Most Americans don’t realize that Obama has reduced taxes on the middle class

As the above chart makes clear, Americans generally are unaware of the extent to which the tax burden on the middle class has eased under President Obama.

Republicans, especially, are mistaken on this point, no doubt because of the rhetoric they hear from right-wing pundits and politicians.

Larry Bartels sets the record straight HERE:

[T]he tax burden on middle-class Americans has decreased during Obama’s presidency. More than one-third of the 2009 stimulus bill consisted of tax cuts, including expanded tax credits for workers, people with children, college students, homebuyers, and the unemployed. In 2010, Obama proposed and Congress accepted a substantial temporary reduction in the payroll tax, which was recently extended through 2012. Meanwhile, the Bush-era income tax cuts were also extended through 2012. While one might quibble about whether all of this amounts to decreasing the tax burden on middle-class Americans by “a little” or “a lot,” only 20% of the public gave either of those answers.

As with perceptions of unemployment, perceptions of how the tax burden has changed during Obama’s years in office have significant political ramifications. Among “pure” independents (those who do not lean toward either party), Obama’s job approval rating was 52% among those who recognized that the tax burden had decreased, but only 35% among those who thought it was unchanged—and only 17% among those who (wrongly) thought it had increased.




  1. The middle class is smart enough to know that the bill for the exploding deficit/debt will eventually come due. Simple math tells you the burden for the repayment of that bill will fall upon the middle class.

  2. doc: The fact remains that your dimwitted Republican friends mostly think Obama has increased taxes on the middle class, which is not true. Those people, like you, believe everything they hear from the right-wing demagogues. Poor saps.

  3. So, doc, since you are criticizing the tax cuts, that must mean you are in favor of increasing taxes. Who woulda’ thought?

  4. Wrong again Jerry. I said an increase in taxes is inevitable…on everyone who pays taxes.

    And Patty, I can’t believe that Mr. Climate change can’t understand the even more obvious math of deficit/debt impending doom.

    You need to get yourself a gyro and some bacclava this weekend and ponder your future.

  5. doc: Again, none of your persistent evasions changes the fact that most Republicans think Obama has raised taxes on the middle class, which is simply not true. The opposite is the truth of the matter. He has lowered taxes on the middle class. But most Republicans are such dimwits that they don’t recognize the truth. Rather, they believe what the Limbaughs and the candidates for the GOP nomination tell them.

  6. OK Patty, you’re right. But then explain to me why liberals are so stupid on tax policy and history? And who is feeding them this crap anyway?


    Liberals should be sympathetic. They are quite adept at willfully refusing to face facts, if necessary, to support wrongheaded views. Here are some examples:

    “The rich don’t pay taxes.” False. For the 2007 tax year (the latest income tax data year released by the IRS), the top 1 percent of income earners, those making over $410,000 a year, paid 40 percent of all federal income taxes. The top 5 percent, those making about $160,000 a year or more, paid 60 percent of all federal income taxes. Yet according to a 2008 IBD/TIPP poll, only 12 percent of Americans knew what the rich, in fact, paid in taxes. And liberals are likelier to get it wrong.

    “The rich exclusively benefited from the Bush tax cuts.” MSNBC’s insufferable lefty Ed Schultz said: “Ninety-eight percent of you, it (the Bush tax cuts) doesn’t even affect you.” False. In a recent New York Times editorial, the liberal paper said extending the cuts to the non-rich — a policy it favors — would “cost” about $140 billion next year. Extending the cuts to the rich — a policy it opposes — would “cost” about $40 billion next year. If the tax cuts only benefit the rich, why would the Treasury “lose” more money from the non-rich than it would “lose” from the rich?

    “The Bush tax cuts caused the deficit.” CNN’s liberal host Fareed Zakaria said, “The Bush tax cuts are the single largest part of the black hole that is the federal budget deficit.” False. In 2002, tax revenues were $1.85 trillion. In 2007, revenues had grown to $2.57 trillion — a 39 percent increase. Unfortunately, outlays increased almost as much. In 2002, outlays were $2.01 trillion. In 2007 — the last year before the recession and before TARP, the various “stimulus” programs, bailouts and ObamaCare — outlays were $2.73 trillion, a 36 percent increase.

    “Bush had prior knowledge of 9/11.” Thirty-five percent of Democrats, according to a 2007 Rasmussen poll, believe President Bush had prior knowledge of 9/11, and 26 percent are “not sure.” False. This was investigated years earlier and refuted by the 2004 bipartisan 9/11 Commission Report.

    “George W. Bush ‘stole’ the 2000 election.” False. In November 2001, The New York Times wrote: “A comprehensive review of the uncounted Florida ballots from last year’s presidential election reveals that George W. Bush would have won even if the United States Supreme Court had allowed the statewide manual recount of the votes that the Florida Supreme Court had ordered to go forward. Contrary to what many partisans of former Vice President Al Gore have charged, the United States Supreme Court did not award an election to Mr. Bush that otherwise would have been won by Mr. Gore.”

  7. Concerned Citizen

    I’m definitely a Conservative, and know full well that the taxes have not gone up, and that there have even been some tax incentives and credits. But you must realize that these are just little ‘biscuits’ to get the same boneheads that voted for him, to vote for him again. If he wins a second term, that’s when you’re going to find out who Barry Soetoro really is. There is no doubt that his history and his ties show that he has a great hatred for this country and is chomping at the bit to release his vengeance. Those little ‘biscuits’ will not only be removed, but a whole slurry of devastation is in the waiting as soon as he takes office for a second term, if elected. His main handler and financier, George Soros, along with the Rockefeller family have been working very hard and spending great amounts of money to forever change our nation into something it was never meant to be.

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