Sunday, April 11, 2010

"Mainstream" v. "Political Class" on Taxation

Gee. Who woulda' thunk it?

When thinking about all the services provided by federal, state and local governments, 75% of voters nationwide say the average American should pay no more than 20% of their income in taxes. However, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most voters (55%) believe the average American actually pays 30% or more of their income in taxes.

Sixty-six percent (66%) believe that America is overtaxed. Only 25% disagree. --Rasmussen

Want to know what the DC/Madistan crowd thinks of that? Read on:

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Mainstream American voters believe the nation is overtaxed, while 74% of those in the Political Class disagree

The AmSpec blog provides a link to the Rasmussen 'splanation of "Political Class."

Initially, Rasmussen Reports labeled the groups Populist and Political Class. However, despite the many news stories referring to populist anger over bailouts and other government actions, the labels created confusion for some. In particular, some equated populist attitudes with the views of the late-19th century Populist Party. To avoid that confusion, and since a majority clearly hold skeptical views about the ruling elites, we now label the groups Mainstream and Political Class.

The questions used to calculate the Index are:

-- Generally speaking, when it comes to important national issues, whose judgment do you trust more - the American people or America’s political leaders?

-- Some people believe that the federal government has become a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests. Has the federal government become a special interest group?

-- Do government and big business often work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors?

To create a scale, each response earns a plus 1 for the populist answer, a minus 1 for the political class answer, and a 0 for not sure.

Those who score 2 or higher are considered a populist or part of the Mainstream. Those who score -2 or lower are considered to be aligned with the Political Class. Those who score +1 or -1 are considered leaners in one direction or the other.

In practical terms, if someone is classified with the Mainstream, they agree with the mainstream view on at least two of the three questions and don’t agree with the Political Class on any.

What we have here is a failure to communicate, combined with a Major Malfunction.

By the way, this is in the "Beck v. Ryan" sandbox; and Beck would appear to be part of the "Political Class" based on his denunciation of Initiative/Referendum vehicles.


Jeremy R. Shown said...

Beck is an elitist? Whodathunkit!

neomom said...

I think that you are giving Beck a bit too much power. He has lots of fans, but not to the ObamaCult zombie level.

There is some hint of legitimacy to his over-the-top reaction to the I&R thing. Depends on whether you leave them at the state and local levels or if they try to push them national. Its not like Soros and the other Progressive money-pushers haven't tried to usurp other forms of the Republic for pure democracy - like the "deals" with the states and the Electoral College.

Beck is at his most useful when he puts out stuff that nobody else talks about with some backup and foundation and then asks watchers/listeners to go research it further.

What I find most interesting is this low-grade civil war we are in between the "political class" (gov't employee unions anyone?) and the mainstream.

Dad29 said...

Nah. I just enjoy zinging a guy who rapped Ryan. Besides, one of my kids likes Beck (far more than I do, by the way).


I agree with you that Beck presents stuff that no one else does--so I take the good with the bad.

neomom said...

Got it :)

neomom said...

Did you catch the clip of Ryan on Beck's radio show today on Hot Air?

Ryan is a freakin' rock star!!

We need him is a larger leadership role.