August 16th, 2012

 Inspired by Mitt Romney’s belief that 63% of Americans are small-minded.


“Given the challenges that America faces—23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, one out of six Americans in poverty—the fascination with taxes I paid I find to be very small-minded, compared to the broad issues that we face.” — Mitt Romney today in South Carolina




To: The 63% of Americans who believe I should release my tax returns

From: Mitt Romney


This is a complex issue, so I hope you don’t mind,

Given that all 63% of you have such a small mind.


I know it’s hard to understand why I should pay 13% (or less),

So I’ll use simple language, the issue to address.


I have a net worth that’s at least ten thousand times yours

(Probably more, since that my hidden assets and trust funds ignores).


That means I must be at least ten thousand times as smart,

Which is what sets me and other point-one-percenters apart.


I’m also ten thousand times as hard-working and loved by God,

Compared to the average American clod.


That’s why the tax code rewards me with a lower rate.

Isn’t being a wealthy Job Creator great!


So while you may not be able to grasp it with your tiny mind,

Letting me pay low taxes is how our tax system’s designed.


Here’s Rev. Al’s8/16/12 panel discussion about Mitt’s taxes, including a reference to the small-minded statement.

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Here’s the Obama campaign’s excellent ad on Mitt’s low tax rate—and maybe he paid even less.

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