Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced Thursday that he’s paid around 13% in taxes for the last 10 years, but that he still will not release more of his tax records. As of now, he’s only released his tax returns for 2010 and an estimate for 2011. He refuses to release anything else.
What I find to be ironic with this admission is that even though Romney has paid only 13% in taxes to the country he says he loves, he still acts like he and the people like him, the super-rich, pay too much in taxes.
Really? Even 13% in taxes is too much?
Personally, I don’t mind paying taxes. Mainly it’s because I’m an adult who understands things cost money. Hellfire missiles and Mars rovers don’t pay for themselves. The things we do, whether they are killing terrorists in the middle east or sending robot cars to Mars, costs real, actual money.
Call me a radical socialist, but I want to live in a country that has a well planned and maintained interstate system.
Are there things we spend money on I wish we didn’t? Sure, for one thing, I’m not sure I understand why we need to spend more on our military than the next 17 biggest defense spending countries combined. Romney actually wants us to spend even more on our military, he just doesn’t want taxes to go up to pay for it.