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Mount Vernon News
September 21, 2012 3:12 pm EDT

 

Mitt Romney is a former governor of the state of Massachusetts.

Economy

On the campaign trail, Romney frequently touts his mix of experience in the public and private sectors. Romney has also expressed support for the “cut, cap and balance” approach to curbing federal deficit spending that has been championed by tea party activists and some conservative lawmakers in Congress.

Health care

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney says if elected, he will work to repeal the Affordable Care law, which he also calls “Obamacare.” But, as Massachusetts governor, Romney signed a health care bill into law that penalized Massachusetts citizens for not having health insurance — similar to the federal provision but applied at the state level. At the time, Romney said the purpose of “Romneycare” was to provide, “Every citizen with affordable, comprehensive health insurance … and, finally — beginning to reign in health care inflation.”

Romney says that the president’s health care plan is an example of Washington overstepping its boundaries because it places a mandate on 100 percent of Americans. Instead, because his Massachusetts plan was limited to the states, it is better tailored to the people of Massachusetts.

Following the Supreme Court ruling on health care this year, Romney renewed his pledge to overturn Obama’s health care plan, calling it the biggest tax increase in U.S. history – a point that Factcheck.org, an independent website dismisses.

Taxes

Mitt Romney wants to cut taxes, announcing a move that would reduce the current top rate paid on income from 35% to 28%, with similar reductions across all tax brackets. Americans in the lowest bracket would pay 8 percent instead of 10 percent. Individuals closer to the middle would pay 20 percent instead of 25 percent. In addition to the changes to the marginal income tax rates, Romney also said he plans to eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax.

Two of the more expensive provisions under his tax plan would reduce revenue by more than $3.4 trillion over a decade. Meanwhile, the campaign, and the candidate, insist that the plan is “budget neutral.”

The campaign says the tax cuts will spur economic growth, and that will fill in some of the revenue gap. And it says Romney is prepared to limit deductions, exemptions and credits in order to finish the job. Romney’s campaign website outlines a plan that includes repealing the Affordable Care law and reducing the federal government workforce to reduce spending. But, Romney hasn’t said how fast he expects the economy to grow under his plan. And he hasn’t laid out which tax breaks he is willing to curtail — crucial details if his deficit neutral claim is to be believed.

Immigration

Governor Romney, in creating a contrast between himself and President Obama on immigration reform, said that he would do more than Obama did in his first term to create a long-term solution to immigration reform. Obama’s solution, Romney said, was “politically motivated,” coming, “four and a half months before the general election.”

Romney’s own solution includes securing the borders — in part, by building a border fence — as well as creating a pathway to citizenship for those who have served in the U.S. military or for children who came here “through no fault of their own

Education

Mitt Romney recently unveiled his education plan — “A Chance for Every Child” — which emphasized school choice, accountability and ensuring that qualified teachers are in every class. “As President, I will give the parents of every low-income and special needs student the chance to choose where their child goes to school,” Romney told a gathering at the Latino Coalition’s Annual Economic Summit in Washington, D.C. in May.

Romney was strongly criticized for comments he made that same month at an education roundtable at a charter school in Philadelphia. He said that in Cambridge, Massachusetts, “the schools in the district with the smallest classroom sizes had students performing in the bottom 10 percent. ... Just getting smaller classrooms didn’t seem to be the key.” In a speech in the battleground state of Ohio, Romney also made clear that educational equity would be balanced with fiscal restraint.


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