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Romney’s record of tax avoidance

To the editor:

If there is one thing that the late, unlamented presidential run of Mitt Romney revealed, it is how much personal wealth means to those who are members of America’s 1 percent. The fact that Romney refused to release his tax returns beyond the last two years is a story that should have been focused on more than it was. This was a man running for the presidency of this country who, if he was good at anything, was avoiding paying taxes to the very government he sought to lead. Indeed, the protection and maintenance of his riches seems to have been of more importance than his desire for the highest office in the land.

Of all the flip-flops that Romney was justly accused of during his torturous presidential campaign, he was steadfast on one thing — his utter refusal to sully his wealth by exposing it to the “great unwashed” of the American public. Romney’s unfortunate political legacy can be summed up in a famous quote uttered by the late Leona Helmsley: “Only the little people pay taxes.”

Stephen Hartwell


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