By Roger Stone In what has been one of the few unforced errors of Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign, he will release his tax returns this Tuesday hoping to put the rest what on its face is a campaign misstep. On the other hand, if every deduction and tax treatment in Romney's tax returns is legal he should pay no penalty. What is he supposed to say? Let me voluntarily pay 10% more. We don't want a dope for a President. Who would voluntarily give the Government more then they needed to given the confiscatory nature of all taxes anyway. Romney has done nothing wrong. Frankly, I want a President who will get us to the point where we are all paying 15% or less on ordinary income or the entire tax system is reformed perhaps even with a consumption tax in lieu of income taxes. However, the damage done to Romney's image as a result of last week's dalliance with corporate elitism is wider than merely the 13-point loss to Newt Gingrich in South Carolina and the resulting eight-point deficit in Florida. The Democrats will depict Romney as a wealthy corporate raider who is paying a lower tax rate through Cayman Island sheltered Swiss bank accounts this is meant to offend the blue collar swing voter Romney needs to win the election in November. Its incumbent on any Republican to keep the focus on Obama's job creation record, which will not stack up favorably to Romney's even if some of his ventures were unsuccessful and some jobs were lost. Further, Mitt Romney, the son of Ernst George Romney, handled the tax release question as if he has never pondered it. Stones rules: "Equivocation in a Politician is never a good thing." More than likely this is the doing of none of Romney's primary opponents, but rather Barack Obama. There is a long history of acting Presidents using the IRS to target their political enemies.
FDR used the IRS to torture his political enemies among the wealthy enemies of The New Deal. After Dick Nixon lost to JFK in 1960, Nixon was "randomly audited" in 1961, 1962, 1964, courtesy and Jack and Bob Kennedy. The Trickster himself spoke to John Dean on the Watergate tapes about using the IRS to go after his political enemies. I think that Barrack Obama is doing the same thing, illegally examining Mitt Romney's tax records and leaking selective information. Barack Obama, with David Axelrod as his lead strategist, has a long history of his opponents sealed confidential documents being released to the general public. As Ann Coulter has documented "the only reason Obama became a U.S. senator - allowing him to run for president - is that David Axelrod pulled sealed divorce records out of a hat, first, against Obama's Democratic primary opponent, and then against Obama's Republican opponent." Obama's Democrat primary opponent Blair Hull blew a 20-point lead after allegations surfaced in the Chicago Tribune, where Axelrod used to work, that Hull's second wife sought an order of protection against him during his 1998 divorce. "In 2007, long after Obama was safely ensconced in the U.S. Senate, the New York Times reported: 'The Tribune reporter who wrote the original piece (on Hull's sealed divorce records) later acknowledged in print that the Obama camp had 'worked aggressively behind the scenes' to push the story.'" After winning the primary, Obama's initial Republican opponent Jack Ryan, a well-financed Goldman Sachs investment banker who also graduated from Harvard law and business schools, also had his divorce records leaked and unsealed. The records showed that Ryan's ex-wife Jerri Lynn claimed that Jack took her to swinger clubs in New York and Paris. While I don't find this offensive many voters did. Ryan was forced to drop out of the race and Obama was left with the hapless interloper Alan Keyes as his Republican opponent. Axelrod and Obama have carefully choreographed an anti-Wall Street message for the last two years. Consider that in an August 27, 2010 press briefing, then Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, was quoted as publicly stating, "So in this country we have partnerships, we have S corps, we have LLCs, we have a series of entities that do not pay corporate income tax. Some of which are really giant firms, you know Koch Industries is a multibillion dollar businesses." Mark Holden, a lawyer for Koch Industries, later complained, "We are concerned where this [tax] information would have been obtained from. We also are concerned in light of recent events that we have been singled out by the government and others as a campaign against us because of our political views...if he got this information--confidential tax information--under the internal revenue code ... if he obtained it in a way that was inappropriate, that would be unlawful. But I don't know that that's the case." While an anonymous administration official denied the charge to Politico, it is odd that Obama's first campaign advertisement released 16 months later this past Thursday directly targets the Koch brothers as "secretive oil billionaires," according to the Obama's own campaign's website. Obama and Axelrod have long used Warren Buffet as a ploy. In the final debate against the hapless John McCain in 2008, Obama said that on "On economic policy, I associate with Warren Buffett..." and that while he wants "to cut taxes for 95 percent of is true that my friend and supporter, Warren Buffett, for example, could afford to pay a little more in taxes in order..." This past September when Obama called a Joint Session of Congress to start his campaign against a do nothing Congress, he stated "Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary -- an outrage he has asked us to fix. We need a tax code where everyone gets a fair shake and where everybody pays their fair share. And, by the way, I believe the vast majority of wealthy Americans and CEOs are willing to do just that if it helps the economy grow and gets our fiscal house in order." Buffet has even personally entered the fray this past month by offering to match voluntary tax contributions from Republican members of Congress, and triple that of the Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. The DNC gets into the act publishing a list of questions for Romney most likely based on a look-see of his filings provided by Axelrod. So it should come as no surprise that the White House publicly called on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns last week while one of the networks conveniently gave detailed reports of Romney's contributions to the Mormon Church and Cayman tax shelters under the headline 'Romney Parks Millions in Cayman Islands.' The White House has promised that they will make an issue of Mitt Romney's 15% tax rate, because as White House spokesman Carney stated "(Obama) agrees with (investor) Warren Buffett that those who are making millions of dollars -- millionaires and billionaires, say -- should not pay a lower effective tax rate than middle-class Americans." This is certainly part of the Obama-Axelrod strategy to drive Romney's negatives up. The question is are they using IRS records to do it?