Posts Tagged ‘Mitt Romney’

How Much Revenue Would a Cap on Itemized Deductions Raise?

In last night’s debate, Mitt Romney repeated the idea that he could pay for much or all of the 20 percent rate reduction and other tax cuts in his tax plan by capping itemized deductions at $25,000. He had previously suggested a $17,000 cap in an interview and, in the first debate, $25,000 or $50,000 […]

What the Joint Tax Committee Really Said About Tax Reform

On Friday, congressional Democrats released the results of a new analysis of base-broadening, rate-cutting tax reform by the Joint Committee on Taxation. For reformers everywhere the results seemed exceedingly grim: By eliminating all deductions, Congress could reduce tax rates by only a puny 4 percent without adding to the deficit. The top tax rate, for instance, […]

Five Things You Should Know about Mitt Romney’s “$5 Trillion Tax Cut”

You’ve probably heard claims that Mitt Romney wants to cut taxes by $5 trillion. Here are five things you should know about that figure: 1. $5 trillion is the gross amount of tax cuts he has proposed, not the net impact of all his intended tax reforms. Governor Romney has been very specific about the […]

Can Romney Cut Taxes for the Rich Without Reducing Their Share of Taxes? Yes, but….

President Obama says Governor Romney will cut taxes for high-income households by $250,000. Romney counters that under his plan, the rich will pay the same share of taxes they do today. Who’s right? It all depends on what plan you are looking at and what you are measuring. The first problem is the two candidates […]

What Did We Learn from the Presidential Debate? Not Much.

The breathlessly-hyped debate between President Obama and Governor Romney left me with an empty feeling. There were many words–oh, there were words– but even the most casual observer of the campaign has heard most of them before. Yet when it comes to economic policy,  I learned almost nothing new about how either Romney or Obama would govern over the next […]

Will Romney Scale Back Rate Cuts If Congress Won’t Curb Tax Breaks?

Yesterday, Kevin Hassett, an American Enterprise Institute economist and informal adviser to Mitt Romney, insisted that Romney would not raise taxes on low- and middle-income households in order to finance his promised 20 percent across-the-board rate cut. Nor would those rate cuts increase the deficit. Instead, Kevin predicted that if Congress did not trim tax […]

About the 47 Percent Who Don’t Pay Federal Income Tax: Mitt, Meet Andrea

About that 47 percent: Let me introduce you to Andrea. When I met her a couple of years ago, she was a home health aide who typically worked six days-a-week and often put in 50 hours. She loved her work, but it is not something most of us would want to do. According to the […]

What Mitt Romney Didn’t Learn from Ronald Reagan

If only Mitt Romney had paid attention to Ronald Reagan. There are so many things the former Massachusetts governor could learn from the former California governor’s presidential campaigns. But I have in mind only one lesson not learned—how Reagan ran on tax reform in 1984. Reagan only cautiously embraced the idea of rewriting the tax […]

What Happened to Tax Reform at Mitt Romney’s Convention?

Yes, political conventions are costly anachronisms. But, with patience and time, one can learn quite a lot about a political party by watching, or reading, what the confab produces. Thus, a few thoughts about the GOP and fiscal policy as Republicans decamp from Tampa: Mitt Romney: In last night’s acceptance speech, he sketched out his […]

Feldstein’s Analysis Doesn’t Refute TPC Findings, It Confirms Them

In a recent paper, we showed that any revenue-neutral tax reform that included Governor Romney’s specific tax cuts and that met his stated goal of not raising taxes on saving and investment would cut taxes for households with income above $200,000 and would therefore necessarily have to raise taxes on taxpayers below $200,000. This was […]