Yes, that is the question. We ask:
- What do his tax returns have to do with anything?
- Who cares what effective tax rate he pays?
- Is that the most important qualification to be president?
- Are people really going to say, "you know, I was going to vote for him if he paid 30%, but since he pays only 15%, I'm voting for somebody else?"
- Is this REALLY anybody's business?
Ugh... He pays 15%. SO WHAT!
I challenge people to this: ask yourself, seriously,... pause first... WHAT DOES THIS MATTER???
It's all over the mainstream media. Of course, on the left... there is a lot of headlining (you know, publishing a provocative headline to sway the mind of the reader/voter, while using misdirecting/misleading information in the article):
Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/18/unreleased-tax-returns-fuel-campaign-distraction-for-romney/
The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/17/mitt-romney-tax-returns-white-house_n_1211028.html
CNN.com (this one is refreshing): http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/18/news/economy/Romney_effective_tax_rate/index.htm?hpt=hp_t1
- I am actually thankful for this article. It tries (though no one is going to take this and run with this) to dispel the myths about millionaires' tax rates. It states:
"In fact, depending on how it's measured, Romney's effective tax rate is likely higher than what many, if not most, Americans pay."
"But assuming he's correct, here's why his effective rate is probably higher than most people's: The effective tax rate is always going to be lower than one's top income tax rate. And the top rate for roughly four-fifths of Americans is 15% or less, said Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center."