Election 2010: How do we rate tax cuts for the rich?

https://readthespirit.com/ourvalues/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2013/03/wpid-101019_Tax_Protest_2009.jpgTax protest in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)Obama is still trying to get the Bush tax cuts to expire for the rich and become permanent for the middle and lower economic classes. The Republicans have been portraying this as another tax-and-spend Democratic move. The Tea Party is rabid when it comes to the elimination of tax cuts for anyone.

But what do most Americans really think about Obama’s proposal?

A majority of Americans (56%) say that those with incomes above $1 million a year don’t pay enough taxes, according to a recent national poll by the Public Religion Research Institute. Just over 20% say these rich Americans pay about the right amount of taxes. Less than 10% say the rich pay too much in taxes.

How about you? Do you think the rich pay their fair share of taxes? Or, should they pay more?

How about those with incomes under $30,000? Over half of Americans say those with annual incomes under $30,000 pay too much. Only 6% say they pay too little. How do you feel about taxation of this group? Do you think those with low incomes pay too much, too little or just about the right amount in taxes?

Republican and Democrat: Surprising overlap in agreement on taxation

Republicans and Democrats generally disagree when it comes to taxes, but a sizable minority within the GOP agrees with neighbors who call themselves Democrats. Here’s the overlap: About 70% of Democrats say those with incomes in excess of $1 million don’t pay enough taxes—and 40% of Republicans agree with them. Similarly, 58% of Democrats and 43% of Republicans say those with incomes under $30,000 pay too much in taxes.

Do you support or oppose Obama’s proposal to extend tax cuts for everyone except the rich?

If you oppose that plan, how would you deal with the issue?

Please, add a “Comment” below. (And, to read Monday’s column on “Obamacare” as an issue in Election 2010, look for the links to earlier stories on the right side of this page.)

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