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Obama dubs Romney ‘Romney Hood’ — robbing the poor to help the rich

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

President Obama portrayed Mitt Romney as the opposite of Robin Hood, saying that his Republican opponent wants to take money from poorer people to give it to wealthier people.

“It’s like Robin Hood in reverse,” Obama said of Romney’s tax plan, which would cut taxes across the board by 20 percent, during a fundraiser in Connecticut. “It’s Romney Hood.”

Obama’s quip distils an attack that he has repeated in the last week. “In order to afford just one $250,000 tax cut for somebody like Mr. Romney, 125 families like yours would have to pay another $2,000 in taxes each and every year,” the president said at another fundraiser last Wednesday.

His claim is based on a report from the Tax Policy Center, even though the authors — who include one former Obama aide and a former aide to President George H.W. Bush — preface their study by saying, “We do not score Governor Romney’s plan directly, as certain components of his plan are not specified in sufficient detail, nor do we make assumptions regarding what those components might be.”

 

 

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