This past election confirmed my growing fear that Americans’ ignorance, particularly on economic issues, has now become a mortal danger to our nation’s future. Today’s Rasmussen poll reinforces that belief. Try to square the following responses with one another:

Two-thirds of U.S. voters (66%) think President Obama is likely to raise taxes on people who less than $250,000 per year. That figure includes 47% who say he is Very Likely to do so.

Fair enough. 34% are apparently still expecting Obama to pay their mortgage for them, and still wait patiently for the magical unicorns to show up.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters think raising taxes on those who earn more than $250,000 per year would be good for the economy. But voters in general prefer tax cuts over more government spending.

So voters in general realize that tax cuts are better than more government spending, at least when it comes to people like themselves, but a slim majority rationalizes tax increases on other people as “good for the economy.” Scary.

Thirty-three percent (33%) of all voters now expect their taxes to go up under Obama.

All voters know their taxes will go up if they make $250,000 per year or more. 66% believe Obama will raise taxes on people who make less than that. What sort of blind faith do you have to have in order to conclude that Obama will stop raising taxes at a level just above your own salary? What hypocrisy and lack of morality to even hope for it?

The other explanation is that most Americans are so hopeless that they don’t expect to make what they did under President Bush, and therefore don’t expect to pay extra taxes.

Thirty-six percent (36%) of Americans think the federal government should limit the annual earnings of corporate executives to no more than $1 million, and nearly as many say the same about athletes and move stars.

Class warfare and irreconcilable economic stupidity are on the march, at the exact point when people should be educating themselves. If we plan to ever become again the nation of opportunity our forebears left us, we’ve got work to do.

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