Democrats, including the Obama campaign, have been heavily invested in accusing Mitt Romney of adopting a plan that raises taxes on the middle class. This came up quite a bit last night, and the editors at FactCheck.org were unimpressed (via Travis Waldron).
The keynote speaker and others claimed the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, would raise taxes on the "middle class." [Romney] has promised he won't. [...]
The keynote speaker, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, repeated a frequent but groundless Democratic talking point, warning that Romney would raise taxes on the middle class. Castro was joined in this by other Democrats including former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. But they all misrepresented the position Romney has made clearly and repeatedly -- that he would somehow lower taxes on those in the middle class.
I think the keyword there is "somehow."
Look, there are basically two competing claims here. Relying on an independent analysis from non-partisan scholars, Democrats have said Romney will have to raise taxes on the middle class, since there's no other way to make the numbers add up. Romney, still unable to present any substantive evidence to bolster his plans, insists he won't even consider raising taxes on the middle class.
The FactCheck.org suggests the Democratic claim is "groundless" in large part because Romney says it's not true. But is Romney's denial credible?
According to FactCheck.org, the Republican "has promised he won't" raise taxes. Fine. But Romney has also "promised" he'll cut taxes on the wealthy, increase defense spending, increase entitlement spending, and balance the budget -- all while protecting the home-mortgage-interest deduction, the health care deduction, and the charitable-contribution deduction.
The point is, Romney, no matter what his intentions, can't keep these promises -- the arithmetic won't budge. If he intends to even try to keep the promises, a significant tax increase on the middle class is unavoidable. It's as simple as that.