I was reading an article in the National Journal about how the Obama campaign is asking Mitt Romney to release more of his tax records. It appears that he may have gamed the system in the past to pump up the value of his IRA into the tens of millions of dollars. Then I came across this bit of derp:
The Romney campaign pushed back Friday with their own request in an e-mail to National Journal: that Obama release the transcripts of all his meetings with world leaders.
“The Obama campaign is playing politics, just as he’s doing in his conduct of foreign policy,” Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul wrote. “Obama should release the notes and transcripts of all his meetings with world leaders so the American people can be satisfied that he’s not promising to sell out the country’s interests after the election is over.”
This approaches being as nutso cuckoo-for-coco-puffs as the birthers. Anyone who believes that the President of the United States is actually just biding his time until he’s reelected so that he can sell out America’s interests is either (a) lying their ass off for effect, (b) a conspiracy theorist of the highest order or (c) absolutely insane.
Given what’s been coming out of the Romney campaign lately, I’d put even odds on all three options.
By the way, here’s the salient bit about the questionable investments:
Following a front-page Wall Street Journal article Thursday reporting that employees at Bain Capital, Romney’s former private-equity firm, were allowed to invest their retirement money in companies the firm acquired through a special share class, the Obama camp is seeking Romney’s old tax returns to see if they contain information about the investment arrangement.
Reports indicate that the deal could have increased the value of certain investments, which may have helped swell Romney’s retirement account. The candidate’s IRA was valued at between $20.7 million and $101.6 million as of August, according to his financial disclosures.
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