We can add tax reform to the growing list of things Mitt Romney doesn’t want to get specific about before he’s elected. In an interview with Time Magazine Mr. Romney was asked if he could give a few specifics about which “loopholes that benefit the wealthy” he would eliminate in order to pay for his grand plan to further lower the tax contributions of the wealthy investor class to our national treasury.
QUESTION: Is there something you’re willing to say that’s more specific about which deductions you would eliminate?
ROMNEY: I know our Democrat friends would love to have me specify one or two so they could amass the special interest to fight that effort.
What does that even mean? He’s not President now. What “special interest” is going to spend time and money fighting something that doesn’t exist? I think he really means he can’t give us the specifics of his magic plan to restore our prosperity because we might ask questions about how it would work. And we might notice who his proposals benefit the most. Pretty sure it won’t be us little people.
And Mitt Romney is not going to give you a list of which government programs he’ll eliminate or which cabinet agencies he would abolish even though he says it’s “‘the critical thing’ that needs to be done in order to bring government books back into balance and to begin restoring the promise of America.”
And you were wondering how he was going to fulfill the lofty promises he’s making about our his magic plan for “North American energy independence?” Not going to happen. This from the media allowed portion of a Romney fundraiser tells that story. Holly Bailey of Yahoo* tweets:
RT @PhilipRucker: Romney: “We have members of the media here right now, so I’m not going to go through [energy plan] in great detail.”
Because that awful media might tell us and the last time that happened he lost the election. Mitt Romney is very sorry, but he simply cannot give you people the details of his policy plans. He’s running for president for Pete’s sake. If you gave you the details, you won’t vote for him.
[Hat tip to Greg Sargent who has much more.]
[*Ed. Note: Post edited to correctly identify Holly Bailey's employer.]