That was then, this is now. After all, now isn’t then. Or something. Jeez.

This follows nicely on my Wednesday post about Romney’s frequent 360’s. Transparency about one’s financial civic practices are “expected of thee, but not of me”.

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has seen pressure mount from both Democrats and Republican pundits to release his tax returns. Romney says he is “simply not enthusiastic” about giving Democrats “hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort, and lie about.”

(Thousands of pages? Thousands? Really?)

But in 2002, during his run for Governor Romney attacked his opponent Shannon O’BrieThe Romney campaign accused O’Brien, who released her tax returns every year since 1998, of being disingenuous by releasing her but not her husband’s returns, a former lobbyist who had worked with Enron.

Romney spokesman and current top Romney aide Eric Fehnrstrom claimed O’Brien was attempting to hide possibly embarrassing finances from voters.

“Her hands aren’t clean. She can’t claim to be disclosing anything until she discloses the returns of her husband, the Enron lobbyist,” Fehnrstrom said. “Under Shannon O’Brien, the state Pension Board lost millions by buying Enron stock when it was collapsing — what is she hiding?”

8 responses to “That was then, this is now. After all, now isn’t then. Or something. Jeez.

  1. My god! You mean he changed his position? I guess that’s the one thing you can count on with Mitt…

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  2. He IS consistant!

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  3. I hope he’s borrowing a page from Obama’s book here, pulling what Obama did with his birth certificate – letting people speculate and speculate, stir and stir, and then finally coming out with something that shows it was all blown way out of proportion to begin with and it was no big deal.

    If it was Bush that would be another thing, but with Romney, I can’t imagine a guy who’s been in politics this long and is so straight and narrow to begin with having anything shocking or “gotcha!” in his tax returns.

    As for the flip flop yet again, is anyone surprised? It’s as regular as Obama’s golfing.

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  4. By the way, I do expect a crapload of income in Romney’s tax returns which he surely knows will be played up in the “Class Warfare” campaign of the Democrats. In the meantime, all that potential income reminds me of something funny Bill Maher said when he was jokingly predicting tomorrow’s headlines:
    “Mitt Romney continued to deny that he’s out of touch with everyday people yesterday after paying for his dinner at a restaurant with a gold brick.”

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    • Vern – what’s really surprising about Romney’s whole response to this is that the man has been running for prez for 8 years (actually, since his father failed 😆 ) so he – and certianly his campaign – should have been ready. This was totally predictable. So I find it stunning that they fumbled it. And I honestly dont know anyone in the real world (as opposed to the characters in the fevered imaginations of Rush and Sean) who has a problem iwtih people being rich. That’s not what it’s about. It’s about fairness. And I think what Romney is hiding is how little he paid in actual income taxes.

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  5. ” And I think what Romney is hiding is how little he paid in actual income taxes.”
    Yes – why I said “hoping” and not “thinking” about why I thought he might be holding back. 😉 I think the general public is OK with rich people, but I think there’s a bigger issue here, and that’s are rich people and rich companies able to bring money back to the US and invest it in here.

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    • Sure jonolan, that’s an issue for some, but that’s not the Romney issue. His business was making money with borrowed money and if he wants to claim that he couldn’t make ENOUGH money on his money here with his personal investmetsm . . . again, it’s a huge issue IF you’re running for president. Everything is judged by that.

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