Sunday, September 9, 2012

Ryan Refuses To Say How Romney Pays For Tax Cuts For The Rich

Recently, Romney spokesman Lanhee Chen refused to tell Fox's Gregg Jarrett which tax loopholes will be closed to make Romney's tax cuts for the rich revenue neutral. Today, it was Paul Ryan's turn to repeatedly evade ABC's George Stephanopoulos's question, "Don't voters have a right to know which loopholes you're going to go after?" Watch Ryan present various answers that add up to "No, they don't have that right":

STEPHANOPOULOS: How do you make the math work without eliminating the big deductions that middle-class families rely on?

RYAN: Well, first of all, that — those claims have been pretty discredited. There have been five different studies –

STEPHANOPOULOS: How have they been discredited?

RYAN: — that show — that this — that this plan works. So the analysis you’re citing wasn’t even an analysis of the Romney plan. But here’s the point I am trying to make here, George. We think the secret to economic growth is lower tax rates for families and successful small businesses by plugging loopholes. Now the question is, not necessarily what loopholes go, but who gets them...

[...] STEPHANOPOULOS: But, Congressman, as you know, many say it’s difficult to accept your word if you’re not going to specify which tax loopholes you’re willing to close. Don’t voters have a right to know which loopholes you’re going to go after?

RYAN: So Mitt Romney and I, based on our experience, think the best way to do this is to show the framework, show the outlines of these plans, and then to work with Congress to do this. That’s how you get things done...

[...] STEPHANOPOULOS: But why not specify the...loopholes now...out in the open?

[...] RYAN: — we want to have this — George, because we want to have this debate in the public. We want to have this debate with Congress...


Unknown said...

Oh, come on! He did not say "the voters do not have the right to know our plan." He clearly said it is up to Congress, not the White House, what the details shall be. What is it about our elected representatives representing us that you are not grasping? Personally, I don't WANT another dictator in the White House! I am happy to let the Constitutional directive that the legislative branch make the laws be honored. What we want to avoid IS a secret plan cooked up out of the view of the public (like Obamacare!).

Jeff Tone said...

What about the Romney campaign's dishonesty aren’t you grasping? The fact is that Romney refuses to say how he’ll pay for more wasteful tax cuts for billionaires like himself. Indeed, this is part of the very "framework" that Ryan refers to without providing any details. Yes, the White House can "work with Congress," as Ryan also states, but that doesn't stop the president from making proposals regarding his own plans and telling the electorate what he has in mind–-unless, of course, one will pay for one's cuts for the rich, according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, by taking the revenue from the middle class.

Even a Fox News host was exasperated by a Romney spokesman’s evasiveness on this issue (see my article, “Romney Campaign Refuses To Clarify Tax Plan” ‪ ). And spare me the Tea Party rhetoric about “dictatorship.“