The following is an ad, and worse, a political ad, but for once it’s fairly understated and makes what I think is a basically valid point: As former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steels asks, why doesn’t Mitt Romney just release his tax returns and be done with it?
When George Romney ran for president he made a point of releasing his income tax returns for the previous 12 years. As I believe he explained at the time, it’s useful to see how he handled his taxes before his presidential campaign. George Romney’s returns showed that he’d paid his fair share, even avoiding taking advantage of probably legal but questionable tax loopholes that might have saved him money. For some reason his son Mitt has so far refused to release any returns for tax years prior to 2010 (filed in 2011) despite having been called on to do so by many in his own party.