A new 30 second commercial being run by the Romney-Ryan ticket finally begins to interject a narrative into the presidential race that can effectively counter the Obama class warfare strategy being aimed at middle class Americans. (see ad below this post)
While the ad is far from groundbreaking what it does do is cast a large shadow of doubt over President Obama’s policies by pointing out that not only will they lead to higher taxes on the middle class… they ‘already have’ raised taxes on the middle class.
The ad which is aptly titled “Already Has” bases the claim on a very reliable and non-partisan report issued by the Congressional Budget Office back in July. The report essentially concludes that between Obamacare and Obama economic policies the federal government will spend more money, raise more tax revenue, and reduce the deficit by much less than the President claims.
According to the C.B.O. revenue increases built into in the Obamacare law would essentially lead to a trillion dollars in higher taxes. These taxes include revenues from Obamacare-driven individual and employer mandates, combined with a so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost benefits and additional taxes on drugmakers, medical device manufacturers and insurers. All of which in addition to raising medical costs will also place direct and indirect tax increases on middle class taxpayers and their families. The report also concludes that this would all result in a net increase in federal budget deficits of $109 billion over the 2013–2022 period.
All of this spells disaster for taxpayers and the American economy and none of it should provide thinking Americans with good reason to reelect President Obama but to really drive the point home, the ad goes a step further by featuring a picture of the President with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The image is a politically damaging reminder of just how ideologically close Obama and Pelosi. It is a point that can only help to turn the stomachs of any fiscally responsible voter.
Unfortunately, most casual observers will not want to get into the nuts and bolts that explain the charges in Romney’s new ad. However, by just bringing it to the attention of the 6% or so of the independent voters out there in the six swing states that will determine who the next President is, Romney is finally on track to establishing a narrative in this campaign that could provide him with the momentum he needs to turn those currently uncommitted voters in to committed Romney voters.
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