Talking About Taxes

The Hill trumpets a poll which, they say, proves voters want lower taxes. But look deeper at the methodology. Voters are asked to assign a percentage to each income bracket and, unsurprisingly, come up with a fairly low number, lower in fact than current tax rates, of which most voters were actually unaware. The same voters responded that they’d like to see the rich taxed “more,” whatever “more” may be. Somehow, Republicans manage to derive from this data set an admonishment against “culture war politics”; I’d draw an admonishment for better citizenship, and education about actual tax burdens, both what the people give, and what the government needs to execute the people’s goals (like, lowering the deficit while waging the war on terror). Besides, remember — Americans don’t actually like income inequality.



  1. You’d think people would have a better understanding of tax brackets this time of year, what with doing their returns and all. Hell, the software I used even told me the difference between my nominal bracket and my effective rate.

    1. You might indeed think this, if you thought people in general had any real grasp of the world surrounding them. I’m actually surprised you’re not more cynical about this.

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