Patt Morrison for August 3, 2012

New Obama commercial blasts Romney’s tax, Romney questions validity of study

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President Obama and Mitt Romney in Ohio, June 14, 2012.

President Obama’s newest campaign ad states that Mitt Romney plans to reduce income tax rates across the board by 20 percent, giving big breaks to high-income households. The ad, based off a new study by the Tax Policy Center, suggests the wealthy will pay less in taxes while the middle class receives a tax hike.

The plan would “provide large tax cuts to high-income households, and increase the tax burdens on middle- and/or lower-income taxpayers.” In response, the Romney campaign has accused the Tax Policy Center study of bias due to the fact that one of the co-authors of the study had worked for the Obama administration. The Obama camp countered by pointing out that one of the authors was an aide in the George H.W. Bush White House.


All this raises the question: are these new studies true, or are they influenced by politics? Should it matter where the authors worked before joining a nonpartisan institute?


Rob Farley, deputy managing editor for

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