The L.A. Times says people in California like Obama’s proposal of raising taxes on other people:
“People are in favor of compromise as long as other people are doing the compromising,” said David Kanevsky of the Republican firm American Viewpoint, half of a bipartisan duo that conducted the poll for The Times and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
The poll also confirmed the outcome of last week’s election, in which President Obama won a second romping victory in California. There was broad support for the president and his campaign proposal to raise taxes on incomes over $250,000 a year.
Sure. When you’re getting free stuff, you want to keep getting free stuff. If someone says it’s not getting paid for, the first reaction is: tax someone else. Which do you figure Californians would choose from this set of options:
Just one little problem: taxing other people is not going to solve anything. It’s time for another edition of Now That the Election Is Over, It’s Safe to Tell the Truth. But make sure and blame the previous suppression of this truth on the candidates:
“You have to feel bad for voters,” said poll director Dan Schnur of the Jesse M. Unruh School of Politics at USC. “After a yearlong presidential campaign, no one has bothered to tell them that raising taxes on people making over $250,000 does not balance the federal budget. No one on either side.
“Obama said the wealthy should pay their fair share. Romney said it would kill jobs. But neither one of them told voters that balancing the budget is a lot tougher than that.”
Well. Maybe Romney didn’t say it, or didn’t say it memorably enough that Dan Schnur remembers it. (I’d be willing to bet he did.) But for Schnur to say, and the L.A. Times to repeat, that “no one on ether side” said this, is flatly untrue. Witness:
Look, if you taxed every person in successful small business making over $250,000 at a hundred percent, it’d only run the government for 98 days. If everybody who paid income taxes last year, including successful small businesses, doubled their income taxes this year, we’d still have a $300 billion deficit.
You see, there aren’t enough rich people and small businesses to tax to pay for all their spending. And so the next time you hear them say, don’t worry about it, we’ll get a few wealthy people to pay their fair share, watch out, middle class. The tax bill is coming to you.
Who said it? That’s right: Paul Ryan, in arguably the biggest platform he had: the Vice Presidential debate.
Remember how Big Media repeated that line the next day, and used it as a teaching moment for voters?
I made this same argument, by the way, until I was blue in the face. Again, I didn’t see the L.A. Times making the points I did.
Look. People are going to keep being selfish and Big Media is going to keep lying. If Texas wants to secede, maybe I’ll move back.
But I have said it before and I will say it again: we aren’t going to pay this debt. In fact, we aren’t going to seriously try. So at this point, it’s all about when the default happens and what it looks like.
I don’t know all the details, but I know this: it is not going to be pretty.