Gary is taking a break this week from consulting, blogging and politics. He invited several TAPsters to contribute blogs during his hiatus. Here’s one of them:
Mitt Romney’s reluctance to turnover his tax returns proves yet again how important it is to FALL FORWARD FAST in politics. What started out as a refusal by Romney melted into a “maybe” that inevitably became a “must” three days after a thorough drubbing in the South Carolina primary. Now front page news, we learn that yes, indeed, Romney is among the .01 percent of the 1 percent. His effective tax rate is a modest 15 percent and his charitable contributions include a $1.5 contribution to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In addition to offshore funds in Ireland, Germany and Luxembourg, Romney’s wife has a cushy $3 million cash account in the United Bank of Switzerland. Ooh la la.
When will they ever learn? The one thing that still unites Americans of all persuasions is that they want their politicians to tell the truth, and tell the truth now.
As Barney Frank said in a 1/22/12 New York Times Magazine profile when asked about his encounter with a male prostitute in front of George Bush’s locker in the Congressional gym, “ When I was confronted, I told everybody everything. Lawyers are very, very good at keeping you out of prison, but they will sacrifice your reputation and credibility to do so. So don’t be evasive and don’t be cute. And unless you think there is a serious chance you’re going to jail, don’t listen to your lawyer.”
Newt Gingrich, are you listening?