Mitt Romney’s “CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE, MY FRIENDS” & “I’m Not A Business” Means Americans Can’t See His Tax Returns

After famously declaring that corporations are people, what is the reason Mitt Romney gave today as to why the American people don’t deserve to see his tax returns? He’s “not a business”

Remember this?


From Business WeeK:  Exclusive Romney Interview on Humility and Tax Returns

Let’s frame the issue around your tax returns in a slightly different way. If you’re an investor and you’re looking at a company, and that company says that its great strength is wise management and fiscal know-how, wouldn’t you want to see the previous, say, five years’ worth of its financials?

Mitt Romney:  “I’m not a business. We have a process in this country, which was established by law, which provides for the transparency which candidates are required to meet. I have met with that requirement with full financial disclosure of all my investments, but in addition have provided and will provide a full two years of tax returns. This happens to be exactly the same as with John McCain when he ran for office four years ago. And the Obama team had no difficulty with that circumstance. The difference between then and now is that President Obama has a failed economic record and is trying to find any issue he can to deflect from the failure of his record. Thanks, guys. Goodbye.

Nope, Mitt Romney; IT IS NOT GOODBYE. Your’e running for President of the United States of America. IT’S CALLED VETTING. And we AMERICANS are going to keep reviewing your RECORDS until we’re satisfied that you’re fit to lead America through her economic recovery. So far, it is you who has FAILED the economy, with your business practices of shipping jobs over seas, cashing in on bankrupt companies, and stashing your US CASH IN OFFSHORE BANK ACCOUNTS.

WasPo: Romney on not releasing more tax returns: ‘I’m not a business’

The man who once said “corporations are people” apparently doesn’t believe the inverse.

When pressed on why he’s not releasing more tax returns in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Mitt Romney justified it by saying: “I’m not a business.”

From Huff Po: Mitt Romney on Tax Returns:  I’m not a Business

See Mitt Romney charged his business background is what QUALIFIES him to be President and turn around America’s ECONOMY. NOT! Even his tax plan would be a complete disaster for the MIDDLE CLASS.

Washington Post: Romney’s tax plan makes no sense “President Obama and his allies have cast Romney as a wealthy fat cat who’s out of touch with everyday Americans and who would use his presidency to enrich the already rich. To counter this damning image, the last thing you’d expect Romney to do is embrace a tax plan favoring the super-rich. Which is exactly what he has done.”

Obama for America is releasing new reports in 15 states today focusing on the Romney Tax Hike’s disastrous impacts on small businesses – part of the campaign’s ongoing grassroots push to make sure Americans know exactly how the Romney Tax Hike would impact middle-class families and small businesses across America. In Iowa, for example, where Mitt Romney traveled Wednesday, his tax hike would put 280,000 small business owners earning under $200,000 at risk of facing an average tax increase of more than $500. The plan would cost Iowa middle-class families with children an average of $2,000 a year. See the national report here:

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3 Responses to Mitt Romney’s “CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE, MY FRIENDS” & “I’m Not A Business” Means Americans Can’t See His Tax Returns

  1. dgillem says:

    Romney,dose not have 1 redeming qualty,he has not one clue about middle class,working poor,just people in general some of us didn’t have a rich daddy. He went to Europe,and offened every one hemet,he talks about POTUS,apologizdo youing for the,which he never did,another lie out of the republicans.I sware,the one that should apolize some how he thinks,he did nothing wrong,he won’t show his,taxes(which l understand he took a 70 million dollar loss on his taxes awhile ago.And why would veterans beleive Romneyhood over POTUS,do you really want,more money into the military,when the top brass said they do not need any of the money or machinery,it’not nessary,but the people in congress have investments,into milatry,they don’t want health care,theyhave huge investments in drug companies.People can you really think Romneyhood cares about you,come on,what he cares about is money he’s a taker,and he thinks ordinary people are envious,of what he has.He wants control,he has no compasion for working stiffs,if this man wins the W.H. he will own us. Don’t you understand,any person can see that the teabaggers,and ignorant republicans,do not like his color,or anyone that differant,and that includes women,l really thought that we ended these problems in the 60s.but here we go again,our only hope is President Obama,and please fight for your .right to vote,it seems the R people want to take as many constitional rights away,then the rich have control of everything the koch bro’s and shelden adelson have bought Romney the presidentsey so who do you think he going to take care of,they pull the strings and he dances,like that goofy horse they own.beware people.

  2. Ametia says:

    Romney: Corporations are People so I Don’t Have to Release My Tax Returns
    By: Sarah JonesAugust 9th, 2012

    Romney’s new line of defense for not releasing the tax returns is that he is not a business. This is an odd line for a candidate who is running on his alleged business expertise — alleged because the records from the Salt Lake Olympics remain off-limits to the public, the hard drives from the Governor’s office were erased when he left office and he won’t release his tax returns. In order to claim business expertise, Romney would have to prove it by showing us how he did it, just as he demands that every supposition regarding his tax returns must be proven. Otherwise, he can hardly tell Harry Reid to stuff it if his own response continues to be “you don’t need the proof, just trust me.”

    In an interview for Businessweek, Josh Tyrangiel put the question of the tax return releases into terms any investor could understand – before you invest, you demand the financials. No investor can deny the necessity of looking at a business’ financials, but to this, Romney claimed he is not a business

    So, corporations are people but people are clearly not corporations. A businessman runs on his business acumen but refuses to run like a business would run for office by releasing their financials.

    Romney keeps repeating that he has given us two years, but in reality, he has given us one amended year, which reminds us all that he lied about his tax returns when running for governor and retroactively amended them to read according to his lie.

    • majiir says:

      Romney’s doing exactly what I want him to do, Ametia, digging a deeper hole for himself by not releasing more of his tax returns and keeping the focus on his tax returns. He’s a doofus, and he’s the gift that keeps on giving!

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