If you ever wanted to know how to you could gage whether the next Congress would be working for you or for themselves, just look at how they currently are governing themselves. After one flank of the party initially became angry that Mitt Romney offered too few details and specifics endangering the conservative ticket up against the incumbent, a group of republicans have found a silver lining to Romney’s vagueness.
They have found that the less detailed Romney is with regard to the campaign for tax reform, the easier it may be for them next year to write their own policy without having to include promises made on the campaign trail during the general election.
Here’s the catch: if Romney discloses the tax loop holes he’d like to close, he will likely upset those voters and donors who personally benefit from them further hurting his chances and path to victory. But by not providing more specifics, he could very well never make it to the Oval. Yet, is that a catch at all?
Regardless of whether ascends upward after November’s election, the congressional republicans will still be right where they want to be; in position to frame their own plan for reform and not be beholden to the promises of a failed Romney ticket.
Romney, the GOP nominee for president, has his own reasons for making a sweeping argument for a tax overhaul, since specifying which tax breaks he would like to eliminate could anger voters that benefit from them.
We took an in depth into Romney’s Tax Plan proposal and it calls for an across-the-board 20 percent cut in individual tax rates, which would bring the top rate down from 35 percent to 28 percent. Let’s keep it simple, there’s going to be a 7% reduction in the government’s revenue; income, for this one cut alone. In order to not create a bigger deficit, programs or entitlements will need to be cut to balance the check book.
Democrats have railed against the conservative for targeting entitlement programs and education and a viable source for the expected budget items. Romney and Ryan have pushed aside questions over what tax breaks they would like to rein in to reach their reform goals which has now been lauded by some of their colleagues.
“Mitt Romney and I, based on our experience, think the best way to do this is to show the framework, show the outlines of these plans, and then to work with Congress to do this…What we don’t want is a secret plan. What we don’t want to do is cut some backroom deal like Obamacare.”
Clearly, not everyone believes that. Democrats such as Rep. Sandy Levin (Mich.), the ranking member on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, say the GOP nominees are simply hiding their real plans from voters. “They don’t want to spell it out because they’re afraid it will help them lose. That’s the main motivation”.
Republicans in all fairness don’t want to get locked into a corner without the ability of walking back assertions when they finally sit across from Senate Majority Leader Reid. It’s hard to see nothing less than a major gamble on the side of the GOP. They have convinced themselves that this is the correct course, “When you approach things conservatively, it isn’t like you have to have too many details on your plans other than advocating more economic freedom,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.).
Romney and Ryan both have focused just about every argument they have on freedoms for the american people. Although that is not polling well, anywhere, conservatives are doubling down on the approach for less of everything. That’s my story and um sticking to it.