Are you overtaxed? 64% of Americans say yes, political class says no

by editor on April 11, 2011

Interesting, isn’t it, that most Americans think they’re overtaxed, but that the political class doesn’t?

Rasmussen reports on the taxing situation:

Roughly two-out-of-three voters think Americans are overtaxed, and nearly as many say any federal tax increase should be subject to a vote by the American people. Complicating things for would-be budget cutters, however, is the belief by even more that any changes in Social Security and Medicare also should be voted on by the public.

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Funny that those who pay the taxes think they're overburdened, but those who live off the taxes disagree

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters believe America is overtaxed. Twenty-four percent (24%) disagree, and 11% are undecided.,,

This is virtually unchanged from this time last year.

But the Political Class strongly disagrees. While 79% of Mainstream voters think Americans are overtaxed, 87% of those in the Political Class don’t share that assessment.

Unfortunately, we think the wording of Rasmussen’s question was problematic. “Are Americans overtaxed?” was almost guaranteed to get a different answer than “Are you overtaxed?” Especially within the political class.

The first option allows the respondent to talk about some vague, unidentified, amorphous group. You know, the little people in flyover country who wave the flag and obey the law and work hard for a living.

The second option goes directly to the individual respondent’s wallet. And we’re willing to be that the political class thinks they are personally overtaxed, but that all those other so-called Americans don’t pay their fair share.

Source: Rasmussen

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KimmyQueen
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Night of the Living Government:

Andrew Klaven on Govt taxation: http://youtu.be/aUwTyycRoCQ or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUwTyycRoCQ&feature=relmfu

It is worth it and it is true.

DJ
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DJ

“…A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters believe America is overtaxed. Twenty-four percent (24%) disagree, and 11% are undecided…”

I’d like to see the results from a poll where they only polled likely US voters who actually PAY taxes, as opposed to people who get to vote and spend OPM…Other People’s Money while on the dole!

whiskeyriver
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whiskeyriver

I have always thought that the right to vote is a right no American should be denied, I am starting to think like you.

I am starting to think that us working taxpayers, the people that pay the bills, should be the only ones allowed to vote. If you work for the gooberment, local, state or federal, you should not be allowed to vote.

If you are sucking on the public teat, like your mother and your grandmother have always done, you are not allowed to vote.

Most assuredly, if you are a politician you should be banned from voting while in office and you have been out of office for at least 5 years.

These are the three catagories of people that are bleeding this country dry and everyone on the above lists are too stupid to see it. If you are too dumb to understand that gooberment employees, welfare patients and elected officials are a huge part of our economic problems then you are to dumb to vote.

When is Rasumussin going to call me to find out what I think? Never. They don’t want to hear the opinion of a real live voter, they want to talk to “likely voters”. That is why I don’t pay much attention to these “polls”, the pollsters don’t talk to the right people.

Liz
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Liz

If you are sucking on the public teat, like your mother and your grandmother have always done, you are not allowed to vote.

What do you mean by this statement?

whiskeyriver
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whiskeyriver

Sorry, I did not make it clear for you. If you live on WELFARE, just like your mother and grandmother have done all their lives, you should not be allowed to vote.

I am tired of paying for someone else’s food, housing, medical bills, multiple children spawned by multiple fathers, when I have a family of my own to support.

I get pissed off every time I see a fat ass “mother” wasting their food stamps on sodas, chips, beef jerky and candy instead of buying real food for her various fat assed brats. You want to see the obesity problem in this country cured? Restrict the use of food stamps to meat, beans, potatoes and vegatables only and cut the amount handed out in half.

Do you really want me to get started? How about the fact that I have to pay about $1500 per month on my mortage, electric bill, gas bill and telephone bill but the same fat asses mentioned above pays nothing for the same luxuries I have to work for. They have to “pay rent”, a percentage of the welfare check. They have to “pay the electric bill”, a percentage of the welfare check.

It’s all a joke and it is time for it to stop. If you are too lazy to earn your own way, tough. Live with your relatives or on the street for all I care. I am tired of people who live as good as I do without having to work for it. I am tired of hearing them whine and cry about how they can’t raise their babies on the little amount of welfare and food stamps they get when they drive around in newer cars than I can afford.

In other words, my tolerance level has topped out. Anyone too lazy to earn their own way should not be allowed to vote. Third generation welfare recipients, New Mexico has tens of thousands of such families, should not be allowed to vote.

Did I make this clear enough for you this time? If not, I can rant on later. I don’t have the time now, I have to get ready for work. You know, that thing some of us do so we can pay our own bills?

perlcat
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Can you go into a little more detail? I wasn’t really clear about how you felt.

Heh. Seriously, I know what you mean. Only in the US are the “poor” morbidly obese, with electronic toys that only the rich in other countries would have. There is always somebody who has less than somebody else. However, in our case, we had to *import* the next crop of welfare recipients, because ours are too lazy to vote.

quindan
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quindan

Love your comment; it’s so to the point.

KimmyQueen
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I am not sure how you couldn’t understand that statement it is pretty cut and clear to the point to me. :-/

KimmyQueen
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John Kerry would indeed fit this bill. Are Americans overtaxed he will say no. Are you overtaxed he will say yes (if he is being honest). He doesn’t want to pay taxes on luxury items, but sees no problem with taking funds from people who would use it for necessities. I guess the point is that these people want us to give them all of our money and they in turn will take care of all of our needs, and we don’t need much because they will determine that we can do with much less while they can do with much more. It is evil. Plain and simple.

Joe
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Joe

Who is this political class? Can we all agree to stop revering political office holders whether they are on our side or not? I have gotten sick and tired of always hearing people in the news refering to some former Senator or Congressman as ‘Senator’ or ‘Congressman’. If there is a law on the books that says we have to continue calling these assholes by that title of nobility after they leave office it needs to change. Same with presidents, ambassadors, and cabinet secretaries. You get your title as the result of a popularity contest or you are appointed to your office by someone who won a popularity contest. Once you’re done, you no longer hold the office or the title, get over it and get on with your life. I don’t think we should be continuing to provide Secret Service protection to the presidents or anyone else, especially after they’re out of office. No one is irreplacable, thats why we’ve defined a process for presidential succession. The United States does not grant titles of nobility and no citizen of the US is allowed, under the constitution, to accept a title of nobility from another country unless it’s approved by congress. WE DO NOT HAVE ROYALTY IN THIS COUNTRY. I’m tired of it and it needs to stop. They need to understand that just because they have a fleeting office with power doesn’t mean they are any better or worse than any other US citizen.

DJ
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DJ

“WE DO NOT HAVE ROYALTY IN THIS COUNTRY.”

Better not tell Captain Zero and Michelle Antoinette that…they’re gonna be pissed!

Thallus
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Thallus

This isn’t surprises considering the political prostitutes think your money is theirs because, well, they screw you and prostitutes don’t screw for free.