Yet More Straw Men From Romney.
He won’t release his past tax returns or discuss his use of offshore trust accounts and he disavows any knowledge of what his wholly owned company, Bain Capital, was doing when he was supervising the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. And now Mitt Romney is running television advertising accusing the President of gutting welfare reform by dropping work requirements.
Now for the truth of the matter. President Obama was responding to the request by two Republican governors (of Utah and Nevada) asking for more flexibility in applying the rules. This wasn’t the first time such a request has been made. In 2005 29 governors requested waivers so they could implement the law better for their states’ individual circumstances. One of those governors was named Mitt Romney.
That’s it. No big deal in other words, because the underlying principle being applied by the president is well understood. It’s called federalism.
Romney, the poster child for legally sidestepping taxes, has a nasty habit of making up things about the President, and then attacking him for the made up things. This is called a ‘straw man’ argument. It’s commonly used when you can’t find anything substantive to attack, so you make stuff up and construct a ‘straw man’ to attack instead.
It would be real nice if the campaign started dealing with real issues and real policy discussions. Obama has one out now, framing the campaign as one about whether or not the American public wants to go back to the Bush era policies of tax cuts and de-regulation of finance–policies which obviously ended very, very badly in the worst recession since the Great Depression. One can disagree with Obama, but the ad is basically fair. No straw man there.
I’d like someone to ask both the president and Mitt Romney their policy on legal offshore account use. For them, or against them?