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Tax forms would be clue to ethics

Hmmm. I wonder what Mitt Romney is hiding that he will not release more tax returns, as challenged by the camp of President Barack Obama? He dodges the challenge by saying there are more important issues.

I believe there is nothing more important than knowing the character and ethics of those we are going to elect to the highest office in the nation, and financial disclosure is one way that helps us determine that. It’s within the realm of possibility that he did not pay any taxes because of offshore tax havens that allow the wealthy to skirt tax laws.

Now it’s come to light that Romney may have breached Massachusetts state ethics laws through a company linked to Paul Ryan’s brother.

Romney is all smoke and mirrors and very determined to hide something from the American people. I can picture him doing the Richard Nixon “I am not a crook” line.

James Doro



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