Dear Mitt Romney: Thank You For Unnecessarily Releasing Your Prostate Exam History, But We’re Still More Interested In Seeing Your Tax Returns

Yesterday, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan publicly released their personal medical records. They weren’t required to release this private information, and as far as we know, no one really asked them to.

(Not that we’re opposed to all of this disclosure. Mitt Romney seems to be in great shape but there are instances in which the American public has had legitimate concerns about a candidate’s health. During the 1992 election, Democratic candidate Paul Tsongas did not reveal that his cancer had returned until after his primary loss to Bill Clinton. If Tsongas had been elected, he likely would have started chemotherapy treatment before he was even inaugurated; he ultimately died in January of 1997.)

Of all the records a person has, medical records are just about the most private. In fact, they’re so private that reading Mitt Romney’s physician’s report  feels a little… creepy. We get to know that Mitt has never tested positive for HIV or hepatitis, that he undergoes regular colonoscopies, and that he requires “close observation of the prostate” due to family history.

Apparently his prostate history was not so private that Mitt Romney felt uncomfortable disclosing it. But the public wanting to see his full tax returns? According to Romney, that’s just going too far, because that would require him to disclose how much he gave to charity:

Our church doesn’t publish how much people have given. This is done entirely privately. One of the downsides of releasing one’s financial information is that this is now all public, but we had never intended our contributions to be known. It’s a very personal thing between ourselves and our commitment to our God and to our church.

Well, that’s one downside, yes. The other downside of releasing his financial information is that the public would come to realize, at the very least, just how inequitable and regressive our tax system is — and that Mitt Romney not only promotes such inequity but is the living embodiment of it. And that’s one secret he’s not willing to divulge.

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6 Responses to Dear Mitt Romney: Thank You For Unnecessarily Releasing Your Prostate Exam History, But We’re Still More Interested In Seeing Your Tax Returns

  1. Ted Larsen


    It would be so cool if someone actually hacked into his tax returns (there have been fake threats), but the real thing would be a public service.

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt


      It would be very interesting. My own feeling is that he probably didn't do anything blatantly illegal, but I'm sure his tax experts were very aggressive, which would demonstrate exactly how regressive our tax system really is. He would not only be a champion for an inequitable tax system, but also the perfect embodiment and beneficiary of it.

  2. barjack


    I think this is called "Bait and Switch." Isn't that illegal?

  3. Dr; Ben Dover


    Just think it is so ironic that Mitt would rather show us us ass, than his tax returns. Mitt buddy, you've been shown your ass on the campaign trial for the past 7 years, show us something we haven't seen.

  4. toosmarttovoteGOP


    It is truly telling that he prefers to let us know that his prostate is okay, but refuses to inform us of news pertinent to his future performance as (potential) President.

  5. pleasedateme


    Is there something wrong with my browser/brain or are the dates for published articles just not listed on posts made here?