Is Mitt Conceding the Premise Again?

In Chandler, Arizona today, Governor Romney announced an initiative to lower individual rates on every American by 20 percent. Contrasting his approach with President Obama’s, Romney said, “Raising taxes will kill jobs. My plan will create jobs. That’s the difference between the two of us.”  Excellent contrast.

Just in the event we become too enthusiastic, Romney tempered his initiative by saying he would limit allowable deductions and exemptions for high income earners, “…so that we make sure the top 1% keeps paying the current share they’re paying or more.”  Thus does the premise of the left become the foundation for this Republican yet again. And in case you didn’t understand that he prefers to divide fairness according to class, he added, “We want middle-income Americans to be the place we focus our help, because it’s middle-income Americans that have been hurt by this Obama economy.”

Why the division? Why the picking and choosing which class gets more relief? Why buy into the premise of the progressive thereby giving it, and by extension Obama, undeserved legitimacy? Why set yourself up to have your words thrown back at you in the general when you will hear Obama say, “Governor, you yourself agreed with me that the top 1% percent needs to pay ‘…the current share or more.'” Why does this gentleman insist on this kind of thing?

As I’ve said before, if he’s the nominee, I’ll vote for him, but I may need a Tylenol subsidy before it’s all said and done. In the meantime, can someone get this guy a few Milton Friedman videos?