Letter: Starting to get envious of Romney’s generosity
Op-Ed · September 28, 2012

Oh my, though I know I should not, I am starting to get a bit envious of Mitt Romney.
I don’t know if it is because I wish I had enough money to be as charitable as he, or if I would like the same tax rate as he gets, or because I am not well enough healed too also be able to buy the presidency for 250k in supposed “undeducted” charity. Shame on me!

But there is one thing I am justifiably upset about: there is no line on the tax form I am forced to use that lets me show a portion of income earned that I want to claim I gave to charity that I am neither listing nor deducting from my bottom line.

I think that I, too, ought to be able to crow about how generous I am and with some official looking something-or-other that I can say would show it if it were there. I can tell you right now that I would let everyone know that I had given everything I made away and somehow just survived on my goodness. Shame on me for sure!

Whoa ... for some reason there has just flashed through my mind a picture of actor Edward G. Robinson in the old flick “Little Caesar.” In this revision Robinson portrays Al Capone who has (as he did) landed in the slammer for tax evasion. A sour-faced Capone (Robinson) looks at his cellmate and says, “Hey, bean head, they haven’t sent me or anyone else to prison for paying too many taxes.”

Sam Osborne, West Branch

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