For those who feel left in the dark about exactly how presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will cut $5 trillion and keep taxes where they are, RomneyTaxPlan.com has the details you need, you just can’t get them.
The joke website, created by the Democratic National Committee, pokes fun at the lack of details the former Massachusetts governor has given to the American people about many aspects of his potential policies if he's elected president in November. The Atlantic reports that Romney’s campaign has said it would lower tax rates, but he hasn’t explained how he would accomplish that goal.
“For a detailed explanation of how the Romney-Ryan tax plan is able to cut taxes by $5 trillion without raising taxes on the middle class or exploding the deficit,” the website reads. “Simply click the button below.”
The button, just below that statement, is labeled “GET THE DETAILS.” While it seems simple enough, but don’t get too excited. When vistor's to the website attempt to click on the button, it ducks and side-steps to a different spot on the screen.
After several attempts by this reporter to snag the allusive “GET THE DETAILS” button, a message popped up at the bottom of the page. “Mitt Romney has detailed a specific tax plan that provides tax cuts weighted towards millionaires and billionaires. Altogether, these tax cuts will cost about $5 trillion including interest. Here’s the math,” it reads. The page includes a link to the Barack Obama website.
Think Progress noted that the policy suggested by Romney wouldn’t add up in any situation. The liberal news site said Mark Zandi, a former John McCain campaign adviser and chief economist at Moody’s Economy, claims the Romney’s plan can’t possibly work.
“They could say okay I’m not going to lower tax rates as much as I’m saying right now and they could make the arithmetic work. But under the current plan, with the current numbers, no it doesn’t,” said Zandi when speaking about a study by the Tax Policy Center aim at discrediting Romney’s vague plan. “The arithmetic doesn’t work as it is right now."