Romney and Bain Capital: Why he’s so afraid of talking about what he did at Bain. - Slate Magazine Romneys Bain career is a story about rising inequality. Its telling that George Romney, Mitts father, made around $200,000 through most of the years he ran American Motors Corporation. Doing work that clearly created jobs, the elder Romney paid an effective tax rate that averaged 37 percent. His son made vastly more running a corporate chop shop in an industry that does not appear to create jobs overall. In 2010, Mitt Romney paid an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent on $21.7 million in investment incomearound 14 times as much as his father in inflation-adjusted terms. This difference encapsulates the change from corporate titans who lived in the same world as the people who worked for them, in an America with real social mobility, to a financial overclass that makes its own separate rules and has choked off social mobility. The elder Romney wasnt embarrassed to explain what hed done as a businessman or to release his tax returns.