Obama: "Mitt Romney sure can afford to pay a little more"

The release of over two decades of Mitt Romney’s tax information on Friday must have been so anticlimactic for Team Obama — not only does it turn out that Romney contributed a boatload of money towards the federal coffers, but he’s also an almost wildly generous and charitable individual to boot. After the monumentally huge deal Team O made out of the tax returns, with dodgy “secrecy” ads and unsubtle fat-cat jabs out the wazoo, they don’t seem to be seizing on the information with quite the fervor you would’ve expected.

Yes, Romney is hugely wealthy, and hey, maybe some of his money was harbored in offshore bank accounts — so what? Those things aren’t illegal. Being a talented businessman, creating jobs, and acquiring plentiful personal wealth is something a heck of a lot of Americans probably wouldn’t mind doing themselves, and if President Obama is so averse to perceived tax loopholes and financial rejiggering, why the heck hasn’t he done anything about it? Quit attacking the symptoms, and maybe step up to the plate and attack the disease.

So, it looks like more of the same old, same old — the messaging is just continuing on with the “fair share” nonsense (the fact that we have a graduated income tax and that “fair share” is actually viable political rhetoric, will never cease to amaze me). At a campaign rally in Milwaukee on Saturday, via The Hill:

“We have always said in this campaign that change takes more than one term,” Obama said, asking for more time to finish the job he started as president.

The president also sought to highlight the contrasts between Romney and himself on several issues, including energy, Medicare and taxes. Obama has said he would raise taxes on those making $250,000 or more annually and at the rally he argued against more tax cuts for the wealthy.

“I can afford to pay a little more and Mitt Romney sure can afford to pay a little more,” Obama said. “We don’t build the economy from the top down. We build it from the bottom up.”

For goodness’ sake — these tax hikes, which will produce a questionable amount of additional federal revenue and will have much more damaging and far-reaching effects on the private sector as a whole, are sure meant to pay for a lot of things! To hear President Obama tell it, they’re going to stop the sequester, pay for ObamaCare, build roads and bridges, better our education system, and stop the rise of the oceans while they’re at it. But hey, who needs profit incentives — why don’t we just go crazy and impose a maximum-income cap while we’re at it?

Let’s hope that more Americans will wake up and realize they’re being spoon-fed a load of populist waffle before too much longer. And hey, maybe they will — all these contradictory polls are starting to make me go cross-eyed, but Gallup and Rasmussen aren’t looking too shabby there. But, but — pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina told reporters on Saturday that despite national tracking polls showing the president and Romney tied, Obama is still winning. …

“I think you will see a tightening in the national polls going forward,” he said. “What I care way more about it Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Wisconsin, etc. In those states, I feel our pathways to victory are there. There are two different campaigns, one in the battlegrounds and one everywhere else. That’s why the national polls aren’t relevant to this campaign.”