Romney sure is vague about his proposals

Romney says he’ll pay for his new tax cuts in large part by closing tax loopholes and limiting deductions. Although he’s said he won’t target deductions important to the middle class, he’s declined to specify something far more relevant: which ones he will target.

“His tax-rate cut is so large that you would need a very big broadening of the tax base to make up the lost revenues,” notes Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. “You would have to get rid of a lot of very popular tax breaks. He said he wouldn’t do that for the middle-class and has ruled out higher taxes on investment. Take all that off the table and there is just not a lot left.”…

Even organizations that favor much smaller government have criticized Romney for a lack of detail that makes his plans hard to assess. “In a day and age when the budget is arguably the number one issue, if someone is going to run on a platform of smaller government, they need to get specific about what they would cut and what they see as the role of government,” says Tad DeHaven, a budget analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute.

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