There is yet one more disconnect between Congress and the people.
The Senate vote on Tuesday that torpedoed the latest attempt to create some stimulus into the economy and spur job growth was seen as a victory by Republicans and several conservative Democrats. Too expensive they cried. No more stimulus spending.
Within the halls of Congress members must not hear what is being said around the nation when it comes to the plan submitted by President Obama. More and more people are rejecting the great disparity among the rich and everyone else in this nation, and are demanding Congress not continue to coddle through outdated policy the whims of the rich.
When asked simply if Congress should pass the legislation or not, 30 percent of respondents answer yes, while 22 percent say no; 44 percent have no opinion.
But when the legislation’s details are included in a follow-up question — that it would cut payroll taxes, fund new road construction, extend unemployment benefits, and that it would be paid for by increasing taxes on the wealthy — 63 percent say they favor the bill and 32 percent oppose it.
What’s more, 64 percent of respondents agree with the statement that it is a “good idea” to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations, because they should pay their fair share and can afford to pay more to help fund programs and government operations.
By comparison, 31 percent agree with the statement that raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations is a “bad idea,” because higher taxes take away money that would otherwise be invested to help grow the economy.