Friday, October 12, 2012

Do you know the answers?

There are a couple of questions we'd like to ask and solicit feedback from the Romney/Ryan middle class supporters out there, based on an exchange in last night's VP debate, over Mitt Romney's 20 percent tax-cut plan. ABC's Martha Raddatz questioned Ryan:
MS. RADDATZ: Well, let's talk about this 20 percent.
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Well – (chuckles) –
MS. RADDATZ: You have refused yet again to offer specifics on how you pay for that 20 percent across-the-board tax cut. Do you actually have the specifics, or are you still working on it, and that's why you won't tell voters?
REP. RYAN: Different than this administration, we actually want to have big bipartisan agreements. You see, I understand the -"
MS. RADDATZ: Do you have the specifics? Do you have the math? Do you know exactly what you're doing?
REP. RYAN: Look – look at what Mitt – look at what Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill did. They worked together out of a framework to lower tax rates and broaden the base, and they worked together to fix that. What we're saying is here's our framework: Lower tax rates 20 percent – we raise about $1.2 trillion through income taxes. We forgo about 1.1 trillion [dollars] in loopholes and deductions. And so what we're saying is deny those loopholes and deductions to higher-income taxpayers so that more of their income is taxed, which has a broader base of taxation –..
Ryan, fair to say, again here refuses to answer Raddatz's yes-or-no question about specifics.
There are no specifics.
So here are our questions:
1. Do you know of any specifics on the 20 percent across-the-board tax cut that convinced you to support the Romney/Ryan ticket?
2. Have you paid off your mortgage and no longer care about interest or charity deductions?
3. Is it simply a case of "anyone but Obama/Biden"?

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