Former Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee asserted on Sunday that Republicans “would classify Mitt Romney’s horse as a small business” if they thought it would help them convince Americans that taxes shouldn’t be raised on the wealthy.
During an ABC News discussion about the federal deficit, The Wall Street Journal‘s Kimberly Strassel argued that the 3 percent of small businesses that would be impacted by ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest Americans were actually the “most important and productive business generators in the country.”
“Republicans talk about small businesses like you want them to think about mom-and-pops [shops],” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) explained, adding that Republicans would classify Bain Capital — the firm presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney founded — as a small business.
“They would classify Mitt Romney’s horse as a small business,” Goolsbee interrupted.
“It’s true!” Van Hollen agreed. “Hedge fund owners, Fortune 100 companies all come under this rubric of small business.”
Earlier this month, Ann Romney’s dressage horse, Rafalca, competed in the 2012 London Olympics.
In 2010, the Romneys took more tax deductions on their horses than most Americans earn in a year. According to The New York Times, the couple “declared a loss of $77,000 on their 2010 tax returns for the share in the care and feeding of Rafalca.”
Census Bureau statistics show that the mean yearly per capita income for individuals in the U.S. between 2006 and 2010 was $27,334.
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan suggested on Friday that Romney’s background was “starting small businesses.”
Watch this video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Aug. 19, 2012.