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Gallup polls the Buffett Rule, and finds that America thinks it's a darned good idea.

Gallup poll
PRINCETON, NJ -- Six in 10 Americans favor Congress passing the so-called "Buffett Rule," which would mandate a minimum 30% tax rate for Americans with a household income of $1 million per year or more. Majorities of both Democrats and independents favor the policy, while a majority of Republicans oppose it. [...]

Americans in general say that the distribution of money and wealth in this country is not fair, and thatmoney and wealth should be more evenly distributed. Plus, 59% of Americans last year agreed that households making $250,000 or more per year should pay higher taxes. The current results reinforce these findings and underscore the now well-documented conclusion that Americans in general support various proposals for increasing taxes on higher-income Americans.

Those results aren't as one-sided as those found by PPP in polling done for Daily Kos/SEIU last fall, showing 73 percent support for the premise behind the Buffett Rule. At that time, the proposal hadn't been put in the middle of the presidential political debate, which heightens the controversy and makes the issue more partisan. By contrast, in our September poll, 66 percent of Republicans supported the idea, whereas in Gallup's current poll, just 43 percent of Republicans do.

But 60 percent is nothing to sneeze at, and Democrats should be confident in continuing to hammer the tax fairness and income inequality from now until the cows come home in November. They start on Monday, with the first of what is likely to be many votes on the Buffett Rule in the Senate.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 12:59:32 PM PDT

  •  60% support it (7+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Railfan, TofG, divineorder, Jeff Y, Bear, annieli

    But will they vote for a Democrat in the House to even get the legislation out of committee?

    That's a problem for us this election. We can make grand promises about taking the country in the right direction. But if we don't control both chambers of Congress and get the damn filibuster out of the way then next to nothing (and nothing meaningful) will get done.

    How do we turn 60% into 270 representatives? Or a dozen senators?

    All my sig lines are hand-crafted by demented elves living in my skull.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 01:06:30 PM PDT

    •  The way to turn majority Public opinion (5+ / 0-)

      into votes is to stand strong on those winning positions.
        Candidates must run on support of the Buffet rule and allowing the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy to expire.
        And they must run on other popular positions as well. One of those is job creation, i.e., putting lost teachers back in the classrooms, hiring construction workers to repair and upgrade our infrastructure, providing incentives for green energy job creation, etc.
        They must run on maintaining the integrity of Medicare and Social Security.
        And they need to start talking about ending the costly war in Afghanistan ASAP.

         Push hard on these and other popular issues, and challenge the Republicans to be honest about where they stand on them.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 01:24:14 PM PDT

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    •  What we really need is for people (1+ / 0-)
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      like Warren Buffett to put their money where their mouth is. At the rate it's going, we're going to get killed by anti Obama and anti Dem ads this summer and fall.

      Mystery donor gives $10 million to Crossroads GPS group to run anti-Obama ads

      "Load up on guns, bring your friends. It's fun to lose and to pretend" - Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 02:05:24 PM PDT

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      •  Perhaps (1+ / 0-)
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        But did you see the FP today? Sherrod Brown (sp?) has been slammed by negative SuperPAC adds for months and it's had almost no impact. The SuperPACs might be firing mostly blanks at this point, especially against the President. He's not an unknown anymore. He has a record to run on and the whack-a-doodles that will be convinced by "Solyndra Death Panels Made in Kenya" are already Republicans.

        All my sig lines are hand-crafted by demented elves living in my skull.

        by ontheleftcoast on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 02:09:23 PM PDT

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  •  4 Years Later, Americans Still Back Obama on Taxes (6+ / 0-)

    Looking back this week at his budget-busting windfall for the wealthy, George W. Bush lamented, "I wish they weren't called the Bush tax cuts." With good reason. After all, the first modern president to cut taxes during war-time, Bush's gravy train for the gilded-class helped double the national debt and produce record income inequality even as job growth flat-lined and family incomes stagnated.

    As it turns out, come November Mitt Romney and his Republican allies may come to regret the Bush tax cuts as well. After all, Romney not only wants to make the expiring Bush tax cuts permanent, but wants an additional 20 percent across-the board reduction that would drain the U.S. Treasury while putting millions into his own pocket. Unfortunately for the GOP, President Obama's proposed "Buffett Rule" and continued call for the wealthiest two percent of earners to pay a little more still enjoys strong support among the American people.

    For the details, see:
    "Four Years Later, Americans Still Back Obama on Taxes."

    •  Calling them the Bush tax cuts is the problem? (0+ / 0-)

      Well, maybe he's right. If we called them the "Pubic Hair tax cuts" at least people would've realized they were getting fucked.

      All my sig lines are hand-crafted by demented elves living in my skull.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 02:01:21 PM PDT

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  •  at some point the jackass republicans will have (3+ / 0-)
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    to stop calling the whole population of the united states communists. i won't hold my breath until they do but at some point, people are going to start calling them out on it.

    Earth: Mostly harmless ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (revised entry)

    by yawnimawke on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 01:33:37 PM PDT

    •  I think most folks already know it's a bogus term, (4+ / 0-)
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      and only the most desperate fools like Allen West pull it out now. And when he did, he got totally laughed at, even by the real Communists.
         We are almost 60 years removed now from McCarthyism, and only true blockheads like the aforementioned Mr. West, or Michelle Bachmann  have longings for that dark period.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 01:41:56 PM PDT

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      •  it's just frustrating to be called a communist or (3+ / 0-)
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        socialist or that the "job creators" will suffer from our "marxists" ways if we tax them too high. i mean honestly, when are people going to start calling them snake oil salesmen that they are? Better yet, when is LIAR going to be acceptable?

        Earth: Mostly harmless ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (revised entry)

        by yawnimawke on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 01:50:42 PM PDT

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  •  How big was the majority supporting public option? (3+ / 0-)
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    Sorry, call me cynical, but this has about as much chance of passing as the PO did.  Only difference this time, I suppose, is Obama actually supports this one and is not giving it lip service like he did with the PO.

    Lawrence, KS - From ashes to immortality

    by MisterOpus1 on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 01:35:10 PM PDT

    •  The People understand this one better too. (3+ / 0-)
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      It's a winning issue for the Dems, a loser for the GOP if they oppose it.
         And if there's a Democratic majority in both Houses next year, it'll pass then, even if they manage to block it now.
         There really isn't any choice as the deficit eventually must be addressed, and this is the least painful way to lower the deficit, aside from ending the foolish war in Afghanistan.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 01:46:39 PM PDT

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      •  Of course it makes complete sense, (0+ / 0-)

        which is why the GOP will oppose it.  The PO made perfect sense too, and we'd have no challenge in SCOTUS either.

        I agree that the best chance of getting this passed is in the next Congress when we get back the House.  I just don't see it passing at all until then.  For now it seems its only use is for political posturing and banter.

        Lawrence, KS - From ashes to immortality

        by MisterOpus1 on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 02:04:01 PM PDT

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  •  'The Boss' - Death To My Hometown (Live) (1+ / 0-)
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    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 01:48:21 PM PDT

  •  Why not? (1+ / 0-)
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    I make well under a million a year and I pay 40%, so sure, let those earning over a million pay at least 30%, and I'd be happy if they paid the same amount I paid.

    All knowledge is worth having.

    by Noddy on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 01:52:55 PM PDT

  •  I thought the Buffet rule was to not take more (3+ / 0-)
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    than you could eat.

      Oh wait, you're talking about the Buffett rule.
     Never mind.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 01:55:16 PM PDT

  •  One of the few friends of our who does (0+ / 0-)

    well selling steel is not up with it, said I would get any tax break I could so should the ric. Gah.

  •  One thing I now know for sure... (1+ / 0-)
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    24 percent of our party is either self-loathing or soaking rich.

    "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

    by Mogolori on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 02:12:24 PM PDT

  •  Okay, first of all (0+ / 0-)

    Truth?  Obama donated more to "charity" than most people in this country (including most of our wealthy when considering the percentage of income).  Here's the quote:

    "Obama, also reported giving $172,130 to 39 different charities —an additional 21.8 percent of their adjusted gross income. Their top recipient, receiving $117,130, was Fisher House, which provides free or inexpensive housing to veterans and military families receiving care at military medical facilities."
    So, let us all get that straight up front.

    And, then, the republicans are saying that Obama paid less on his personal income than his secretary.  Here's the quote about what his secretary paid vs. what Obama paid:

    "it reported that married filers with that income would typically pay an effective rate of 20.9 percent (a hair above Obama's 20.5 percent)
    This is where the republicans are going to go with this trying their best to show that even though Obama is for the Buffett Rule because Buffett paid less percentage of his income than his secretary while Obama did the very same thing.

    I am positive that will be debunked.  At least, I hope so because if not, the republicans will have a good issue.

    Only horses should wear blinders.

    by independantman on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 02:13:39 PM PDT

  •  They didn't poll millionaires. (0+ / 0-)

    Though truth be told, most of them feel that they should pay their fair share too.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 02:13:44 PM PDT

  •  Indies favor it 2-1 (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm so sick to death hearing from weaseloid Dem pols that they have to vote for more corporatist neoliberalism because it's "centrist" and "moderate" to give the ruling class everything it wants and make the rest of us carry the loads they get to slough off.  Well, that's never been true, just the convenient self-serving lies of a bunch of bought-and-sold pols that differ from Credit Default Swaps only in that CDS's end up getting held to their words.  It's ALWAYS been the case that the majority of indies come from below the economic "average", and are largely indies because they see no party actually willing to go to the mat for their interests.  (Sorry partisan apologists, the Dems got off that train 30 years ago.)

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

    by ActivistGuy on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 02:16:47 PM PDT

  •  Once again (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans prove that they are out of touch with the rest of the world.  And yet, their crazy ideas dominate way too much of government.  

  •  Strongly liberal, but cautious. (0+ / 0-)

    Overwhelming support for something doesn't mean it's good.  If you polled people on if Mitt Romney should pay triple the taxes that his secretary pays, the support would also be overwhelming.  That's one of the reasons, by design, we don't have a true democracy.

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