Skip to comments.Latest Romney ad hits back on Team Obama’s bogus “$5 trillion tax cuts for the wealthy” claim
Posted on 10/07/2012 12:06:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The biggest item with which Team Obama was able to come out swinging following last week's presidential debate (except for something about Mitt Romney being too "aggressive" and possibly trying to cheat on live television) was playing up their hilariously-contrived claim that Mitt Romney's plan for "$5 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy must necessarily raise taxes on the middle class or increase the deficit." a claim with which Robert Samuelson took umbrage:
To justify its $5 trillion figure — the estimated tax loss over a decade --- the Obama campaign had to cherry-pick Romney's proposal and the TPC analysis. It had to ignore any revenue raised by reducing tax breaks and assume that, faced with a conflict between the rich and the middle class, Romney would automatically side with the rich --- as opposed to shielding the middle class from any tax increase. On Wednesday, Romney promised to protect the middle class.
The TPC report was widely interpreted as saying Romney would have to raise taxes on the middle class. It didn’t, says the TPC’s Howard Gleckman. It simply pointed out that he couldn’t keep all “his ambitious campaign promises.” He’d have to make choices and modifications. So what else is new?
Despite its highly imaginary derivation, Obama has continued to use the figure on the stump and the campaign has touted it as point-of-fact fodder (even though, when pressed, the logic starts to fall apart, heh), so the Romney camp is finally hitting back with an ad of their own disputing Team Obama’s numbers:
Unfortunately, the $5 trillion figure sounds sufficiently startling that Team Obama will probably keep using it (which means we should probably also respond with the significantly more frightening one of $16 trillion waiting in the offing), and we’ve still got another month of these campaign exaggeration/distortion/deception reindeer games with which we’ll all have to contend.
It’s about time! Every time some lefty has brought this up, I ask them to show me where/when Romney said he’d lower taxes for the rich. I’m always met with silence.
Not raising taxes on the rich is the same as lowering taxes on the rich.
Millions of Americans believe Romney is going to raise taxes on the middle class - primarily from the tv assault over the summer that went unanswered.
Team Romney needs to reverse this perception as soon as possible.
GOP must OWN the tax cut issue or Romney will not be elected. That’s just a given.
Yes the 100's of millions in TV advertising, the phone banks telling people about Mitt's tax plans, Mitt grabbing any mic that he can and proclaiming Obama a liar about his tax plan and clarifying it, Paul Ryan doing the same. Him bludgeoning Obama on taxes in a TV debate in front 65 million. The websites, the surrogates screaming form the mountain tops, talk radio, the blogs.. Yes genius they are doing nothing...go back to sleep.
Is it me or does the narrator sound like Obama? :-)
I am perfectly aware of what activity is underway; I was simply pointing out the urgency of this one message.
I thank you so much for your private message: “you are an idiot - that is all.”
Your remarks are pretty unkind and absolutely unwarranted. I’ve been involved in conservative campaigns since 1968. I don’t need lectures from your or anyone else, although constructive feedback is always helpful. Your comment IMHO was not constructive.
My best to you for the week ahead.