The election is just over six weeks away, and the polls are flying. Some polls show a very close race, while others are indicating one candidate is preferred over the other. Some voters will vote for their party’s candidate regardless of their personal preferences, while others are going to cast their vote for the candidate that best fits their vision for the future. As the candidates trudge the road toward the election, a message is beginning to be heard across the nation: “Mitt Romney is the worst candidate in history.”
It is time to take a closer look at why these accusations are being made. The reasons include the view of his religious beliefs, failures on international issues, business practices, connections to tax avoidance schemes, failure to produce tax returns, the recent release of his tax returns where he manipulated his return to pay a higher tax rate and evidence that he stayed at the helm of Bain & Company longer than he said.
Mitt Romney’s religious beliefs have created quite a rift for some voters. The Mormon religion is considered a cult by some Christians. The religious beliefs of a candidate should not be an issue, but it has become a hot issue in this election. Between stories of the goals of the Mormon religion and the Mormon plan for America, many Christians refuse to vote for a Mormon for president. Looking into this issue more closely, we see that Joseph Smith is said to have created the Illuminati, who have sworn to infiltrate every organization and control the nation. Their plan is said to call for a leader from the Mormon Church who will ride in on a “White Horse” and create the Mormon “Kingdom of God” on earth and establish Zion.
It seems that any time Romney opens his mouth when it comes to an international issue, he creates a problem. Whether it was his comments he made while in London about failures of the British to run the Olympics or his comments made about the Palestinian leaders while he was in Israel, Romney has shown he is simply not up to snuff on international issues and the etiquette required when dealing with the leaders of foreign countries.
Romney has been called out for his business practices at Bain Capital. Bain is currently under investigation for converting fees earned for management into fund investments. This practice converts fees that would otherwise be taxed as ordinary income into funds that are taxed as capital gains. This practice is a way of lowering taxes due and is illegal. Bain is not the only company being investigated, however it is the only company that employed the Republican Presidential nominee.
Mitt Romney was the head of the audit committee for Marriott International from 1993-1998. During this time his responsibilities included approving deductions and transactions by performing audits of the financial records. A transaction was approved that validated over $80 million “worth of mortgage notes through partnerships that were created solely for the purpose of utilizing this tax avoidance scheme. The IRS disallowed the loss and Marriott lost their appeal,” according to Allvoices.com.
George Romney, Mitt Romney’s father, initiated the practice of presidential candidates presenting 12 years of tax returns in the 1960s. He said that if a candidate refused to present their tax returns, they left the door open to speculation and accusation. Apparently Mitt did not learn anything from his father’s example because he has refused to provide any more tax returns that the minimum two years’ returns as required by law. This has definitely led to speculation and it is hurting his campaign.
Although Romney finally released his 2010 and 2011 tax returns, he only claimed $2.2 million of the $4 million in charitable contributions he made. This change increased his effective tax rate to 14.1 from 10.55. This is alarming to voters because it is obvious that he does not pay the higher tax rates as he has previously stated in public. Manipulating the numbers to match his statements is not the type of behavior voters expect from potential Presidents. It is not unreasonable to expect the truth, rather than manipulation of facts.
Although Romney has made public statements that he left Bain & Company early in 1992, evidence has been found that proves he was actually still there on March 23, 1993. This yet one more situation where his story does not match the proof.
Americans are looking for a strong leader to drive our nation into economic recovery. These decisions are based on political beliefs, religious view and personal perspectives. As voters make their decision it is important that they are given all of the information in order to make the best decision moving forward and there is substantial evidence that Mitt Romney is the worst candidate for president in history.
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