Mitt Romney says “Every year, I’ve paid at least 13 percent” but still refuses to release his tax returns to prove it. Considering that Mitt Romney has demonstrated that he is a pathological liar who at any moment will say what best serves his campaign regardless of the truth, it is difficult to take his word for this. His claim is reminiscent of Richard Nixon saying “I am not a crook” or Bill Clinton saying “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”
Romney continues to complain about Harry Reid’s claims that Romney paid no taxes for ten years. I don’t believe Reid either but at least this probably unfair attack differs quite a bit from the types of attacks which come from Republicans. The Swift Boat Liars didn’t stop when John Kerry released his military records (and I’ve seen a number of right wing blogs which deny the fact that he did so). Releasing the usual birth certificate didn’t shut up the Birthers, and some even persist with their absurd claims after the long form was released. While Harry Reid’s claims are unfair (assuming they are untrue), Romney could end this by simply doing what he should have done in the first place and release his tax returns.