A vast majority of Americans want to repeal the Bush tax cuts, raise taxes on millionaires to cover the deficit, cut subsidies for oil companies, and preserve collective bargaining rights

The results of a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll were released yesterday. They showed, among other things, that a vast majority of Americans would prefer to raise taxes on the wealthy rather than cut social services. Here’s MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow discussing the results.

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  1. EOS
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    What a surprise. The vast majority want someone else to pay taxes so that their free ride continues.

  2. Edward
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    You’d be surprised to know that a lot of us don’t consider public schools, libraries, and fire protection to be a “free ride.”

  3. Aaron B.
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Like politician fat cats listen to what people want in the first place…

  4. notoneofthecoolkids
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Mark, last night on The Daily Show John Stewart made some great comparisons between cutting taxes for those over $250,000 a year and cutting school budgets in WI. The Segment is about 6 minutes long and worth a post here. After watching it I found myself once again turning to my husband and saying, “why can’t the ‘real news’ show these type of comparisons”.

    And Mark, thanks for all the great posts lately. Lots of hard work, so thanks!

  5. TeacherPatti
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Wasn’t that the best?? Me with my desk and my #2 pencils, cuz #1 pencils just weren’t good enough for my highness!!!
    I’ve said it before–no one talks about how we have to have top salaries to retain good teachers (now, they DO talk about it for retaining good professors but I will save that for another day) but we surely can’t cap Wall Street salaries at $500k…no sir/ma’am!

  6. Kim
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    I saw this episode of the RM show and I remember her qualifying the results of the poll by saying that these were the results when Americans were told the options without having the political parties noted. So they weren’t saying, “Do you believe that the President is right, or the Democrats are right when they say that big oil should stop receiving subsidies?” Unfortunately, that’s not they way issues are presented in the real world. Once you say something is a Democratic (“Socialist”) idea, that’s the end of it. No one wants to support the ideas of those evil, lazy, America-hating Democratic satanists.

  7. Posted March 4, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Face it, Patti, you’re all just a bunch of parasites.

    No one ever mentions how half of all new teachers quit in the first five years, either.

  8. TeacherPatti
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    I’ve heard that too, Pete…don’t know if it’s still true or not. The thing I see in my district is very few young teachers b/c no one has been hired in so long. And those that are hired are the first to be let go and yeah, that is an issue with the seniority rules. (Well, actually it depends on what you are certified in, too)

  9. TaterSalad
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Maybe even a liberal/progressive/socialist can understand this:

    Understanding the differences between Public and Private sector Unions:


  10. John Galt
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Polls are meaningless. A vast majority of Americans would also like to have deep fryers in the homes, heated toilet paper rolls, and the Dukes of Hazzard back on primetime.

  11. Posted March 6, 2011 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Teaching is rough, so rough that at a crossroads of my life, I willfully did not go into secondary education. I love the kids, but the thought of 80 hour workweeks and multitudes of asshole parents for that kind of paycheck made me turn the other corner.

    I have great respect for teachers. We force them to raise our kids and deal with our nonsene but don’t pay them enough and give them too little respect. It makes me sick that the right wing, in typical form, are using our public servants as a political tool to garner more money for themselves.

  12. TaterSalad
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Remember people, it was a Democrat who gave away the bargaining rights of the Federal (Public) Unions.


  13. John Galt
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Why don’t you ever respond to me, Taters? I’m sure we could be friends.

  14. Neil Bulgarella
    Posted July 16, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    If a vast majority of Americans want it, and it doesn’t happen, you can only conclude that our democracy isn’t working.

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