Rick Santorum, Friend of the Little Guy

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Matt Yglesias examines Rick Santorum’s 12-point tax plan:

It is actually true that this means Santorum stands out from the GOP pack in expressing a non-zero level of concern for the after-tax income of low-income people. Fully one of the twelve planks of his tax agenda would help an economically struggling family, which is more than I believe Mitt Romney or any of the others have mustered.

Not bad for a modern Republican! In fact, I think you could even made a plausible case for two of Santorum’s planks (#5 and #6). That makes him practically a socialist. What’s more, if the Tax Policy Center ever scores his plan, I suspect that it would come out slightly less staggeringly plutocratic than any of the others they’ve scored. Rich people would probably see their taxes cut by no more than a third or so. What a mushball.

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