Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
How long are the feckless media villagers going to play along with the cowardly Willard "Mittens" Romney and allow him to avoid media scrutiny? For godssake, man up and grow a pair!
Steve Benen reports on Romney's interview in Time magazine today. Fear of scrutiny is not a good excuse:
Mitt Romney has an arithmetic problem. He intends to cut taxes, increase defense spending, increase entitlement spending, and cut the deficit -- a budget-policy recipe that translates into complete gibberish.
Not so, says the Republican. Once various tax deductions are eliminated, the numbers will add up just fine.
Which tax deductions? Romney doesn't want to tell you.
In a wide-ranging interview with Time magazine, Mitt Romney declined to say which deductions he would eliminate from the tax code in order to make his plan to cut tax rates across the board revenue-neutral.
"I know our Democrat [sic] friends would love to have me specify one or two so they could amass the special interest to fight that effort," Romney told managing editor Richard Stengel when asked to specify which deductions he would eliminate.
This just won't do. Romney could release his tax returns, but he won't because he's afraid Democrats will be mean to him. Romney could disclose his bundlers, but he won't because he's afraid Democrats will be mean to him. Romney could provide detailed policy agenda, but he won't because he's afraid voters won't like the specifics.
And he could point to the tax deductions he'll rely on -- exclusively -- to lower the deficit, but he's afraid to do that, too.
Much of Romney's policy platform is predicated on cowardice and fear that someone might yell at him. As Jamison Foser put it, it's "amazing" that Romney thinks "'because I'll be criticized if I do' is a compelling reason for not disclosing things."
What a wuss. He could just lie about it, like he does for everything.