's some sort of real issue of some kind.

We already know about Romney's career in pretty good detail, what his company has done and how he was involved in it, plus basically everything about his tenure as governor, which frankly is more important. Assigning the exact number of dollars and cents gained by flipping and stripping companies for dividends isn't in any way going to make the fact that he made money flipping and stripping companies for dividends any worse, or any better.

Given that knowing exactly how much he gained from being a proud and productive captain of industry / shameless job killing profiteer with no ethics is in no way going to change so much as a single person's opinion of the practice, there's no interest whatsoever in seeing his tax records, much less the overriding interest typically required to justify violating someone's privacy.

mainstreet62: Not only that, is it REALLY that difficult to figure out where the fark her money/income came from?

Um, is it difficult for Romney? Because I'd say it's pretty well-known in the general sense at this point. Albeit, the comparison is still stupid for the original reason (Mrs. Kerry wasn't running for office).

Well it's pretty obvious why he's not releasing his tax returns. Because it would destroy his narrative of tax rates being too high when he's paying an effective tax rate much lower than your Joe Sixpack.

also, romney has been (effectively) running for president for how many years?
he is obviously shrewd when it comes to money, and i'd bet has some really kick ass accountants.
so it would appear he did some things he's not proud of in order to maximize his net ...

Wow, you are so smart! Smarter than all of us!
And Romney and his kick-ass accountants!

Let's see how smart you and they were a week from now..


me and...who? i was just saying that someone who has long been planning a presidential run and is very well versed in finances should have...prepared for this very obvious electoral issue? i'm not very smart, so i don't even know what your comment means. sorry.
 
2012-07-16 07:41:44 PM  

bugontherug: I think the words that best describe Romney are "unreasonable sense of self-entitlement." His basic platform, when it boils down to it, is that he's just entitled to be president because he was born with a silver spoon up his ass. Reminds me a lot of Bush, really.


Born on third base, thinks he hit a home run.
 
2012-07-16 07:41:53 PM  

Vacation Bible School: Quasar: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

I heard he's recently acquired a company that produces umbrellas or something.

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www.ericrosenbergdesign.com
 
2012-07-16 07:42:12 PM  

YoungSwedishBlonde: Well it's pretty obvious why he's not releasing his tax returns. Because it would destroy his narrative of tax rates being too high when he's paying an effective tax rate much lower than your Joe Sixpack.


Yeah, but we know that without looking at them, we'd still gain no actual relevant information from the journalistic equivalent of digging through his soiled magic underwear form the laundry basket.

I'm not arguing that it wouldn't give the people that already don't like the guy some grounds to be arbitrarily self-satisfied and go all "I told you so" to more people that weren't actually disagreeing with them, I'm just saying that you need a fairly compelling reason to require someone to disclose what is normally considered pretty private information.

I mean, you're free to judge him for not releasing them if that's really what tips the scales for you. But frankly if you seriously haven't gotten enough information about the candidates yet that this is what makes up your mind, I've gotta note that I, in turn, am judging your research skills and general knowledge and finding them somewhat lacking. Also, either way I think my main point stands, that being that the whole "THIS IS AN OUTRAGE" factor of the 31415927 articles in three days on this subject is way disproportionate to the actual offense here. Especially since the period people seem to be aiming for to grab their "gotcha" from his tax records is equivalent in "that was a while ago" value to demanding Obama's college transcripts (which is also retarded, if my opinion isn't clear from context).
 
2012-07-16 07:42:29 PM  

Dinki: AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?

A lot of people were upset that he only paid 15% in taxes in 2010. Wait till they find out he paid 0% in the prior years. You don't think all that money in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Caymans was a vacation fund, do you?


I think he sees those bank accounts and offshoring jobs as his foreign policy experience.

Here's McCain's opposition file on Romney from the 2008 primaries:

Link

On page 66 you can see what McCain's advisors had to say about his foreign policy experience:

FOREIGN POLICY
Romney has no foreign policy experience.
 
2012-07-16 07:44:10 PM  
OK. Hear this. John Kerry - a rich white ass hole - was never elected president. Willard Romney is a rich white ass hole, same shiat. Same outcome. Romney liar = loser.

Romney will not be elected President no matter how much you shills are paid to post on Fark.
 
2012-07-16 07:44:39 PM  

Weaver95: hubiestubert: I_Hate_Iowa: You guys, Mitt's dad is the reason candidates release their tax returns, but even that isn't enough for Mitt. His dad is the pioneer, yet he's still fighting it. Wouldn't be amazing if Mitt's dad is the one that sinks his campaign?

To be fair, if his Dad had turned Mitt over his knee a few more times, we might have a better candidate and a better human period running...

I can't decide if Romney is simply out of touch or if he's really arrogant enough to think he can simply ignore the consequences of his actions here (his career at bain capital, not releasing his tax returns to name but a few).


Actually, I think he's starting to get a little desperate. The proles are looking harder at him, and I think that the Schrodinger's Candidate thing is starting to catch up to him--or rather, he realizes that if he releases those returns, then he essentially hands a LOT of ammunition over.

Not for anything illegal. But folks are going to realize how much he made on aborted fetuses. They're going to realize how much he made playing Lich King to American businesses. It is not going to be a pretty picture, because it only reinforces the image that he will say and do anything, if the money is right. Be that coming out pro-choice, or coming out pro-life a few years later. Be that being all about the American worker, when he couldn't be bothered with GM or the auto industry before. His returns don't contain illegality, but quite legal, and damning information of how he does business, and any decent accountant will be able to read through the lines. Lines that folks have already zinged him for costing him the VP slot last time.

Romney isn't going to jail for anything in them--though, I think an SEC investigation would just be vindictive and only cause folks to lose they damn minds--but it certainly dispels the Neverending Retcon that Romney KEEPS casting around himself, and THAT is really what he fears.

If money is speech, and Romney is afraid that folks will listen closely to what he's been saying over the years, despite what he's put out to the rubes...
 
2012-07-16 07:45:20 PM  
We now need to see his tax forms to clear the air about Mrs. Kerry. She might be a sister-wife to Mitt. This will blow the campaign off Mitt's wooden toilet seats.
 
2012-07-16 07:47:52 PM  

Jim_Callahan: I'm not arguing that it wouldn't give the people that already don't like the guy some grounds to be arbitrarily self-satisfied and go all "I told you so" to more people that weren't actually disagreeing with them, I'm just saying that you need a fairly compelling reason to require someone to disclose what is normally considered pretty private information.


Every other president has done so in the last 36 years. His father was the one who said this was important. You are trying to pretend this is somehow above and beyond what is normally asked for. It is not.
 
2012-07-16 07:48:37 PM  

Corvus: bugontherug: I think the words that best describe Romney are "unreasonable sense of self-entitlement." His basic platform, when it boils down to it, is that he's just entitled to be president because he was born with a silver spoon up his ass. Reminds me a lot of Bush, really.

Born on third base, thinks he hit a home run.


armagideon-time.com

WTF is this guy's problem?
 
2012-07-16 07:50:36 PM  

Jim_Callahan: I'm just saying that you need a fairly compelling reason to require someone to disclose what is normally considered pretty private information.


He's interviewing with the American people to be their leader. He's asking us that we put him in charge of the nuclear arsenal, Social Security, Medicare, everything. We're asking to see 10 years worth of tax returns. What, to you, would be a more compelling reason for this request?
 
2012-07-16 07:51:08 PM  
I saw the derp brigade whining on Facebook today about Obama not releasing his college transcripts.

I can only hope that Obama is doing the Romney tax return thing because he KNOWS that Romney's next move on the chess board is to play the transcript pawn, and then Obama releases the transcripts with Andrew Shepherd-esque quality.

-"C- in Women Studies?"

-"That course wasn't what I thought it would be about. (WHITE WOMEN!)"
 
2012-07-16 08:01:42 PM  

Lurk sober post drunk: Now look


That post is nice and all, but I must say: you're login's outstanding, and words to live by
 
2012-07-16 08:02:12 PM  

mr intrepid: Really, trash talking Oprah? A woman who was born, quite literally, "a poor black child", sexually abused, and yet she created a media empire that employs, what, hundreds, a few thousand, people. As opposed to, being born the child of privilege and wealth, never having to really worry about anything, and getting rich by playing the angles? Nice try.


Republicans hate people who actually earned their money. Look at how they feel about Clinton, Obama, Oprah, etc.
 
2012-07-16 08:02:17 PM  
GAH!

"your"
 
2012-07-16 08:04:58 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: mr intrepid: Really, trash talking Oprah? A woman who was born, quite literally, "a poor black child", sexually abused, and yet she created a media empire that employs, what, hundreds, a few thousand, people. As opposed to, being born the child of privilege and wealth, never having to really worry about anything, and getting rich by playing the angles? Nice try.

Republicans hate people who actually earned their money. Look at how they feel about Clinton, Obama, Oprah, etc.are black.


FTFY

//Clinton is now officially black.
 
2012-07-16 08:07:40 PM  
How many votes did Kerry's wife get in the last election? I bet Romney gets close to the same number.
 
2012-07-16 08:10:20 PM  
Does anyone know if Romney returned the salary he received to Bain stockholders after he was retroactively retired?

Inquiring independents want to know.
 
2012-07-16 08:12:57 PM  
coeyagi:

//Clinton is now officially black.

Hold your horses there Buckoo. Bill's black card was yanked in 2008.
 
2012-07-16 08:13:05 PM  
If you have nothing to hind you have nothing to worry about
 
2012-07-16 08:13:22 PM  
He literally invested money in abortion, and made millions on the deal. That's what he wants to hide. Until after the convention, at least. Releasing them before the convention will lead to an open revolt on the floor. After the election, he's hoping the base will forgive him since they are stuck.
 
2012-07-16 08:13:39 PM  

missiv: coeyagi:

//Clinton is now officially black.

Hold your horses there Buckoo. Bill's black card was yanked in 2008.


Well, he sorta got it back. He's now mulatto at least.
 
2012-07-16 08:15:07 PM  

bugontherug: spongeboob: Weaver95: hubiestubert: I_Hate_Iowa: You guys, Mitt's dad is the reason candidates release their tax returns, but even that isn't enough for Mitt. His dad is the pioneer, yet he's still fighting it. Wouldn't be amazing if Mitt's dad is the one that sinks his campaign?

To be fair, if his Dad had turned Mitt over his knee a few more times, we might have a better candidate and a better human period running...

I can't decide if Romney is simply out of touch or if he's really arrogant enough to think he can simply ignore the consequences of his actions here (his career at bain capital, not releasing his tax returns to name but a few).

Both
Out of touch because he only has yes men around, and everything about his life and upbringing screams arrogance: raised rich, went to the best schools, Mormon so he has always been told that he must have been very good in preexistance to get his white skin and perfect life.

I think the words that best describe Romney are "unreasonable sense of self-entitlement." His basic platform, when it boils down to it, is that he's just entitled to be president because he was born with a silver spoon up his ass. Reminds me a lot of Bush, really.


For Bush I don't think he thought he was entitled, he thought he was obliged to be president, that God wanted him to be president. I don't know which is worse.

Mitt does seem to feel entitiled to the presidency, and that all this campaigning is beneath him.
 
2012-07-16 08:16:28 PM  
Once again the people who demanded we not question anything at all about Obama's past or anything he'd ever done up until 2007 are now intent on knowing absolutely everything about Romney.

What ever happened to just "listening to his plans" or "talking about the issues"?

Mitt Romney, guilty of the crime of being rich while Republican and that's all that matters.
 
2012-07-16 08:17:47 PM  
Except that ketchup doesn't destroy people's lives.
 
2012-07-16 08:18:50 PM  

randomjsa: Once again the people who demanded we not question anything at all about Obama's past or anything he'd ever done up until 2007 are now intent on knowing absolutely everything about Romney.

What ever happened to just "listening to his plans" or "talking about the issues"?

Mitt Romney, guilty of the crime of being rich while Republican and that's all that matters.


i.qkme.me
 
2012-07-16 08:22:33 PM  

Jim_Callahan: I mean, you're free to judge him for not releasing them if that's really what tips the scales for you. But frankly if you seriously haven't gotten enough information about the candidates yet that this is what makes up your mind, I've gotta note that I, in turn, am judging your research skills and general knowledge and finding them somewhat lacking.


There's other information that could be revealed on his tax returns than how much taxes he's paid.
 
2012-07-16 08:23:53 PM  

Kanemano: the minute Teresa Kerry runs for President, I will personally request that she release 20 years of tax returns.


It would be the epic troll of all time if, after this dies down (if it does at all) Teresa Kerry called a press conference to announce that she was releasing 20 years of tax returns.
 
2012-07-16 08:24:18 PM  

randomjsa: Once again the people who demanded we not question anything at all about Obama's past or anything he'd ever done up until 2007 are now intent on knowing absolutely everything about Romney.

What ever happened to just "listening to his plans" or "talking about the issues"?

Mitt Romney, guilty of the crime of being rich while Republican and that's all that matters.


Why did Mittens' dad release his tax returns setting the standard? Why did McCain choose not to pick Mittens after he supplied years of tax returns?

Seriously, though, I am asked to vote for Romney based on his business experience. Not his experience as a community organizer for the Olympics. Not his record as governor of Mass.

Show me his business experience.
 
2012-07-16 08:24:58 PM  

Aarontology: maybe he's just saying he wants to...

*glasses*

Ketchup in the polls.

YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH


I toast you and your +1, sir.

/Fox Force 5 Approves
 
2012-07-16 08:25:18 PM  

Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.


probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...
 
2012-07-16 08:26:49 PM  

Corvus: bugontherug: I think the words that best describe Romney are "unreasonable sense of self-entitlement." His basic platform, when it boils down to it, is that he's just entitled to be president because he was born with a silver spoon up his ass. Reminds me a lot of Bush, really.

Born on third base, thinks he hit a home run triple.


HRs bring you all the way around, triples make you stop at 3rd. ;-)
 
2012-07-16 08:26:58 PM  

Virulency: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...


Hey, don't leave out Omni Consumer Products!
 
2012-07-16 08:30:18 PM  

Coco LaFemme: Corvus: bugontherug: I think the words that best describe Romney are "unreasonable sense of self-entitlement." His basic platform, when it boils down to it, is that he's just entitled to be president because he was born with a silver spoon up his ass. Reminds me a lot of Bush, really.

Born on third base, thinks he hit a home run triple.

HRs bring you all the way around, triples make you stop at 3rd. ;-)


I think it works better as "home run". Since he only hit a triple he's about to get tagged out at the plate.
 
2012-07-16 08:30:45 PM  

coeyagi: Virulency: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...

Hey, don't leave out Omni Consumer Products!


Or Pentex.
 
2012-07-16 08:33:33 PM  

randomjsa: Once again the people who demanded we not question anything at all about Obama's past or anything he'd ever done up until 2007 are now intent on knowing absolutely everything about Romney.

What ever happened to just "listening to his plans" or "talking about the issues"?


Because Mittens has no plans, randomjsa/libbynomore2/stewmadness. For the past seven months, all you've heard from him is "VOTE FOR ME. I WAS A CEO. I HAVE PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION EXPERIENCE."

Now, you're upset because people want to know more about his CEO and private sector job creation experience that he has been pitching as a reason to vote for him?
Also, after hearing non stop demands from the birthbaggers for Obama to release documents, you're mad that Mittens is being asked to do the same thing every presidential candidate since Reagan has done? A practice that Mittens' own father started?

Jesus, you guys want it both ways more than Marcus Bachmann at Fleet Week.
 
2012-07-16 08:38:58 PM  

stoli n coke: Jesus, you guys want it both ways more than Marcus Bachmann at Fleet Week.


Kazam!
 
2012-07-16 08:39:48 PM  

qorkfiend: coeyagi: Virulency: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...

Hey, don't leave out Omni Consumer Products!

Or Pentex.


Or soylent. What do you think Stericycle really does?
 
2012-07-16 08:39:53 PM  

qorkfiend: coeyagi: Virulency: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...

Hey, don't leave out Omni Consumer Products!

Or Pentex.


www.worldwatchonline.com
 
2012-07-16 08:41:41 PM  

Coco LaFemme: Corvus: bugontherug: I think the words that best describe Romney are "unreasonable sense of self-entitlement." His basic platform, when it boils down to it, is that he's just entitled to be president because he was born with a silver spoon up his ass. Reminds me a lot of Bush, really.

Born on third base, thinks he hit a home run triple.

HRs bring you all the way around, triples make you stop at 3rd. ;-)


No, the original was correct - RMoney

Jim_Callahan: But frankly if you seriously haven't gotten enough information about the candidates yet that this is what makes up your mind, I've gotta note that I, in turn, am judging your research skills and general knowledge and finding them somewhat lacking.


Romney changes his position on issues hourly - and at least once, in the middle of the farking sentence - how the hell does researching Romney's stance on an issue mean anything? Though, considering his dad started this tradition, the only logical conclusion from Mitt's refusal is that he spits on his father's memory and hates traditional family loyalty.

As far as his tax returns, as a citizen I am his prospective boss, and I want to see if the employee begging me for a job is able to do something as simple as not breaking the law - so far, Romney is ranting an razing around the waiting room before the interview, shredding my application form, screaming at my secretary, and demanding a preemptive raise and 6 months of paid vacation, retroactively. Somebody needs to shut his mewling little mouth and stop acting the fool if he wants the job
 
2012-07-16 08:41:58 PM  

tlchwi02: Jim_Callahan: Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point, and unless someone can find an actual reason it's relevant to the presidential race beyond pure gossip-rag voyeurism I think we should stop reporting on this like it's some sort of real issue of some kind.

the issue in this case isn't the returns themselves. the issue is, he's getting taken out behind the woodshed on this bain capital thing. it looks like he's a liar, a buffoon, or that he's covering up something. he could stop all of the issues with the bain attacks if he just releases his tax returns "proving" he left in 1999 when he said he did. the fact that he now refuses to do that is perplexing and the only conclusion is that getting ripped up about bain and being made to look like a liar and fool is nowhere near as bad as the attacks he would field if he released them. and then people start to wonder- what is he hiding? what is in those returns that are so much worse than what he currently faces?


um, how about the idea that all the accusations are true? That he indeed received huge salaries from Bain after 1999 (after he had "retired"), that he has paid a tax rate similar to the 13.9% rate he paid in 2010 for years, and that some of his income has "gone missing" in foreign accounts, that some of his profits have come at the direct expense of companies that have gone bankrupt, that he has given/shielded huge amounts of money with the Mormon church....

Face it, there is no way he can release his tax returns. The only thing he has is the Republican base, who will vote for him anyways because his name starts with "R." Swing voters, who matter, are dropping away and disaffected Democrats upset with Obama will never go for Mitt. He's farked, royally, which is why he is acting so aggressively, rather than answer the questions. I'm truly hoping for an epic public public meltdown after spending close to a billion dollars on this thing.
 
2012-07-16 08:42:39 PM  

Fart_Machine: qorkfiend: coeyagi: Virulency: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...

Hey, don't leave out Omni Consumer Products!

Or Pentex.

[www.worldwatchonline.com image 340x197]


www.rekall-inc.co.uk

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-16 08:43:29 PM  
He wants to be compared to John Kerry's wife

I wonder who would have the better hair?
 
2012-07-16 08:43:32 PM  

Tigger: what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.

He actually still owns slaves.


Tigger, please.
 
2012-07-16 08:47:32 PM  

hammettman: I'm truly hoping for an epic public public meltdown after spending close to a billion dollars on this thing.


RON PAUL could end up as the last man standing.
 
2012-07-16 08:52:44 PM  

Fart_Machine: qorkfiend: coeyagi: Virulency: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...

Hey, don't leave out Omni Consumer Products!

Or Pentex.

[www.worldwatchonline.com image 340x197]


High above the L.A. freeways,
And the traffic's whine,
Stands the well known Galactronics
Branch of Yoyodyne.
To the end, we swear undying
Loyalty to you,
Pink pavilions bravely shining,
Palm trees tall and true.

/Sorry. Continue.
 
2012-07-16 08:53:28 PM  
Nice headline, subby.
 
2012-07-16 08:54:30 PM  

bloobeary: hammettman: I'm truly hoping for an epic public public meltdown after spending close to a billion dollars on this thing.

RON PAUL could end up as the last man standing.


In which case, Obama could actually win those 57 states the freepers have been talking about for all these years.
 
2012-07-16 08:55:43 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-16 08:59:21 PM  
I didn't realize it was a ZL1 until it was too late and he was gone.

Too many cars behind him to catch up in my work Durango
 
2012-07-16 09:01:53 PM  

BunkoSquad: bloobeary: I can only assume that the job of running Mitt's campaign went to the lowest bidder.

I haven't seen anything from the GOP this year - from the primaries till this latest debacle - that's shaken my belief that the whole thing is just being filmed for the next Christopher Guest/Eugene Levy movie.


'Springtime for Romney'?
 
2012-07-16 09:05:35 PM  

Corvus: bugontherug: I think the words that best describe Romney are "unreasonable sense of self-entitlement." His basic platform, when it boils down to it, is that he's just entitled to be president because he was born with a silver spoon up his ass. Reminds me a lot of Bush, really.

Born on third base, thinks he hit a home run.


Mitt Romney was born on third base, the umpire called a balk while the relief pitcher was still warming up, and he still thinks he hit a homerun.
 
2012-07-16 09:07:11 PM  

hubiestubert: [longformtax]


Funny'd! Oh Hubie, you be one funneh Farker! ^__^
 
2012-07-16 09:10:21 PM  
sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2012-07-16 09:13:01 PM  

quatchi: hubiestubert: [longformtax]

Funny'd! Oh Hubie, you be one funneh Farker! ^__^


lh6.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-07-16 09:19:59 PM  

coeyagi: missiv: coeyagi:

//Clinton is now officially black.

Hold your horses there Buckoo. Bill's black card was yanked in 2008.

Well, he sorta got it back. He's now mulatto at least.


Nah. He farked that up, royally, while waving his white fright card in the Carolinas. Bill's dead to Blacks, except for the paid shills. Herman Cain isn't the only blah man gone deaf.
 
2012-07-16 09:20:31 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Well, hello there, Pema Levy.


Pema's hot and all, but for obvious reasons I'm partial to Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg.

/please, Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, take me to your Prussian castle!
 
2012-07-16 09:21:43 PM  
Honestly I think Mitt has no real idea how to run a campaign. He's just looking back to some of the more successful years for the gop and trying to emulate what they did. Misdirection, projection, taking things out of context, playing the victim. Yet some how he's just not quite getting it right. It's like he's never done things before and just now trying them for the first time. But he has this unshakeable faith in those methods because he saw them work so well for others in the past. And he if keeps doing it then victory is assured!
 
2012-07-16 09:23:29 PM  

stoli n coke: randomjsa: Once again the people who demanded we not question anything at all about Obama's past or anything he'd ever done up until 2007 are now intent on knowing absolutely everything about Romney.

What ever happened to just "listening to his plans" or "talking about the issues"?

Because Mittens has no plans, randomjsa/libbynomore2/stewmadness. For the past seven months, all you've heard from him is "VOTE FOR ME. I WAS A CEO. I HAVE PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION EXPERIENCE."

Now, you're upset because people want to know more about his CEO and private sector job creation experience that he has been pitching as a reason to vote for him?
Also, after hearing non stop demands from the birthbaggers for Obama to release documents, you're mad that Mittens is being asked to do the same thing every presidential candidate since Reagan has done? A practice that Mittens' own father started?

Jesus, you guys want it both ways more than Marcus Bachmann at Fleet Week.


You misunderstand. He means plans like "Get Obama out of the White House!" and issues like "Look how terrible Barack Obama is!"
 
2012-07-16 09:23:52 PM  

missiv: coeyagi: missiv: coeyagi:

//Clinton is now officially black.

Hold your horses there Buckoo. Bill's black card was yanked in 2008.

Well, he sorta got it back. He's now mulatto at least.

Nah. He farked that up, royally, while waving his white fright card in the Carolinas. Bill's dead to Blacks, except for the paid shills. Herman Cain isn't the only blah man gone deaf.


Now, granted this was Feb 2009, but I doubt it got tons lower, his favorability was 63% with blacks (this was after South Carolina).

Link
 
2012-07-16 09:24:35 PM  
Do we really want to elect a president that can't come up with a better lie than this?
 
2012-07-16 09:24:49 PM  

coeyagi: Fart_Machine: qorkfiend: coeyagi: Virulency: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...

Hey, don't leave out Omni Consumer Products!

Or Pentex.

[www.worldwatchonline.com image 340x197]

[www.rekall-inc.co.uk image 420x420]

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 567x500]


fc04.deviantart.net

Romney/Companion Cube 2012!
 
2012-07-16 09:25:36 PM  
I just love how the Democrats have done this biatch slap style of attack on Romney. The GOP ala Karl Rove have been doing this kind of attack for decades on Democrats. Take your opponents biggest stremgth and turn it into their biggest liabilty. Of course it helps Romney has no spine.
 
2012-07-16 09:26:24 PM  

foo monkey: coeyagi: Fart_Machine: qorkfiend: coeyagi: Virulency: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...

Hey, don't leave out Omni Consumer Products!

Or Pentex.

[www.worldwatchonline.com image 340x197]

[www.rekall-inc.co.uk image 420x420]

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 567x500]

[fc04.deviantart.net image 450x360]

Romney/Companion Cube 2012!


images4.wikia.nocookie.net

He has diverse holdings!
 
2012-07-16 09:26:36 PM  

EwoksSuck: I just love how the Democrats have done this biatch slap style of attack on Romney. The GOP ala Karl Rove have been doing this kind of attack for decades on Democrats. Take your opponents biggest stremgth and turn it into their biggest liabilty. Of course it helps Romney has no spine.


or strength.
 
2012-07-16 09:29:30 PM  

EwoksSuck: I just love how the Democrats have done this biatch slap style of attack on Romney. The GOP ala Karl Rove have been doing this kind of attack for decades on Democrats. Take your opponents biggest strength and turn it into their biggest liability. Of course it helps Romney has no spine.


...and apparently no research staff to actually secure rights...

...and apparently no idea that the intellectual property laws that he's been in support of for years could possibly be used against him...
 
2012-07-16 09:29:46 PM  

sdd2000: I wonder how much Rmoney and company would scream if some state legislator introduced a bill that said you must release at least 5 or ten years of federal tax returns to be on a ballot in that state, like was attempted with a birth certificate?


Would probably make for an interesting Supreme Court case involving the existence of a right to privacy.

media.web.britannica.com

 
2012-07-16 09:29:52 PM  

randomjsa:

Mitt Romney, guilty of the crime of being rich while Republican and that's all that matters.


if Romney has nothing to be afraid of, then why is he hiding his tax returns?
 
2012-07-16 09:30:12 PM  

bloobeary: I can only assume that the job of running Mitt's campaign went to the lowest bidder.


The free market at work my friends...
 
2012-07-16 09:30:50 PM  

foo monkey: coeyagi: Fart_Machine: qorkfiend: coeyagi: Virulency: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...

Hey, don't leave out Omni Consumer Products!

Or Pentex.

[www.worldwatchonline.com image 340x197]

[www.rekall-inc.co.uk image 420x420]

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 567x500]

[fc04.deviantart.net image 450x360]

Romney/Companion Cube 2012!


thecryptojournalist.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-07-16 09:30:54 PM  

A Dark Evil Omen: foo monkey: coeyagi: Fart_Machine: qorkfiend: coeyagi: Virulency: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...

Hey, don't leave out Omni Consumer Products!

Or Pentex.

[www.worldwatchonline.com image 340x197]

[www.rekall-inc.co.uk image 420x420]

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 567x500]

[fc04.deviantart.net image 450x360]

Romney/Companion Cube 2012!

[images4.wikia.nocookie.net image 578x453]

He has diverse holdings!


uksilentbob.com

cinemafanatic.files.wordpress.com

Retroactively dodge this!
 
2012-07-16 09:32:01 PM  
Mitt is a good man. Believes in Jesus Christ. Knows how to make money and build business unlike 0bama who has Drove us off a cliff in more debt. thanks to Clinton for not going after Bin Laden. Clinton left office and the economy was slow because the way he balanced the budget didn't pan out so well. Bin Laden Bombed us anyway causing Billions of damage and lost lives. Bush did what he could and di great at it. The Lenders of this country GAve away Loans without even checking backgrounds. They were called STATED LOANS. These idiots and the People that took them were the ones that through everything overboard including all the Corrupt CEO of these Comapnies. And yet 0bama bailed most of them out. Now they get to take the Losses and have money, too. 0bama even didn't know to put his hand over his heart during the Pledge. Someone had to remind him. Guess he forget he lived here. Several pictures of him not showing his hand over his heart. It took him a while to even put THE FLAG behind most of his speeches. EEveryone should really Notice the character of this man. Not worth a flip. If only we could have had Colon Powell For President. Wished he had of run. 0bama runs the debt up more and keeps blaming Bush for it...Lol...he's as bad as an alcoholic blaming someone else for his actions.
 
2012-07-16 09:33:45 PM  

404 page not found: Mitt is a good man. Believes in Jesus Christ. Knows how to make money and build business unlike 0bama who has Drove us off a cliff in more debt. thanks to Clinton for not going after Bin Laden. Clinton left office and the economy was slow because the way he balanced the budget didn't pan out so well. Bin Laden Bombed us anyway causing Billions of damage and lost lives. Bush did what he could and di great at it. The Lenders of this country GAve away Loans without even checking backgrounds. They were called STATED LOANS. These idiots and the People that took them were the ones that through everything overboard including all the Corrupt CEO of these Comapnies. And yet 0bama bailed most of them out. Now they get to take the Losses and have money, too. 0bama even didn't know to put his hand over his heart during the Pledge. Someone had to remind him. Guess he forget he lived here. Several pictures of him not showing his hand over his heart. It took him a while to even put THE FLAG behind most of his speeches. EEveryone should really Notice the character of this man. Not worth a flip. If only we could have had Colon Powell For President. Wished he had of run. 0bama runs the debt up more and keeps blaming Bush for it...Lol...he's as bad as an alcoholic blaming someone else for his actions.


Somewhere, a troll is crying at the pure majesty of that.
 
2012-07-16 09:38:49 PM  

randomjsa: Once again the people who demanded we not question anything at all about Obama's past or anything he'd ever done up until 2007 are now intent on knowing absolutely everything about Romney.

What ever happened to just "listening to his plans" or "talking about the issues"?

Mitt Romney, guilty of the crime of being rich while Republican and that's all that matters.


Which people demanded that of Obama? And, if that were actually true, how well did it work out for them?

Has he tried to talk about issues? Which ones, besides "Obama is bad for this country"? Has he laid out any plans, besides "beating Obama in 2012"?

Boo-farking-hoo, cry me a river fascist.
 
2012-07-16 09:39:53 PM  
I'm disappointed 'IF' it's true, that Sarah Palin has been 'shunned' by the GOP Convention...maybe someone can answer this for me; I don't think it's a good idea to 'turn away' ANY Republican, who has a voice WITH the people, from a year like we're having.
 
2012-07-16 09:40:25 PM  

Surool: Looks like Republicans are down to using False Equivalency as their only strategy this year. Sad really.


I think that THK's lawyers wrote up a pretty solid prenup when she married JK in order to protect the Heinz kid's inheritance. Odds are that their finances are totally separate and they do not even file a joint return. I admit I am speculating but it makes sense and is not at all far fetched. So if Mitt wants to release Ann's return I am cool with that since they probably file jointly.
 
2012-07-16 09:40:41 PM  

Weaver95: randomjsa:

Mitt Romney, guilty of the crime of being rich while Republican and that's all that matters.

if Romney has nothing to be afraid of, then why is he hiding his tax returns?


I think there might be larger questions...
 
2012-07-16 09:40:49 PM  
whoops, wrong forum
 
2012-07-16 09:41:36 PM  

coeyagi: 404 page not found: Mitt is a good man. Believes in Jesus Christ. Knows how to make money and build business unlike 0bama who has Drove us off a cliff in more debt. thanks to Clinton for not going after Bin Laden. Clinton left office and the economy was slow because the way he balanced the budget didn't pan out so well. Bin Laden Bombed us anyway causing Billions of damage and lost lives. Bush did what he could and di great at it. The Lenders of this country GAve away Loans without even checking backgrounds. They were called STATED LOANS. These idiots and the People that took them were the ones that through everything overboard including all the Corrupt CEO of these Comapnies. And yet 0bama bailed most of them out. Now they get to take the Losses and have money, too. 0bama even didn't know to put his hand over his heart during the Pledge. Someone had to remind him. Guess he forget he lived here. Several pictures of him not showing his hand over his heart. It took him a while to even put THE FLAG behind most of his speeches. EEveryone should really Notice the character of this man. Not worth a flip. If only we could have had Colon Powell For President. Wished he had of run. 0bama runs the debt up more and keeps blaming Bush for it...Lol...he's as bad as an alcoholic blaming someone else for his actions.

Somewhere, a troll is crying at the pure majesty of that.


Im crying right now
 
2012-07-16 09:42:51 PM  
I"m voting for Mitt, whomever the VP pick is. It would be better it Mitt was more conservative...but most importantly we need to get 0bama out of office. So the choice for V.P. should be someone who could draw in votes. I'm not suggesting, but just wondering...what would be voter reaction to RON PAUL for V.P....or even RAND PAUL. RON PAUL is very strict with the constitution, and he would draw in a LOT of college age votes, and Independents. Yes, there are some of his ideas people don't like, but first of all the job is for V.P....but if someone was concerned about a possible presidency... because he respects the constitution...we know he wouldn't try to circumvent the congress and ignore the constitution, so the representatives of the people would be able to have a say in what RON PAUL would do. One thing...the V.P. pick HAS to be someone who isn't afraid to speak his mind, and the truth, and will stand up to 0bama and the liberals.
 
2012-07-16 09:46:03 PM  

coeyagi: 404 page not found: Mitt is a good man. Believes in Jesus Christ. Knows how to make money and build business unlike 0bama who has Drove us off a cliff in more debt. thanks to Clinton for not going after Bin Laden. Clinton left office and the economy was slow because the way he balanced the budget didn't pan out so well. Bin Laden Bombed us anyway causing Billions of damage and lost lives. Bush did what he could and di great at it. The Lenders of this country GAve away Loans without even checking backgrounds. They were called STATED LOANS. These idiots and the People that took them were the ones that through everything overboard including all the Corrupt CEO of these Comapnies. And yet 0bama bailed most of them out. Now they get to take the Losses and have money, too. 0bama even didn't know to put his hand over his heart during the Pledge. Someone had to remind him. Guess he forget he lived here. Several pictures of him not showing his hand over his heart. It took him a while to even put THE FLAG behind most of his speeches. EEveryone should really Notice the character of this man. Not worth a flip. If only we could have had Colon Powell For President. Wished he had of run. 0bama runs the debt up more and keeps blaming Bush for it...Lol...he's as bad as an alcoholic blaming someone else for his actions.

Somewhere, a troll is crying at the pure majesty of that.


Who has two thumbs and found the gold mine?

THIS GUY.
 
2012-07-16 09:47:42 PM  

abb3w: sdd2000: I wonder how much Rmoney and company would scream if some state legislator introduced a bill that said you must release at least 5 or ten years of federal tax returns to be on a ballot in that state, like was attempted with a birth certificate?

Would probably make for an interesting Supreme Court case involving the existence of a right to privacy.

[media.web.britannica.com image 550x361]


If only there were a previous landmark Supreme Court ruling affirming the right to privacy that they could draw inspiration from should that come to pass...
 
2012-07-16 09:49:52 PM  
I'm beginning to see a pattern here...... So Bush was retired retroactively from the presidency while he was in office?
 
2012-07-16 09:53:17 PM  

Tigger: 2) They've made a calculated decision that what is in the tax returns is so bad that it's worth taking the heat.


If that's the case, they should have put them out there months ago, so the heat would be over by now. by holding out, it just gives a huge issue for the Democrats to hold over his head, and everyone from Obama to the Occupy movement are using it against him right now.

/Unless what's in the returns is so bad that it will make him ineligible to be president
//in which case, he shouldn't be running
 
2012-07-16 09:53:24 PM  
Right now, more than 70% of Federal spending goes to dependence programs, for example F00d Stamps. 1 in 5 Americans, not including government employees, depend upon the government for their well being. 1 in 10 depended upon the government in 1962, and 28% of Federal spending went to dependence programs in 1962. Right now, 49.5% do not pay any income taxes. Only 23.7% didn't pay income taxes in 1962. As you can see, we are trending in the wrong direction. "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years." -Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America. We have already outlived our estimated live-span of Mr. Tocqueville. The latest bribe is ObamaCare, and almost all of 0bama's policies have some sort of redistributionist overtone to them. He is exactly what Mr. Tocqueville warned of. We can vote him out in N0vember and go the other way, and survive for another 500 years of greatness like we should, or we can reelect him, and get what we deserve for doing so.
 
2012-07-16 09:54:14 PM  

404 page not found: Right now, more than 70% of Federal spending goes to dependence programs, for example F00d Stamps. 1 in 5 Americans, not including government employees, depend upon the government for their well being. 1 in 10 depended upon the government in 1962, and 28% of Federal spending went to dependence programs in 1962. Right now, 49.5% do not pay any income taxes. Only 23.7% didn't pay income taxes in 1962. As you can see, we are trending in the wrong direction. "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years." -Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America. We have already outlived our estimated live-span of Mr. Tocqueville. The latest bribe is ObamaCare, and almost all of 0bama's policies have some sort of redistributionist overtone to them. He is exactly what Mr. Tocqueville warned of. We can vote him out in N0vember and go the other way, and survive for another 500 years of greatness like we should, or we can reelect him, and get what we deserve for doing so.


Dude, you are like a lottery winner spending all the riches in Vegas in like 1 night. Pace yourself.
 
2012-07-16 10:04:58 PM  

spongeboob: shower_in_my_socks: I think people could have forgiven her a bit if she'd left out some of the girly medical details. I think the reason Palin didn't release them is because they would have proven that her last kid, while definitely hers, wasn't born the way she said he was, with her water supposedly breaking and her giving a speech while she's in labor and then flying clear across the country to have her kid back in her home town. Like Romney and his tax returns, Palin's medical records would have likely exposed a lie she'd told.

That story always bothered me, why was it so important that her kid be born in Alaska? So that if Alaska ever gets the Independence her husband wants for it he would be a native son? Any mother putting your kid and yourself in that much risk is not a good mother, and for God's sake you had other kids to worry about. It raises the question did you want your kid to die, and this way it is not your fault for getting an abortion but God took him home?
And did this story impress anyone?

Alaska Farkers can you spill any light on this? Do native born Alaska persons get more money from the state or is the culture really oh you weren't born in Alaska poor you


She stole the story from Pat Summit:

After a year at the University of Notre Dame, Marciniak transferred to the University of Tennessee, where she quickly became a leader of the dominant University of Tennessee Lady Vols women's basketball team under head coach Pat Summitt. Summitt had recruited her in high school and in fact, went into labor as she was sitting in the Marciniak's home on a recruiting trip. Summitt quickly wrapped up the visit and flew back to Knoxville to give birth to her son, Tyler.
 
2012-07-16 10:06:52 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: If that's the case, they should have put them out there months ago, so the heat would be over by now. by holding out,


They think it's damage he won't recover from. Otherwise he would have done exactly that.
 
2012-07-16 10:10:03 PM  

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


What I think is in there is a shortage to the church. Isn't $2million enough, even if he made $45million one year? Well no, it's not enough. You have to tithe the full 10%, and I wanna bet there was a year or two when he didn't. I mean, it's not like anyone will ever find out, right?

I also suspect there's some obscene income here and there, and I mean obscene by even Romney's standards. Something that would make the $20million we've seen look modest.
 
2012-07-16 10:12:27 PM  

404 page not found: Mitt is a good man. Believes in Jesus Christ. Knows how to make money and build business unlike 0bama who has Drove us off a cliff in more debt. thanks to Clinton for not going after Bin Laden. Clinton left office and the economy was slow because the way he balanced the budget didn't pan out so well. Bin Laden Bombed us anyway causing Billions of damage and lost lives. Bush did what he could and di great at it. The Lenders of this country GAve away Loans without even checking backgrounds. They were called STATED LOANS. These idiots and the People that took them were the ones that through everything overboard including all the Corrupt CEO of these Comapnies. And yet 0bama bailed most of them out. Now they get to take the Losses and have money, too. 0bama even didn't know to put his hand over his heart during the Pledge. Someone had to remind him. Guess he forget he lived here. Several pictures of him not showing his hand over his heart. It took him a while to even put THE FLAG behind most of his speeches. EEveryone should really Notice the character of this man. Not worth a flip. If only we could have had Colon Powell For President. Wished he had of run. 0bama runs the debt up more and keeps blaming Bush for it...Lol...he's as bad as an alcoholic blaming someone else for his actions.


Take a good look, Fark Independents. THIS is how you troll.

Thanks for trying to raise the bar.
 
2012-07-16 10:12:51 PM  
I hope more Cons keep giving money to the guy. A fool and their money.
 
2012-07-16 10:16:38 PM  
As usual, I'm getting sick of the way submission headline hardly tell the truth of the article, but I might as well click and see...

Sweet mother of god.

Dear Mr. Romney, yes I know it was cute and it endeared Sarah Palin to various Tea Party factions when she would say stuff like this...but when it comes from you and your camp, it just makes you look foolish.

Dear Republican Party, see, this is what happen when your primary is spent seeing who can yell "the president is a zocialism!!!" the loudest and bestest instead of using your primaries as a way to vet your eventual selection.

//and yet, 48 percent of likely voters will probably still vote Romney. I can't imagine what would've happened if Obama was mostly white looking.
 
2012-07-16 10:17:58 PM  

snowshovel: As usual, I'm getting sick of the way submission headline hardly tell the truth of the article, but I might as well click and see...

Sweet mother of god.

Dear Mr. Romney, yes I know it was cute and it endeared Sarah Palin to various Tea Party factions when she would say stuff like this...but when it comes from you and your camp, it just makes you look foolish.

Dear Republican Party, see, this is what happen when your primary is spent seeing who can yell "the president is a zocialism!!!" the loudest and bestest instead of using your primaries as a way to vet your eventual selection.

//and yet, 48 percent of likely voters will probably still vote Romney. I can't imagine what would've happened if Obama was mostly white looking.


What one of the 45 czars appointed by obama to radicalize our culture is your favorite? Or maybe your are more excited about the 1st President in our nations history to promote the homosexual agenda from the White House. Or maybe its his support of the Muslum Brotherhood with your tax dollars (1 1/2 billion) most recently? Or maybe it is none of the above, you may have your own reason to be excited about the obama presidency. So far Romney has missed all of these and more. Its like its hands off the hot button issues, kindof the same type of campaign John McCain ran and lost.
 
2012-07-16 10:18:47 PM  

404 page not found: Mitt is a good man. Believes in Jesus Christ. Knows how to make money and build business unlike 0bama who has Drove us off a cliff in more debt. thanks to Clinton for not going after Bin Laden. Clinton left office and the economy was slow because the way he balanced the budget didn't pan out so well. Bin Laden Bombed us anyway causing Billions of damage and lost lives. Bush did what he could and di great at it. The Lenders of this country GAve away Loans without even checking backgrounds. They were called STATED LOANS. These idiots and the People that took them were the ones that through everything overboard including all the Corrupt CEO of these Comapnies. And yet 0bama bailed most of them out. Now they get to take the Losses and have money, too. 0bama even didn't know to put his hand over his heart during the Pledge. Someone had to remind him. Guess he forget he lived here. Several pictures of him not showing his hand over his heart. It took him a while to even put THE FLAG behind most of his speeches. EEveryone should really Notice the character of this man. Not worth a flip. If only we could have had Colon Powell For President. Wished he had of run. 0bama runs the debt up more and keeps blaming Bush for it...Lol...he's as bad as an alcoholic blaming someone else for his actions.


Wait, I get it. Satire, right?
 
2012-07-16 10:19:03 PM  

foo monkey: Romney/Companion Cube 2012!


He doesn't want a Veep so obviously with more personality and integrity than he has.
 
2012-07-16 10:20:04 PM  

mr intrepid: 404 page not found: Mitt is a good man. Believes in Jesus Christ. Knows how to make money and build business unlike 0bama who has Drove us off a cliff in more debt. thanks to Clinton for not going after Bin Laden. Clinton left office and the economy was slow because the way he balanced the budget didn't pan out so well. Bin Laden Bombed us anyway causing Billions of damage and lost lives. Bush did what he could and di great at it. The Lenders of this country GAve away Loans without even checking backgrounds. They were called STATED LOANS. These idiots and the People that took them were the ones that through everything overboard including all the Corrupt CEO of these Comapnies. And yet 0bama bailed most of them out. Now they get to take the Losses and have money, too. 0bama even didn't know to put his hand over his heart during the Pledge. Someone had to remind him. Guess he forget he lived here. Several pictures of him not showing his hand over his heart. It took him a while to even put THE FLAG behind most of his speeches. EEveryone should really Notice the character of this man. Not worth a flip. If only we could have had Colon Powell For President. Wished he had of run. 0bama runs the debt up more and keeps blaming Bush for it...Lol...he's as bad as an alcoholic blaming someone else for his actions.

Wait, I get it. Satire, right?


much moar delicious.
 
2012-07-16 10:23:28 PM  

404 page not found: Right now, more than 70% of Federal spending goes to dependence programs, for example F00d Stamps. 1 in 5 Americans, not including government employees, depend upon the government for their well being. 1 in 10 depended upon the government in 1962, and 28% of Federal spending went to dependence programs in 1962. Right now, 49.5% do not pay any income taxes. Only 23.7% didn't pay income taxes in 1962. As you can see, we are trending in the wrong direction. "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years." -Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America. We have already outlived our estimated live-span of Mr. Tocqueville. The latest bribe is ObamaCare, and almost all of 0bama's policies have some sort of redistributionist overtone to them. He is exactly what Mr. Tocqueville warned of. We can vote him out in N0vember and go the other way, and survive for another 500 years of greatness like we should, or we can reelect him, and get what we deserve for doing so.


Brava sir, brava!
 
2012-07-16 10:27:30 PM  

coeyagi: A Dark Evil Omen: foo monkey: coeyagi: Fart_Machine: qorkfiend: coeyagi: Virulency: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...

Hey, don't leave out Omni Consumer Products!

Or Pentex.

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Romney/Companion Cube 2012!

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He has diverse holdings!

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Retroactively dodge this!


images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-07-16 10:30:00 PM  

stoli n coke: Take a good look, Fark Independents. THIS is how you troll.

Thanks for trying to raise the bar.


I'm sure I have no idea what you are talking about, sir.
 
2012-07-16 10:37:10 PM  

bloobeary: I can only assume that the job of running Mitt's campaign went to the lowest bidder.


"Thank you for contacting Romney2012 headquarters. Please to be providing you with the excellent service. My name is Bob."
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upload.wikimedia.org

\\Works for everything else right MBA guys?
 
2012-07-16 10:42:48 PM  
I don't want Mitt Romney to be president... but I want Barak Obama to be president even less! So Mitt wins as the lesser of two evils... yes it's a crappy choice! But we gotta get Obama outta there.! Crappy-Lite beats crappy HUGE! :( This choice also makes electing conservatives down the ballot even MORE important!!! God bless America!!!

Has this site been hacked or something? It resembles the DUmp more and more each day.

Why was Romney who filled out papers which dissolved him from Bain in early 1999, still signing company documents for the company in 2001?
(Outsourcing is a red herring, there is no negative impact on jobs in the US because of out-souring)


They sound tired. Good link up thread.
 
2012-07-16 10:46:42 PM  

Jim_Callahan: 31415927


Was that intentional?

/nerds.jpg
 
2012-07-16 11:00:39 PM  

hubiestubert: Weaver95: randomjsa:

Mitt Romney, guilty of the crime of being rich while Republican and that's all that matters.

if Romney has nothing to be afraid of, then why is he hiding his tax returns?

I think there might be larger questions...


Holy crap that makes Romney look bad. No wonder McCain did not want him for VP.
 
2012-07-16 11:07:34 PM  

bloobeary: I can only assume that the job of running Mitt's campaign went to the lowest bidder.


I just had the most wonderful mental image of Mitt on the phone to his campaign manager who is in fact a mumbai call centre worker pretending to be called 'Steve' for work purposes. "Have you tried unplugging the campaign and plugging it back in Mr Ronny?"
 
2012-07-16 11:08:30 PM  

One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 500x416]


favorited!.
 
2012-07-16 11:19:29 PM  
Look...he probably was given a blank receipt from Good Will and took a few, shall we say, liberties with it. Not a big deal...everyone does it, and just like everyone else, he's probably scared about being called out on it. No, it wasn't really a cashmere sweater, but really, that only added $10 to it's deductible value. Be reasonable people!
 
2012-07-16 11:31:05 PM  

Vodka Zombie: But... but... Mitt Romney has Patriot and Freedom and Reagan.


and draft dodger.

But then he is a republican, so we knew that.
 
2012-07-16 11:46:40 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: One Big Ass Mistake America: i.imgur.com

Wow..."conservatives" sure are good at missing the point, aren't they?

I guess I can't blame them. It's easier to defend points you make up yourself.


For years I've been saying that I honestly believe "conservative" minds have a sincere difficulty grasping the concept of "hypocrisy". Time after time, they display a genuine lack of understanding what constitutes "hypocrisy".

The Weiner scandal, for example. His behavior was inappropriate, unprofessional, disagreeable, and disgraceful... but there wasn't any hypocrisy, because he wasn't a moral crusader, he wasn't a "family values" candidate.

Meanwhile, 99.9999% of every Republican/Christian outed as gay IS hypocritical, because they spent years condemning the evils of homosexuality.

Many many many conservatives literally don't understand this distinction. It's not trolling, it's not seeking any opportunity to attack a liberal... on a psychological level they can't recognize hypocrisy.

I think it's actually fascinating and warrants a study in a psychology journal.
 
2012-07-16 11:51:19 PM  
No doubt his diverse holdings contain many companies in which you can put your trust, including

ih0.redbubble.net
 
2012-07-17 12:32:19 AM  
mitt has every right not to release his returns. I guess he doesn't want the job that bad.
 
2012-07-17 12:37:08 AM  
Wait... is this code for the idea Romney wants to sleep with Kerry?
 
2012-07-17 12:41:32 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point, and unless someone can find an actual reason it's relevant to the presidential race beyond pure gossip-rag voyeurism I think we should stop reporting on this like it's some sort of real issue of some kind.


The above is why there is a political reason for releasing one's tax returns.

Just because it's legal, doesn't mean it's advisable.
 
2012-07-17 12:44:46 AM  

cloud_van_dame: Jim_Callahan: Look, I enjoy making fun of Mitt as much as the next guy, but there's no legal obligation to release his tax records past a certain point, and unless someone can find an actual reason it's relevant to the presidential race beyond pure gossip-rag voyeurism I think we should stop reporting on this like it's some sort of real issue of some kind.

The above is why there is a political reason for releasing one's tax returns.

Just because it's legal, doesn't mean it's advisable.


Plus Romney is basically running on his cred as a "businessman".

A guy who's supposedly proud of his accomplishments in that domain shouldn't be afraid to show his work.
 
2012-07-17 12:53:55 AM  

404 page not found: mr intrepid: 404 page not found: Mitt is a good man. Believes in Jesus Christ. Knows how to make money and build business unlike 0bama who has Drove us off a cliff in more debt. thanks to Clinton for not going after Bin Laden. Clinton left office and the economy was slow because the way he balanced the budget didn't pan out so well. Bin Laden Bombed us anyway causing Billions of damage and lost lives. Bush did what he could and di great at it. The Lenders of this country GAve away Loans without even checking backgrounds. They were called STATED LOANS. These idiots and the People that took them were the ones that through everything overboard including all the Corrupt CEO of these Comapnies. And yet 0bama bailed most of them out. Now they get to take the Losses and have money, too. 0bama even didn't know to put his hand over his heart during the Pledge. Someone had to remind him. Guess he forget he lived here. Several pictures of him not showing his hand over his heart. It took him a while to even put THE FLAG behind most of his speeches. EEveryone should really Notice the character of this man. Not worth a flip. If only we could have had Colon Powell For President. Wished he had of run. 0bama runs the debt up more and keeps blaming Bush for it...Lol...he's as bad as an alcoholic blaming someone else for his actions.

Wait, I get it. Satire, right?

much moar delicious.


Freeper copy paste?
 
2012-07-17 12:58:49 AM  

InvertedB: 404 page not found: mr intrepid: 404 page not found: Mitt is a good man. Believes in Jesus Christ. Knows how to make money and build business unlike 0bama who has Drove us off a cliff in more debt. thanks to Clinton for not going after Bin Laden. Clinton left office and the economy was slow because the way he balanced the budget didn't pan out so well. Bin Laden Bombed us anyway causing Billions of damage and lost lives. Bush did what he could and di great at it. The Lenders of this country GAve away Loans without even checking backgrounds. They were called STATED LOANS. These idiots and the People that took them were the ones that through everything overboard including all the Corrupt CEO of these Comapnies. And yet 0bama bailed most of them out. Now they get to take the Losses and have money, too. 0bama even didn't know to put his hand over his heart during the Pledge. Someone had to remind him. Guess he forget he lived here. Several pictures of him not showing his hand over his heart. It took him a while to even put THE FLAG behind most of his speeches. EEveryone should really Notice the character of this man. Not worth a flip. If only we could have had Colon Powell For President. Wished he had of run. 0bama runs the debt up more and keeps blaming Bush for it...Lol...he's as bad as an alcoholic blaming someone else for his actions.

Wait, I get it. Satire, right?

much moar delicious.

Freeper copy paste?


Just tell them that you will release your tax returns when Holder provides Congress with the Fast and Furious documents. Provide three years worth on that then say you will give three more years if he provides his golf scorecards for the past three years. That'll shut him up. Go Mitt 2012!!! Anything else is still the imposter we have already.
 
2012-07-17 12:58:59 AM  
In 2004, Bain & Co. received a multi-million dollar contract from the National Iranian Oil Company

/page 135, oppo research file.

This is bad...
 
2012-07-17 01:03:40 AM  

cloud_van_dame: In 2004, Bain & Co. received a multi-million dollar contract from the National Iranian Oil Company

/page 135, oppo research file.

This is bad...


Oh ho ho!! This is the gift that keeps on giving. Romney is selling dead fetuses, he's making deals with Iran....

Are the Republicans' full of contempt for their base, or are they just trolling the shiat out of them? This has to be a joke: to take a party full of 'proud' Christian lunatics and make them kowtow to a rich Mormon with inherited wealth who took their jobs and stands for NOTHING that the Republican Base bleats about when they want to feel important. Seriously, at this point, we have to wonder. This is just too hilarious. It must suck to be a Republican Base member right now and to have to make gigantic logical leaps to defend 'your' party that doesn't give a shiat if you float or sink.

It's absolutely hilarious.
 
2012-07-17 01:10:16 AM  
Did those all come from Romney's Facebook page?
 
2012-07-17 01:11:52 AM  

Guntram Shatterhand: It must suck to be a Republican Base member right now and to have to make gigantic logical leaps to defend 'your' party that doesn't give a shiat if you float or sink.


There were attempts to get them to vote for other candidates, but it didn't work.

There were also claims by by supporters of a certain other candidate that the Republican party was rigging the polls. Given that they let Meg Whitman run in California mainly because she could self-finance, that wouldn't surprise me.

Whitman and Romney are buddies and pretty much the same thing, as far as candidates go.
Very rich, and probably a bit dodgy in the way they got that way.
 
2012-07-17 01:14:09 AM  

Surool: Wait... is this code for the idea Romney wants to sleep with Kerry?


Well, he has said that he likes things that are "the perfect height," and Kerry is quite tall.
 
2012-07-17 01:15:31 AM  

InvertedB: Did those all come from Romney's Facebook page?


It's funny and stupid how Demoncraps say
Republicans are apparently RICH! Lmfao. Biggest Lie Ever since Obama said he was american. My family are mostly Republicans, and are dirt poor. I'm a Democrat, but I'm not stupid. I'm voting Romney ! Only one American running, Romney's it! Shouldn't be a question of who to vote for.

Whoop BAMA Butt! GO ROMNEY 2012~

LULZ.
 
2012-07-17 01:24:39 AM  

404 page not found: InvertedB: Did those all come from Romney's Facebook page?

It's funny and stupid how Demoncraps say
Republicans are apparently RICH! Lmfao. Biggest Lie Ever since Obama said he was american. My family are mostly Republicans, and are dirt poor. I'm a Democrat, but I'm not stupid. I'm voting Romney ! Only one American running, Romney's it! Shouldn't be a question of who to vote for.

Whoop BAMA Butt! GO ROMNEY 2012~

LULZ.


That's Freeptastic. And the part where you said you were a democrat was priceless. But pace yourself, dude. If you constantly post troll after troll, it becomes obvious to everyone.
 
2012-07-17 01:24:56 AM  
I think many of you miss a critical date. In 2009 there was a amnesty by the IRS that got 14,000 or so people that filed amended returns for hiding money overseas. Id just guess that he was one of those people.

Thats #1.

#2 when his church see's JUST how much money he actually has they will flip. Seriously when you get up to that level your religion suddenly gets REAL serious about that tithing thing. Imagine that. And believe it or not his religion is pretty important to him....not as important as money say.

#3 A really close digging of his taxes will reveal other multiple frauds.

#4 There may be some financial payback from when he ran the olympics. Something that is just a little too obvious.

I think 1-3 are probable, and fit with another reporter claiming that Romney would choose to withdraw rather then reveal. If he does people are going to be beyond pissed. Im going to laugh.

What happens if he withdraws After the R delegation has selected him? LOL.

But yeah. This is bad for him. And if he leaves it this way Obama will tear him apart over it. Big time. Given how early this has came up I suspect Obamas team knows something, maybe from Mccain. Or lets be honest...they do run the government. A wink and a nudge and lets look....and then "Oh holy c!!! he was a tax cheat that got amnesty in 2009!". Heck that list of names is probably floating around in multiple places!

This will need LOTS of popcorn.
 
2012-07-17 01:27:40 AM  

stoli n coke: 404 page not found: InvertedB: Did those all come from Romney's Facebook page?

It's funny and stupid how Demoncraps say
Republicans are apparently RICH! Lmfao. Biggest Lie Ever since Obama said he was american. My family are mostly Republicans, and are dirt poor. I'm a Democrat, but I'm not stupid. I'm voting Romney ! Only one American running, Romney's it! Shouldn't be a question of who to vote for.

Whoop BAMA Butt! GO ROMNEY 2012~

LULZ.

That's Freeptastic. And the part where you said you were a democrat was priceless. But pace yourself, dude. If you constantly post troll after troll, it becomes obvious to everyone.


Your teh second person whose told me that. I better lay off the coke.
 
2012-07-17 01:29:50 AM  
DAMON CLINICAL LABORATORIES
Romney Was Board Member Of Company Fined Over $100 For Medicare Fraud - At The Time, It Was The Largest Criminal Fine For Health Care Fraud In History Romney Sat On Board Of Damon Clinical Laboratories, A Bain Capital Portfolio Company Fined Nearly$120 Million In 1996 Due To Medicare Fraud.
"A Needham clinical laboratory agreed yesterday to pay $119million in criminal and civil fines after pleading guilty to charges that it defrauded the nation's Medicare system by seeking reimbursements on millions of dollars worth of unnecessary blood tests. ... Damon Clinical Laboratories Inc. admitted it tried to boost its profits by submitting the unnecessary tests. The company, the government said,misled doctors into ordering the tests, ensuring that they would be covered by Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly." (Kimberly Blanton, "Needham Lab Fined $ 119m For Fraud," The Boston Globe , 10/10/96)

At The Time, Largest Criminal Fine In Massachusetts History:
"The settlement ... would mark the largest criminal fine ever levied in Massachusetts." (Kimberly Blanton, "Needham Lab Fined $ 119m For Fraud,"The Boston Globe ,10/10/96)

At The Time, Largest Health Care Fraud Criminal Fine In History:
"The $35.3 million criminal fine in theDamon case, one piece of the $119 million total settlement, is the largest ever recovered in a health carefraud case." (Kimberly Blanton, "Needham Lab Fined $ 119m For Fraud," The Boston Globe, 10/10/96)

Romney Was On Damon's Board Of Directors While The Fraud Took Place - He Initially Claimed He Was Unaware Of Any Criminal Investigation.
"Mitt Romney, former Republican challenger to US Sen. Edward M.Kennedy, who was a member of Damon's board, said he was unaware of any investigation. ... Romney said that[Damon's then-CEO Robert] Rosen told the board in about 1992 'that all current practices at the company werenow in conformity with government regulations and that in the past there may have been practices which would not be deemed appropriate.'" (Kimberly Blanton, "Needham Lab Fined $ 119m For Fraud," The Boston Globe, 10/10/96)

"Made Large Profits ... From A Criminal Scheme To Fraudulently Bill The Federal Medicare System..."
"[Romney] and his venture capital firm made large profits from the 1993 sale of a Needham medical testing company whose robust revenues were generated in part from a criminal scheme to fraudulently bill the federal Medicare system for unnecessary blood tests." (Frank Phillips, "Romney Profited On Firm Later Tied To Fraud," The Boston Globe, 10/10/02)


Page 140, oppo research file.
This is not good either.
 
2012-07-17 01:34:58 AM  
yeah I saw the oppo research file. That was almost painful. Especially as it was a R vs R file. Really hits is base.
 
2012-07-17 02:04:49 AM  
I'm guessing that one of the biggest things he wants to hide in his tax returns is his ownership of the aborted fetuses disposal company.

Hiding his tax returns hurts him with Democrats and independents, but losing the "Pro Life über alles" wing of the GOP would absolutely kill his chances of winning.

Also, he's a massive, pathetic coward.
 
2012-07-17 02:10:18 AM  
Romney is like those dumb criminals who post videos of their crimes on YouTube. It's so easy to bust him.

As for why his campaign seems to be ill prepared to handle this, two points:

1. There really isn't any way to spin it. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and he made hundreds of millions of dollars off of a business that shut companies down for profit, and then sent his millions out of the country he claims to love and into off-shore accounts to avoid paying his fair share. There isn't much you can do to spin that effectively, no matter how much time you have to prepare.

2. I think they underestimated how difficult it would be to knock this down. I think they honestly believed the whole "I wasn't there at the time" defense, and releasing only 1 year of tax returns, would be enough to get by.
 
2012-07-17 02:16:55 AM  

shower_in_my_socks: Romney is like those dumb criminals who post videos of their crimes on YouTube. It's so easy to bust him.

As for why his campaign seems to be ill prepared to handle this, two points:

1. There really isn't any way to spin it. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and he made hundreds of millions of dollars off of a business that shut companies down for profit, and then sent his millions out of the country he claims to love and into off-shore accounts to avoid paying his fair share. There isn't much you can do to spin that effectively, no matter how much time you have to prepare.

2. I think they underestimated how difficult it would be to knock this down. I think they honestly believed the whole "I wasn't there at the time" defense, and releasing only 1 year of tax returns, would be enough to get by.


Especially when his dad was famous for saying he released more than one year of returns because "One year might be a fluke." Mitt has actually allowed his opponents to use his own father's words against him.

Personally, I don't think there's anything in his tax returns that would indicate anything other than he paid a much lower tax rate than on the returns that were released.

Then again, if he's done nothing wrong, he shouldn't have anything to worry about, right?
 
2012-07-17 02:20:12 AM  

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: kill his chances of winning.


His what now?
 
2012-07-17 02:56:21 AM  

Meanniss: I think that THK's lawyers wrote up a pretty solid prenup when she married JK in order to protect the Heinz kid's inheritance. Odds are that their finances are totally separate and they do not even file a joint return. I admit I am speculating but it makes sense and is not at all far fetched. So if Mitt wants to release Ann's return I am cool with that since they probably file jointly.


What Kerry released in 2004 showed that all the money is in Teresa's control (Kerry -like the rest of the Senate- is a millionaire in his own right).

When Obama released his returns before the 2008 election, he released his joint returns, which showed there were years when Michelle made more money than he did, and that the bulk of their wealth had come from the sales of his two books.

Mitt may well not want to release his returns BECAUSE he filed jointly, as the Ann Romney Trust seems to have been used to shelter/cover assets that he didn't want in his own name.

Most of his investments are in a blind trust, but a cursory examination shows the trustees have not been blind at all in investing Mitt's money; they gave a business started by one of his sons $10 million.
 
2012-07-17 03:22:34 AM  
How about Alf Landon? You wanna be compared to Alf Landon, Mittens?
 
2012-07-17 04:55:14 AM  
I am beginning to wonder if it might not be better for american politicians to go back to the Roman model in this regard. All people wanting to be elected to any kind of office would not be allowed to take part in any commercial dealings (finances, trade etc) but instead would only be allowed to gain an income from "honest toil of the land", AKA owning and working a farm somewhere THEMSELVES.

I wonder what US politics would look like then.
 
2012-07-17 04:59:03 AM  
Dime to dollar says Romney is afraid of two things"

1) Fake farms and tax breaks for horseback riding.

2) Substantial investment gains from his holdings in Iran Oil... he reported 1.5 million in investments in 2006, he never sold them, but they don't appear on his 2010 filing and he *still* hasn't released his 2011 tax information.
 
2012-07-17 05:02:57 AM  

Smoking GNU: I am beginning to wonder if it might not be better for american politicians to go back to the Roman model in this regard. All people wanting to be elected to any kind of office would not be allowed to take part in any commercial dealings (finances, trade etc) but instead would only be allowed to gain an income from "honest toil of the land", AKA owning and working a farm somewhere THEMSELVES.

I wonder what US politics would look like then.


Lucky for Mitt that he claimed 4 of his properties are farms because they have horses at them.
 
2012-07-17 08:06:28 AM  
He's hiding something...

I think he was arrogant enough to think this wouldn't be an issue or whatever his tax returns show is far more damning than the heat he's getting (from his own party, too) for not releasing them.

Either way, I'm enjoying watching this shameless plutocrat offer pathetic excuses and whining about the mean ol' Obama Campaign.
 
2012-07-17 08:25:43 AM  
"With regard to any foreign investments, I understand, and you understand of course, that my investments have been held by a blind trust, have been managed by a trustee. I don't manage them. I don't even know where they are."
-- Mitt Romney, campaigning against Barack Obama in 2012

"The blind trust is an age-old ruse."
-- Mitt Romney, campaigning against Ted Kennedy in 1994
 
2012-07-17 08:33:30 AM  
Romney had one chance to release his tax returns without looking stupid, and that was immediately after the issue surfaced. Now, if he does decide to release the returns, it will look to everyone that he caved in to Obama's demands to do so. And that's even if there's nothing in the returns to cripple his campaign; if there is, and he did think he had a good reason to hide it from the public, then disclosing everything NOW would be devastating.

The media is already asking his spokesmen and his campaign 'what are you trying to hide' by not releasing the tax returns. He's already in a no-win situation, even if the Bain Company stuff is left out of the equation.
 
2012-07-17 08:34:23 AM  

suziequzie: "With regard to any foreign investments, I understand, and you understand of course, that my investments have been held by a blind trust, have been managed by a trustee. I don't manage them. I don't even know where they are."
-- Mitt Romney, campaigning against Barack Obama in 2012

"The blind trust is an age-old ruse."
-- Mitt Romney, campaigning against Ted Kennedy in 1994



Am i the only one that thinks the concept of a "blind Trust" is a potential and monumentally BAD idea?
 
2012-07-17 08:42:58 AM  

suziequzie: "With regard to any foreign investments, I understand, and you understand of course, that my investments have been held by a blind trust, have been managed by a trustee. I don't manage them. I don't even know where they are."
-- Mitt Romney, campaigning against Barack Obama in 2012

"The blind trust is an age-old ruse."
-- Mitt Romney, campaigning against Ted Kennedy in 1994


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2012-07-17 08:58:55 AM  

Smoking GNU: I am beginning to wonder if it might not be better for american politicians to go back to the Roman model in this regard. All people wanting to be elected to any kind of office would not be allowed to take part in any commercial dealings (finances, trade etc) but instead would only be allowed to gain an income from "honest toil of the land", AKA owning and working a farm somewhere THEMSELVES.

I wonder what US politics would look like then.


(insert George Bush "clearing brush" picture here)
 
2012-07-17 09:03:06 AM  

Weaver95: randomjsa:

Mitt Romney, guilty of the crime of being rich while Republican and that's all that matters.

if Romney has nothing to be afraid of, then why is he hiding his tax returns?


yeah What is Mitt Romney hiding?
 
2012-07-17 09:05:30 AM  

what_now: ...Seriously Mitt who's running your campaign? David Alxerod?


Axelrod's guy won.

I'm thinking Mark "California is Winner Take All, Right?" Penn.
 
2012-07-17 09:06:54 AM  
Looks like Mitten's biggest donor is in a bit of hot water too. be careful who you take money from Mittens. It might be used against you.

Maddow laid it all out pretty well last night. Adelson wants to keep his ass out of jail and his business running. That's why he's dropping Brinks trucks on Obama.
 
2012-07-17 09:16:54 AM  

Trapper439: Dinki: AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?

A lot of people were upset that he only paid 15% in taxes in 2010. Wait till they find out he paid 0% in the prior years. You don't think all that money in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Caymans was a vacation fund, do you?

I think he sees those bank accounts and offshoring jobs as his foreign policy experience.

Here's McCain's opposition file on Romney from the 2008 primaries:

Link

On page 66 you can see what McCain's advisors had to say about his foreign policy experience:

FOREIGN POLICY
Romney has no foreign policy experience.


Hey now:

In July 1966, he left for a thirty-month stay in France as a Mormon missionary. Most individual Mormon missionaries do not gain many converts, and Romney was no exception: he later estimated ten to twenty for his entire mission.

He was promoted to zone leader in Bordeaux in early 1968, then in the spring of that year became assistant to the mission president in Paris, the highest position for a missionary. In the Mission Home in Paris he enjoyed palace-like accommodations. Romney's support for the U.S. role in the Vietnam War was only reinforced when the French greeted him with hostility over the matter and he debated them in return.

By the end of his stint in December 1968, he was overseeing the work of 175 fellow members.] Romney developed a lifelong affection for France and its people, and speaks French.


His mission work was so good, he was rewarded with a palace in Paris (complete with servants) He even defended the Vietnam War (a war he obviously managed to avoid) while living in this Parisian palace. And he speaks French!

He really should talk more about his "service" during the Vietnam War and these foreign policy credentials.
 
2012-07-17 09:29:12 AM  

Hobodeluxe: Looks like Mitten's biggest donor is in a bit of hot water too. be careful who you take money from Mittens. It might be used against you.

Maddow laid it all out pretty well last night. Adelson wants to keep his ass out of jail and his business running. That's why he's dropping Brinks trucks on Obama.


Speaking of "Brinks Trucks", Aaron Sorkin (who used that line two weeks ago in regards the Kochs) had Ed Asner playing a character who HAD to be based on Adelson (and Sumner Redstone) on the ill-fated Studio 60.
 
2012-07-17 10:13:54 AM  
Kay Bailey Hutchison is complaining about how Mitt's tax returns were scrutinized and thinks his charitable contributions should be added to his taxes. Didn't mention the Mormon church though.
 
2012-07-17 10:36:18 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I think it's nice that Romney's given total control of his campaign strategy to those guys who designed the AMC Gremlin for his Dad.


A Challenger Pacer appears!!!


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2012-07-17 11:06:24 AM  

robmilmel: BunkoSquad: Well, to be fair, the Heinz family DID make their fortune by buying up tomato farms, taking all the tomatoes, burning down the plants, then investing the profits in French mustard farms.

Sacre jaune!


Je te donne un coup de golf. Bien fait.
 
2012-07-17 12:33:44 PM  
Honestly the Romney campaign gets more and more bizarre. Crying that the rich broad that Kerry married didn't release her tax returns so he shouldn't have to? How much is he paying his advisers? Because I could do a lot better for a lot less.
 
2012-07-17 12:40:22 PM  

coeyagi: A Dark Evil Omen: foo monkey: coeyagi: Fart_Machine: qorkfiend: coeyagi: Virulency: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...

Hey, don't leave out Omni Consumer Products!

Or Pentex.

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Romney/Companion Cube 2012!

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He has diverse holdings!

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Retroactively dodge this!


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2012-07-17 03:04:46 PM  

Fart_Machine: qorkfiend: coeyagi: Virulency: Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.

probably on the board of Umbrella Corp too...

Hey, don't leave out Omni Consumer Products!

Or Pentex.

[www.worldwatchonline.com image 340x197]


Vault-Tec.
 
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