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January 5, 2011
Do Americans really want to 'tax the rich' to curb the deficit?
With the level of deceit in the story above it's difficult to know where to begin. For starters the source of the Jan. 3 headline news report that "61%" of "Americans" polled answered that taxing the rich is the favored way to balance the budget is telling.
The breaking news was released yesterday from the results of a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll. The Reuters piece referenced in the title above concludes with these words: "The poll included a random sample of 1,067 adults across the United States from November 29 to December 2. The margin of error may be plus or minus 3 percentage points, 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair said."
Interestingly, the poll is found at CBSNews.com and is still active. At the time of this writing the results were at "76%" of "Americans" wishing to raise taxes on the undefined "rich."
It appears that the "random sample" was taken from Internet responses to the poll questions. If so, we must ask which voter demographic would be online at either CBS News or Vanity Fair to answer poll questions.
Here is a sampling of some other questions in the same 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll:
Which fantasy world would you most like to visit? How would you describe Hollywood's latest movies? Would you erase a terrible memory if you could? Which fashion item should go out of style for good? What would an NFL lockout mean to you?
Regarding the "tax the rich" answer, here is the question posed: "What would you do first to balance the budget?"
The answers to choose from are as follows: (1) "Increase taxes on the wealthy;" (2) "Cut defense spending;" (3) "Cut Medicare;" (4) "Cut Social Security"
Believe it or not those are the only choices. Notice that "Cut Obama's reckless spending" did not make the list of choices.
The poll results of a bunch of liberals hardly represent "most Americans." And given the poll choices what should we expect?
The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll is the same source that claims most Americans (63%) have no problem with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed being tried in NYC. "Most Americans" chose the loaded answer, "New York is a target anyway."
Certainly, the practitioners of class warfare will continue on with their rhetoric, relying on the unflinching support of the "mainstream" media.
Too bad for them, however, that "most Americans" can see through their deceit and manipulation. And "most Americans" aren't so stupid as to believe that taking money from employers will somehow not affect employees.