Posted Aug 15, 2012, 2:20 pm
Mitt Romney is hoping the addition of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to his ticket will distract the media (and voters) from his refusal to release a substantive tax return history. Will it work?
Ryan says he provided the Romney campaign with "several years" of tax returns as part of their process for vetting the vice presidential candidate.
Several years – let's assume "several" means two – is twice as much as Romney has provided to the electorate (that's us!), but only one sixth as much as Romney's father George released when he laid bare 12 years of tax information in seeking the Republican nomination in 1968.
As George said at the time, "One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show."
Reviewing the history of the thing, John McCain released two years of returns, Barack Obama seven years (in addition to their disclosures as senators); George W. Bush and Al Gore, nine; John Kerry, 20; Bob Dole, 30.
Roberto De Vido writes cartoons and comics about politics, sports (and life) from a small fishing and farming village an hour southwest of Tokyo.