Statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on Mitt Romney’s Refusal to Support Tax Cuts for the Middle Class

Oct 12, 2011

MADISON – After Tuesday night’s debate in which Mitt Romney called tax cuts for the middle class “little band aids” that he doesn’t favor, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate released the following statement:

“Tuesday night’s debate showed once again that Mitt Romney is a pandering flip-flopper. While he claims he isn’t ‘running to help the rich,’ his economic programs support tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and corporations while doing nothing for middle class families. Last night, when asked about extending the payroll tax cut for middle class families, Mitt Romney called such relief  ‘little band aids’ that he doesn’t support.


Extending payroll tax cuts for the middle class means an average of $1,580 for Wisconsin families. To wealthy millionaires and the corporations that Mitt is running for, that may be just a ‘band aid,’ but to the average Wisconsin family, already reeling from the impact of Governor Scott Walker’s devastating budget that paid for $2.3 billion in tax giveaways to the wealthy with a $1.6 billion cut to public education and a tax increase for working families, $1,580 is the month’s mortgage and groceries.

  It’s not surprising that a governor who finished 47th out of 50 in job creation doesn’t understand what economists and the American people are saying – middle class families deserve a break. Mitt Romney has no plans to provide immediate relief to the middle class, he has no plan to create jobs, and by opposing the extension of the payroll tax cuts he supports raising taxes on middle class families.”