Tax Day: Will Romney Make April Fools Of Republicans?January 18th, 2012 4:09 am Joe Conason
Mitt Romney’s latest flip-flop is almost complete. Having vowed a month ago not to release his federal income tax returns, the Republican presidential front-runner conceded during Saturday night’s debate that would “probably” release his returns, and then on Tuesday afternoon finally said he will do so — in April, long after he is likely to have secured his party’s nomination. With characteristic arrogance, he excused the delay by suggesting that April 15 is the traditional date when public officials supply this information, which is certainly true if you’re already president.
Even more galling was Romney’s suggestion that he will reveal only his 2011 return, which would allow him to control the narrative, of course, by paying a higher rate this year than in years past, the candidate having admitted that he pays as little as 15 percent — or around the same effective rate as a family earning $60,000 a year.