Asked by Businessweek how he would achieve a balanced budget, Mitt Romney flipped on his GOP autopilot:
[R]aising taxes ... depresses growth. And so like a dog chasing its tail, you can’t get to a balanced budget by simply raising taxes. As a matter of fact, it is ultimately counterproductive.
As a matter of fact, Bill Clinton revealed this as prodigiously false. Republicans railed at his 1993 tax increase as a job destroyer and economy killer, they said the markets would plunge, millions would be hurled from work, America would fall into a sinkhole of despair. Remember?
In a way, Romney is correct. Clinton's tax increase didn't balance the budget. It threw it into surplus, along with the "counterproductive" creation of 22 million jobs (roughly 10 times greater than under the tax-cutting, deficit-bloating Bush II administration).
Now I can only assume that you, as a hapless journalistic amateur, would direct Mr. Romney's attention to these assorted, immovable facts, right after he had dumped his autopiloted bullshit in your lap. But that only goes to prove what an amateur you are. Businessweek followed up with a question regarding job contraction in the public sector and whether, for government-shrinking conservatives, this is a "positive" or "negative" development.
Which is probably why a "Romney adviser" soon sidled over to "[inform] the governor that the campaign had agreed to a longer interview."