"PWC is a very respectable company and they do my tax returns every year."
So was Arthur Anderson.
"However you chose to bash them without any evidence to the contrary."
If looking for corroborating evidence is bashing, then I'm bashing. My point is that averages can be very deceiving, and the amount Romney paid year by year would provide a much clearer picture of how he took advantage of loopholes and special interest provisions in the tax code, or didn't. I find it suspicious that he refuses to do what every other candidate has done over the last several presidential election cycles.
"You guys are trying so hard to make an issue out of this."
It is an issue, and Romney is making it easy for us.
"Has the IRS audited or questioned his return?"
Beside the point. As I said, there are all sorts of loopholes and special interest provisions in the tax code that are useful only to the rich, so he could be doing a lot of things to avoid paying more taxes that, while perfectly "legal", might be viewed negatively by the American public. We could start with carried interest, and go from there to various accounting maneuvers pertaining to off shore accounts, and so on. With his tax returns public, his promises to make even further tax cuts that end up benefitting primarily the rich might ring hollow, indeed, not to mention cost him the election.
"You just want his tax returns so you can cherry pick stuff to make him look bad."
Sort of like conservatives cherry pick things from Obama's record? Like the Ben Ghazi tragedy, which is a nit in the context of Obama's overall foreign policy record. Talk about cherry picking. While we're on the subject of cherry picking, I haven't heard a single comment from the right about Obama's tax returns. There must be something in there they could use.
"Focus on the d*** big picture."
I think taxes are pretty d*** big, given the state of our economy and the practical reality that we can't cut our way to a balanced budget without causing social chaoes and probably a recession, or worse. And it is patently obvious, given the massive and increasing imbalance in income/wealth distribution, that you can't take it out of the hides of what's left of the middle class, much less the poor. Just for the record, what qualifies as "big picture" in your opinion?