Krauthammer: No Matter How Many Tax Returns Romney Releases, Obama Will Demand More
"Because once you do it, it never stops. You concede the premise to the opposition that he is hiding something," syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said when asked why Romney shouldn't release more tax returns than he already has. "If you give them three years they want six. If you give them six, they're going to want ten. I believe in the honor of John McCain. He looked at them and says they were okay. That's enough for me. Two years is enough."
"And this is playing in to the Obama strategy," Krauthammer said. "I disagree that Romney talking about what Obama said in Virginia about private enterprise being ultimately rooted in government is somehow a distraction and a way to change the subject. Tax returns at Bain are a distraction."
"The real issue of the campaign is precisely what Obama said. That's precisely at the center of the division, left and right, between Republican and Democratic. How do you see the free enterprise capitalism in American society? Obama said clearly that it's rooted in success as a result of government, infrastructure. And the worst part about it is he says it's because we're all in this together, it's society that ultimately supports you. Yes, society but Obama always identifies society or collective action with the government. In fact, society is civil society. It's the family, it's the church. It's the little platoons that were talked about in Tocqueville about Americans organize themselves in organizations that are voluntary. That's society; that's what sustains us, it's not government. And this emphasis on government and it's at the root of all good in America is what's wrong with the Obama vision and that's what Romney ought to attack. That's what the campaign ought to be about," Krauthammer said on "Special Report" tonight.