The Common Sense Test
By Thomas Vanderbilt
For months my republican friends have been telling me Romney knows business, he’ll get things moving in the right direction. Okay, so I went into the first debate thinking here’s your chance Gov. Romney. Sell me on why you know better than the President. I’m open-minded; convince me you’re the man for the job.
Forget rhetoric; tell me in simple eighth grade language, the kind my tea bagger friend’s use, what your plan is to stimulate the economy. Well I got my answer: lowering the income tax rate. Simple! Clean! Elegant! Even a caveman understands that lowering the rate means more money in his pocket. More money means I have more to spend. After all, almost 70% of the economy is consumer spending.
While processing and contemplating the Governors comments' the Gov. then continued to explain that he wouldn’t add to the deficit, which is another great concern of mine. Hey, maybe I was wrong about Mitt? Maybe he is the real deal! The governor said he would lower the tax rate and be budget neutral by eliminating certain deductions. BAM! Take that Mr. President! I mean how hard is it to lower taxes and cut deductions?
Then I thought about it. You’re going to lower the tax rate but be budget neutral? What does that mean? How will that help? I don’t know about you, but the last time I looked at my paycheck, I paid my federal taxes in US dollars not US percentage points.
What loopholes are you going to close? If I’m paying the same amount of tax dollars, how will I have more to spend? Someone was lying right to my face and it wasn't my POTUS. Sure Mitt looked and sounded Presidential, but I’m missing something, because I still don’t have the facts I need to see how this is going to work out.
Maybe Mitt did well last night; at least according to all the talking heads, and it all sounded good. That is, until you ponder it some more. Wow, a lie a minute, almost. If Mitt won, we’ve lost!
Mitt Romney’s plan fails my common sense test and should fail yours too. You sure looked like a successful businessman governor; maybe Bain Capital needs its CEO back? Try them for a new job. I maybe open-minded, but I’m no schmuck.