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What We Still Don’t Know About Mitt Romney’s Taxes

  • The Romney campaign seems unlikely to release any more information about his finances, but that hasn’t kept reporters from digging it up.
  • Mitt Romney’s Tax Mysteries: A Reading Guide

Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica

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Pat Bagley

With the documents Mitt Romney released [1]recently, we know a bit more about his taxes.

We know, for instance, that Romney paid a rate of 14.1 percent on $13.7 million in income on his 2011 tax return [2], which he achieved by purposely overpaying [3]. Though he was entitled to deduct $4 million in charitable contributions, Romney deducted only $2.25 million to keep his tax rate above 13 percent.
(Romney, it has been [4] pointed out [5], could file an amended return to claim the full deduction after the election. We've contacted the Romney campaign, and Michele Davis, a spokeswoman, assured us he would not do so.)

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Mitt Romney’s Tax Mysteries: A Reading Guide, Cora Currier, ProPublica

  • Ironically, it was Mitt Romney's father, George, who set the precedent for the kind of comprehensive disclosure that's standard for most presidential candidates: During his 1967 bid for the Republican nomination, he released 12 years [9] of tax returns, saying [10] that just one or two seen in isolation could be misleading.
  • Ryan's 'Secret' Tape Is Even More Extreme Than Romney's
     

The Lie Factory

  • How politics became a business
  • How the phantom of ‘socialized medicine’ came to be
  • United States of ALEC

Jill Lepore, New Yorker

The field of political consulting was unknown before Leone Baxter and Clem Whitaker founded Campaigns, Inc., in 1933.

September 24, 2012 “I, Governor of California, and How I Ended Poverty,” by Upton Sinclair, is probably the most thrilling piece of campaign literature ever written.
Instead of the usual flummery, Sinclair, the author of forty-seven books, including, most famously, “The Jungle,” wrote a work of fiction. “I, Governor of California,” published in 1933, announced Sinclair’s gubernatorial bid in the form of a history of the future, in which Sinclair is elected governor in 1934, and by 1938 has eradicated poverty. “So far as I know,” the author remarked, “this is the first time an historian has set out to make his history true.”

It was only sixty-four pages, but it sold a hundred and fifty thousand copies in four months. Chapter 1: “On an evening in August, 1933, there took place a conference attended by five members of the County Central Committee of the Democratic party, Sixtieth Assembly District of the State of California.” That might not sound like a page-turner, unless you remember that at the time California was a one-party state: in 1931, almost all of the hundred and twenty seats in the state legislature were held by Republicans; not a single Democrat held a statewide office. Also useful to recall: the unemployment rate in the state was twenty-nine per cent. Back to that meeting in August, 1933: “The purpose was to consider with Upton Sinclair the possibility of his registering as a Democrat and becoming the candidate of the party for Governor of California.” What if Sinclair, a lifelong socialist, ran as a Democrat? That’s one nifty plot twist.

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How the phantom of ‘socialized medicine’ came to be, Trudy Lieberman, Columbia Journalism Review
A Laurel to the New Yorker for exploring the roots of modern political consulting

United States of ALEC, Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers & Company

  • Learn about the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of -- ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.
  • Think you know ALEC?
  • Corporatism is Killing America
  • Bill Moyers | Chris Hedges on Capitalism's 'Sacrifice Zones'
     

Mitt Romney’s Tax Mysteries: A Reading Guide

  • Ironically, it was Mitt Romney's father, George, who set the precedent for the kind of comprehensive disclosure that's standard for most presidential candidates: During his 1967 bid for the Republican nomination, he released 12 years [9] of tax returns, saying [10] that just one or two seen in isolation could be misleading.
  • What We Still Don’t Know About Mitt Romney’s Taxes
  • Ryan's 'Secret' Tape Is Even More Extreme Than Romney's

Cora Currier, ProPublica

Jimmy Margulies

August 28, 2012 | Last week, the website Gawker published more than 900 pages [1] of documents from Bain Capital, the private equity firm Mitt Romney founded, and headed from 1984 until 1999. The document dump didn't reveal much about Romney's personal investments, but it added a bit more to the pressure on Romney to release more of his tax returns. Romney and his wife Ann have repeatedly rebuffed such calls. In a primary debate in January, Romney said he'd paid [2] "all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more."

So what do we know about how he avoided that extra dollar? For an overview of the questions surrounding Romney's tax strategies, see Vanity Fair's comprehensive story “Where the Money Lives [3],” and this commentary [4] from tax lawyers Edward Kleinbard and Peter Canellos. We've also rounded up the best reporting on the central controversies.

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What We Still Don’t Know About Mitt Romney’s Taxes, Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica

  • The Romney campaign seems unlikely to release any more information about his finances, but that hasn’t kept reporters from digging it up.
  • Mitt Romney’s Tax Mysteries: A Reading Guide
     

Ryan's 'Secret' Tape Is Even More Extreme Than Romney's, Richard (RJ) Eskow, Blog for Our Future / AlterNet

  • Paul Ryan's recording reveals his radical hostility toward the nation's most popular social programs.
  • Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View"
     

A Culture of Delusion

  • The endless lies have created a culture of delusion. And this is why America is lost. The beliefs of many Americans, perhaps a majority, are comprised of lies. These beliefs have become emotional crutches, and Americans will fight to defend the lies that they believe. The inability of Americans to accept facts that are contrary to their beliefs is the reason the country is leaderless and will remain so. Unless scales fall from Americans’ eyes, Americans are doomed.
  • Rev. Dr. King versus Frightening And Deadly Hypocrisy In Obama's UN Address

Paul Craig Roberts, PaulCraigRoberts.org

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

September 27, 2012 | A writer’s greatest disappointments are readers who have knee-jerk responses. Not all readers, of course. Some readers are thoughtful and supportive. Others express thanks for opening their eyes. But the majority are happy when a writer tells them what they want to hear and are unhappy when he writes what they don’t want to hear.

For the left-wing, Ronald Reagan is the great bogeyman. Those on the left don’t understand supply-side economics as a macroeconomic innovation that cured stagflation by utilizing the impact of fiscal policy on aggregate supply. Instead, they see “trickle-down economics” and tax cuts for the rich. Leftists don’t understand that the Reagan administration intervened in Grenada and Nicaragua in order to signal to the Soviets that there would be no more Soviet expansion or client states and that it was time to negotiate the end of the cold war. Instead, leftists see in Reagan the origin of rule by the one percent and the neoconservatives’ wars for US hegemony.

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Rev. Dr. King versus Frightening And Deadly Hypocrisy In Obama's UN Address, Jay Janson, Countercurrents.org

  • Passages are quoted from Obama's address to the 67th UN General Assembly alongside passages from  Martin Luther King's world shocking sermon Beyond Vietnam - a Time to Break Silence. From the sour feeling in one's own gut while listening to the absurdities, one assumes that the President himself must have a strong stomach to be able to speak such preposterous untruth with a straight and stern face. Obama's falsifications noted.
  • Obama’s Double-Speak at the DNC
     

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