Sunday, April 21, 2013

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 - April 21, 2013 RealClearPolitics

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.”
This is ridiculous — on many levels.

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.
It’s also worth noting that these aren’t the people pushing for higher taxes. At Rasmussen Reports, our most recent polling shows that people who make $100,000 or more each year are more supportive of higher taxes than those who make less.

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.
Third, low-income Americans aren’t looking for a handout. Among those who are living in poverty, 81 percent agree that work is the best solution to poverty. Most would rather replace welfare programs with a guaranteed minimum-wage job. Sharing the mainstream view, 69 percent of the poor believe that too many Americans are dependent upon the government.

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.
But if I had to pick just one number to highlight how bad the 47 percent remark was, it would be this. Just 11 percent of Americans today consider themselves dependent upon government. Sure, some receive a Social Security check or an unemployment check, but that’s not dependence upon government. That’s cash received in exchange for premiums paid.
If they want to seriously compete for middle-class votes, Republicans need to get over the makers vs. takers mentality. We live in a time when just 35 percent believe the economy is fair to the middle class. Only 41 percent believe it is fair to those who are willing to work hard. Those problems are not created by the poor.

GOP candidates would be well advised to shift their focus from attacking the poor to going after those who are really dependent upon government — the Political Class, the crony capitalists, the megabanks and other recipients of corporate welfare.
 Scott Rasmussen is the founder and CEO of Rasmussen Reports.



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At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russ said that Rasmussen said. “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.”

Russ, you are mixing apples and grapefruits.

What you are seeing is fascism plain and simple. That is
where an elite control things. Taxes are not the real issue
that is causing the problem of mal distribution of wealth
rather it is control of economics by the government for the
benefit of their favored recipients, that is cronies, to put them in power and maintain them in power.

Look that the recent drop in gold price. How did such a
large drop happen?

To move the price of gold that much had to have big players.
So follow the money. Who benefits? If you scare investors
out of gold where do they go?

The result of this is that central banks will benefit with
their paper money. That will preserve the in group in power.

While you are moaning about taxes the elite devalue money
thru inflation and phony prices.

What used to be media, that is newspapers, are controlled by
insiders trying to persevere their position in power. Understand
that the media lies and distorts the truth.

Look at the media calls in the Boston situation. It was right
wingers and tax protestors who were alleged in the first round
to have caused the bombings.

Grasp we have a problem. But that problem is not to be solved by increasing taxes.

Increasing taxes only makes people slaves to those who control.

So speak to solving the control by elite issue.

At 4:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russ you are old like me. We have see history and have seen revisionism.

There is a quote that says "When fascism
comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag
and carrying a cross." ~ Sinclair Lewis (American Writer)

Rather it has been shown when elites are given
control and believe they are godlike, Fascism is
their tool to stay in power.

This has been illustrated in Obama's use of
bureaucrats called Czars.

The American political scene in Washington, D.C.
under Obama is operating in the Fascist model of
Mussolini. Do not forget that before he was Fascist
Mussolini was Socialist and Marxist. Read the history,
that is old books written before revisionism.

Obama uses tragedies to gain the center of the public
stage and promote his agenda that is Marxism. What
is it that his associate said, using the Alinsky method?
“Never let a crisis go to waste.”

And the media barks and howls at his direction.
Obama is a Marxist, Fascist all that is evil.

Use your soap box to fight the real evils of the world, not to march to their drummer of increasing taxes for their benefit.


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