Daily Topics - Friday July 6th, 2012

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Catch The Thom Hartmann Program LIVE at our new time, 3-6pm Eastern!

Anything Goes on Townhall Friday

Hour One: "Brunch With Bernie" - Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes your calls

Hour Three: Fixing America's trade policies - Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

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In Hour 2, Thom mentioned the TPM article on Romney's IRA account and how/why it could be worth as much as $102 million despite individual limits on annual contributions. Basically, most reporters on this subject are only speculating about the possible background calculations behind Romney's IRS filings. [ http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/07/romney-offshore-ira-tax-avoid... ]

That TPM article (by Brian Beutler, not Josh Marshall) references a detailed Reuters article on the subject from January 23 titled "How did Romney's IRA grow so big?" [ http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/24/us-usa-campaign-romney-ira-idU... ]

Nick Shaxson also addresses this issue in Vanity Fair with "Where The Money Lives," suggesting that one possible explanation is Mitt deposited deliberately undervalued "special" shares in his IRA via an IRS loophole, which then skyrocketed in value. [ http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/08/investigating-mitt-romney-off... ] An expert on valuation methods suggested that whatever the valuations were, Romney might have been “pushing the envelope.”

Bottom line: a shorthand way to refer to this systematic tax avoidance is to call it a "turducken." That's a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a big turkey. Whether it's "investment income," or capital gains, or carried interest, or IRS loopholes, or hedge fund returns, one thing is certain: it's all cooked offshore and Mitt Romney's family is walking away from the table stuffed with cash.

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The world we're leaving for today's teens...

Without immediate global action on climate change, today's teenagers will be forced to live with the consequences of our inaction. The World Bank has issued their third report of climate change, and it says that global temperatures could rise by as much as 4 degrees Celsius by the time today's teens hit their 80th birthday.

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