Rod Dreher of The American Conservative hammers Romney for thinking that his claim that he’s never paid less than 13% in federal income taxes actually helps him rather than hurting him when it comes to the income tax issue.
I’m not blaming Romney for taking advantage of every legal avenue to reducing his tax burden. I would do the same if I were in his shoes. In fact, we have a financial adviser who helps us minimize our tax burden every year. Because of my book deal, I’m making a significantly higher salary this year than usual — not in the same universe as Romney’s annual income, though, and even after the best tax advice, I’m paying a far greater percentage of my income to the government than he is. I hate it, but you know, this is a good problem to have. I wish I had this problem every year.
What Simon is getting at is Romney is an extremely rich man who pays significantly less of a percentage of his income in taxes than millions of people who make far less than he does, and he still seems to think he deserves a cookie. I’m sick and tired of him and his wife whining about how people are so mean to them about their taxes…
Some conservatives crack on Romney for not having come up by now with an effective response to criticism about his extreme wealth and how out of touch that may or may not make him with average Americans. I hear them, but honestly, in an economy as bad as this one, I don’t see any way for a man worth $200 million to talk comfortably about how it’s really okay that he paid such a small percentage of his income in taxes.
Worse, to proudly proclaim that he pays a far smaller percentage than many of us as though that should be enough to satisfy us.