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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:47 PM

Mitt Romney Economic Adviser Calls For Raising Taxes On The Rich, Contradicting Entire GOP Campaign


Mitt Romney Economic Adviser Calls For Raising Taxes On The Rich, Contradicting Entire GOP Campaign

Mitt Romney's former economic adviser Glenn Hubbard published an op-ed in the Financial Times Tuesday calling for higher tax rates on the wealthy and urging Republicans to outline specific spending cuts rather than vague across-the-board reductions in government spending. Hubbard's comments are noteworthy because Romney resisted both policies during his run for the presidency.

"What should those negotiating the fiscal cliff do?" Hubbard wrote. "The first step is to raise average (not marginal) tax rates on upper-income taxpayers. Revenue increases should first come from these individuals. This means closing loopholes ... Republicans cannot argue for low tax rates without being clear about where cuts must come from."

As the GOP candidate for president, Romney called for capping government spending at 20 percent of gross domestic product, without detailing what programs should be cut, or by what amounts. When asked during the first presidential debate about what spending he would target, Romney suggested eliminating funding for PBS -- money which amounts to far less than 1 percent of the federal budget deficit.

In fact, while Republicans often cite programs outside of Medicare or the defense budget as priorities for deficit reduction plans, the entire non-defense discretional spending budget totals only about one-third of the federal budget deficit. Romney's vague plan for an across-the-board spending cap would have forced a 22 percent hit to all government programs -- including Medicare -- by 2016, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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Full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/13/mitt-romney-glenn-hubbard_n_2124160.html



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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:59 PM

1. If you see someone running around in a circle, it is a republican

masters of the circle jerk

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:12 PM

2. Does someone think that Romney

could have won this thing if he had just made this proposal instead of his insane 20% across the board cut on marginal rates? Even his advisors are admitting how insane it was.

I have to admit my biggest complaint about Romney was the 20% (closely followed by pegging defense spending at 4% of GDP).

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:13 PM

3. and if you see a wild man running down a cul-de-sac, it's an informed fox viewer

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:06 PM

4. Wouldn't it be nice

if the Republicans would actually listen to one of their own.

Too much to hope for...

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