Maryann Tobin

There is a fundamental difference between Republicans and Democrats that should have jumped out of the spin rooms after Thursday's VP, but didn't. One party is all about intimating voters with scare tactics. Guess which one?

The guilty party repeated the practice on Friday morning, when Republican Eric Cantor faced the cameras on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and flat-out lied about what was said during the VP debate. The reason I know that is because I saw the debate – and Cantor's statement – live.

Cantor said Joe Biden and the Democrats wanted to raise taxes on small businesses, insisting that the Democrats' rigid position on letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire is the reason the country is facing a "fiscal cliff."

Biden said nothing even close to what Cantor accused him of, but the mere suggestion of raising taxes sounds scary.

What Romney and Ryan fail to admit is that they have every intention of raising taxes on the 47 percent that Romney claims pay nothing. Buried in the details neither candidate wants to talk about is the repeal of the child tax credit, earned income tax credit, and a rate increase on people living below the poverty line. The new, more compassionate Romney will be giving himself a tax cut paid for by poor people. And according to Romney, that's "fair."

Cantor's pathetic accusation was an attempt to try to make voters forget that the sole reason for the sequester- inspired fiscal cliff, was created out of congressional Republicans' refusal to vote for anything that might help the country. It was a repeat of their debt ceiling stubbornness that threatened the financial stability of world markets in 2011.

But here's what's really scary. Ryan said, "We can grow this economy faster... going with proven, pro- growth policies that we know works to get people back to work."

Those alleged "proven" policies have been called Bush trickle-down economics and deregulation on steroids, and we all know where that lead: The worst financial market collapse in 83 years.

Cantor, Ryan, Romney, and their fellow Republicans, throw around the phrase raising taxes on small business as if meant to conjure-up some tragic looming nightmare. That sound bite might work on low-information voters, which is starting to sound like a polite way of saying dumb people, but for others, it's a tired old scare tactic that has nothing to back it up but more scary-sounding, deliberately misleading scenarios.

The GOP is more than the party of "no," they are the party of negativity. Is there anything about America that these people like? Besides, more tax cuts for the rich that will do the same thing it did under Bush, which was to explode the deficit and create a gaping hole between rich and poor.

More Bush-enomics from Romney and that is something to be frightened of.

Video: Romney: It's fair that I pay lower tax rate than $50,000 earner.

If you like to write about U.S. politics and Campaign 2012, enter "The American Pundit" competition. Allvoices is awarding four $250 prizes each month between now and November. These monthly winners earn eligibility for the $5,000 grand prize, to be awarded after the November election


Romney honesty questioned after surge of post-debate flip-flops

What is really at stake in the Biden-Ryan debate

'Big Bird' is not the only casualty of Mitt Romney's tax plan

Major gaffe: Romney supports abortion then claims to be pro-life