Saturday, September 8, 2012

Romney Campaign Refuses To Clarify Tax Plan

Romney's tax plan follows the GOP blueprint: it helps the wealthy at the expense of everyone else; it blatantly contradicts the Republicans' "deficit hawk" stance; and it lacks details as to which tax deductions and loopholes will be eliminated to make tax cuts for the rich revenue neutral. Regarding the latter point, even Fox host Gregg Jarrett lost patience with Romney spokesman Lanhee Chen's refusal to be clear. Watch as Chen evades Jarrett's question three consecutive times:

JARRETT: He’s not saying which of the loopholes and deductions and credits and exemptions he wants to close. That is huge. That’s significant. How can he not tell the American people those facts?

CHEN: Well, let’s back up for a second. This is a race about two dramatically different philosophies. [...] As you’ve said, they’re going to get rid of some of this underbrush, some of the deductions and some of the exemptions that are clouding our tax code.

JARRETT: But why won’t he explain how and which ones and by how much?

CHEN: Well, you know, a number of different bipartisan commissions over the years have told us exactly how we get there. The key is presidential leadership and that’s something that’s been lacking. That’s something that Governor Mitt Romney is going to provide in the White House.

JARRETT: But Mr. Chen, forgive me, you’re just not answering my question. So let me put it again: which loopholes and deductions and credits and exemptions the President’s going to get rid of would affect all Americans. Before they cast their ballot, don’t they deserve to know which ones are going, which ones are not, and by how much?

CHEN: Look Greg, Governor Romney’s been very clear that first of all we’re going to look to curb deductions for high-income taxpayers. And secondly, a lot of different deductions and exemptions are out there, we’ve got a lot of different ways to get there.

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