Tuesday, August 7, 2012

“Romney Hood?”

Every great once in a while, politics makes me laugh. Today I was listening to the radio and heard part of President Obama’s speech for a fund raiser in Stamford, CT. President Obama coined the phrase “Romney Hood,” as he explained how Romney’s tax plan was actually the reverse of the children’s story Robin Hood. Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor. President Obama says that Romney’s proposed tax plan would increase taxes for the middle class and/or lower income tax payers while giving tax cuts to the rich. Effectively, if true, he would be taking from the “poor” to give to the rich. It’s very clever and funny, except if it‘s true.

Actually, there was a study done by nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, which determined this to be true. However, who really knows. Romney isn’t even sure of his own plan yet. Romney wants to decrease the deficit without raising taxes, but hasn’t filled us in on the details of how he plans to accomplish this. Yet, he says the study is flawed and biased. How do we know what to believe when I have heard him joke about unemployment and say he isn’t worried about the poor?

Here’s what Obama quoted the study as saying: Obama cited a Tax Policy Center study, saying Romney would “effectively raise taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of $2,000 -- to pay for this tax cut.  Not to reduce the deficit. ... He’d ask the middle class to pay more in taxes so that he could give another $250,000 tax cut to people making more than $3 million a year.”

Is what this study says true? It was done by a nonpartisan group. Doesn’t that mean anything? I don’t know about you, but I would love it if we could get the real truth about what is going on on both sides of the political aisle. It’s time for the media to go back to doing real investigative reporting and stick to facts in all articles that aren’t editorials . There is no room for bias in journalism. When the hell did everything change? When did the news become so slanted? Walter Cronkite must be rolling over in his grave.

Regardless of all that, I love the phrase “Romney Hood.” Stick an arrow in me, I’m done.

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