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mikesilvia
08-07-2012, 05:40 PM
Editor’s Note: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/katrina-vanden-heuvel-romneys-incredible-extremes/2012/08/06/894ea444-dfe5-11e1-8fc5-a7dcf1fc161d_story.html?wpisrc=emailtoafriend).
Mitt Romney’s tax and spending plans are so irresponsible, so cruel, so extreme that they are literally incredible. Voters may find it hard to believe anyone would support such things, so they are likely to discount even factual descriptions as partisan distortion.
The pro-Obama New Priorities PAC stumbled across this phenomena (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/magazine/can-the-democrats-catch-up-in-the-super-pac-game.html?pagewanted=5) early in 2012 in its focus group testing. When they informed a focus group that Romney supported the budget plan by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), and thus championed ending Medicare as we know it while also championing tax cuts for the wealthy, focus group participants simply didn’t believe it. No politician could be so clueless.
Incredulity may complement what New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd dubbed Romney’s strategy of “hiding in plain sight (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/25/opinion/dowd-hiding-in-plain-sight.html).” Romney refuses to release his tax returns, scrubbed the records and e-mails of his time as governor and as head of the Olympics, keeps secret details of his Bain dealings and covers up the names of his bundlers. And then, he’s able to announce extremely cruel policy positions with impunity, because the voters just can’t believe that’s what he is for.
This is what comes to mind with the publication of a study (http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/UploadedPDF/1001628-Base-Broadening-Tax-Reform.pdf) on the effects of the Romney tax policy by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center and the Brookings Institution.
Editor’s Note: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/katrina-vanden-heuvel-romneys-incredible-extremes/2012/08/06/894ea444-dfe5-11e1-8fc5-a7dcf1fc161d_story.html?wpisrc=emailtoafriend).


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shrewsbury
08-07-2012, 05:46 PM
you can say that about both of them and plenty of others, just another way to smear romney without it looking like a smear

mrveggieman
08-08-2012, 09:21 AM
Editor’s Note: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/katrina-vanden-heuvel-romneys-incredible-extremes/2012/08/06/894ea444-dfe5-11e1-8fc5-a7dcf1fc161d_story.html?wpisrc=emailtoafriend).
Mitt Romney’s tax and spending plans are so irresponsible, so cruel, so extreme that they are literally incredible. Voters may find it hard to believe anyone would support such things, so they are likely to discount even factual descriptions as partisan distortion.
The pro-Obama New Priorities PAC stumbled across this phenomena (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/magazine/can-the-democrats-catch-up-in-the-super-pac-game.html?pagewanted=5) early in 2012 in its focus group testing. When they informed a focus group that Romney supported the budget plan by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), and thus championed ending Medicare as we know it while also championing tax cuts for the wealthy, focus group participants simply didn’t believe it. No politician could be so clueless.
Incredulity may complement what New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd dubbed Romney’s strategy of “hiding in plain sight (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/25/opinion/dowd-hiding-in-plain-sight.html).” Romney refuses to release his tax returns, scrubbed the records and e-mails of his time as governor and as head of the Olympics, keeps secret details of his Bain dealings and covers up the names of his bundlers. And then, he’s able to announce extremely cruel policy positions with impunity, because the voters just can’t believe that’s what he is for.
This is what comes to mind with the publication of a study (http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/UploadedPDF/1001628-Base-Broadening-Tax-Reform.pdf) on the effects of the Romney tax policy by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center and the Brookings Institution.
Editor’s Note: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/katrina-vanden-heuvel-romneys-incredible-extremes/2012/08/06/894ea444-dfe5-11e1-8fc5-a7dcf1fc161d_story.html?wpisrc=emailtoafriend).


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What an article posted from mr. silva that paints romney in a negative light? That's a surprise. Is this a trend?

Wickabee
08-08-2012, 01:03 PM
Actually mike's been going to both sides lately. It's noticable, so I'll give him credit.