"What is Mitt Romney hiding?" isn't the most damaging thing that can be said about his refusal to release his tax returns. Here's what is: Romney thinks the rules don't apply to him.
Americans don't resent wealth. They resent a rigged system. Ordinary
people have to play by the rules, but the lesson of the financial
meltdown is that plutocrats don't.
One of the rules of running for president is that you have to release
your tax returns. It's not a law, but that doesn't mean it's not a
rule. There's no law that a presidential candidate has to debate,
either, but that's the way we do it in America.
Romney reeks of entitlement. He thinks it's up to him to decide
whether his financial life should be transparent. It doesn't even occur
to him that he owes this to voters -- that it's an obligation, not an
He may or may not be hiding something. But it almost doesn't matter
whether he ultimately discloses his tax returns, because he's already
disclosed his arrogance.