are now finding out in analyzing his just-released tax return for 2011. It seems that Mitt had to desperately conform to his announcement awhile back that he had paid at least 13% for both 2010 and 2011. But, it turns out, if he had taken the usual charitable deduction he deserved for 2011 it would have brought him in closer to...9%. So he only took part of his deduction! Meaning he lied a second time in saying that he always pays exactly what the rules and laws provide--not a dollar more or a dollar less...
Remember his classic quote: "I don't pay more than are legally due and frankly if I had paid more
than are legally due, I don't think I'd be qualified to become president." Well?
David Axelord tweets: "Mitt's 9 percent solution. Or, maybe, solution to 9 percent." Note: NYT says Mitt can still take that full deduction in future years so it probably cost him nothing--just a political ploy.
UPDATE Excellent critique by David Firestone at NYT site, hitting Romney for suggesting that giving to charity and paying taxes are pretty much the same thing. Also, the fact that only the super-rich could afford to pay higher taxes for the sake of "image." Also: his claim that he never paid less than 13% for twenty years--without providing proof.