Yes this sort of spans several threads in both politics forums (fora?) but given that the primary season is over, I figured a new thread was warranted, Note: this is the boring thread. That means the focus is on policy proposals and the like. Perhaps you'd like to talk about the campaign gaffe du-jour? Do it elsewhere. Or perhaps you'd like to engage in some nonsense false equivalency? The Sanctum Santorum is elsewhere. Or maybe you just want to rant about how Obama isn't a real liberal or how Romney isn't a real conservative? Feel free to do it elsewhere. This thread is, by design, boring. Warning: I'm typing this on my iPad and that makes sharing links a pain, so the following is link light. I'll bolster it with some links when I get home, With that out of the, I'll kick things off. In almost all cases, campaign promises don't hold up to scrutiny. They aren't designed to pass CBO muster, they're designed to get the base fired up and/or to exploit the low information awareness level of the typical uncommitted voter. Even then, Mitt Romney's tax plan is egregious. He claims to want to drastically flatten the tax code to only two brackets: 15 and 25% (I think). Needless to say that since he's a Republican, this amounts to an enormous tax cut for the wealthy. He plans to pay for this by drastically slashing federal spending and by eliminating tax loopholes. However, he's famously declared his intention not to be specific about what loopholes and programs he'd eliminate, citing the potential political backlash as his reason (is the Romney campaign the first postmodern campaign?). However, over the weekend he got specific in front of some conservative donors, and what was striking is just how timid his plans are. Here is a link to Matt Yglesias that you should now read. So in short, from a policy substance point of view, the Romney tax plan is ridiculous. It's totally unworkable. If enacted, the subsequent deficits would probably destroy the nation. What's interesting is to contrast the GOP primary this year, which featured a great degree of nonsense and almost no policy substance, with the Democratic primary from four years ago. On healthcare, all three campaigns released very long, detailed policy proposals that were actually workable. They were pie in the sky plans with no chance of passing Congressional muster, but they weren't outright nonsense of the likes the GOP is offering.