Mitt Romney has a new rule for politics. Actually, it’s back to an old rule. The way things used to be. When people trusted politicians. Mitt’s old-new rule: “Trust Me.”
At a news conference yesterday, Mitt still refused to release his tax returns. But he insisted that he paid taxes every year – and he never paid less than 13.9 percent in taxes. As if 13.9 percent were a fair share to pay for somebody worth over $250 million.
How do we know he paid his taxes? Trust me, says Mitt. I don’t have to show you my tax returns, and I won’t. Just trust me.
Well, sorry, Mitt. That might have worked in the past. But it doesn’t work today. Because we don’t trust politicians anymore. And we certainly don’t trust you – not after all the lies you’ve told about your opponents in the primary – and not after all the lies you’ve told in the general election about President Obama’s health care plan and new welfare rules.
The fact is, we’ve learned we can’t trust you, Mitt Romney.
We’ll only believe that you did, indeed, paid taxes every year – when you show us the evidence. Release your tax returns.
That’s my parting shot for today.