The lead editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal, Iowa’s Opening Skirmish, was interesting. But, here is the takeaway line worth noting and sharing:

The real issue is that Mr. Romney is a cautious, conventional politician in a year when many GOP voters want someone willing to fight for bolder change. On the economy in particular, Mr. Romney is offering the least ambitious plan for growth. Mr. Romney unveiled his 59-point jobs plan in September, and if you can remember two of them you’ll win most family trivia contests. His refusal to rule out a value-added-tax is also troubling, especially if Democrats ever won the House during his Presidency.

Also, be sure to look at the Daniel Mitchell piece, Will Republicans Hand the Left a VAT Victory?.