Every year, Americans donate nearly one-third of their time, working to pay their share of an ever-increasing tax burden. Well, “donate” isn’t accurate; confiscation is a better word. This year, April 17 was that day known as “tax freedom day” – the day you begin to work for yourself, your family’s needs, satisfy debts, etc.
This is the way The Heritage Foundation noted the occasion:
“The future is grim… In January of 2013, Americans will be hit with waves of expiring tax cuts, which will lead to a crippling $494 billion tax hike known as ‘Taxmageddon’. If Congress fails to act, Heritage’s Curtis Dubay reports, ‘American households can expect to face an average tax increase of $3,800’ and ‘70 percent of Taxmageddon’s impact will fall directly on low-income and middle-income families, leaving them with $346 billion less to spend…’”
Considering all this, and the importance of the date, how could Mitt Romney fail to seize the moment to put President Obama back on his heels? Romney could have launched a competent tax plan publicly and left the President scrambling for a response. We waited with anticipation, but just heard crickets; nothing was offered from the Romney campaign.
Opportunity doesn’t knock often, Mr. Romney. Next time, don’t let it pass – you could have driven press commentary for at least a week or more. Throw the punch when your opponent is wide open, particularly when that opponent feels no compunction raising taxes.
With a president who fully intends to drive the middle class further down the ladder of success, demonizing prosperity, your target doesn’t get any better than that.