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2/3 Support Extending Tax Rates For All

From Gallup:

Americans Support Two Major Elements of Tax Compromise

by Lydia Saad
December 8, 2010

PRINCETON, NJ — Two major elements included in the tax agreement reached Monday between President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress meet with broad public support. Two-thirds of Americans (66%) favor extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for all Americans for two years, and an identical number support extending unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed

Gee, that isn’t what Mr. Obama and the Democrats are telling us. They claim that extending tax cuts for the rich is highly unpopular.

Whom to believe?

According to Gallup polling conducted Dec. 3-6, the slight majority of Democrats, as well as most independents and Republicans, would vote for a two-year extension of the tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003

In other words, these tax cuts for all have the magic ‘bi-partisan support.’ The Democrats’ class warfare isn’t even working on their own followers.

For the record, here is what Mr. Obama said on this very subject in his press conference just two days ago:

I will continue to fight before the American people to make the point that the Republican position is wrong.

Now, if there was not collateral damage, if this was just a matter of my politics or being able to persuade the American people to my side, then I would just stick to my guns, because the fact of the matter is the American people already agree with me. There are polls showing right now that the American people, for the most part, think it’s a bad idea to provide tax cuts to the wealthy.

But the issue is not me persuading the American people; they’re already there. The issue is, how do I persuade the Republicans in the Senate who are currently blocking that position. I have not been able to budge them. And I don’t think there’s any suggestion anybody in this room thinks realistically that we can budge them right now.

Ironically, it is being reported this morning that the White House is now sending polling data to the Congressional Democrats to try to convince them that the American people want the tax rates extended for all.

What a tangled web they weave…

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “2/3 Support Extending Tax Rates For All”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    The gov’t is more greedy than those “greedy” millionaires.

    The gov’t steals more than the private sector.

    The gov’t is more corrupt than the private sector.

    The gov’t is more in debt than the private sector.

    Once again, Standards of our Ruling Class: none for themselves, micromanagement for you.

    • proreason says:

      By orders of magnitude.

      There is no way a gazillionaire or group of gazillionaires or corporations or groups of corporations can destroy an economy or a nation.

      But for governments, particularly OUR government, that’s just another day at the office.

    • Mithrandir says:

      No matter how bad an individual is, the harm that they cause is repairable. One racist doesn’t not cause a lot of damage. One greedy person, or any of the other 7 deadly sins, is pretty much a drop in the ocean, as far as damage, and usually the group will quickly make right the wrong.

      BUT COLLECTIVISTS do considerable harm, in groups…..in gov’t groups.. to harass, to discriminate, to punish those not part of the collective.

      Individualism is the cure for racism, and the cure for most ills of society.

  2. Petronius says:

    If there is any good to come from all this Liberal moaning, it is that they are now out-of-the-closet as advocates of full-blown class warfare.

    They are self-identified as redistributionists and Marxists, eager to get their hands on other people’s money. That is their raison d’etre. That is their most cherished doctrine.

    I say bring it on. It is time to have a full blown public debate about the place of class warfare in the 21st century. About the relative merits of Liberal confiscation, redistributionism, statism, 19th century Marxism, and 20th century Stalinism, on the one hand, versus conservative freedom, private property, capitalism, economic growth and prosperity, on the other hand.

    But where are the Republicans in this debate? Why are they so quiescent about their principles? When are we going to hear from them? It’s time to step up to the plate, boys.

    If Liberals want class warfare, then let’s have it. Let’s get it done once and for all. We can have it with words or with live ammo, makes no difference to me.

    • proreason says:

      “It is time to have a full blown public debate about the place of class warfare in the 21st century.”

      I’ll second that.

      If the new Congress doesn’t do it, and the Republican primaries don’t force it, then there is no hope. You can’t defeat an enemy whose name you can’t mention. Hey, I like that phrase so much, I’d like to see it applied in other areas. What could they be? What could they be?

  3. beautyofreason says:

    I have a difficult time understanding why half the country still votes Democrat.

    On public issues, most Americans side against most Democratic platforms.

    On illegal immigration, 60% of the country supports Arizona law – and that number was closer to 70% when the law first began, before liberal groups turned it into a civil rights issue.

    On the mega mosque near Ground Zero, over 60% have a problem with it.

    On bailouts, a 2008 CNN poll claims that 60 – 70 % of Americans didn’t want to bailout the auto industry. They went further to the right than Bush at the time.

    And now, 60% of the public doesn’t want to let taxes rise, including those of the rich.

    So why do people still vote for Obama?

    I take it a lot of people would rather go with those soaring platitudes than pick apart his political views. But ask them how they feel about a specific policy and trust me, you’ll get an earful.

    • proreason says:

      “So why do people still vote for Obama?”

      There has only been one election with his name on the ballot, but his personal popularity in polls exceeds his popularity on any single issue……which is pretty mysterious.

      It is probably because there are still a lot of people who have been brainwashed into thinking they are racists if they don’t support the menace, and / or a lot of people who lie to pollsters about their true opinion of him.

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