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AP: Taxes Fair, But Rich Should Pay More

Another timely poll the Democrat public relations firm known as the Associated Press:

AP-GfK Poll: Are your taxes fair? Most say yes

By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
April 14, 2011

WASHINGTON – For all the complaining this time of year, most Americans actually think the taxes they pay are fair.

Not that they’re cheering. Fewer people expect refunds this year than in previous years, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. But as Monday’s filing deadline approaches, the poll shows that 54 percent believe their tax bills are either somewhat fair or very fair, compared with 46 percent who say they are unfair.

Going by this poll you would think the Taxed Enough Already Party’s overwhelming victories in every nook and cranny of the nation last November was just a a crazy dream.

But the figures shouldn’t be all that surprising. As we noted back in April of 2009, at least 47% of Americans who filed their taxes did not pay one red cent to the government. And, thanks to Obama, that percentage is surely much higher now. So why shouldn’t a near majority of the populace be happy with the current setup?

Besides, as always, the AP pollsters oversampled Democrats, who as a party profit from bigger government and higher taxes. According to their own data, the people AP-Gfk polled were 45% Democrat, 33% Republican and 4% ‘Independent’ – which is usually code for Democrat.

Should taxes be raised to eat into huge federal deficits? Among the public, 62 percent say they favor cutting government services to sop up the red ink. Just 29 percent say raise taxes…

Given the skewed numbers, it’s a wonder the pro-tax numbers weren’t even higher.

That’s sure to be a major issue as Congress takes up budget legislation for next year and the 2012 presidential campaign gets under way in earnest

Which means that we are in for an endless stream of articles from the AP and the rest of the Democrat press about how everyone in the country is clamoring to have their taxes raised. (Even though yesterday Mr. Obama himself joked that nobody wants their taxes raised.)

In the poll, Democrats were more likely than Republicans to think their tax bills were fair. Liberals and moderates were more likely to think so than conservatives. Women more likely than men. Most whites thought their tax bills were fair; most non-whites didn’t

No surprise there. That is why the AP oversampled Democrats. But, in point of fact, the ‘non-whites’ are almost certainly right. Though probably not in the way they mean it.

The young and the old — adults under 30 and seniors 65 and above — were much more likely to say their taxes were fair than those in their prime earning years

Gee, why would that be? Could it be because Children don’t know any better? And many seniors believe they benefit from a large government?

But just because people say they pay a fair amount doesn’t mean that they think others do. Sandra Jennings, a retired teacher in South Bend, Ind., said her federal taxes are fair, but she thinks rich people get off too easily.

Rich people, she said in an interview, "get all these loopholes. The middle class does not have loopholes."

Mari Lemelson of Edison, N.J., said, "I have a big problem with the millionaires, at least what I understand to be the millionaires’ tax breaks."

Jim Martel, an electrician from Weymouth, Mass., said his tax bill is already unfair, but he would be willing to pay more if he thought the money would be spent wisely.

Where does the AP find these people? And how is it that they always say exactly what the AP and the rest of the Democrat Party want them to say?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 14th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “AP: Taxes Fair, But Rich Should Pay More”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Rich people, she said in an interview, “get all these loopholes. The middle class does not have loopholes.”

    Without the rich, dear lady, there would be no middle class. You would, instead, be a subservient drone living in servants quarters as in the times before the French Revolution and up til the 1890’s or so.

    Read your history lady. The Industrial Revolution and what that did to start the age of bondage into its downfall. The millionaires needed the masses to run their machines, keep their books, drive them around, clean their homes, and because of that, people were able to buy homes of their own, raise families, become independent and live more luxurious lives. Middle class is a great place to be but without the millionaires who hire them, there is only the rich and the poor.

  2. wirenut says:

    Gee, how did the AP miss that we all want more government oversight into our daily lives too?

  3. proreason says:

    At least now we have a clear statement of the Obamy Manifesto.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    How about this?

    We each pay the same rate. Natural born persons, non-human persons, etc. Same flat rate no matter what. As in Flat Rate Tax on transactions, not income. No Fortune 500 could escape it because Title 26 is one paragraph on one page …. Flat Rate 7% Wealthy individuals could not escape it. Poor people could not skate. Even Congressmen and federal unionized employees of the People pay a flat rate of 7% on transactions, not income.


    Rid ourselves of the IRS. Vastly increase revenue receipts. What’s the problem?

    • preparing4theworst says:

      (whistle blows), refree signals for a time out and calls a 10 yard penalty for a valid thought process…….

  5. wirenut says:

    Nice try GetBackJack. You can’t grow the governments of tomorrow by being efficient today. Next, you’ll want to be treated like a customer at the DOT for a simple renewal, Haw! How about Amtrak showing a profit and being on time? I could go “Postal” but what’s the point. There’s good people working in all these jobs, don’t get me wrong. The system is broken, the government is the system, and we are going broke, supporting the system. We wouldn’t be here if capitalism and free enterprise were allowed to flourish. Anytime we can rid ourselves of an alphabet group I’m all for it.
    Short form version is, you make too much sense.

  6. Mithrandir says:


    Whatever evil needs to be done, to hurt Republicans–is justifiable.
    ~Whatever lie…
    ~Whatever crime…
    ~Whatever flip-flop…
    ~Whatever poll needs to be done and redone (like elections recounted) to get the result you want…
    ~Whatever rule needs to be broken…
    ~Whatever insult needs to be said…
    ~Whatever false witness needs to be found…
    ~Whatever fraud that needs to be committed…
    ~Whatever abuse needs to be done…
    the ends justifies the means.

    Whatever evil needs to be done, to help Democrats–is justifiable. Didn’t any of you people read SAUL ALINSKY?
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    The Democrats are truly Orwellian!Oceania is at war with Eastasia (down the memory hole). Oceania is NOT at war with Eastasia

    ‘Do you remember,’ he went on,(prosecutor O’Brien) ‘writing in your diary, “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four”?’

    ‘Yes,’ said Winston. (victim)

    O’Brien held up his left hand, its back towards Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended.

    ‘How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?’


    ‘And if the party says that it is not four but five — then how many?’

    Source: http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/18.html

  7. Chase says:

    “In the poll, Democrats were more likely than Republicans to think their tax bills were fair. ”

    I would guess the pollster, as inherently lazy as anyone else, is doing that Leno “man on the street” kind of thing, in large metropolitan centers, where people are in a hurry, and most can’t tell you the name of …well, Biden, even for all his gaffes, is pretty forgettable (hopes and prayers.)

    Anyway, sanctimonious, pious liberals of the kind approached in these polls likely feel pretty good about having their guilt and deeper self-loathing set further back in their weak consciences by just paying the tax man, and not having to actually dirty their hands with charitable work or direct giving or being seen going to anything more suggestive of spiritual nurturing or strengthening than their local non-denominational universalist milque-toast come-and-be-seen charistmatically-led megachurch.

    So, yeah, I can see where their self-imposed guilt would find the taxman a necessary and convenient device, intellectually stunted enough not to really give the process much thought. Larry King is so much more comforting, and that Maher guy, what a card!

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