Wednesday, January 4, 2012

8 votes...

The Iowa Caucuses are over. What does it mean? Not much, really, unless you are Michelle (o) Bachman, or maybe Rick Perry, who didn't do so hot. Newt is apparently mad, which is a shame, because I like Newt. He even posed for a picture with me, (see below).

But I digress. The winner, and the leader for now in the GOP carousel of candidates is Mitt Romney. Unlike our previous post's subject, who sadly is no longer with us in the race, Romney's website is not emblazoned with a three-digit tax plan and analysis. So, we have to go elsewhere to see what President Romney would have our tax system look like.

No thanks to, lots of thanks to for outlining what he thinks.

The Basics:

Romney, like every Republican held by the shorts of THIS GUY>>>
(if you don't know who the man to the right is, see his bio here)
can't really say he will raise taxes, else face political doom. So, he sticks to the general basics of eliminating capital gains tax and estate tax, lowering the corporate tax rate to 25%, and eliminating capital gains for earners of less than $200k. (assuming my source is accurate). Another source claims most of the same, and that he opposes the flat tax, and is neutral on the alternative minimum tax (which, if you don't know what it is, it probably deserves its own post.)

Real World Analysis:

I know I was harsh on Herman Cain, but at least the guy thought about taxes, and had enough gumption to make his own plan, however flawed it was. Maybe I'll retroactively bump his grade up for effort. Romney hasn't really said anything, except the basic Republican party line jargon of "hey let's cut taxes."

For a guy who panders to the middle class, and was recently quoted as saying on a visit to Florida this summer "I'm also unemployed" to a group of jobless workers. This, from a governor and guy who is allegedly worth around $200 million, and also has recently been called out for not releasing his own tax returns, is tough to swallow.

The Verdict:

Does he have a plan? Maybe, but I don't know what it is. He wants to cut taxes and balance the budget. Can you do that? At the same time? Not unless you cut the defense budget, health care, or a lot of pork from somewhere else. I love tax cuts, who doesn't? But I also enjoy paved roads. And school. And going to sleep at night with a decent confidence that our boys/girls in uniform have my back. Mitt Romney receives an INCOMPLETE, pending further assessment of unsubmitted work.

Disclaimer: YourTexasEstatePlan, or its author, does not endorse any political candidate, party, or ideal. Publicly.

Newt Gingrich did take the time to take a picture with me, which does get him somewhere. 

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