Mitt Romney has been smart and very lucky. The son of a famous father, he has used his privileged childhood and education to make millions often by bankrupting companies and offshoring American jobs. To make himself even wealthier, he also offshored his money in Switzerland, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Luxembourg.
That allowed Romney to pay income taxes at a rate of less than 15 percent in 2010. Now insiders from Bain Capital claim that Romney didnt pay any income taxes at all for at least 10 years before that!
No wonder he doesnt want to release those tax forms.
But Teapublicans dont see anything wrong with such behavior. Many even claim that its patriotic to avoid paying taxes. Seriously? Thats your definition of patriotism?
You can ignore the sacrifice of soldiers who have served 5, 6 or more tours of duty in a war zone? You can ignore those who take less than they deserve to serve soldiers in Veterans hospitals? You can diminish those who work long hours for little money to teach children? You can ignore those who risk their lives to save others as first responders?
None of that is patriotic according to Romneys supporters.
According to them, true patriotism is squeezing every possible dime from your tax form. Its cutting food stamps for the poor. Its turning your back on homeless veterans and homeless children. Its allowing thousands to die each year for lack of access to healthcare so you can buy another vacation home or a bigger yacht.
If this is the Republican definition of American patriotism, its time for the party to crawl into the deepest recesses of history.