Romney, Michigan and a Couple of Cadillacs


New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow highlights how Mitt Romney's repeated allusions to wealth on the campaign trail will likely contribute to the demise of his nomination.

Mitt Romney just can’t stop wealth allusions from creeping into the conversation.


He did it again on Friday. At the end of a speech about his economic plan before the Detroit Economic Club, when it felt as though he was just winging it, he said: “I love this country. I actually love this state.

This feels good being back in Michigan. Um, you know the trees are the right height. The, uh, the streets are just right. I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles. I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually.” 

Two Cadillacs?

That’s rich, literally. 

That’s not what you want to say when you are in Detroit, which, as I pointed out last week, has the highest poverty rate of any big city in America.

That’s not what you want to say in a city where Megan Owens of the Detroit-based advocacy organization Transportation Riders United said on Friday that roughly half of its bus service has been eliminated in the past five or so years.

That’s not what you want to say when discussing a tax-cut plan that, according to models prepared by the Tax Policy Center, would heavily weight the benefits toward the top of the income spectrum.


That’s not what you want to say when, as David Cay Johnston of Reuters pointed out this week, Romney’s plan would: 

“Raise taxes on poor families with children at home and those going to college. Romney does this by reducing benefits from the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit and by ending the American Opportunity tax credit for college education.”


Read Charles M. Blow's entire column at the New York Times.