This post is a double plagiarism from Steve Benen. (I only steal from the best.)
The first theft of IP is in the post’s title. In his post about Romney’s weaknesses and the failure of his opponents to exploit them – cited by Keith below – Steve mentioned that Mittens’s first name is actually Willard. Not sure I knew that.
This reminds me of George H.W. Bush’s effortless destruction of Gov. Pete du Pont of Delaware, when he started his response to a du Pont attack with “Let me help you, Pierre.” Like “Pierre,” “Willard” sounds not only peculiar but patrician. Why not use it to needle him?
I’d also like to steal Steve’s short recitation of the story behind Willard’s unreleased tax returns: they will show that – due to the utterly unjustifiable treatment of “carried interest” as capital gains rather than ordinary income – he’s paying a lower tax rate on the millions of dollars he continues to earn from his earlier asset-stripping activity at Bain Capital. Here’s the Benen summary.
1. Mitt Romney is worth $250 million.
2. He got rich by laying off American workers.
3. He pays a lower tax rate than you and the rest of the middle class.
4. He wants to be president so he can keep it this way.
I hope the Democrats figure out a way to force a vote on carried interest sometime before the elections. Of course, some monehy-center Democrats will no doubt fink out on us if such a vote happens, but it’s still a good issue to raise.