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Voters seem to like taxing the rich

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A Field Poll conducted earlier this month is finding great support for raising income taxes on wealthy people. Since so few of us are wealthy, that isn’t surprising. It is about the most venal, and yet most predictable attitude among voters who have nothing to lose.

You don’t want schools to close or teachers to get fired? Tax the rich. You want the public to pay for other people’s childcare? It’s easy. Just tax the rich.

It’s such a good idea, we have two proposed tax-the-rich ballot measures to choose from. These all get big support from Democrats, women, minority groups, Bay Area voters and those who make less than $400,000, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

One of these is sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers, the so-called millionaires tax. It showed support among 63 percent of those polled. Naturally, no teacher, nor any government employee, would have to pay anything.

Then, there is Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax proposal, which also would raise income taxes, but those earning more than $250,000 a year would be hit. Some 58 percent of those surveyed support this one, The Chronicle reports.

There is a third tax measure also proposed for the ballot, but this one is not quite so popular. Sponsored by wealthy civil rights attorney Molly Munger, it would raise taxes on all wage earners, but it would tax the wealthy at the highest rates. Voters who might actually have to pony up for the government they so desperately think they want aren’t so supportive of this one — although it is by all accounts the fairest. However, only 45 percent of those polled support it.

The voters’ motto seems to be, “as long as I don’t have to pay it, raise it!” Unless, of course the voters are the wealthy, who already pay most of the state’s taxes.


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