Happy Tax Day, everyone! As you file your taxes, let’s remember that Mitt Romney is still bucking the precedent set by his own father and presidential candidates for the past 40 years by refusing to release his tax returns to the general public.
The Hill: DNC hammers Romney on transparency in new web video
“The Democratic National Committee released a new web video Tuesday bashing Mitt Romney on transparency and continuing to pressure him to reveal more details of his tax reform proposals and personal financial history. The Democrats seize on comments overheard by an NBC News reporter Sunday night in which Romney, meeting with high-level donors, outlined proposals for changing the tax code, potentially eliminating government agencies, and plans to attract Latino voters…
The DNC's ad uses debate and news footage to argue that Romney has been deceptive on not just his specific policy proposals, but his tax returns and personal finances. In the video, Democrats also question why Romney staff destroyed e-mails and hard drives at the end of his term as governor. ‘In case you're keeping count at home, the list has gotten quite long: bundlers; tax returns; investment details; hard drives and email servers; and now we learn the policies he would pursue as president, which he'll only discuss if you're a high dollar donor. Mitt Romney has gone to great lengths to hide his personal financial records, his record as governor of Massachusetts, his volunteer fundraisers a.k.a 'bundlers,' and his policy proposals - leaving us to wonder, what else is Mitt Romney hiding?’ the DNC said in a release accompanying the video”
And in celebration of Equal Pay Day…
Huffington Post: Romney Won't Say Whether He Would Have Signed Lilly Ledbetter Act
“When Mitt Romney's economic advisers were asked last week whether the former governor supported the Lilly Ledbetter Act, they took a few hours to produce an answer. Even then, the aides left some questions unanswered. Romney, aides said, supports the concept of equal pay for equal work and has no interest in repealing existing legislation. Whether Romney would have actually signed the Lilly Ledbetter Act into law in early 2009 was left less clear. During an interview with the likely GOP presidential nominee on Monday, ABC's Diane Sawyer tried to nail down a more definitive answer. And, once more, Romney punted…It's worth noting that Romney's vague answer supporting ‘equal pay for women’ is not necessarily the same as support for the act itself. The law allows for lengthier legal channels for women to sue employers for wage discrimination.”
Sandra Fluke on CNN: Who says women don't care about wages?
“Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman, who supports Gov. Scott Walker's repeal of a law that protected workers from pay discrimination, recently said, ‘You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious.’ As a graduating student surrounded by classmates about to assume their first jobs, I assure the senator that none of my female classmates is thinking, ‘Salary isn't that important to me. I don't plan to work hard and don't need to be paid fairly, because I won't be a breadwinner. A man will come along to take care of that for me.’ Instead, many young women about to enter the workforce are focused on paying off their student loan debt. Those who are also mothers are worried about how to financially provide for, and simultaneously care for, their young children. The single moms among us face even larger challenges. And we are worried about our sisters who don't have college degrees and so don't have the same earning power.”
Please see the following statement on Equal Pay Day from Obama for America Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter:
“The first piece of legislation President Obama signed after taking office was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which strengthens women’s ability to enforce their right to equal pay. Through his actions as President, he has demonstrated his commitment to women’s economic security- from making it easier for women to receive equal pay for equal work, to ensuring women won’t pay more than men for their health care and supporting women-owned small businesses through increased access to capital and new access to federal contracting programs.
“Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has offered women little beyond lip service, distorted claims about the President’s record on women’s issues, and deep cuts in investments to the middle class. Yesterday, he again refused to say whether he would have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act into law, raising questions about why he feels the need to parse his words on a law that is so fundamental to the economic security not only of women, but also their families. Equal pay for equal work is at the heart of growing the middle class and it is a concept that we can’t afford to turn our backs on.”