* 39 percent of Republicans support raising taxes on households making more than $250,000.
* Independents favor such a move by 21 percentage points, 59 to 38 percent.
* Only 38 percent buy the GOP argument that raising taxes on households earning over $250,000 per year will have a negative impact on the economy. Fifty-eight percent do not.
In other words, THIS COUNTRY IS NOT CONSERVATIVE BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION.
Which leads me to conclude that either the word “conservative” is now misunderstood, or this Gallup Poll taken early this year is out of date:
Conservatives Remain the Largest Ideological Group in U.S.
I bet if the same people were asked, “How long would the money that the wealthiest 2% were required to pay last the government” not one of them would know.
Arguably the greater idiocy is a larger majority wanting to increase taxes on corporations—when we already have one of the least competitive, highest corporate tax rates in the world.
So when we are facing 47% or 61% in favor of governing norms which run contrary to our best interests as a people, those are still pretty good odds based on history.
People don’t think things out. Putting aside the phenomenon of telling pollsters what one thinks is the “approved” answer, it is so easy to just think that someone else will solve a problem. The “wealthy” are the “other.”
But, yes...when people say they are conservative, in many, if not most, cases, they have no idea what the word means.