In my post this morning on Cory Booker, I noted that Mitt Romney's tax plan would save households taking in more than $1 million per year an average of at least $250,000 ever year. Let us just dwell on this number for a minute.
Earlier this month, Obama claimed the $250,000 figure. Politifact got to work on it. It turns out, says Politifact, that Obama was telling the truth, and in fact if anything could be described as using the more conservative of two ways of looking at the matter, according to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center.
You can read the Politifact description, which is thorough and clear. It comes down to this in plain language. As you know the Bush tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year. Let's say Romney is elected and the Bush cuts are extended, as Romney says he'll do (and then some). If you don't credit Romney with extending the Bush cuts--that is, if you just assume they were going to be extended anyhow--then his plan cuts the tax bill for those making more than $1 million a year by $250,000.
But if you credit President Romney with the extension of the Bush cuts, then Romney's gift to uber-million households come to $390,000 a year. To see how insane this is, let's add a little perspective: Let's look at those same Bush tax cuts.
According to this report from Democratic staff in Congress on the impact of Bush cuts that was issued in 2007, households earnings $1 million or more per year received an average cut of $120,000 per year. Let's think about this.
The Bush tax cuts "accomplished" the following: lowered the tax burden of the very rich to lowest point in 50 years; added $1.8 billion to the deficit; exploded the publicly held debt as a share of GDP; and didn't really lead to a single net job (depending on how you measure, which will be the topic of a future post).
In other words, they were a disaster for the economy, and brutally inequitable.
And now, Romney's plan would give the above $1 million per year households twice as much as Bush did, or three times as much. It's really and truly sad and unbelievable that something like this is even discussed seriously by serious people. This plan makes Bush's look like a gift to poor people. Of course Romney would say he's cutting the lower classes' taxes too, which he is, but that just proves how much more aggressively the Romney plan would deplete the treasury, which again we'll dig into in detail at other points.
Voters know Bush wrecked the economy. For Romney this deserves to be and can be much a bigger pain than Bain.