Secretary of Explaining Stuff


A few days after the Democratic National Convention, with much of the political world still buzzing about Bill Clinton’s speech, President Obama joked he might want to appoint his predecessor “Secretary of Explaining Stuff.”

As the campaign progresses, it seems some on Obama’s team appear to be taking that idea to heart. Today, the president’s re-election campaign unveiled this two-minute clip, featuring Clinton explaining why Mitt Romney’s tax plan just doesn’t make any sense.

For what it’s worth, Clinton isn’t the only one who’s noticed the Republican numbers are ridiculous. Mark Zandi, Moody’s chief economist and a former economic adviser to John McCain, said the numbers presented by the Romney campaign “will not add up.” Daniel Shaviro, a tax law professor at New York University, added, “There really is no serious dispute that the parameters of their plan can’t be met. It’s like saying you’re going to drive from Boston to Los Angeles in 10 hours without speeding. There’s just no way to make the numbers add up.”

The New York Times’ editorial board also argued today that Romney “needs a working calculator,” adding, It is increasingly clear that the Romney tax ‘plan’ is not really a plan at all but is instead simply a rhapsody based on old Republican themes that something can be had for nothing. For middle-class taxpayers without the benefit of expensive accountants, the bill always comes due a few years later.”