And yet we’re told that the “Tea Party” somehow speaks for the majority.

This is further evidence that that movement is a fringe phenomenon, which
would dry up and blow away if it (a) didn’t have certain billionaires covertly
subsidizing it, and (b) weren’t hyped daily by the corporate press.

Let’s see how much coverage this poll gets. Since it rather starkly contradicts the
media myth that the Tea Party is a booming grass-roots movement, it’s likely
not to get much press at all. (Of course, I hope I’m wrong.)

MCM

Most Americans say tax rich to balance budget: poll
(Reuters)

NEW YORK – Most Americans think the United States should raise taxes for the rich to balance
the budget, according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll released on Monday.

President Barack Obama last month signed into law a two-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts for millions of Americans, including the wealthiest, in a compromise with Republicans.

Republicans, who this week take control of the House of Representatives, want to extend all Bush-era tax cuts “permanently” for the middle class and wealthier Americans. They are also demanding spending cuts to curb the $1.3 trillion deficit.

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2 Comments to “Most Americans–61%–say TAX THE RICH to balance the budget!”

  • The poll understates how many Americans want to make the rich pay their fair share in taxes. People weren’t allowed to choose cutting war spending and raising taxes on the rich. People had to pick only one.

  • To Balance the Budget
    Sacrifice the Sacred Cows
    You want to preserve our AAA bond rating and rescue our crashing economy? Simple: spend less and sharply reduce taxes. The more we reduce taxes, the stronger and faster our economy will grow. The US has one of the highest corporate tax rates of all industrialized nations.
    Almost all taxes would come way down with the below listed plan. And all else is rhetoric! Forget about Obama’s pie in the sky “investments” in health care, high speed rail, solar, wind and biofuels. These are but big government, Chicago type pay to play scams!
    To revitalize our crashing economy, we must sacrifice the sacred cows. The sacred cows being the phony war on drugs, the phony wars in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan and the corrupt Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs.
    Therefore we must, post haste:
    • Repeal Obamacare, immediately….why spend a trillion dollars to buy health care for the 32 million Americans who are currently receiving it for free right now? The looming taxes to support Obama’s socialization of American medicine have sent a negative message to small businesses and financial markets alike. The repeal of Obamacare would send a positive message to these entities.
    • Give current Medicaid and Medicare recipients vouchers and let them purchase whatever health insurance fits their needs…this would cut the cost of these corrupt programs by an amazing 70%…and, would lower the health care costs for the rest of us by a whopping 50%! It’s called “cost shifting” and is the reason your health care costs are currently so high.

    • Enforceable, meaningful deductibles and co-pays would return Medicare and Medicaid patients to the real world medical marketplace! And would simultaneously cut the cost of commercial health insurance for the rest of us by 50%.
    • Recognizing the BCBS scam that Sebelius and her lawyer pals ran in Kansas and in most other states, for years: issue a federal mandate that would allow patients to cross state lines, in order to purchase more competitive health insurance.
    • Sell all the government hospitals…Army, Navy, Air Force, VA, US Public Health Service…sell all the government hospitals to the highest bidder…and instead, give this group of patients commercial health insurance vouchers. In many cases, these patients would end up using the same doctors, nurses and hospitals but in more polite, goals oriented, professional settings.

    • Scrap the phony trillion dollar Medicare prescription drug program. Let the seniors buy the safer, much less expensive generic drugs.

    • Scrap the (Chinese) solar panel, wind farm and gasohol programs. These programs are not, and never will be, cost effective. If economically viable, let them stand on their own…without any government subsidy.

    • Tell OPEC where to get off by imposing an adjustable energy import tax. The less you charge us, the less we tax your products. And vice versa…..

    • Open up the Dakotas, west Texas and elsewhere for horizontal drilling, in order to tap our nation’s vast untapped natural gas and petroleum reserves.
    • Structure gasoline and diesel road taxes so as to encourage the use of our abundant natural gas resources for surface transportation.
    • Abolish redundant, counterproductive programs: Departments of: Homeland Security, Education, Labor, Energy, Commerce, ATF, IRS, TSA and Federal Courts.
    • Remove all unions from all mass transit in America. Tell transit workers that efficient, privately run mass transit, free of unions, is a matter of national survival.
    • Get the hell out of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, right now! Station our troops stateside until they can find work in the private sector. There was no domino effect when we abruptly left South Viet Nam. There would be no domino effect if we were to abruptly leave Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan.
    • Begin war crime trials for those who corruptly got us into these unconstitutional foreign entanglements. Send such people a message: no more foreign wars when our strategic national interests are not at stake. We can no longer afford to be the world’s policeman.
    • Call a halt to the phony war on drugs and the corrupt judicial-prison industry that it supports. It’s a war on our own citizens. The war on drugs has several purposes, but the main reason is an excuse to beef up the police into a paramilitary force. It’s a total scam. The politicians want to claim they’re tough on crime. We all know, the fact that drugs are illegal drives the price up. High prices create crime.

    Do these things and, bingo, our economy rights itself almost overnight. Or continue with the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama pie in the sky programs and we are cooked.
    George Meredith MD
    Virginia Beach

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