Dems Are Out of Touch on Taxes

Earlier this year, The Tax Foundation released a poll about the attitudes that Americans have towards the tax code. It found that a majority of U.S. adults believe the federal tax code is complex, that the federal income taxes they pay are "too high," and that the federal tax system needs major changes or a complete overhaul. It also found that just one in 10 (10 percent) say they are willing to pay higher taxes to eliminate 2007's projected $244 billion federal budget deficit.

The American people aren’t necessarily convinced that they need more tax cuts, although they do believe that they pay too much in taxes. But they sure as heck don’t want their taxes increased.

Leading Democrats don’t see it that way. They believe that the American people are desperate to have a tax increase. Democratic proposals abound, some of which have already been voted on. Some leaders want a war tax. Some want to sharply increase the gas tax to curtail energy use. Others have voted to sharply increase the cigarette tax to curtail smoking (and to pay for children’s healthcare). There was an $8 billion tax increase in the energy bill to stop those evil oil companies from profiting from oil exploration. Don’t forget the billion-dollar tax increase that was included in a small-business bill or the nearly $8 billion dollar tax increase in a Farm Nutrition and Bioenergy bill. A helpful list from the House Ways and Means Committee minority staff shows that the Democratic majority has voted to raise taxes by nearly $100 billion in the first 10 months of this session of Congress.

The ravenous tax-raisers were just getting warmed up. Later today, panel Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is expected to introduce legislation that will increase taxes by a trillion dollars.

That is likely to get the attention of most taxpayers who actually pay taxes. This will not just hit the rich. It will hit everybody.

When you successfully attack a problem, the public give you little credit. Nobody is talking about the prescription drug problem, because the Congress created a popular program that is now running pretty smoothly. And few put taxes at the top of the agenda, because the Bush administration has done a good job of giving tax relief to the American people.

This has been problematic for Republicans because they get political juice when taxes top the agenda. Well, thankfully, the Democrats are doing all they can to put the subject back at the top of the agenda. Nothing angers voters more than the idea of paying more of their own hard-earned tax dollars to pay for wasteful, inefficient and stupid Washington spending.

The best thing the Republicans have going for them is the Democrats.