Here we go again allowing ourselves to be distracted from the real question, which is about how very rich people got so rich.
Why is the question important?
Two reasons: one having to do with how their tax liability should be computed, and the other having to do with what kind of president Mitt Romney would be given the fact that he's very rich, and how he got that way clearly says something about how he has operated in the past and might operate in the future.
This link addresses the second of these reasons:http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plu ... ml?hpid=z3
It's Greg Sargent saying the following:
The set of facts we know now are enough for the Obama campaign to make its argument, which is that Romney’s business background was not as a job creator, but as a pioneer in wealth creation. He built a wealth creating machine that went on to play a key role in facilitating the practice of outsourcing and in shipping American jobs overseas — and by extension, a key role in the larger story of what’s happened to the economy and the American middle class.
You don't have to show exactly how much wealth he has, how much taxes he paid, or whether he ever acted illegally to draw any of those conclusions.
He got so rich by shipping American jobs overseas, as the very first sentence of the article states:
Under Mitt Romney, Bain Capital — which he co-founded and helped build into a money-making powerhouse — invested in companies that were pioneers in facilitating the practice of outsourcing.
Looking around, we can see he wasn't the only very rich person using those practices.