Mitt Romney To Harry Reid On Tax Dodge: ‘Put Up Or Shut Up’

“Well, it’s time for Harry to put up or shut up. Harry’s going to have to describe who it is he spoke with because of course, that’s totally and completely wrong,”

via Mitt Romney To Harry Reid On Tax Dodge: ‘Put Up Or Shut Up’ (UPDATE: Reid Responds).

As I said before in my last post, I am not so sure Harry Reid is telling the truth. He could have the strategy that as long as the part of his statement that says Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years is correct, how that information is given out doesn’t matter. Harry doesn’t want to release his sources, but wants the truth to come out.

Romney, on the other hand, is taking the strategy that if Harry is lying about who gave him the information, then Harry’s full statement about his paying taxes or not will be considered by his supporters as moot. He wants the negative of his opponent to hide the fact that he didn’t support the U.S. government, despite the fact he had every right not to. Romney doesn’t want the “why” he couldn’t give just a little to override “how” he was legally able to avoid paying taxes, he has always been a global corporation working in American.

I don’t see anywhere in this article where Mitt says that Harry was wrong about the 10 years of not supporting the U.S. government, but I think Mitt is giving Harry the opportunity to give him a brake here,  and it will be interesting to see how Harry handles this. Will he let Mitt off the hook of having to tell the people in the military that he would have liked to support them but he didn’t have to, or will Reid give Romney an out by exposing, what I expect is a lie, to the public that no one from Bain told him anything?

My guess is that the Mormon church is at odds with itself and  these two are on opposite sides of the church.

If that is the case, and Mitt and Harry are at odds,  Harry will not release his sources from Bain (as I don’t think he had any), and let Romney continue to deny that anyone from Bain told Harry anything, but still not give out his tax returns. The strategy is that sooner or later even Mitts supporters will understand who Mitt is.

If Reid and Mitt are not at odds within their faith, Harry will confess the lie, and this will probably give the elections to Mitt. The strategy is that Mitt’s supporters don’t  really care if some rich guy does or doesn’t pay taxes, anyway, it’s really about individualism and liberty, and Mitt represents individualism.

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