Romney’s Problematic Jobs & Tax Plans

This site sees a fair amount of traffic for the search query, “what does Mitt Romney believe”. We’ve done our best to answer the question, but recent analyses of Romney’s actual policy positions show that any attempt to do so may prove to be futile.

Over the past couple of months, there has been a concerted effort on the part of interested parties to uncover specifics of Romney’s tax plan. If you’re reading this, you probably already know that Team Romney has declined to offer specifics, and instead, made broad statements describing “loopholes” they claim will foot the bill. Josh Barro over at Bloomberg recently took a closer look at Romney’s tax plan as well as the studies the former governor cites as support.

The Romney campaign sent over a list of the studies, but they are perhaps more accurately described as “analyses,” since four of them are blog posts or op-eds. I’m not hating — I blog for a living — but I don’t generally describe my posts as “studies.”…

…Finally, I would note one item that the Romney campaign does not cite in support of its tax plan: Any analysis actually prepared for the campaign in preparation for announcing the plan in February. You would expect that, in advance of announcing a tax plan, the campaign would commission an analysis to make sure that all of its planks can coexist. Releasing that analysis now would be to the campaign’s advantage, helping them put down claims like mine that their math doesn’t add up.

Why don’t they release that analysis? My guess is because the analysis doesn’t exist, and the 20 percent rate cut figure was plucked out of thin air for political reasons without regard to whether it was feasible.

Mitt Romney claims that he isn’t concerned with 47% of the American electorate. He also seems to believe that 100% can’t do math.

As for Romney’s “jobs plan”, the fact checkers at the Washington post described this morning how his numbers don’t add up, and gave the Romney plan Four Pinocchios. It is important to note: this isn’t fact checking a single statement. Rather, the entire alleged basis for the Romney campaign, job creation, is based on a bogus plan. Whether you describe Romney’s policy positions as “fraudulent”, “flim-flam” or squishy, one thing remains clear: Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is based upon the assumption that nobody will take a close look at his proposals and that he can run out the clock without anyone noticing.

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