I was reading some of Romney's positions and one : "This month Romney announced an economic plan that would make the Bush tax cuts permanent; simplify the tax code; make dividends, interest and capital gains tax-free up to a ceiling (he suggested $5,000 for joint filers)" struck me because I've been thinking about it too. In saving for retirement I have a decent amount of money in the stock market - all of us that do have made decent money the past couple of years. Now, I have no problem having my dividends and gains re-invested to further save and largely make the money tax deferred (only a part of the gains and dividends are taxable now, most is when the money is taken out). The main reason I leave it all in is that I don't want to deal with paying taxes on it. In my tax bracket I get killed by additional income and I'm far better off leaving the money in until I retire when I can take it out in a much lower tax bracket. Let's say, though, the first $5K of money I take out of my mutual funds is tax free. Although this would hurt Americans' saving for retirement - which is a big issue for me - it would likely be a pretty big stimulant to the economy. I know I would be FAR more likely to take money out and buy something - maybe the HDTV I want - if the gains I had on the money wasn't gonna be taxed out the ass. Honestly I don't know if other candidates have mentioned this but it's a solid pro growth concept IMO.