Posts Tagged ‘gop’

Jay Cost reviews Pew, Gallup polls over past decades and changes in party identification: fall of GOP oversold

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Jay Cost:

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Star’s McClanahan: ‘GOP needs optimistic spark, better focus’ and McCain committed ‘unbelievable blunder’ by appearing to left of Obama on tax cuts

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

The Star:

When Reagan took office, the top marginal income tax rate was 70 percent. He brought it down to 28 percent. Now it’s 35 percent, and President Obama wants to raise it by about four percentage points for top earners.

The difficulty for Republican tax-cutters is that for most people, marginal tax rates are no longer seen as a major problem needing solution. The seldom-reported fact is that 60 percent of the nation’s earners now pay little or no income tax at all and have little personal interest in income-tax cuts.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m for tax cuts, but for politicians trying to woo voters, the tax-cut issue has gotten more complicated, even though tax cuts as a general proposition – as opposed to income taxes in particular – retain their political appeal.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen notes that John McCain lost in part because he allowed Obama to get to his right on tax cuts. Voters believed Obama was more likely to deliver tax cuts than McCain. For a Republican, this was an unbelievable blunder.