Poll: Majority of Americans Want Rich to Pay More Taxes
April 13, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)–To hear the Republicans tell it, handing huge tax cuts to the rich magically produces trickle down voodoo magic that creates prosperity for the middle class, zillions of jobs and somehow balances the deficit. Of course this is nuts, but the Republicans are true believers and nothing will divert them from their disastrous no-taxes mantra. Have you noticed that Republican lawmakers always seem to claim a monopoly on what Americans want? “The American people want us to cut spending,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) repeats ad nauseam. But it’s not true. The American people care little about the deficit. They want jobs, and they want Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security left alone. And a new USA Today/ Gallup poll couldn’t be clearer about what the American people really want. Nearly 60 percent of those polled favor increasing taxes on the rich. But Boehner and his fellow Republicans are not about to let reality interfere with their Ayn Randian zealotry.
The poll found that 59 percent of Americans favor a tax hike on those making more than $250,000. Yet, Boehner declared yesterday that tax increases “are unacceptable and a nonstarter.”
The poll also found that Americans are about evenly split on cutting more government spending, particularly to Medicare. A greater number of Republicans than Democrats want to see more spending cuts, but when it comes to Medicare, they say “Keep your hands off my Medicare.”
In the poll, those surveyed:
• Are split over whether there should be significant additional cuts in domestic spending: 47% say no, 45% yes. On this issue, there is a yawning divide between the parties. Democrats by 2-to-1 oppose more cuts; Republicans by 2-to-1 support them.
• Overwhelmingly oppose making major changes to Medicare. By 2-to-1, they support minor changes or none at all to control costs, rather than major changes or a complete overhaul. Even a third of Republicans say the government should not try to control the costs of Medicare.
The Republicans do not speak for the American people.