In an interview with Chris Wallace on Sunday, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan once again assured that Romney’s tax plan would bring lower tax rates for all. He goes on and on about how nobody knows about their five-point plan for a “stronger middle class” He says: “Not everbody knows that we have these solutions that will get people better job security.” But here’s the thing: he couldn’t or wouldn’t explain how.
“You haven’t given me the math,” Wallace replied.
“I don’t have the … It would take me too long to go through all of the math,” Ryan responded. “But let me say it this way, you can lower tax rates 20 percent across the board by closing loopholes and still have preferences for the middle class for things like charitable deductions, home purchases, for health care. What we’re saying is people are going to get lower tax rates and therefore they will not send as much money to Washington.”
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Wallace played a clip of Obama making the point that Romney and Ryan are not backing up their proclamations with any sort or evidence or fact. “No matter how many times they tell you they’re gonna start talking specifics really soon, they don’t do it,” Obama said. “And the reason is because the math doesn’t work.”
Romney’s team has dismissed the non-partisan Tax Policy Center as partisan after they found that Romney’s plan would give a tax break to the wealthy but raise taxes on the middle class.
“Even when we assume that tax breaks – like the charitable deduction, mortgage interest deduction, and the exclusion for health insurance – are completely eliminated for higher-income households first, and only then reduced as necessary for other households to achieve overall revenue-neutrality – the net effect of the plan would be a tax cut for high-income households coupled with a tax increase for middle-income households.”
TPM’s Benji Sarlin reported in August that the Tax Policy Center slammed Rick Perry’s tax plan during the GOP primary and Romney’s campaign issued a press release referring to the study of Perry’s plan as “Objective third party analysis….” It is clear the Romney-Ryan camp is cherry-picking and manipulating any sort of analysis or criticism to suit its own agenda.
Republican Facebook pages proudly and quite arrogantly display memes of Ryan with the word “Math” located somewhere in the message.
Ryan, my message to you is – Back up your “math.” Otherwise, your words and messaging add up to nada. And that is about how much support you’ll get from the ones on the fence who still need some convincing. The clock is ticking…
Kimberley A. Johnson is the author of The Virgin Diaries and The Spokeswoman for Rock The Slut Vote, an organization standing up and fighting the war on women. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and “like” the Rock The Slut Vote Facebook page