Romney’s new either/or proposition on taxes is just the politics of division, plain and simple. As if you only have the choices of a European tax system or adopt the Reagan trickle-down model…please…
After refusing to endorse President BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s tax cuts when he was governor, Mitt Romney has now made them a central part of his presidential campaign, stirring accusations that he is changing his position to appeal to GOP primary voters.
In 2003, Romney stunned a roomful of Bay State congressmen by telling them that he would not publicly support BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s tax cuts, which at the time formed the centerpiece of the presidentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s domestic agenda. He even said he was open to a federal gas tax hike.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œFor a Republican governor, I thought it was interesting,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville) said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t prejudge people, so I thought he might have the courage of his convictions, but I guess I was wrong.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?
In a key policy speech in Detroit yesterday, Romney said it is ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œabsolutely criticalÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? to renew President BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s tax cuts, set to expire in 2010, to help spur economic growth. It is a stance he has repeated in recent days.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWhich course is better for America?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? Romney said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œA European model of high taxes and regulations? Or, low taxes and free trade: the Ronald Reagan model? Some are already fighting to implement a massive tax increase. Instead, we should make the tax cuts permanent.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?
My respect for Romney just dropped a few pegs. And it’s not for the flip-flop. I can understand somebody reconsidering fiscal policy. But the intellectually dishonest proposition on economic policy is just tired rhetoric. Oh well…