Mitt Romney Opposes Tax Deal as Republicans Pick Sides - Political Hotsheet - CBS News Excerpt: "Given the unambiguous message that the American people sent to Washington in November, it is difficult to understand how our political leaders could have reached such a disappointing agreement," Romney writes. "Of course, delay now is better than an immediate tax hike. But because the extension is only temporary, a large portion of the investment and job growth that characteristically accompanies low taxes will be lost." Romney also criticized the cost of the deal, which is estimated at nearly $900 billion over two years. The package is not paid for. "What some are calling a grand compromise is not grand at all, except in its price tag," he wrote. Very savvy political positioning. Oppose Stimulus II, then run against the 'Obama deficit' in 2012.