The Left’s New Romney Tax Narrative: He Paid Too Much
This is yesterday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and Axelrod is claiming that Romney paid more than he had to in order make himself look good.
AXELROD: I don’t think anybody else would define it as a good week, but it was an enlightening week. The week began with Governor Romney, uh, basically slandering 47% of America saying that they were, uh, you know, hooked on dependency, didn’t pay their taxes, and so on. Uh, and at the end of the week we saw him manipulating his own tax returns to try and plump up his portion of, uh, taxes to — to 14%.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You’re talking about not taking the charitable deduction?
RUSH: Not taking the charitable deduction. The charitable deduction’s 35%.
Anyway, this is where we’ve gotten to. Now the complaint is different. That’s why, Duane, when you call the next show, you gotta get on the talking points that Axelrod and the Obama crowd want you on. Romney paid too much. So it’s not that Romney didn’t pay. That’s off the charts now. That’s gone. Now it’s that he paid too much. That’s right. “[W]e saw him manipulating his own tax return to try and plump up his portion of taxes to 14%. Two months ago on your own show he said that anybody who didn’t take the deductions they were owed wasn’t qualified to be president. Well, I guess he’s not qualified because that’s exactly what he did last week to try and get his number up from nine or ten percent to 14%.”
Wait a minute! It was 0%!