There are all sorts of reasons not to vote for Mitt Romney. One of the simplest is that Romney's tax plan won't reduce the deficit. So says Erskine Bowles, who co-chaired the deficit reduction commission with Alan Simpson:

This month, Romney said that his tax reform proposal is "very similar to the Simpson-Bowles plan." How I wish it were. I will be the first to cheer if Romney decides to embrace our plan. Unfortunately, the numbers say otherwise: His reform plan leaves too many tax breaks in place and, as a result, does nothing to reduce the debt.

...although I give Romney credit for pledging to reform the tax code to reduce loopholes, his current proposal will not take us to the promised land. Our commission's tax plan broadens the base, simplifies the code, reduces tax expenditures and generates $1 trillion for deficit reduction while making the tax code more progressive. The Romney plan, by sticking to revenue-neutrality and leaving in place tax breaks, would raise taxes on the middle class and do nothing to shrink the deficit [Erskine Bowles, "Romney's Tax Plan Won't Cut the Deficit," Washington Post, August 9, 2012].

Romney continues to peddle the immature fantasy that we can pay less in taxes and make our deficit magically disappear. Grown-ups like Bowles and Simpson understand that we've already spent $16 trillion that we don't have on programs that we've already used. Even if we indulged the Republican fantasy of ending Medicare and other government programs, we still have an obligation to pay for what we've already used. Romney's plan doesn't get us to the point where we can pay our debts. Remember, in recent history, the only President to do that was a Democrat.