Mitt Romney now says he was spending full time running the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics when Bain Capital was doing all that nasty stuff after 1999, and that his title as Chief Executive Officer, as reported on numerous SEC filings, didn’t reflect any actual activity. Strangely, he’s gotten Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post to believe him. (This puts to one side the question whether, as sole shareholder in the enterprise that made his huge fortune, Romney had moral responsibility for the actions of the people he left in charge: you know, the way a President is responsible for the actions of his subordinates.)
Turns out there’s a fair way to resolve this question. Form 1040 has a line, right across from the signature line, for “Your Occupation.” Presumably through 1999 Romney would have listed his Bain Capital affiliation, and after 2002 he would have listed being Governor of Massachusetts. What went on that line for 2000, 2001, and 2002?
So if Mr. Romney will simply release his tax returns for those years, we can resolve the question and start arguing about something else. Fair enough?