Really Reaching Saunders:
Poor Debra Saunders, she's getting a little desperate this week. It must be tough being a Republican in a Democratic Town, but she gets a column in the San Francisco Chronicle at least twice a week, and more this week. (One of these days they'll get around to firing her and hiring me, or at least inviting me to post my blogs as a counter point, but I'm not holding my breath.) First there was her column taking the Democrats to task for saying that the Republican's (Mitt's) economic plan was to give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans while taxing the middle class more to pay for it. Well, says Debra there's no evidence for that. The Dems just use the analysis provided by the Tax Policy Center.
Well, Debra, where's your evidence that it's not true? She doesn't cite a single reference for her supposition. What the Tax Policy Center did was analyze what they know of Mitt's plan pointing out they have to take what he says and make assumptions based on that because "Governor Romney has not offered a fully-specified plan. He has been
explicit about the tax cuts he has in mind, including a one-fifth
reduction in marginal tax rates from today’s level, which would drop the
top rate from 35 percent to 28 percent and a cut in capital gains and
dividend taxes for families with incomes below $200,000. He and his team have also said that reform should be revenue-neutral and not increase
taxes on capital gains and dividends. But they have not provided any
detail about what tax preferences they would cut to make up lost
Such a revenue neutral plan would logically "reduce taxes for high-income households, requiring higher taxes on
middle- or low-income households. I doubt that’s his intent, but it is
an implication of what we can tell about his plan so far." Understanding TPC’s Analysis of Governor Romney’s Tax Plan by Donald Marron.
Even Debra was forced to admit that Romney was vague about his policies, and that the Tax Policy Center's assumptions were logical given the information provided. But, she continues, Romney would never raise taxes on the middle class. Don't hold your breath.
In today's column, she asks "where are the pro life Democrats." Newsflash for Debra, we are all pro-life. We are also mostly pro-choice. As in women should be able to make their own choices about their own bodies. It's not one or the other. The anti-choice crowd calls themselves pro-life, but they are for the most part, anti-life, after that life is a born human being anyway.
Easy to love the fetus. No muss, no fuss. No cost except for pre-natal care, which the I'm not sure how the Republicans feel about paying for for poor women, but I can guess. Obamacare, as we are all now calling it, is a truly pro-life program. Just ask that mom of the little girl with the heart condition who won't be kicked off her insurance plan by the time she's five - unless Romney is elected.
Two Faced Republicans
I guess flip flopping and contradictions are natural to Republicans. Romney was for Obamacare, when it was called Romneycare, and he instituted it in Massachusetts, before he was against it, and Paul Ryan, who is ready to disembowel Obamacare if he and Romney are elected, in 2010 requested a grant that would be funded from that program for his own State. What's that old song from the cold war era - the era the Republicans want to take us back to? Oh yeah, "Two Faces Have I"