Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ann Romney ~ Trust In the Blind Trust We Must


In an interview today with Rock Center's Natalie Morales, Ann Romney reiterated that she and her husband will never release those tax returns.

NBC Rock Center Video
Natalie Morales: Why not be transparent? Why not release more than the 2010, or the estimates for 2011?

Ann Romney (leans forward): Have you seen how we've been attacked? Have you seen what's happened?

Morales: It's been in the press quite a bit. Now are you angry that it's been in the press? I mean, should you not be questioned about your finances?

Ann Romney: We have been very transparent to what's legally required of us. But the more release, the more we get attacked, the more we get questioned, the more we get pushed. (Points finger at journalist for emphasis) We have done what's legally required, and there's going to be no more, no more tax releases given, and there's a reason for that, and that's because of how . . . what happens as soon as we release anything.
Mitt's financial disclosures when he was governor are huge! If people want to really look and see - any question they have. The other thing they have to understand is that Mitt is honest, his integrity is just golden. We pay our taxes, we are absolutely . . . beyond paying our taxes we also give 10% of our income to charity, so we have no issues that way.
The only reason we don't disclose anymore is, you know, we just become a bigger target.

Morales: So it's because you'll face more questions?

Ann Romney: It'll just give them more ammunition.

Morales: To the American people, though, when they hear about perhaps, accounts with your name on it overseas in tax shelters, they feel like you may be hiding something.

(Ann squirms, crosses legs rather defensively)

Ann Romney: There's nothing we're hiding. You know, we've had a blind trust for how many years? We don't even know what's in there. It's been managed by a blind trust since before Mitt was governor. 2002 - forward. And so, you know - I'll be curious to see what's in there, too. (smiles)

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Ammunition is what comes out of a smoking gun. And the Romney's have decided that what's in their tax return is so dangerous to them that they would rather go through another 83 days of questions about hiding their tax returns than ... revealing their tax returns because of that smoking gun. ~ Lawrence O'Donnell on The Last Word Notice how she slips off the question of the tax returns by going to the blind trust. What I see in this is a pre-emptive defense. If those tax returns come out, the response you're going to get from the Romney's is 'gasp - the blind trust did it!' We didn't do it - the blind trust did it! ~ David Kay Johnston of Reuters on The Last Word The Blind Trust is an age-old ruse, if you will, which is to say, you can always tell the blind trust what it can and cannot do. You give a blind trust rules. ~ Mitt Romney in 1994
Ann Romney doesn't look all that sympathetic. She looks angry and points her finger while saying, "We have been very transparent to what's legally required of us, but the more we release, the more we get attacked, the more we get questioned, the more we get pushed." . . . When she remembered how long their money had been in a blind trust, she looked a little annoyed. ~ Elspeth Reeve on AtlanticWire I'll make it easy for you, Ann,in language your CEO husband can understand: This is a job interview. The American people are the employers. You want to be the employee. Polls say we the employer, would like to see more tax returns. If you don't hand them over, this job interview is over. Got it? ~ comment by Peter Kwong on Atlanticwire I'm thinking she's getting PR help from the ghost of Marie Antoinette. ~ comment by elhondo on Atlanticwire You say to us: “Trust me.” I say to you: “Why?” What have you done to earn my trust? You treat me like I’m some kind of scum for asking reasonable questions about issues that truly do matter. We’re entitled to know how you manage these things, how you approach taxes, how we can expect to be treated in a Romney administration. Telling me “you people don’t need to know” does not foster trust. It fosters resentment. You haven’t given us one single reason to trust you. You say, well, we tithe, that makes us good people. No, it doesn’t. Anyone can write a check. So what? A central tenet of LDS doctrine is the requirement to tithe, at a minimum. a very bare minimum. That’s not evidence of integrity; it’s evidence that you seem to place the LDS doctrine above the tax laws currently in effect in this country. That’s hardly reassuring. ~ From "An Open Letter to Ann Romney on Momocrats Blog Ann Romney couldn’t keep the contempt off of her face in an exclusive interview with Natalie Morales excerpted from an upcoming NBC special airing Thursday. Her lip curled in Cheneyesque contempt ... . . . And we come to the definition of a Romney. The pronouncement from on high, expected to be taken on faith. “There’s nothing we’re hiding.” This was accompanied by much shifting in the chair. . . . I hope you all have learned your lesson. This isn’t America “as you know it”. This is Romney Republican America, where asking questions gets you cut off, and another angry Red Queen will tell you what you are entitled to ask and what you are not entitled to ask. Until then, shhhhhh! They get mad when poked. ~ Sarah Jones on PoliticusUSA

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