Sunday, January 13, 2008


WASHINGTON—No one in the Republican presidential race talks more about middle-class tax relief than Mitt Romney. The twist: His view of who fits into the middle class is more expansive than most.

Romney's middle class includes people making $200,000 a year, judging by the intersection of his rhetoric and tax plan.

His rhetoric:

--"We're going to have to reduce taxes on middle-income Americans immediately."

--"We must improve America's global competitiveness and unleash the American economy by rolling back tax rates across the board, eliminating taxes on middle class savings, making the Bush tax cuts permanent, lowering the corporate tax rate, making health care expenses tax deductible and eliminating the death tax once and for all."

--"Zero rate on middle class savings," he says, "to make it easier for the middle class to save."

--"They say we ought to be able to get a reduction on the burden on the middle class. And that hasn't been done." - Boston Globe

$200,000 = middle class? I'm sorry Mitt, but no.

1 comment:

  1. 200,000 is certainly the upper part of the middle class. I'm saying that 50k-250k combined household earnings is middle class, easily. My family is around the 200k part (not at or above it, but close to it), and I don't consider myself a middle class citizen.


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