Let’s Give Them A Push: Americans Already Favor Near Far-Left Policies

As I have mentioned before, I consume a good amount of mainstream news to keep a finger on the pulse of what the American people are learning. And what I have learned is that the American people are much more favorable to far leftist policies than the pundits and “anchors” would have you believe.

Notice these two linked articles below, one from Fortune and one from FOX News:

“Support for raising taxes is widespread, according to a new poll, which found that 76% of registered voters want the wealthiest Americans to pay more.”

http://fortune.com/2019/02/04/support-for-tax-increase-on-wealthy-americans-poll/

“Voters prefer increasing spending on domestic programs over cutting taxes and reducing spending, and their preferred way to finance that spending — is tax the wealthy.”
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fox-news-poll-voters-favor-taxing-the-wealthy-increasing-domestic-spending


This is completely contradictory to the picture painted by the entertainers on cable news that is brushed every night. These supposed “news shows” would have you believe that such opinions are too far to the left to be held by the citizens of the United States. But as you can see from the objective measures quoted/linked above, one of the main tenets of the rad left platform is favored: redistribution of wealth through a strong state.

Now notice these two linked articles on healthcare policy in the U.S.:

“Six-in-ten Americans say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, including 31% who support a “single payer” approach to health insurance, according to a new national survey by Pew Research Center.”
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/10/03/most-continue-to-say-ensuring-health-care-coverage-is-governments-responsibility/

“Some 56% of respondents said they favor Medicare-for-all, in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan.”
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/23/politics/kaiser-medicare-for-all-poll/index.html

Universal healthcare is right within our grasp.

As I have put forth in past posts, in Chomsky’s “Manufacturing Consent”, the news media only allows a spectrum of valid opinions and political stances the rich and powerful deem acceptable. That’s why the news media is center-right. The talking heads dismiss polling results that are too threatening to those in power. They are dismissed by political commentators as “pony promises” if endorsed by a candidate.

Sure, these opinions are not exactly pure Marxist reforms, but it shows that the people could be exposed to far-left ideas not too much further to the left than the ones they already possess. Taxing the rich at a high rate, and Medicare-for-All is not too far from the redistribution of wealth and universal healthcare coverage. There’s an opening there.

In conclusion, polls show that the American people are far further to the left than the news media would have you believe. And this is a function of the breath of the spectrum of acceptable political opinions sanctioned by the rich and powerful. The people are closer to a positive view of the far-left than you would believe. Let’s expose them to it through various forms of organizing and propaganda and let’s see what happens.

Tax hike for wealthy Americans won’t kill growth: CBO – Yahoo! News

Tax hike for wealthy Americans won’t kill growth: CBO – Yahoo! News.

A worthwhile read about the fiscal cliff and the potential effect of either extending all the Bush era tax cuts or extending them only for the middle class earners and below.  A critical piece of info seems to be missing here and that is the amount of revenue possibly generated to begin battling the deficit by these maneuvers.  Would be a good bit to chomp on as this debate continues.  But the crucial part to recognize in this article is the reality that a tax increase on the wealthiest in the country will not have much of an effect in the way of hurting the economy and other measures can be used to offset the smaller growth projected by it.

Economists’ surprising election-year request: Raise taxes, please! – CSMonitor.com

Economists’ surprising election-year request: Raise taxes, please! – CSMonitor.com.

Some interesting numbers to look at but a few things should be kept in mind.  The aggregate stats given are a bit deceptive, for instance this quote:

The survey found 90 percent of respondents supporting some blend of those two methods of reducing deficits (vaguely similar to Obama’s proposal), while Romney’s espousal of “revenue neutral” tax reform lines up most closely with the 9 percent of economists in the survey who called for “spending cuts only.”

Not all of that 90% are advocating the plans of Obama but it should be noted the majority of these experts are in favor of this road to economic stability.

The other factor that should be noted is the reality this is not a survey of either candidate’s exact plan for government spending.  For instance, it only mentions tax increases which implies a tax increase on everyone and not just the wealthy as Obama has pushed for.  In all likelihood, the numbers would be greater in favor of the Obama plan if that was accounted for since there is a majority call for more revenue through taxation and these experts would be fully aware of the myth of the “trickle down theory”.

Study: Tax Cuts for the Rich Don’t Spur Growth – U.S. Business News – CNBC

Study: Tax Cuts for the Rich Don’t Spur Growth – U.S. Business News – CNBC.

This headline and article speaks for itself.  Maybe this myth will be put to rest for good sooner rather than later.

No Tax Cuts for the Wealthy; Invest in the Middle Class

A great editorial from the NYT that explains how the tax cuts for “small businesses” will not lead to more jobs but rather investing in the middle class, with their increased demand for products, will bolster the small business sector.

Read Here