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ROMNEY: Don’t use tithing to hide taxes

Letter by Mary L. Young, Lake Tapps on Aug. 27, 2012 at 11:16 am | 30 Comments »
August 27, 2012 2:35 pm

Mitt Romney says he can’t release his tax records because that will reveal how much money he charitably tithes to his church.

Figuring tithing is easy: Look at your gross income, move the decimal point one space to the left and pay that. I tithe, too, and you can probably find out how much. Check the pay scale for para-eds in Sumner, move the decimal point one space to the left, and there you are.

Of course, I am not running for president and have nothing to hide. Also, such an exercise will not tell you how much I give elsewhere, or to whom. And tithing is not charity; it’s a commandment. If a Mormon wants to participate in temple ceremonies or hold responsible office in the church, he or she must pay tithing.

Mormon kids grow up jokingly calling it “fire insurance,” referencing a scripture that promises one will not burn at the Second Coming if one has paid tithing.

Ann Romney says, “When Mitt and I write that check, I actually cry.” This is a common Mormon expression that means she has deep spiritual feelings about the process; Mitt, however, says, “So do I, but for a different reason.”

Bad joke, Mitt, and bad form. This is not about a sacred responsibility; this is just another way to hide – what? Be honest with us, Mitt, and release those tax forms.

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