The Pledge

Mitt Romney won’t raise taxes. That is, he won’t raise income taxes. I mean, he won’t raise the marginal tax rate on the highest incomes. Anything else is fair game.

Mitt Romney promises, if elected President, not to raise taxes …

I support the continuation of the tax cuts that were enacted under President Bush’s watch and I will not raise taxes.

… sortakinda:

But you can read the pledge, if you will, and you can see that it’s drawn very narrowly. It’s not drawn very broadly.

It talks about raising the highest marginal income tax rate. It does not talk about all forms of revenue for the government.

(Emphasis added)

That’s right, folks. Mitt Romney solemnly promises not to raise taxes at the top of the income scale. It’s open season on any other “form of revenue for the government.”

Doesn’t that give you a warm and fuzzy feeling all over?

Oh, yeah. And he’s against discrimination against gay people and also against letting them serve openly in the military, because the current policy is working so well.

Too bad this turkey probably won’t get the nomination.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com