Washington (CNN)- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney celebrated traditional Tax Day by penning an opinion piece for the Orlando Sentinel. It's an unlikely coincidence that the commentary appears in a daily newspaper distributed in one of the most influential states in presidential politics.
But are overtures in Romney's column toward the Tea Party movement, which has turned the traditional deadline to submit federal tax filings into a nationwide opportunity to demonstrate, also a well-timed coincidence?
The GOP presidential hopeful credits members of the Tea Party with creating "a significant popular movement to scale back government" for the first time in the post-World War II era.
"Almost two and a half centuries after the original Boston Tea party of 1773, the idea of limited government that inspired our forebears is very much alive," Romney writes.
"Thanks to the Tea Party, there's real hope that we can rein in our profligate federal government."
And for Romney, the first step to tax reform is to "rein in President Obama" whom he accuses of being on a "spending binge." Calling the $800 billion stimulus package passed during the Obama administration and health care reform a combined "disaster," the 2008 candidate for Republican nomination adds, "Our system of taxation is killing our nation's once-strong economic engine."
Romney's recommendation is a "smart tax system" that rewards investment, savings and entrepreneurship.
"But our tax system is not smart," he charges. "Reform requires both understanding and leadership. Unfortunately, when it comes to those qualities, we are facing Washington's biggest deficit of all."
If the GOP would abandon the socially conservative platform they would have a good chance in 2012. The majority of Americans are fiscal conservatives and social moderates and the GOP should put up someone who reflects these values.