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Monday, October 24, 2011

Kama Sutra Candidate

Stand clear: Myth Romney is about to engineer another flip-flop.

Romney, who has more positions than the Kama Sutra, is hedging his bets on the flat tax, trying to appease conservatives who love the method that transfers burden from the rich to the middle class.

But Our Man Myth only appears halfway through his somersault, fearful it will lose him votes (and cash) from the vast millions who actually pay taxes.

The concept is indeed simple: you pay the same tax rate whether you earn $10,000 or $10 million. While the actual dollars taken obviously will vary widely, conservatives believe the flat tax is better than the current graduated system which escalates the percentage as income rises.

Conservatives, you see, howl about the unfairness of making the rich pay more and have been lobbying for the flat tax, these days led by Dick Armey and Freedom Works, the "grassroots" organization brought to you by the Koch Brothers.

The most prominent acolyte in this campaign is Herman Cain, whose 9-9-9 plan calls for 9 percent rates on income, corporations and sales. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has jumped into the pool too,so is it any surprise that the ever flexible Romney is dipping his toes?

But in classic Romney fashion, his position has more layers than an onion. While he professes "I love a flat tax," he adds caveats (such as is not hurt the middle class and benefit the wealthy) that drive the Lord Grover Norquist a little batty.

Not so the reality-based analysts, who see things quite clearly:
“If you’re going to get the same amount of revenue, someone has to pay the price,” said Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. “The rich pay less, the poor pay nothing, and the middle class bears the burden.”
So Our Man Myth is once again saying what he thinks people want to hear, the classic salesman approach he has used through his many campaigns. It should come as no surprise, the people who have heard him longest are not buying.

But it is amusing to watch Myth dissemble on yet another position

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't find Romney's flip flops amusing. I find it sad and disconcerting that he hasn't already been punished to the status of an also ran by them. What does that say about the field, and the party looking at him?

October 25, 2011 9:56 AM  

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