This article has a lot of words without really saying anything. A lot of ‘weasel words and phrases’.
Important sentences (all emphasis mine):
“While RomneyÃ¢??s tax avoidance is legal and common among high-net-worth individuals, it has become an issue in the campaign.”
“At the same time he is benefiting, the trust will probably leave the church with less than what current law requires …”
“As the Romneys have received these payments, the money that will potentially be left for charity has declined from at least $750,000 in 2001 to $421,203 at the end of 2011.”
“The trust has operated in accordance with the law,” Michele Davis, a campaign spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.
“Paul Comstock, a financial adviser to LDS Philanthropies, an arm of the Mormon Church, said that while he wasnÃ¢??t familiar with the trust, Romney and his trustee might arrange to compensate the church for the dwindling amount with other gifts.”
“It may be that theyÃ¢??ve made provisions for the charity someplace else that will make up for what this isnÃ¢??t going to give them,Ã¢?? Comstock said.”
“Nevertheless, Ã¢??whatÃ¢??s going to go to charity is probably close to nothing,” Hesch said.
This reminds me of the ‘logic’ behind gun control laws:
“It looks scary, so it COULD be used to terrorize people”
“It fires big bullets that COULD pierce a window”
“Some COULD use this to kill someone”