To the Editor:
I was surprised that in the initial response to the first debate between the presidential candidates there was little attention paid to President Obama's comment, "Well, for 18 months he's been running on this tax plan. And now, five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big, bold idea is, 'Never mind.'"
President Obama's comment points out that Romney ran hard with the tea party and big tax cuts. Now he is moderating his position. This position change is not like the old saying about changing horses in the middle of the stream. Romney paid a lot of money for the horse he's riding. He is going to keep the horse. He has changed streams. On the morning after the debate, one commentator said if you took Romney's comments out of the context of the debate and arranged them into a speech, he could be mistaken for a Democrat.
In his opening, President Obama raised the issue of some $5 trillion tax cut in Romney's plan. Romney countered even more strongly, "I'm not looking for a $5 trillion tax cut. What I've said is I won't put in place a tax cut that adds to the deficit." "That's not my plan." Romney did not say, "The $5 trillion tax cut was never in my plan." I am thinking the original plan was hyperbole; it was a huge exaggeration to show the tea party he was on their side. Clearly, they saw it as hyperbole. "Never mind."
Someone should count the number of things that Obama has achieved that Romney stated that he will keep, i.e. children maintained on their parents health insurance until age 26 and regulations on Wall Street. Here is what I heard between such lines from Mitt Romney, "Trust me. I am going to keep all the great things that the failed Obama presidency has done." On health care, "Obamacare is very much like the health care I passed in Massachusetts. The two things that are wrong with it are, this program should be an option on the state level not the national level, and I passed it as a bipartisan bill, only two dissenting votes."
Unfortunately Obama's comment did not zing; "Never mind."
Joel V. Xavier