Americans are Socialist

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And they say we’re a center right country.  Ha!  

(Reuters) Most Americans believe tax hikes are OK if you’re making more than $250,000, a policy proposed by President Barack Obama, but hands off Medicare and Social Security, a poll released on Monday found.

The Quinnipiac University poll found that 60 percent of Americans among both major political parties think raising income taxes on households making more than $250,000 should be a main tenet of the government’s efforts to tame the deficit. More than 70 percent, including a majority of Republicans, say those making more than $1 million should pay more.

But 80 percent say raising taxes on those making less than that should not be part of the government’s approach. Moreover, most oppose touching Medicare and Social Security – two long-term drivers of the budget deficit over the coming decades. Link

h/t TBH


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    • Edger on April 3, 2010 at 1:06 am

    How’s a guy supposed to say hi? 😉

  1. (center right) On economics, not so much.

  2. . . . but rhetorically rightish–the latter only because the corporate media have been furiously pushing them in that direction for the last 50 years, and much moreso since Reagan.  Before that, in the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, Americans’ rhetoric used to match much more closely what Americans actually wanted.  Murdoch et al. have proved they can change the rhetoric, but they can’t change the core beliefs–or at any rate, they haven’t yet.

    • dkmich on April 3, 2010 at 3:51 am
  3. with the nice Republican lady who cuts my hair the other day.

    She had an interesting proposal for a solution to the Health Care problem:

    Force corporations to move all jobs back into the United States.  All those manufacturing jobs, all those outsourced jobs, move it all back here.  In conjunction with employer-managed programs, the simple presence of jobs and decent pay would enable all Americans to have health insurance.

    Okay, so I don’t necessarily agree that employer-managed health insurance is the best, I’d prefer to decouple health care from the employer, but this is irrelevant.

    I found an older, church-going, somewhat racist, lifelong Republican woman in a small town deep in Southern Georgia who was advocating all-out PROTECTIONISM as the solution to our current woes!

    I like protectionism too, but that’s farther than I would dare to suggest going with the concept.

    I think, as the poll described points out, that there is a lot more commonality between us United Statesians at the bottom than we generally think.  I wish we had better ways of building bridges down here.

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