Opposing Obama? Racists!
A majority of Americans want the Bush tax cuts extended for everyone, despite a strong push by President Barack Obama to eliminate them on higher incomes, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
The poll found 52 percent of registered voters saying they want all the tax cuts extended, including the tax cuts for incomes above $250,000, while 43 percent want the cuts extended just for incomes below that threshold. Those getting something for nothing know that there has to be more money rolling in to keep the freebies coming -- and those currently paying know who will eventually have to come up with the money to pay for the freebies.
All of the tax cuts first enacted under President George W. Bush are scheduled to expire on Dec. 31. Republicans want to extend them all. Obama wants to continue only those on income below $250,000 annually, and he vows to veto any move by Congress that would continue the higher-end tax cuts.
Interestingly enough, the numbers are quite similar to the percentages of those who pay income taxes under the Bush rates (53%) and those who pay no income taxes (or get refunds greater than the amount of tax withheld from their paychecks) under the Bush rates (47%). That seems more than coincidental to me.