He ain’t no gander

I’m sure you have heard the cliché, “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander”. You may not be a farmhand but you probably know that a goose is a duck like creature and a gander is a male goose. Male geese or ganders are leaders of the flock of geese.

The logic behind this cliché is that if a rule or requirement applies to the “little people” or subordinates, it is just as applicable or binding on leadership.

Well, in case you missed it, Mitt Romney is no gander. His goose, i.e. Paul Ryan deemed it appropriate and reasonable to provide to Mr. Romney “several years of tax returns” as part of Romney’s vetting of Ryan as a VP candidate. So Ryan, like most Americans, believes it is reasonable and appropriate that for such a high profile position as VP he should submit “several years’ tax returns” to his prospective boss, Mitt Romney.

An article posted on a CNN Political Ticker on August 12, reported that Ryan “gave Mitt Romney’s vice presidential vetting team “several years” of personal income tax returns…”

Well good for Mr. Ryan. So what about Romney, his prospective boss? Well if Mr. Romney was a gander, which clearly he is not, the adage that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander would apply and Romney would recognize the need to submit “several years of tax returns” to his prospective boss, i.e. the American people.

And that is the problem with Romney: he is neither goose nor gander. In fact he seems so disconnected from the little people (that would be you!!) that one wonders whether he even recognizes what the big deal about his tax returns is.

The big deal is not what’s on Romney’s  returns or whether Romney used sophisticated tax strategies to minimize his taxes, America pretty much already knows he did. The big deal is the process of full disclosure and doing the American thing! If it is good for the goose, it should be good for the gander.


Acosta, J. (2012, August 12). CNN Political Ticker.


About WalTeRvMurrAY

Author of several books, including the soon to be best seller Man Down Man Up and the insightful The Black Cheese. As Founder and Director of The You Got Next Foundation, Compliance Audit Consultants Inc, Exec Director of SavingFathers.Org and the Editor in Chief at MBH Publishing Inc, I lead a somewhat active lifestyle.

Posted on August 15, 2012, in Unspin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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