Thursday, January 3, 2008
Mitt Romney's Trump Card
I'm usually not big on giving Mitt Romney advice, his campaign seems to be doing a top notch job of that already given that he is tied for 1st in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.
But, I think I have an idea that is his ace up his sleeve and at the same time John McCain's kryptonite in New Hampshire. I don't know if these points should be run as a TV ad, or mentioned at the debates, but here goes:
* When Massachusetts was faced with a 3 billion dollar budget crisis, liberals wanted to raise taxes, Mitt Romney cut government.
* He eliminated and combined duplicative agencies and programs, and he balanced the budget 4 years in a row.
* Mitt Romney was the 1st candidate to sign the no tax pledge.
* In 35 years in U.S. Senate, John McCain has been responsible for the elimination of a total ZERO government programs.
- To Read Governor Romney's Conservative Blueprint To Lower Taxes, Please Click Here .
- To Read Governor Romney's Conservative Blueprint To Restrain Spending, Please Click Here .
*Notice whenever John McCain talks about fixing social security, he talks about the American people "having to make tough decisions" about SS and medicare. It sounds an awful lot like when the Democrats talk about the American people having to make "sacrifices" for Social Security. In other words, it is code for a TAX HIKE. McCain voted against the Bush Tax cuts, and has not signed the NO TAXES pledge.
McCain says, "You are going to have to sit down as we did in 1984 in a bipartisan basis, and make tough decisions about Social Security and Medicare." In other words, hold onto you wallets! In 1984 the house and senate voted to raise taxes. Stuff your money in the mattress, because McCain and the Democrats are going to work together in raising your taxes and work together in expanding government.
McCain talks about controlling wasteful spending but is there one, ONE example he can show as a government program that he eliminated???? McCain has overseen the largest increase in the size of the federal government while he has been in the senate.
As Chairman of the Commerce Committee in 1998, he sponsored and voted for an enormous 282% tax increase on cigarettes.
Senator McCain not only voted against the Bush tax cuts, he joined leading liberal senators in offering and voting for amendments designed to undermine them. All in all, Senator McCain voted on the pro-tax side of 14 such amendments in 2001 and 2003. These included such odious measures as:
* An amendment sponsored by Senator John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) to prohibit a reduction in the top tax rate until Congress enacted legislation to provide a prescription drug benefit
* An amendment sponsored by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) against full repeal of the Death Tax. This vote is in keeping with Senator McCain's 2002 vote against repealing the Death Tax
* An amendment sponsored by Tom Daschle (D-SD) and co-sponsored by Senator McCain to limit tax reduction in the top tax bracket to one percentage point
On a February, 23, 2005 edition of Meet the Press, Tim Russert asked Senator McCain if he would support "as part of the solution to Social Security's solvency problem, that you lift the cap so that you would pay payroll tax, Social Security tax, not just on the first $90,000 of your income, but perhaps even higher?" Senator McCain answered, "As part of a compromise I could . . . I'm proud of the job that Senator Lindsey Graham has been doing in his leadership position on this issue and showing some courage."
No offense Senator McCain, but I don't see what is so courageous about raising taxes.
Posted by Jonathan Colton at 1:58 AM