Anne Romney admonishes ‘you people’

Questions about Mitt Romney’s tax returns remain unanswered, as does the question of whether Mitt is an android or a pod creature from deep space sent by the angel Moroni. The Romney people don’t intend to budge on the tax returns, if the candidate’s wife is to be believed:

Anne Romney… on Thursday insisted that she and her husband would not be giving voters any more information about their tax returns because they had “given all you people need to know.”

“You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially,” Ann Romney told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “He’s a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary for four years.”

More here.

Poor Mittens

Mean old people trying to make him do something he doesn’t want!

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney has been determined to resist releasing his tax returns at least since his bid for Massachusetts governor in 2002 and has been confident that he will never be forced to do so, several current and former Bain executives tell The Huffington Post. Had he thought otherwise, say the sources based on their longtime understanding of Romney, he never would have gone forward with his run for president.

Bain executives say they’ve been instructed to keep company and Romney-specific information completely confidential, tightening the lockdown on an already closed company.

But pressure has been building on the presumptive GOP nominee. On Tuesday, the conservative National Review added its voice to a chorus of Republicans pushing him to disclose his returns from the years before 2010.

I think they call it “hubris.”

Yum

I just want to say that my latest addiction is a grilled half of Romaine lettuce, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and covered with grated Parmesan cheese. Deelish!

I’ve been trying to recreate the Johnny Brenda’s version and while this isn’t the same, it’s close enough. Thank God for my Foreman grill, which I love more than life.

Queen Ann

“You people.”

What the elites refuse to acknowledge about their wonderful “success” is how morally bankrupt it is. They keep pushing from the top to increase profits, so that the people below them implement dangerous practices that directly affect the quality of whatever work it is they do.

And the people who sit at the top wring their hands and say, “Not me, I never told them to do that!” Even though they did. This is what passes for “moral” in America these days.

Olympics tax breaks

I’m probably going to tick off a lot of people, but I no longer see any point to the Olympics. They’ve become a giant business enterprise and personally, I don’t think they do a thing to promote fellowship between nations (unless you count the athletes who are having sex with each other). The internet probably does more to expose people to other cultures now. I even think it’s a planned diversion, of the bread and circuses variety — not to mention another opportunity for high-profile security theater.

Oh yeah, and they spend obscene amounts of money that could better go to the people of their countries. From what I’ve read, host countries lose money on the deal. So I’m happy that this push was successful:

For the London Summer Olympics, which start ten days from now, several corporations have been given an exemption from collecting the UK’s corporate income tax. Foreign corporations that are acting as the game’s sponsors — including BP, Coca-Cola, and Visa– will benefit from what is essentially a temporary tax haven.

But at least one eligible company says it will forego the tax break, following pressure from activists:

McDonald’s has bowed to an online campaign and declined an Olympic tax break, just days before the start of the Games. […]McDonald’s made clear that the cost of turning down the break would be minimal, as revenue from the Games would be less than 0.1% of its annual sales in the UK. It said in a statement: “We will not be making any corporate income tax exemption claim with respect to any activity concerning our involvement with the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

The organization 38 Degrees collected more than 150,000 signatures against the tax break. “It’s working! McDonald’s have said they won’t be taking the tax break – but please sign the petition to keep pressure on the other sponsors,” the organization said in a statement.

The Tax Justice Network estimated that the tax giveaway will cost the UK “tens of millions of pounds” in lost revenue. “We’re giving money away that we need to solve our debt crisis and to preserve essential public services,” said the Tax Justice Network’s Richard Murphy.

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