Wednesday, August 8, 2012 | 7:46am
Obama’s ‘Romney Hood’ Diss Illustrates What’s Wrong With Presidential Politics
Why the Olympic Athletes are more qualified to compete for the White House than either of the candidates
During a Monday night fundraiser in Connecticut, President Barack Obama was on the offensive, name-calling his Republican rival’s tax plan. Making reference to a recent study by the Tax Policy Center, which found that Romney’s push for additional tax cuts — while keeping these tax cuts revenue-neutral — would result in tax increases on the middle class.
“He’d ask the middle class to pay more taxes so that he could give another $250,000 tax cut to people making more than $3 million a year,” he said. “It’s like Robin Hood in reverse. It’s Romney Hood!”
While funny, the President’s jab is uncharacteristic. Its one that is more emotional instead of rooted in any policy or economic reform. Seems almost desperate. Back in High School, the kid making the best momma jokes might have been popular but I’m not so sure its going to win you a Presidential election, perhaps the contrary.
The one major problem in this whole tax discussion is why we’re spending so much time on what exactly constitutes “rich.” The president lumps all households making more than $250,000 in with “millionaires and billionaires.” While its not accurate, they aren’t middle class. There are people who AREN’T Millionaires that are rich and (IMO, not that you asked) should be taxed accordingly.
There’s too much back and forth about definitions, whether its the term rich or “Romneyhood” or “Obama-logna” or Obamacare. What happened to the issues? The policy. What policy is going to be enacted to begin reducing the debt and is tax part of that equation. Should tax be used to help America compete not just at the Olympics but on a global economic scale in the 21stcentury, as part of a long-term investment that can help our country outgrow its economic problems.
Its almost appropriate that the elections always run concurrent to the Summer games. We’ve become accustomed to the debate between blue and red being more about sport and competition rather than what it means for the country. Maybe we should all be content to take home the “participation” trophy in the world-wide race for economic supremacy because with these silly antics its not going to get us the Gold any time soon.