“So Romney’s wife wants to debunk the impression America has of her husband as a money-hungry businessman by buying a 3 pack of shirts for the uber rich presidential candidate from Costco. Hmmm … FAIL!!!!”
My immediate thought to the above post on a friends Facebook page was “I should care how the Romney’s spend their money why?” The ensuing had me wanting to laugh and cry all at the same time. America, America….
**Names and faces and have been changed in an attempt to protect the innocent, gullible and not so innocent….namely me. :P**
My immediate practice when reading things like my friends Facebook post is to research what this is all about via news sources and so on. With about 2,730,000 results in 0.16 seconds via Google search on “Romney Costco”…..it’s a pretty hot topic. LOL So what I’m gathering is Ann purchased a few shirts at Costco, which in turn Mitt ironed himself. Hmmm, I’m of course immediately suspect because who the heck irons their white under shirts?! I sure as heck don’t. They are lucky to get folded and placed in the drawer. Yes yes, as a Marine once upon a time I DID iron them but it was more for the display in my foot locker, etc for inspections then some anal personality (analytical thinking linked to depression, yes, thank you again Google) and the effort to have crisp under shirts. Now what irked me in particular was the term “money-hungry.” Not my friend mind you….the term. So I responded with that phrase very much in mind….
Me: “Money hungry? Capitalism. When did it become a businessman’s/business woman’s goal to be mediocre in his or her success? I could care less what Romney does or doesn’t do with is money. I am FAR more concerned with what he does with OURS. I also find it humorous to read comments regarding Romney’s money …..how much is John Kerry worth again?”
Which of course triggers IMMEDIATE response from the gnashing wailing masses of Americans who feel it is their place, no no their RIGHT to dictate to other Americans how and when to spend their monies. (left or right, doesn’t matter) Let’s trot down the usual political rhetorical of the left shall we? (rhetorical “babble, balderdash, blather, bunk, double-talk, gibberish, gobbledygook, hogwash, hooey, jabber, nonsense, poppycock, prating, rot*, rubbish*, tripe, twaddle” of the left or right are equal opportunity targets and will be shot on sight)
“If Romney paid taxes like normal people that can’t hide their earnings like payroll tax people then he can be the average Joe.”
Yes because utilizing OUR American tax laws governing and addressing maximizing our earnings is travesty I tell you. Travesty! But wait, isn’t EVERYONE capable of maximizing their earnings…..DOING JUST THAT?! (whistle) It is mind boggling how entitled Americans have become. Expressing their outrage at how other Americans spend or don’t spend their money. Utilizing our very much legal means to maximize their earnings from investments etc. It requires a special kind of special to justify their sense of outrage that ANYONE successful utilize the means at their disposal to maximize those earnings. Yes, America, were I the lucky winner of the lotto tomorrow, you bet my little brown ass I’d be utilizing those very same means to maximize every little copper penny earned. THAT is America. THAT is using your brain.
“College tuition is unaffordable for middle class Americans and public services like public pools, community colleges, and libraries because people want to skirt their civic duty and pay taxes. “
Sorry, maximizing my earning has zero and nothing to do with civic duty. Nice try though. I didn’t expect someone to pay my tuition anymore then I would abide someone demanding I pay for theirs. The reality is there are many industries and opportunities in American that are steadily becoming so expensive they are nearly unobtainable. Healthcare comes to mind. Using healthcare as an example, does it make sense to tax Americans in order to pay for this escalated cost…..or fix the system? On the college front, is EVERYONE entitled to attend at Ivy League school? No? Where is the outrage? Like it or not, there will always be beautiful baubles out of reach of the masses…..welcome to life, get over it. Damn it! WHY oh why is there not a Hummer H1 parked in my drive way?!
“How did the rich corrupt logic to think that paying taxes was unpatriotic? Also, if Republicans were true fiscal conservatives they would raise taxes to pay down the deficit and not forecast on fictitious prosperity.”
The rich corrupt? Oh, there are absolutely corrupt rich, but being rich does not automatically make one corrupt. Neither does being a Republican or Democrat automatically make one an idiot. They have their fair share mind you. Unpatriotic? PLEASE. You want to demonstrate patriotism, serve your country. PAYING more taxes into a system that is broken does not fix a broken system. Makes about as much sense as pouring MORE gas into a can with a gaping hole in the bottom. By and by, you don’t BUY or demonstrate patriotism via your pocketbook. True patriots DO.
“BTW, John Kerry released his taxes. You can find his tax returns in public records. Romney is running for the highest public office in America. Why not release those records?”
Oh really? What exactly does Romney’s tax records have to do with the price of applesauce in Alaska? Granted, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have each released 12 years of tax returns. This demonstrates what? You have those that would like us to believe this HAS to mean he has something to hide, surely. Seriously? I can think of many Americans far more wealthy that do not exactly run around making each and every single personal finance record public, nor should they. Hell, I don’t make MY personal finances public….nor would I!
“But but this man is running for public office!” And?!
I don’t care what Romney does with his personal finances, my concern is what he does with the AMERICAS. Privacy for one’s personal finance does not equal a level of dishonesty and desire to obscure wrong doing. Working in the Information Security and Risk Management space I watch the lunacy of political financial disclosure with more than a slightly raised eyebrow.
“Since I have experience with international corporate tax structuring I have a feeling I know what Romney did. He did like what most US corporations do to lower their effective tax rates, which is very smart but unattainable to people like Doc, Grumpy and me in payroll taxes.” (names have been changed to protect the innocent but I was originally listed in the place of Grumpy….stop laughing)
Wait, like John Kerry?! (or ANY other wealthy person for that matter) Rather than bemoan where I am or not in life, I prefer working to OBTAIN that capability rather than wasting time attempting to dictate to other Americans what to do with their money and how to do it. I learned long ago, there is no free lunch. Hell, Denise Rich comes to mind and I applaud her don’t give a damn attitude. While I have no desire to renounce my US Citizenship, more power to her. I’m also waiting for the outrage for Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin giving up his U.S. passport to become a citizen of Singapore, an offshore tax haven, before the company’s initial public offering in May. (crickets) I mean seriously people, it’s a running joke that if one fell into great fortune they’d buy an island somewhere and plant a flag and dub it the country of MINE. Can one seriously blame a person in the position to do just that? I find the charlatan behavior and attitudes of “moral outrage” and “civic duty” more than transparent. According to news sources, nearly 1,800 citizens and permanent residents (a record since data was first compiled in 1998) expatriated last year, according to government figures. Wait for my outrage…….nope, don’t care. I suspect my friends and loved ones would not complain much as they were and became a part of the steady stream of visitors to my private island. Ok ok, maybe in jest. 😛
“ If you want to skirt your taxes buy a house to rent and deduct expenses for your business would be an obvious way to lower you effective tax from payroll. Too much to write here but I was a trained at Deloitte exactly to do what Romney did.”
Damn those financial advisors at Deloitte!! Damn them to hell I tell you! LOL In one breathe the author decries the methodology by which Americans can maximize their earnings…….but the Romney’s are wrong to do so! I weep for the species.