Americans, bah! It’s not what the oligarchy wants

From Bloomberg:

More than two-thirds of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, say wealthier people should pay more in taxes to bring down the budget deficit, and even larger numbers think Medicare and Social Security benefits should be left alone. . . .

More than 8 out of 10 Americans say the middle class will have to make financial sacrifices to cut the federal deficit even as the public just as strongly opposes higher taxes on middle-income families, according to a Bloomberg-Washington Post national poll conducted Oct. 6-9.

“While Americans see sacrifice as inevitable for the middle-class, the only sacrifice to win majority support is a tax on those too wealthy to be considered middle-class,” says J. Ann Selzer, president of Des Moines, Iowa-based Selzer & Co., which consults with Bloomberg News on polls.

By the way, tonight’s Republican debate will be broadcast only on Bloomberg.

6 responses to “Americans, bah! It’s not what the oligarchy wants

  1. More than two-thirds of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, say wealthier people should pay more in taxes to bring down the budget deficit,

    By all means, let’s subject the minority to the will of the abusive minority.

    Or, said another way:

    “80% of Americans support taxes on the richest 20% of Americans.”

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  2. Sorry, I made a typo. Should have read “let’s subject the minority to the will of the abusive MAJORITY.

    We aren’t moving towards tax increases because tax increases wont solve the problem.

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    • You’re right that tax increases won’t solve the problem, but neither will spending cuts. Niether will both of htem together! But they’re all part of the solution.

      Now that the Dems have moved away from the 250K ‘rich man’s tax’ to a ‘millionaire’s tax’, they might be able to make that happen. And it’s surprising how much income that could actually generate.

      On the spending cuts side though, from what I read, even from some conservative economicsts, in this short term (next few years) government MUST be the spender of last resort. The spending cuts are very important but doing it now would be very damanging.

      Of course, being Americans, there is always the danger that if we wait till things are back on track, we could all just decide to ‘party like it’s 2005!’ again!

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    • The idea that we are abusing the wealthiest people in this country, or would be if we asked them to pay their share, is completely illogical. They don’t pay anywhere near their share now, which is why we’re in the mess we’re in. They’ve been working the greed agenda since the 1980s, and they’ve plundered the 99% of us. Don’t believe me? I posted a number of statistical graphs and charts today.

      http://medic343.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/tale-of-the-tape/

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  3. They don’t pay anywhere near their share now

    Hi Xavier, great data at you site.

    I’m interested, can you tell me what a “fair share” would be? Please leave out non specific references to debt and deficit. The claim that we keep spending is okay as long as the rich have another dollar is an invalid plank. I’m looking for numbers and stuff.

    They’ve been working the greed agenda

    Can you define “greed” for me?

    Don’t believe me?

    It’s not that I don’t believe you, I just think that you have a different take.

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