and will walk every mile legally possible to get out of paying taxes.
...does not like paying taxes, and will walk every mile legally possible to get out of paying taxes.
I don't think Romney's actually that stupid, and I think he really, really wants to be president.
By the way, both my dad and Ann's dad did quite well in their life, but when they came to the end of their lives, and, and passed along inheritances to Ann and to me, we both decided to give it all away. So, I had inherited nothing. Everything that Ann and I have we earned the old-fashioned way, and that's by hard work
I say that because there's the percent that's, "Oh, you were born with a silver spoon," you know, "You never had to earn anything," and so forth. And, and frankly, I was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you could have, which is to get born in America. I'll tell ya, there is—95 percent of life is set up for you if you're born in this country.
When I was probably halfway through my career at Bain Consulting, I met with a lawyer to draft a will, and she said, "How do you want to divide what estate you might eventually have?" And I said—I didn't have anything at that point—I said, "I want to divide it equally among my five sons."
And had he been born of Mexican parents I'd have a better shot at winning this, but he was [audience laughs] unfortunately born of Americans living in Mexico. They'd lived there for a number of years, and, uh, I mean I say that jokingly, but it'd be helpful if they'd been Latino…
Can you imagine working every day, taking a couple of jobs, saving your money so that your brother could go to—I mean, I would never do that for my brother—that he could go to co…so he went to college
Oh, I just, we didn't talk about immigration today. Gosh, I'd love to bring in more legal immigrants that have skill and [unintelligible]. I'd like to staple a green card to every Ph.D. in the world and say, "Come to America, we want you here." Instead, we make it hard for people who get educated here or elsewhere to make this their home. Unless, of course, you have no skill or experience, in which case you're welcome to cross the border and stay here for the rest of your life.
Everything that Ann and I have we earned the old-fashioned way, and that's by hard work
Germany has been in the forefront of European pressure on Switzerland to counter tax evasion in recent years.
That was followed by the G20 group of leading economies last year, which forced the Swiss to water down secrecy and bolster cooperation.
"Banking secrecy no longer has a future. It has run its course," German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told the Saturday edition of Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
"It is obviously not an easy decision for Switzerland. Banking secrecy is a part of its state tradition," he said. "But international cooperation changes national traditions. Switzerland finds itself in this process of change."
Whistleblowers have amplified the pressure.
Information from a former UBS banker arrested in 2008 formed the backbone of multi-million dollar US government litigation last year that obliged the Swiss bank to hand over details on some 4,500 suspected tax dodging US offshore clients.
And last month, Swiss and French ministers smoothed over a spat over French use of data taken from the Geneva private banking subsidiary of global giant HSBC by a former employee. back story
“We want a society in which one person’s success lifts everyone else. The job of government is to create the incentives and opportunities so everyone can become a maker. But too often government wants to take more from Americans so it can make more Americans dependent on government. That’s when we lose our way.”
Romney said today:
“I believe the way to lift people and help people have higher incomes is not to take from some and give to others but to create wealth for all.”