Gov. Romney's 2011 tax return, finally released Sept. 21, showed he paid a slightly higher rate (14 percent) than the previous year. Apparently, in order to substantiate his claim that he "never paid less than 13 percent," he ordered his accountants to manipulate the return by leaving out a significant charitable deduction which would have brought his tax rate down to around 10 percent.
Wow, what a wonderful gift to the IRS. How generous can you get? It brings tears to one's eyes. But wait, in July the governor was quoted as saying: "Frankly, if I had paid more than was legally due, I don't think I'd be qualified to become president. I'd think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires." Certainly not illegal but how about dishonest. Makes you wonder?