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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:10 AM

Battleground Poll: Hike taxes on rich

Source: Politico

A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds that 60 percent of respondents support raising taxes on households that earn more than $250,000 a year and 64 percent want to raise taxes on large corporations.

Even 39 percent of Republicans support raising taxes on households making more than $250,000. Independents favor such a move by 21 percentage points, 59 to 38 percent.

Only 38 percent buy the GOP argument that raising taxes on households earning over $250,000 per year will have a negative impact on the economy. Fifty-eight percent do not.

“Democrats really have a winning issue here, and we should drive it hard,” said Celinda Lake, the Democratic pollster who helped conduct the bipartisan poll. “We’re in an era now where there’s a lot of cynicism about trickle-down economics.”

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Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/battleground-poll-hike-taxes-on-the-rich-84824.html

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:19 AM

1. charity

Giving charity to the rich is immoral. I am not moved by ideological pleas to give them tax breaks because they are worthy of more money.

Simply put, I will not protect the top 2% of the U.S. from paying their fair share. I don't care if they have to pay higher taxes and no amount of twisted logic will make me feel guilty.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:21 PM

2. I don't see why this is an issue with Congress

If (almost) two out of three Americans want higher taxes on the über-riche and corporations, then raise taxes on them. It's that simple.

Am I missing something here? The wealthy had a chance to re-invest in America: they didn't do it. Richie Rich took his trickle-down swag and Bush tax cuts and invested in India, China, and other countries. Not the USA. And they hid their geld in secret, off-shore tax havens. But they didn't do what they were supposed to do; what they said they would do: Re-invest in America.

Now it's time for them to pony up.

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Response to KansDem (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:49 PM

3. As far as the GOP is concerned that is their right as corporate persons

And higher taxes punish them for their God-given right to be greedy. These poll numbers aren't new. They've been this ways for years. Most people, even if they understand nothing else, understand that the wealthy and corporations do not pay their fair share. As far as I'm concerned they have 30 years of back taxes to pay.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 01:26 PM

4. Who are the morons voting against this?

It must be the "I just, like, ya know, MIGHT be the next POWERBALL winner!" set....the "My ship is coming in; my big score is JUST AROUND THE CORNER!" crowd!

Here's the funny thing, though--it's just silliness to be so greedy with money that one doesn't even have!!

Am I alone in that, if I won the lottery, I'd GLADLY pay that "millionaire's tax" and feel like one lucky duck to be in a position where I was able to do that!

Can I getta witness?

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Response to MADem (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 02:51 PM

6. They should release demographic figures with these polls

I'd love to know how many of these people are low-to-middle income versus upper income (but not crossing the 250,000 threshold). It could be that many of them are close to the threshold and/or feel they are likely to cross that threshold within a decade. There are also those who live beyond their means in an effort to "keep up with the Joneses" so they are full-on deluded about their true socioeconomic status and follow their wealthier neighbors to their own doom.

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Response to Blasphemer (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 04:09 PM

7. I think that's a good idea; I wonder how many people are even that close?

Isn't the $250K "after" deductibles, after one does all the figuring, and comes up with the final number? I'd think that once they compensate for mortgage/charitable/medical deductions, and things of that nature, even the ones that are close are not all that close.

I think there's a lot of wishin' and hopin' (to say nothing of greed) going on with the ones who are aligning themselves with the One Percent crowd!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 01:32 PM

5. Frankly, I think that the whole 1% issue is B.S. from both sides.

The Rs claim that it would affect the economy adversely. The Ds claim that it would reduce the deficit. The truth is that both sides are playing games. The revenue from raising taxes for the very rich will only be a drop in the bucket and won't do much to reduce the deficit. Although it would be a very popular measure. The Rs are demanding in return for these cuts a reduction in entitlement spending. Who here doesn't think that the Rs will win reductions from the Ds.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, people are worried about their SS, disability and unemployment checks. Let's not forget FEMA, they would lose over 800B in funds which are much needed for post-Sandy reconstruction.

Politicians...........

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Response to Beacool (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 04:30 PM

8. What do you think should be done?

Of do you think the whole fiscal cliff/deficit rant is just talk?

I'm sincerely asking. What is your opinion? Do you have any ideas about what we should do?

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:48 PM

9. No, the fiscal cliff is not just talk.

I do think that taxes for the rich should be raised. My point is that even if it's done, it will only be a drop in the bucket.

As for how to resolve it, I have no clue, but I have been reading about it and there doesn't seem to be an easy solution.

http://bonds.about.com/od/Issues-in-the-News/a/What-Is-The-Fiscal-Cliff.htm

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Response to Beacool (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:51 PM

10. Raising taxes, primarily on the wealthy was the foundation

Of the Clinton recovery and balanced budget that followed.

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Response to Beacool (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:54 PM

11. The most important thing is to be patient. The economy will improve, and our

tax revenue will naturally increase.

Also, if jobs become more plentiful and there is more demand for workers, healthy seniors will continue to work.

As my mother used to say, the problems you worry about don't necessarily happen. The real problems are the things you never thought of.

The Republicans are so worried about the fiscal cliff and our debt. They should be worried about controlling the multinational corporations, stopping the bleeding of our jobs to low-wage nations, saving our environment, so many things other than our debt.

The debt will take care of itself as our economy improves. Judging from the mob in the store I was in today, the economy is improving very rapidly.

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