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Santorum Pulls Out; Romney Hides Tax Returns

Two pieces of Republican news.  Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has pulled out (insert your own joke here) of the GOP Presidential race and has “suspended” his campaign.  One can surmise that Santorum mightnot be able to recover losing his home state to Republican front runner Mitt Romney.

Read details of Santorum’s pull out here.

And for those who grew up where winter coats and gloves were required in the winter, the term “idiot mittens” should need no introduction. But from those from Orange County, idiot mittens were a pair of mittens that were attached by a long piece of yarn or string and the pair of mittens were connected fron one end of your coat arm to the other so children wouldn’t lose their mittens (unless the school yard bully yanked hard on one end of the mittens and broke the string).

With that set up, Idiot Mittens now refers to GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney who won’t release his tax returns (anyone want to ask for his birth certificate).

We offer this statement from the CDP:

Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on Mitt Romney’s Refusal to Release Tax Return Statements

Taking a page from failed 2010 Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s playbook, Mitt Romney has only released his 2010 tax returns to the American public, while instead providing an estimate for 2011.  

We would expect nothing less from Romney, who has displayed time and again he believes there’s one set of rules for the 1% and a different set of rules for the rest of America.   President Obama released eight years of his own tax returns when he ran in 2008 and Romney himself privately released twenty-three years of his tax returns to John McCain’s campaign when he was then being considered as a Vice Presidential choice.  

Most Americans don’t benefit from the same tax loopholes that allow Romney, whose net worth is estimated to reach well north of $200 million, to pay a lower tax rate than most middle class families.   We understand keeping track of all the offshore accounts that Romney possesses makes for difficult accounting work, but he owes it to the American public to come clean and let us know if he’s been taking unusual steps to avoid paying his fair share of taxes.