But then, since the President cant actually change the tax code, its kind of dumb to assume hes going to do anything. Congress will write the bill, not Romney.
First, there are not enough deductions that can be eliminated to make a 20% across tax cut revenue neutral, especially if cap gains is off the table, which Romney said it was. There is a $86B shortfall if you eliminate all
Second, even if you eliminated all deductions, the deduction value is disproportionately beneficial to middle, upper middle and lower upper income wage earners. Eliminating them would effect a shift in burden from the very wealthy to the middle, which is pretty much having the middle pay for tax cuts for the most wealthy, which is the original assertion.
This "passing it off to congress" is deliberately vague and designed to obfuscate the issue. Presidents generally propose workable plans to congress, which then get written by congress. Saying I want to cut taxes by 20%, you make it work congress, is not workable, if impossible. The fact is, as the TPC study and numerous others said it can not be done. The only other tangible approach would be to eliminate all deductions AND effect a tax cut of less than 20%.
Mitt Romney's Tax Proposals: Understanding the Debate | Brookings Institution
I appreciate the fact that everyone loves tax cuts. We would all like to have diet of nothing but ice cream as well. Santa Mitt and his #1 elf Paul are certainly whispering sweet nothings in your ear.... they are promising you a life of utopia to lure you up to their hotel room where..... enough of this metaphor, you get the picture.
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- Abraham Lincoln
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The indictment is that the Romney taxcut is just a re-packaged Bush taxcut; a double down on failed economic policies. That is all the Dems are saying and NO ONE has been able to refute it.