Santorum Pays Twice Romney’s Tax Rate

Videos Highlighting The Latest Search Trends.
Feb. 16 2012 3:34 PM

Santorum Pays Twice Romney’s Tax Rate

138923621
(Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum greets a crowd of supporters during a rally February 13, 2012 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington.)

Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

When it comes to capital gains and the taxman, Romney beats Santorum hands down. Santorum pays double the rate Romney pays to the IRS. 

The former Pennsylvania senator disclosed his tax returns for the last four years showing he paid 28 percent in taxes, compared to Mitt Romney's 14 percent, who made most of his money on investments taxed on the lower capital gains rate. 

Santorum's filing also showed a steep increase in income after getting voted out of the Senate, largely coming from consulting fees to interest groups, shedding light on his deep ties to Washington—something Mitt Romney may want to pounce on. 

But his higher tax rate hasn’t given Santorum any more cred with the 99 percent. On Valentine’s Day the conservative was yelling, "Get a Job" at Occupy Tacoma protestors who disrupted a rally in Washington State. Maybe he can offer more specific advice since he had no trouble getting a job after leaving the Senate.

TODAY IN SLATE

Frame Game

Hard Knocks

I was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.

Yes, Black Families Tend to Spank More. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Good for Black Kids.

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

The Best Way to Organize Your Fridge

Politics

The GOP’s Focus on Fake Problems

Why candidates like Scott Walker are building campaigns on drug tests for the poor and voter ID laws.

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

Iran and the U.S. Are Allies Against ISIS but Aren’t Ready to Admit It Yet

Farewell! Emily Bazelon on What She Will Miss About Slate.

  News & Politics
Foreigners
Sept. 16 2014 4:08 PM More Than Scottish Pride Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
  Life
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 5:07 PM One Comedy Group Has the Perfect Idea for Ken Burns’ Next Project
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 1:48 PM Why We Need a Federal Robotics Commission
  Health & Science
Science
Sept. 16 2014 4:09 PM It’s All Connected What links creativity, conspiracy theories, and delusions? A phenomenon called apophenia.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.