CBS poll: Most oppose Republican tax cut plan

A CBS poll gave respondents three options for what to do about the expiring Bush tax cuts: Extend them for everyone (the Repub position), extend them for everyone who makes less than $250,000 a year (the Dem position), let them expire for everyone (the deficit hawk position that neither party has the nerve to talk about but which is what would happen if a congressional stalemate prevents any action, since the Bush cuts are scheduled to expire automatically on Jan. 1).

The poll came out:

  • Repub position: 26%
  • Dem position: 53%
  • Let them all expire: 14%
  • Don’t know: 7%.

The Repub position did not win a majority of support, even from Republicans. Republican respondents were divided just 46-41 in favor of the position of their congressional leadership. The Dem position beat the Repub position among independents by 47-25 percent.

It’s just one stupid poll, of course, and must be taken with appropriate pinches of salt. But I repeat my question of yesterday. Why must the Dems cave?

Comments (14)

  1. Submitted by Brian Simon on 12/03/2010 - 11:36 am.

    “Why must the Dems cave?”

    Its in their DNA.

    The Dems think that doing something is better than doing nothing. They also have failed to ever come up with an effective rebuttal to the claim that tax cuts are the cure for everything, so they don’t want to be blamed for tax hikes.

    Personally, I think they should do nothing & let the irresponsible Bush tax cuts expire. If they somehow find some cojones, that may be where we end up – and if they’re smart they’ll blame it on the GOP for failing to support the partial extension for incomes under $250K.

    But I expect they’ll cave, and extend the tax cuts for all. Fools that they are.

  2. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 12/03/2010 - 11:53 am.

    One has to agree that any polls about anything right now is going to land on deaf ears, especially as the elections are behind us. But, the results of this particular poll is distasteful and would never be acceptable to the Republicans anyway.

    The GOP is emboldened to pursue its goal of forever catering to the super-rich. And now, the strategy is to shamelessly put the brakes on the extension of unemployment benefits until and unless tax cuts are made perversely permanent for the tiny minority of the un-needy and super-privileged.

    This is one X-Mas season we will surely be saying, “Peace on earth maybe, and good will to a few men.” Amen.

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 12/03/2010 - 02:10 pm.

    No matter from what party our “Mr. Smiths” hail, or even if they’re completely independent, as soon as they arrive in Washington, they’re co-opted by the money chase. There’s almost NO one who’s immune (and that’s assuming they’re all psychologically functional which is highly doubtful).

    But rather than just throwing up our hands and giving our country over to the oligarchs, how about the rest of us “screw our courage to the sticking place,” attend our local precinct caucuses and begin the grass roots process of demanding a constitutional amendment to get the money out of elections.

    Lacking that, our nation is already gone, especially for what used to be called the “middle class.”

  4. Submitted by Josh McCabe on 12/03/2010 - 02:12 pm.

    Precisely Britt Robson! And those corporate masters are feeling unappreciated because of the terribly unfair prospect of having THEIR taxes raised while they are valiantly running the country for us too! Sheesh! What an unfair world they face. And the congressional politicians are just playing their appointed parts as pretend ragaholic disciplinarian father (Republican) and “Shhhh, I saved you some dinner, don’t tell your father” abused mother (Democrat). In the end, they are both pursuing the same agenda and supporting corporate america over the interests of the people. Neither party calls it’s own shots right now. As noted above, most of them kind of have to respond to corporate interests only if they like getting elected.

    Citizens United is the END of the process, not some big watershed moment that marks the beginning of a dark chapter.

    And by the way we’ve had a decade of reduced federal and state taxes and I don’t see any flippin jobs! Where are they? I thought the reduction of taxes meant the precious business community could save us and provide more jobs? Where are they? Oh that’s right. Emerging world neo-slave labor is much better for business isn’t it? We all need to get over the idea that the business community will ever tenderly care for the people.

  5. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 12/03/2010 - 03:59 pm.

    “Emerging world neo-slave labor is much better for business isn’t it? We all need to get over the idea that the business community will ever tenderly care for the people.”

    A glowing recommendation for self-employment if I ever saw one.

  6. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/03/2010 - 04:48 pm.

    Greg–
    What sort of constitutional amendment would eliminate third party advertising that did not mention candidates by name?
    We’ve already seen the impact of this sort of message. Classic FUD.

  7. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 12/03/2010 - 10:11 pm.

    I’d rather just simplify the tax code and stop with all the spending cloaked as tax cuts.

    Double the proposed exemption herein – to $30,000. Then put in a 10/20/30 bracket, with the 30% being in excess of 7 figures and the 20% being above $500,000. Increase capital gains taxes and estate taxes to appropriate levels.

  8. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 12/03/2010 - 11:47 pm.

    American oppose the Republican plan, but they voted them into power. I seriously wonder if this nation is on the verge of imploding do to it’s own stupidity.

  9. Submitted by Don Medal on 12/04/2010 - 08:01 am.

    I agree with Josh. A simple argument to counter the “rich people make jobs” argument is “if these cuts could create jobs, why haven’t they”? Since the cuts were/are unfunded they should probably all expire. But the lower and middle classes are suffering right now, while the rich get richer.

    Tax cuts on the wealthy haven’t created jobs so far. That concept has been tried until it is absurd.

  10. Submitted by Bill Coleman on 12/04/2010 - 11:36 am.

    I can finally agree with Mr. Swift.

  11. Submitted by David Greene on 12/04/2010 - 12:42 pm.

    Richard, I’d go along with your plkan if the top rate were the same as it was in the 50’s, the most prosperous time in our history: 94%.

  12. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 12/04/2010 - 04:04 pm.

    The way to take the money out of politics that many real liberals discuss is to publicly fund all races for national office.

    You’ll probably recall the first presidential debate in 2008, when the ABC moderator paid most attention to the three candidates who had raised the most money in the first four weeks of the campaign (Obama, Clinton, Edwards) while giving short shrift to Dodd, Biden and others and totally ignoring Dennis Kucinich for half an hour.

    We’d probably save massive amounts of money while, at last, having elections that are not influenced by corporate cash.

  13. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/05/2010 - 01:33 pm.

    Bernice–
    See # 7.

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