Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

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Mittmentum, Meet High Unemployment

Today's Balance Sheet: As the race moves south, the candidates will need to tackle states with much higher unemployment rates. 

Winning the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary puts Mitt Romney in a good place for the remaining primaries in South Carolina and Florida this month. But a grimmer economic picture in these states has the potential to damage his momentum. New Hampshire, with an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent in November, had the fourth-lowest unemployment rate in the country, and Iowa's 5.7 percent was similarly below the national rate. South Carolina and Florida, with unemployment rates of 9.9 and 10 percent respectively, will be much more focused on the candidate's economic credentials, and perhaps be open to platforms offering more radical change—like those of Ron Paul or Rick Santorum—than Romney's comparably moderate economic plan. The latest barrage of anti-Romney attacks in South Carolina aim to capitalize on local disappointment with the current state of affairs. But if the documentary painting Romney as a “predatory corporate raider," and Romney's economic stance aren't enough to...

Bring It On!

At the back-to-back debates in New Hampshire last weekend, it looked as though Mitt Romney's challengers had been consigned to defeat. As Huntsman, Paul, and Santorum jockeyed for second place, Romney could have joined Perry on the side of the stage for a nap. But that's not the case now. Realizing that South Carolina may be their last stand, the other candidates are exploiting every chance to slow down Romney’s momentum as the race moves south. A 27-minute television ad sponsored by Gingrich-supporting super PAC “Winning Our Future” has the highest probability of injuring the front-runner’s chances of a clean sweep in the primaries. The ad paints Romney as an out-of-touch corporate raider ready to take over the country and steal Americans’ money. As Time ’s James Poniewozik points out , “Holy crap, is it vicious.” Although Democrats have been saving their Bain attacks for the fall, the National Democratic Committee didn't skip out entirely on the fun; it has repeatedly called Romney...

Nothing Certain But Death and Tax Evasion

Today's Balance Sheet: Romney meets the 99 percent, and the 1 percent avoids paying taxes. 

The Internal Revenue Service recently updated its tax-gap estimate using 2006 tax year liabilities, and the numbers show that underreported income—largely from the one percent—remains a big obstruction to collecting taxes. Even though 83 percent of the country voluntarily pays its taxes, there are still $450 billion worth left unpaid. The IRS believes tougher enforcement could help it collect an additional $65 billion, but that still leaves $385 billion that will never be paid. That's a lot of money—enough to pay for more than 11 payroll-tax-cut bills like the one passed by Congress at the end of last year. A study into the collection gap found that over 50 percent of tax evasion was undertaken by individuals with business income, and that misreporting is highest among those who have an adjusted gross income between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Even as tax evasion has increased, the number of IRS workers has decreased —falling from 116,673 in 1992 to 84,711 in 2010—leaving the institution...

Corporations Aren't Job Creators

After largely ignoring Mitt Romney during Saturday's debate in New Hampshire, the Republican candidates have started attacking the front-runner where it hurts most: his economic résumé. A new 28-minute television advertisement focusing on Romney's time at Bain Capital has the most potential to hurt the candidate given that the former governor touts his experience there as indicative of his ability to fix the U.S. economy. Newt Gingrich-supporting Super PAC "Winning Our Future" produced the film. The advertisement strikes back at Romney's $3.7 million-worth of negative, anti-Gingrich advertising in Iowa, which effectively ruined the former speaker's end-of-the-year momentum. A report today from The Wall Street Journal lends even more ammunition to Gingrich's last-minute attacks on Romney's credentials: 22 percent of the companies Bain invested in while Romney was in charge filed for bankruptcy less than eight years later, and eight percent more lost all the money Bain invested. Of the...

Rape Is Rape

The Department of Justice updates its sexual-violence reporting requirements to include men and those unable to consent to sex because of intoxication.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the FBI is changing the definition of rape used by local enforcement to tabulate national sexual-violence statistics. The outdated definition that has been governing national rape statistics since 1929, “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will,” has been updated to "penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” According to Susan D. Carbon, director of the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, the previous definition “excluded an untold number of victims.” For the first time, men will be included in national rape statistics, as well as those raped while unable to give consent due to intoxication or other mental and physical incapacity. “Rape is rape is rape,” said Carbon in a conference call this morning. “It’s rape if you’re a man; it’s rape if it was with...