The Wire creator David Simon blasted comments made by Mitt Romney about the amount he pays in taxes. Romney recently stated that he has never paid less than 13 percent in taxes, an amount that is about a third less than the national average. The Huffington Post has the story:

David Simon, journalist and creator of “The Wire” and “Treme” took to his blog Thursday to denounce Mitt Romney’s recent admission that he “never paid less than 13 percent” of his income in taxes.

“Can we stand back and pause a short minute to take in the spectacle of a man,” Simon’s post begins, “who wants to be President of The United States, who wants us to seriously regard him as a paragon of the American civic ideal, declaiming proudly and in public that he has paid his taxes at a third of the rate normally associated with gentlemen of his economic benefit.”

Simon also described Romney’s position as “stunning” and a sign that “the republic is just about over.”

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