Thursday, April 29, 2010
Attitudes about taxes correspond to tax levels, or at least awareness of levels, from popular media, political discussion and actually paying taxes, especially income. The tax revolt so often predicted in 2009 has not started for most people. But one bit of news for those looking for signs that the Tea Party may have legs is that Gallup reports 63 percent of Americans expect their taxes to go up. Even a near majority of Democrats believe it’s likely.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
It is still not clear if the Democrats maintain or if Republicans will gain political ground from the March 21 health care vote. Early polls appear to indicate that, while the bill and its approval is still not favored by a majority of the public, at least Democrats have increased the level of enthusiasm for voting among their core supporters.
And, of course, failure to pass was not an option. President Obama, Speak Pelosi and the Party’s reputation in general would have been devastated.
Both parties are fighting to define the post passage environment. Democrats are using Obama speeches and advertising (Congresswoman Markey is on TV in the Denver metro area) and Republicans are benefiting from Sarah Palin and the law suit challenges from the Republican attorneys general.
Gallup reports that, as of March 28, the Republicans appear to have surged ahead of Democrats in the generic ballot question, the first time in March.