It's become a tired trope of
American politics: Voters want a robust scheme of governmental programs, but
can't fathom any increase in their tax rates. The latter half of this equation
has become the operating dogma of the Republican Party, both in terms of
campaigns and policy: With the Ryan budget slashing tax rates while leaving
cuts to spending conveniently nebulous, to be determined at some future point.
The GOP’s approach has worked depressingly well, partly because Democrats have
failed to make a strong case that the popular things government does do have a pricetag. A poll on a
potential tax increase in California unfortunately helps reinforce the
impression that voters don’t want reality when it comes to taxes and spending.
Governor Jerry Brown has proposed raising income tax rates on the Californians
earning over $250,000 a year to shore up funding for public schools. The Public
Policy Institute of California found 54 percent favoring such a measure, which
will be on the ballot this November. But turn that around and suggest a broad
based increase to the state's sales tax and a majority are in opposition; 52
percent oppose the second half on the initiative which would increase bump the
sales tax up a quarter of one cent for five years.
California is a test case, as Abby
last month; Brown is part of a select group of Democratic governors, including
Maryland’s Martin O’Malley, testing the waters to see if increasing taxes might
play as the public has increasingly focused on inequality. If Brown wins the
argument in California, and Democrats successfully make the case that Ryan’s
budget would take away the goodies people like, conventional wisdom could
change. Just maybe.
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from Pew released Thursday found that a plurality of the country supports
legalizing marriage rights for same-sex couples. Those in favor now stand at 47
percent, an 8 percent jump from 2008. On the other side, 43 percent still
oppose marriage equality.