I couldn't help but think of this when I was reading Romney's section on tax policy. He devotes two pages to the fair tax. Yet, there is one person's name who never comes up -- Mike Huckabee. The Right Speak community may remember how Huckabee gave two pages in his recent book to lying about "Romneycare." And when I say lying, I mean lying. Huckabee misuses data in an attempt to blame historically rising premiums on "Romneycare." He, of course, refers to it as "socialized medicine." Huck cites two articles as his sources. When I read Huck's section about "Romneycare," I couldn't help but get the sense that the talk show host is doing everything he can to poke his finger in the eye of the man who hurt his feelings in 2008.
In contrast to Huckabee, Romney conducts actual research (again, it's an adult book; this will be the subject of a future post). He doesn't prefer the fair tax. But for intelligent people, public policy often leads to nuance. Which is why Romney ends his long discussion with this (145):
It would be instructive if we could give the fair tax a fair test, but that would be difficult. In concept, the idea of a consumption tax is very appealing because of its potential to propel economic growth, but there are a number of potential drawbacks that will have to be worked out. At a minimum, the fair tax would have to be structured to avoid the windfall for the very rich and the extra burden which would fall on the middle class.There is a lot of thoughtful nuance in No Apology.