We know that President Obama wants tax increases as part of the deficit reduction plan, and we know that Republican politicians vehemently do not want them. But what does the general public want?
Bruce Bartlett compiled data from 27 national polls conducted between November 2010 and Sept. 16, 2011. The results? A whopping average 64.5 percent of respondents said the budget deficit should be reduced through increasing taxes, and only 30 percent said they wanted all spending cuts and no tax increases.
So the Republican politicians who refuse any tax increases can claim a lot of things on this issue, but they certainly can’t claim they’re representing the people of the United States.