Taxing Campaign

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Ohio voters listen to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a town hall in Bowling Green, Ohio, on July 17, 2012. (J.D. Pooley/Getty)

President Obama and Mitt Romney are going back and forth on their respective tax strategies. Ruben Navarette, nationally syndicated columnist and CNN contributor, talks about the latest in the pre-convention presidential campaign.


Ruben Navarrette

Comments [22]

Suzanne from NYC, Manhattan

Take me on vacation. I'll read anybook you want to hear! I've been stuck in the city toooo long.


Aug. 02 2012 12:00 PM

@Robert from NYC,

At least go and write someone in. Your vote will not result in the election of your nomination, but its symbolic.

Aug. 02 2012 10:43 AM

@Robert from NYC

You have fallen into Mitt's trap!

Did you feel the same way in 2000? Did you see no difference between Bush and Gore? I saw a vast difference.

The negative campaigning that BOTH sides will take part in is intended to tamp down voter turn-out. The SuperPACs and Romney will use it far more than the Democrats. If they hold down Independents then the field is open for their partisans to have more of a say. Your strategy rewards them for this bad behavior.

No party, no candidate will do exactly what you want or expect once elected. They do, however, respond in ways that are more or less likely to promote a world and style of governance that you want to see.

I see a vast difference between the Presidency under Obama and one where (shudder) Mitt Romney is my president. Don't you?

Aug. 02 2012 10:31 AM

Bilious Jenna. blechh!

Aug. 02 2012 10:28 AM

Well said Leo- I totally agree. And to hear him discuss, and seemingly understand, Republican prejudice against Latinos makes me question his sanity. How can you be a Republican Ruben??

Aug. 02 2012 10:27 AM
Leo from queens

Fuva, Totally agree with you. Ruben tries to simplify and obfuscate real policy and ideological differences in order to keep people ignorant.

He is pandering to Jews now..

Aug. 02 2012 10:25 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Wait a minute, *Eisenhower* had more people deported than any other president until Obama? Brian, could you do a segment looking at that & the circumstances surrounding it?

Aug. 02 2012 10:25 AM
john from office

Brian, how is your Yiddish or German?? Why do you find it odd a spanish sir-named American is unable to speak Spanish?? They are Americians and we speak English.

Aug. 02 2012 10:25 AM
Jenna from UW

Typical Brian Lehe bringing up the Jewish/Israeli issue. What the hell does this have to do with the average American?

Aug. 02 2012 10:25 AM
Josh Levine

Actually I only wish Obama would do with the economy what he is doing with immigration -- cleaning it up.

Only once must a president draw that a bright line between illegal and legal. Once done, the remaining immigrants here legally can benefit from the rule of law, which, among other things will force wages UP.

Republicans, on the other hand, operate most fluidly in dark waters, be it the economy or immigration. For the GOP, simply, the more illegals, the lower the wages.

The only friend of immigrants, ironically, is the Rule of Law.

Aug. 02 2012 10:24 AM
elizabeth from brooklyn

Why does the Brian Lehrer show always have guests that sound as clueless as the candidates? I find it hard to believe Ruben Navarette understands middle-class or working class people at all. Of course $2,000 in raised taxes for my family is significant. And if you tell me I have to pay more while someone far richer than I am -- who earns most of his money from investments and not going to a job 5 days per week -- is paying less taxes, of course I will be angry. I don't need to "like" my president. I need to believe that my president cares for all Americans in making policy and not just favors policies that benefit the class of people he identifies with. Please Brian, get better guests on your show when discussing political and economic issues.

Aug. 02 2012 10:24 AM
fuva from harlemworld

This guy's analysis is lacking. The citizenry is too ignant, yes. But to say that tax policies don't matter at all is taking it too far. Also, I hear in that statement a kind of resignment to citizen ignorance.

Yes, Obama has been too conciliatory to the Right. But the Obama/Romney or Obama/Republican equivalency goes too far. And I'm no Democrat.

Aug. 02 2012 10:22 AM
Leo from Queens

Yes. Rich people should not pay taxes.. They don't use our airports, or roads or public transportation. They don't use public schools and they don't use any hospitals. They don't even rely on US defense. Terrorists only go after poor people. They don't go after rich people.
They have their own airports and roads and their own schools and have their own private security to protect them.

They should not pay taxes

Aug. 02 2012 10:21 AM
Pablo Alto from da Bronx

Governing is not the same as campaigning. I may have been disappointed by certain policy decisions made by President Obama, but I do understand that this country is deeply divided along political lines. There is also the often unspoken race dynamic. He has done a good job and his opponent is not the right person to LEAD this country at this (or any) point in time.

Aug. 02 2012 10:19 AM
Leo from queens

Hi.. as a Hispanic I like the fact that you have more Hispanic voices on the air, but Ruben Navarrete is not a smart person and his views are narrow and infantile. His argument that President Obama is pragmatic and realistic makes him a conservative is ridiculous. He kept the Bush tax cuts because increasing taxes on ALL Americans as Republicans wanted during this great depression would have led to a further collapse of the economy. He has been pragmatic and has accepted certain things if he is advancing policies which he wants to implement. Granted, there are things I as a liberal have been disappointed in Mr. Obama, but Ruben's arguments don't fly. He is trying to get liberals to question Obama. I have been disgusted most of the times I've heard him on the radio on the Tell Me More show..

Aug. 02 2012 10:18 AM
Ed from Larchmont

On the contrary, there is a lot of enthusiasm on the right for Romney, because they dislike President Obama's policies so much.

Aug. 02 2012 10:18 AM
Robert from NYC

Well Obama lost me. I just will not vote, He's not the person we voted for is right, man! If you don't like the choices, folks, don't vote, don't settle. You're not throwing your vote away, you're not giving up a vote to the worst candidate, you're just not voting for anyone. You don't want any of them, don't vote for any of them. Obama's on the box again saying what we want to hear but again will probably not do what he says he will do. Stay away from the booth, it's not irresponsible, it's the responsible thing to do. Get out an get the people you want and put them up for the candidate. DON'T SETTLE!!

Aug. 02 2012 10:17 AM

Really?!? No real difference between the consequences of Obama's Tax Plan and Romney's?? Give or take $400B...

The election comes down to can Romney make a plausible case to voters that Obama has had his chance and you've suffered long enough. This is disingenuous in the extreme. The GOP misfeasance caused the Great Recession and GOP footdragging have delayed the recovery.

I'll vote Obama because Romney and his party are a part of the problem.

Aug. 02 2012 10:17 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Hey Jenny, look at all the jobs rich people, uh - "job creators" have created with the Bush tax cuts the last 10 years.

Aug. 02 2012 10:17 AM
Dan from New York

Can you please make this guy actually answer a question directly!

Aug. 02 2012 10:14 AM

If we cut taxes we don't need to come up with new revenues...we need to cut spending

Aug. 02 2012 10:14 AM
jenny from nyc

I dont understand why rich people need to pay taxes at all...

they are the job creators....

Aug. 02 2012 10:13 AM

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