November 6, 2002
ECONOMIC WARFARE--LOAD GUN, SHOOT SELF IN HEAD:
To understand the danger that now confronts the Democrats you need look no farther than this New Republic piece that Brother Murtaugh cites favorably, Neutral Observers (Noam Scheiber, 11.06.02, New Republic):
Had the Democrats tried to connect Bush to the corporate scandals--for example, by separating the estate tax repeal from the rest of the tax cut and pointing out that the wealthiest 3,300 people in the country pay more than half of it, thereby taking advantage of polls suggesting many voters still suspect he cares more about big business than ordinary Americans--they may have damaged his popularity sufficiently to give these Democrats a fighting chance.
The Left's love of taxation, which is a function of their love of government, continues to be a source of real derangement. Take a look at the poll numbers from this National Review piece, Another Man Bites Dog: Those who’d keep the estate tax are too rich to care. (Bruce Bartlett, June 19, 2002, National Review)
*A 1999 poll by Worthlin Worldwide found 70% of voters favoring a phase-out of the estate tax.
*A 2000 poll by the Pew Research Center found 71% of voters supporting elimination of the inheritance tax.
*A 2001 CBS News/New York Times poll also found 71% of people opposing imposition of an estate tax at death.
Democrats, pushed Left by yesterday's disaster, seem likely to make a play for the 30% of the public that wants such taxes, it is after all their base. But they run the risk of becoming a 30% party. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 6, 2002 9:36 AM