By Lyneka Little
Mitt Romney arrives at Birmingham International Airport before boarding a plane for fundraising events, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Birmingham, Ala.
“The Wire” creator David Simon posted an item online blasting Mitt Romney’s comments about taxes. Romney, the Republican candidate for president, said Thursday that he never paid lower than a 13% effective federal tax rate over the past decade, countering charges from some Democrats that he may have paid no income taxes. Simon posted, “can we stand back and pause a short minute to take in the spectacle of a man who wants to be President of The United States, who wants us to seriously regard him as a paragon of the American civic ideal, declaiming proudly and in public that he has paid his taxes at a third of the rate normally associated with gentlemen of his economic benefit. Stunning.” He continues, “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.” Romney’s campaign hasn’t released new details of his tax returns. You can read the rest of Simon’s thoughts here. What do you think? Leave your take in the comments.