Mitt Romney went on Fox News and managed to make his situation worse by refusing to release his tax returns, yet claiming that Americans would like to pay taxes.
Here is the video from Fox News:
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comNeil Cavuto pushed the Fox News lie that 47% of Americans don’t pay taxes, and asked Romney if the percentage should be higher. Mitt responded by telling America that he thinks they would enjoy paying taxes.
Romney said, “Well, first of all of course you’re right. There are a number of retirees, members of the military and so forth who aren’t paying taxes, and that’s as it should be, but I do believe we should have enough jobs and enough take-home pay such as people have the privilege of higher incomes that allow allow them to be to pay taxes. I think people would like to be paying taxes.”
Mitt Romney is the nominee of a party that has refused to raise one penny of taxes, and yet he goes on Fox News and claims that the American people would like to pay taxes. Romney apparently lives in some sort of abstract unreality, because the truth is that no matter no matter how much people earn, they aren’t going to like to pay taxes.
I guess if you are Mitt Romney and can hide most of your taxable income offshore, paying taxes is no big deal. Mitt Romney, who won’t release his tax returns, is probably the last person in the world who should be talking about how much Americans like to pay taxes. Until Romney releases his tax returns, he has zero credibility on the issue. We don’t even know how much Romney paid in taxes, yet he is telling everyone else that they should enjoy it.
Romney’s answer is nothing short of brand new disaster for his candidacy. Now, Republicans are left wondering exactly what did he mean when he said that Americans enjoy paying taxes? The GOP’s mantra is that taxes are too high period, but in a desperate attempt to save his campaign, Romney just threw that out the window.
The worst part about his comments was that this is his campaign’s scripted strategy to handle these videos. Romney wasn’t speaking off the cuff. This is how his campaign is trying to push back.
It doesn’t get more desperate than relying on an edited Obama video from 1998 via Drudge to bail out your sinking ship of a campaign. Romney strategy is to scream that Obama is a big government socialist while telling America how much they will like paying taxes during his presidency doesn’t sound like a winner to me.
Romney still thinks almost half the country are deadbeats. He confirmed that the video was accurate, and now he is screwing with the Republican Party’s anti-tax ideology.
For Mitt Romney, things have gone from bad to much worse.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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