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Mitt’s no everyday folk

Jim Ammerman November 1st, 2012

Mitt Romney recently divulged in his tax release that there were deductions he had elected not to take. On face value, one could assume Mitt was just paying his fair share. I do not make that assumption.

Romney has hundreds of millions of dollars in offshore tax shelters, allowing him to dodge his real fair share. This is the true American way: capitalism, profit for profit’s sake. Hiding his millions in the Cayman Islands in special accounts set up for Mitt by Bain Capital is not against the law. It should be, especially for any person wanting the job of president of the United States. Mitt has spent a small fortune running for president in 2008 and again in 2012.

The Mormon Church spent a small fortune the last couple of years running ads about normal, everyday folk being Mormons. I am quite sure they (the everyday folk) are. Romney is not everyday folk. He is a car-garage-with-an-elevator guy. He is a gated-community-inside-another-gated-community guy. His horse has it better than you.

The term “vulture capitalist” was leveled against Romney during the Republican primaries by his Republican opponents. His opponents also claimed Mitt has a history of being on both sides of every issue, depending on which way the political winds are blowing. His pedigree is with the uber-rich as his mouth tells you he is for the common man.

I believe Romney will seal the deal and make America a country run for the corporations and by the corporations. There will be more unrelated earthquakes near fracking sites. More mountaintop coal-removal operations. More bioengineered foods. More wars to protect our corporate interests. I also believe his unclaimed deductions will be claimed in an amended tax return, win or lose this election.

—Jim Ammerman, Norman

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