The Wire creator David Simon has a few things to say about that now infamous Mitt Romney quote where the GOP nominee claims he hasn't paid less than 13 percent in taxes for the past ten years - namely, how unimpressed he is. Taking to his blog, Simon called the claims "stunning," and pondered, "Am I supposed to congratulate this man? Thank him for his good citizenship? Compliment him for being clever enough to arm himself with enough tax lawyers so that he could legally minimize his obligations?"
From the post:
Thirteen percent. The last time I paid taxes at that rate, I believe I might still have been in college. If not, it was my first couple years as a newspaper reporter. Since then, the paychecks have been just fine, thanks, and I don’t see any reason not to pay at the rate appropriate to my earnings, given that I’m writing the check to the same government that provided the economic environment that allowed for such incomes.
I can’t get over the absurdity of this moment, honestly: Hey, I never paid less than thirteen percent. I swear. And no, you can’t examine my tax returns in any more detail. But I promise you all, my fellow American citizens, I never once slipped to single digits. I’m just not that kind of guy.
This republic is just about over, isn’t it?
Simon has been outspoken about his views on politics and particularly taxes in the past - just last year during a speech at UNC, he said that he believed he made too much money, and, "I need to pay more taxes."
What do you think of Simon's criticisms?
[via The Hollywood Reporter]