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Democrats’ Tax Policy Kabuki

I was planning to write about the analysis of Romney’s tax plan by the Tax Policy Center that Democrats have been using to beat up on the Republican nominee this week. But now I don’t have to. Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post has done it for me. And done it very well.

As Jen explains, the Romney plan was no more than an outline of how he would reform taxes to make them broader, with compensating lower rates. The left-of-center Tax Policy Center, with little specific to work with, then made some very convenient assumptions that allowed them—and delighted Democrats—to say that Romney’s plan would involve tax increases for the middle class while the rich would, as always in Republican tax proposals, get away with not paying their fair share.

It is part of the ritual of democratic politics that each side tries to offer only glittering generalities in putting forth the proposals they will try to implement if they win the election. The other side then immediately demands the specifics of the proposal in excruciating detail. There’s a reason for this, of course.  The proposing party wants to avoid alienating any important segment of the voters and so stays vague. The other party wants to know precisely whose oxen are going to be gored so that they can recruit them to their side. The mainstream media pretends to not understand this, at least with Republican proposals.

Stand by for a lot more of this sort of thing over the next three months. A lot more.


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