Summary: The candidates economic views and plans aren’t all that different from each other, and voters on both sides seem to want mostly the same thing on many big issues.
From the communications director of a conservative PAC:
…no campaign would win, he told me, by painting a challenger as a slightly different version of the incumbent. “If you were selling a new cola, and you told people it tasted like Coca-Cola, nobody would buy it,”
Same Same but Different, but in the Thai sense, not the NobodyisFlyingthePlane meaning:
In a series of polls going back decades, the Pew Research Center and other surveyors have shown that America is divided on many economic issues in name only.
Compared with much of U.S. history and to many countries around the world today, America has already settled its most significant economic debates.
Perhaps the best example of this economic consensus are the two candidates for the presidency. For someone who lived in the first 150 years or so of this country, it might be hard to see what’s so different about the economic policies of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Romney seeks a 25 percent top corporate tax rate, and Obama is proposing 28 percent.
Romney wants to eliminate capital-gains taxes for the typical investor and leave the rate at 15 percent for higher earners. Obama wants to increase it to 20 percent.
…for most Americans, the distinctions might be mistaken for a rounding error.
Both men strongly support expanding free trade and maintaining close to the same level of Social Security and welfare benefits. Neither has any specific plan to radically change the way we regulate business, the environment or the workplace.
NYTimes: Vote Obamney! http://nyti.ms/Q9s8dL