Rasmussen Agrees With Me
Many of you are ignoring the facts and just don’t get it. The class situation in this country is worse than at any time since just before the Great Depression. I’ll say it again: the top 20% of Americans own 93% of this country’s wealth, while the bottom 80% owns just 7%, and the bottom 40% owns just .3 of 1%. The average real wage has declined steadily since the 1970’s, creating increasing divisions and hardship, while CEO pay has increased 1000%. Republicans are ignoring these facts at their peril. Rasmussen agrees:
Republicans Need to Get Over the Makers vs. Takers Mindset
By Scott Rasmussen -
Mitt Romney’s secretly recorded comment that 47 percent of Americans are “dependent on the government” and “believe they are victims” isn’t the only reason he lost the presidential campaign. But the candidate himself acknowledged after the election that the comments were “very harmful.”
He added, “What I said is not what I believe.”
But many Republicans still believe it, and the “makers vs. takers” theme has a deep hold on the party. In private conversations, many in the GOP are whispering that Romney was right and that his only mistake was saying it out loud.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say something like, “Well, the half who favor government programs is the half who don’t pay any taxes.”
First, the overwhelming majority of those who don’t pay federal income taxes pay a whole variety of other taxes, including state and local taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, sin taxes and more. They don’t feel excluded from sharing the tax burden just because they don’t pay one particular tax.
Second, the 47 percent who don’t pay federal income taxes include large chunks of the Republican base. Many senior citizens fall into this category because their primary income is from Social Security. They don’t consider themselves“takers.” They paid money into a Social Security system throughout their working lives and now simply expect the government to honor the promises it made.
Sixty-five percent of low-income Americans consider it “very important” for an economy to provide everybody with an opportunity to succeed. Interestingly enough, low-income Americans consider that more important than those who earn more.
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