But if I told you

I like Kevin Drum’s formulation (such as here) about Romney’s plans, they’re secret. That’s certainly in effect here:

“Contrary to what the Democrats are saying, I’m not going to increase the tax burden on middle-income families,” Romney said. “It would absolutely be wrong to do that.

Romney proposes a 20 percent across-the-board reduction of income tax rates but also aims to maintain current levels of tax revenue. He has not described in detail how he plans to accomplish both goals, except to say that he will broaden the tax base and close unidentified loopholes.

The bolded part is a bit of an understatement since he has not given ANY deductions he’ll get rid of.

The same is true of healthcare:

Romney tried to fend off another charge by Obama’s reelection campaign: that by repealing the 2010 health care law, Romney would leave young adults and people with preexisting health conditions without insurance. Under the law championed by Obama,insurance companies cannot deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions.

Romney emphasized that he will work not only to repeal the law but also to replace it with reforms of his own, which he said would include those popular provisions.

As this post notes, he doesn’t say how he’s going to do that:

According to an aide,“Gov. Romney will ensure that discrimination against individuals with preexisting conditions who maintain continuous coverage is prohibited.”

This has long been Romney’s position, and it’s not clear if it’s meaningful or not. This kind of protection has been the law of the land since 1995 for people with group coverage. And people who lose group coverage already qualify for individual COBRA coverage for 18 months. So the only way Romney’s statement means anything is if he’s saying he would pass a law that requires insurance companies to offer permanent individual coverage at a reasonable price to people who lose their group coverage. Needless to say, Romney has never actually committed to that particular detail.

It’s very simple now under Obamacare, starting in 2014 healthcare can not be denied to anyone with a preexisting condition.

The same is also true of foreign policy:

responding to criticism that he failed to say even a single word about Afghanistan in his acceptance speech:

I find it interesting that people are curious about mentioning words in a speech as opposed to policy. And so I went to the American Legion the day before I gave that speech. I went to the American Legion and spoke with our veterans there, and described my policy as it relates to Afghanistan and other foreign policy and our military. I’ve been to Afghanistan, and the members of our troops know of my commitment to Afghanistan and to the effort that’s going on there. I have some differences on policy with the president. I happen to think those are more important than what word I mention in each speech.

And here is the sum total of what Romney said about Afghanistan in that speech:

Of course, we are still at war in Afghanistan. We still have uniformed men and women in conflict, risking their lives just as you once did. How deeply we appreciate their sacrifice. We salute them. We honor them. We respect and love them.

Given how much he’s changed his opinions since he ran against Kennedy in 1996, this is probably a smart move. He doesn’t want to give a proposal and then have to change it a few times before the election.

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