New AEI Poll: You Really Don't Hate Paying Taxes

As crazy as the tea party movement is over taxes along with Limbaugh/Palin/O'Reilly and the rest of the teabaggers, a new survey by the very conservative American Enterprise Institute says that Americans feel they are paying just about the right amount of taxes and that Bush's tax cuts only helped the rich and Big Business and should be ended.

Dan Froomkin:

For all the grousing about taxes these days, a new survey concludes that it's doing taxes rather than paying them that really rankles.

A plurality of Americans think they're paying about the right amount in taxes, and a significant majority say they're paying the fair amount.

There is widespread agreement that the rich and corporations are paying too little in taxes. And a majority of Americans think the Bush tax cuts helped the rich the most and should be eliminated

Americans are also vastly more concerned right now about unemployment and the economy than they are about taxes -- or deficits, for that matter.

A troubling answer that Dan highlights is that Americans, by a slim margin, prefer Republicans over Democrats when it comes to taxes. We can thank the right wing noise machine for that. Only in America can a president like George Bush screw up the country for almost a decade and in a blink of an eye it's lost on most people that all these conservatives acting like racist sore losers stood by every one of Bush's economic policies.


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