(Hat tip to Life and Deatherage for the Boren quote.)
U.S. Rep. David Boren, a Blue Dog Democrat in the state’s ultra-conservative congressional delegation, is spreading misinformation to apparently make sure the country’s wealthiest citizens become even wealthier.
This is from a recent post in POLITICO:
“We are allowing the liberal wing of the Democratic Caucus to hold these critically needed tax cuts hostage,” Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.) told POLITICO. “It is long past time to get this deal done and get our economy moving again. Unfortunately, my colleagues are either not listening to what the voters are saying, or they are not interested in doing what is best for the American economy.”
Boren, pictured right, is simply wrong that voters are “saying” they want continued tax cuts for the rich, which are included in the recent tax deal between President Barack Obama and Republicans, according to recent polls.
From The Hill, about a September Gallup poll:
A majority of those polled by Gallup agree with President Obama that Bush-era tax cuts for the rich should be phased out.
Forty-four percent of those polled want tax cuts for individuals making less than $200,000 and families under $250,000 to be extended, but favor phasing out tax cuts for people who earn more than those thresholds.
Another 15 percent favor allowing the tax cuts for the rich to expire along with the middle-class tax cuts, according to Gallup.
That means 59 percent favor ending the tax cuts for the rich.
From Politico, about a December Bloomberg News poll:
In a Bloomberg News poll released Wednesday, nearly 60 percent of Americans surveyed said they favor the elimination of the Bush tax cuts for the richest Americans. One-third said they strongly favor the elimination of the cuts, while 18 percent said they strongly oppose the discontinuation of the cuts.
From CNN, about a December CBS News poll:
According to a CBS News survey released Thursday evening, 53 percent of the public says that the cuts should be extended only for families making a combined income of less that $250,000 a year, with 26 percent saying the lower tax rates should be continued for all Americans, and 14 percent saying they should be allowed to expire at the end of the year.
The 26 percent in the CBS News poll who say that the cuts should be extended for all Americans is lower than the figures in other recent surveys.
Note Boren’s use of “liberal wing” and “what voters are saying” and “not interested in doing what’s best for the American economy.”
There’s no excuse for Boren’s remarks. Sure, a majority of Oklahomans in his district right now are probably overwhelming in favor of any GOP position, even if it hurts them financially or otherwise, but Boren essentially argues that Americans in general are sending a message that rich people should get tax cuts. That’s not true.
So, let’s be clear, multiple polls show American people don’t want to extend the Bush tax cuts to people making more than $250,000, and yet President Barack Obama and Boren want to “compromise” with Republicans so rich people can get richer. The recent tax deal between Obama and Republicans and Blue Dogs like Boren that extend all the tax cuts for another two years is fait accompli for the GOP, which represents the interests of rich people and the corporate power structure above anything else.
Here’s how U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont put it in his recent filibuster of the tax cut deal:
How can I get by on one house? I need five houses, ten houses! I need three jet planes to take me all over the world! Sorry, American people. We’ve got the money, we’ve got the power, we’ve got the lobbyists here and on Wall Street. Tough luck. That’s the world, get used to it. Rich get richer. Middle class shrinks.