I’m not American, but I’ve been following the debate about Romney’s taxes with a fair amount of amusement.
I DON’T want to comment on whether he should, or should not release his taxes. Nor on what the Democrats would do with the info.
Rather, could we keep this very narrowly to the topic.
In your mind, just what would the returns have to contain to effectively disqualify Romney from the election?
A few stipulations here that I would make before starting
- Let’s assume that there is nothing outright illegal in the returns
- Let’s further assume, for the sake of not nitpicking to death (ala, he paid sales tax on a candy bar, so he did pay tax) that “zero taxes” means an effective tax rate below 5%
So what would it be? If he was shown to have used his political position to further his own business goals “unethically” (eg voted for Halliburton to be sole contractor for Iraq after buying their stock, buying Enron then signing an act for more drilling rights) would that do it?
Would a stupidly low tax rate do it?
How about investments that were seen as “unpatrtiotic” - would that be enough?
What do you think - just what would the returns need to contain to disqualify him?