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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-09-09 10:09 PM
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Americans: Eat the Rich (Or at least tax the hell out of the worthless scumbags)
Americans Want Government to Spend for Jobs, Send Bill to Rich
By Mike Dorning and Catherine Dodge


Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Americans want their government to create jobs through spending on public works, investments in alternative energy or skills training for the jobless.

They also want the deficit to come down. And most are ready to hand the bill to the wealthy.

A Bloomberg National Poll conducted Dec. 3-7 shows two- thirds of Americans favor taxing the rich to reduce the deficit.

Even though almost 9 of 10 respondents also say they believe the middle class will have to make financial sacrifices to achieve that goal, only a little more than one-fourth support an increase in taxes on the middle class. Fewer still back cuts in entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare or a new national consumption tax.

These long-standing contradictions in voters attitudes toward taxes, spending and the deficit are intensified as the U.S. grapples with the most severe economic crisis in decades, says J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based firm that conducted the nationwide survey. The rich have become an especially inviting target as the combination of a bank bailout and big bonuses stoke resentments, she says.

People are hurting, Selzer says. They want anything that can help and not hurt them more.

Its hard enough just to get by, says poll respondent Trevor Wofsey, 32, a postal carrier in Big Pine Key, Florida. Were being cut at every level: There are less hours at work and they want us to pay more into medical. Food is up, gas is up. ............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=awk...




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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-09-09 10:16 PM
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1. I support draconian taxation, exponentially higher taxes for salaries above 999K/year.
Edited on Wed Dec-09-09 10:26 PM by NYC_SKP
I'm sick and I'm tired of hearing about salaries and bonuses of over one million dollars.

We could at least return to the Nixon years top rates, couldn't we?

:shrug:

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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-09-09 10:18 PM
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2. Oh, like we govern this country by majority rules or something
Pssshhh! As if!
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-09-09 10:21 PM
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3. That article also says Americans favor an "across-the-board" tax cut
So which is it, Mr. and Mrs. America?
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MikeE Donating Member (637 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-09-09 11:11 PM
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4. Eat the rich is so 19th cenury...
kill them, then render their corpulent bodies for fat to be used as biofuel, and compost the rest
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-09-09 11:18 PM
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5. K&R. Yes I do. Back to Eisenhower tax rates. 91% for the top group
if I recall.

Yep, there it is. http://www.ntu.org/main/page.php?PageID=19

And what disgusting president pulled that top tax rate way down to the 20's, where it hadn't been since before The Great Depression, after his reelection in, of all years, 1984? R R R, R R R, Ronnie it was.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-10-09 07:39 AM
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6. That homemade bumper-sticker (Eat the Rich) has been in my pickup-truck window for a year.
I don't get tail-gated by Hummers and SUVs nearly as much these days.
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Prophet 451 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-10-09 08:45 AM
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7. And how do we get that through to Congress?
Because, let's be honest, Congress is run by the ultrarich and has been for years.
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