The more I read and hear what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has to say about Romney, the more I like this guy. But let me tell you – I wouldn’t want to be on his bad side because Reid tells it like it is. No candy-coating, no fluff – just down and dirty. But then, Romney is the one who made his life dirty, Reid is just sharing.
Today the Las Vegas Sun published an op-ed written by Harry Reid, and it is good. Reid argues that Mitt Romney’s 47 percent comments as well as his tax returns “are windows into the character, values and priorities of someone who could drive our nation’s economic policy.” Here are some excerpts from Harry Reid’s op-ed today:
“We learn the most about someone’s character not from what he does when he knows others are watching but from what he does when he thinks they aren’t…
“When he thought no one was listening, Romney accused 47 percent of Americans of not taking responsibility for their lives, painting them as lounging in government dependency — a conclusion he reached because, for various legitimate reasons, they are exempt from paying federal income taxes…
“The second lesson we learned came at another time Romney thought no one was looking: He released his 2011 tax returns late on a Friday afternoon in the hopes of making the smallest news splash possible.
“What was he trying to hide? Perhaps that, despite his tough talk on China, he profited from investments in a state-owned Chinese oil company and a video company known for pirating copyrighted content. Or that, despite calling Russia our “No. 1 geopolitical foe” and his fiery rhetoric against Iran, he invested in Russia’s state-owned oil giant, which does business with Iran…”
In August, Harry Reid disclosed that Romney has not paid taxes for ten years. Reid is keeping his source tight under his wing, but has stated that “this person is an investor in Bain Capital, a Republican also, and somebody who has been dealing with Romney’s company for a long, long time and he has direct knowledge of this.”
References and Related Articles:
The Las Vegas Sun: Romney’s offensive comments raise doubts
TPM: Reid: Romney’s 47 Percent Comment Is A Window Into His Character
CNN: Reid hits Romney over taxes, ’47%’ comments
Huffington Post: Harry Reid’s Mitt Romney Tax Source A Republican, Says Top Aide (UPDATE)
Huffington Post: Harry Reid Said Romney Paid ‘Basically’ No Taxes For 12 Years In Mid-July Speech