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January 17, 2012

Romney: I Pay Around 15% In Taxes

Of course he pays a crap-ton in actual dollars, but the 15% figure will be used against him.

But that's only part of the problem. The other part is that 15% will be used to advance the idea that the rich must pay more.

Here's the problem with nominating a rich guy: He's so vulnerable on the class-warfare stuff he has to preemptively surrender on it some.

A post from a few weeks back by Andy included Romney himself acknowledging the problem:

Drew also noted this problem on his own blog.

When Romney came in and spoke to The Wall Street Journal recently, he said that “someone with my background can’t make an argument for cutting taxes on wealthy individuals.” That was sort of why he–his argument for a more modest tax proposal here. What he didn’t say is whether he actually believes that cutting taxes on our most productive people would help grow the economy. And I think that’s where Gingrich thinks he has Romney. Does he actually believe this stuff?

That's quoted from the video below, Jason Riley reporting that.

Not saying this is disqualifying. But it should be borne in mind that Bush's idea of compassionate conservatism was born first of his sense of noblesse oblige, which itself arose from the fact that he was wealthy and always had been.


If you want to avoid noblesse oblige it's probably necessary to avoid the noblesse in the first place.

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