On Friday, Dana Goldstein of the New America Foundation was part of a panel discussing Mitt Romney's tax returns and his assertion he has paid at least 13%. Goldstein suggested Romney's donations to the LDS Church should not be considered when discussing Romney's tax rate.
I think that Robert touched on something that’s real in terms of the antipathy towards taxpaying, but I’m interested in this broader conversation in the way Mitt Romney talks about taxes. He says he paid 13 percent tax rate, but if you add in his charitable giving it’s up to 20 percent. That’s really strange to me. We know from what he’s already released that he’s given about $6 million to the Mormon Church and $1 million in other charitable giving. Why his payments to the Mormon Church should count as, sort of, in the same bracket as supporting our social services programs is strange to me. And I think this does say something about the ideology of the two parties on taxes.