I had not had the television on this morning for 30 seconds before I hear Chris Matthews on MSNBC telling weekend anchor Alex Whit that if the GOP takes over the house and the GOP repeatedly passes a tax bill with a tax cut "for all" and the POTUS vetoes it, it would be a "win win" for the GOP. I scratched my head when I heard this. The corporate media has become obsessed with polling data. They cite them daily on the air and spend endless hours analyzing them and drawing conclusions from them. So how does someone like Chris Matthews miss the polling data during the Bush tax cut debate that shows a majority of Americans think that tax cuts for the wealthy (top income earners) should end?
Here is a sampling of polling results on the issue:
"Should the Bush tax cuts end for all"? (code for-end for the wealthy)
NBC/Wall Street Journal - ( 9/22/10-9/26/10)
End Not End Unsure
49% 45% 6%
"Make those tax cuts permanent for families that make less that $250,000 a year"?
CNN Opinion Research - (9/21/10-9/23/10)
Favor Oppose Unsure
79% 19% 2%
"Making those tax cuts permanent for families that make more than $250,000 a year as well"
Favor Oppose Unsure
44% 53% 3%
Gallup Polling - (8/27/10-8/30/10)
44% "Keep the tax cuts in place for those making less than $250,000, but end the tax cuts for those making more than $250,000"
37% "Keep the tax cuts in place for all taxpayers"
As you can see the polling data does not support Chris Matthew's assertion but yet people like him in the corporate media keep advancing this false hood. The question is why?
My take is the majority of these "talking heads" that we see on the news are in the "top earner" income tax brackets and they want their tax cuts. In fact alot of them have million dollar contracts. This is the important thing that we, as viewers, have to realize when this debate if occurring.
Only in "punditry land" can extending tax cuts for 97% of Americans be a bad thing for the POTUS or the Democratic Congress.