taxes

Thu 25 Sep 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

What about this graphic from the WaPo is unclear?

Under McCain, the richest people get the biggest cuts (by percentage and by dollar count).

Under Obama, the top 1% of earners will have to pay more taxes. 99% of people will pay the same or less. Which plan is fairer?

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  1. Chris McLaren on September 25th, 2008 11:32 pm

    What never fails to amaze me is that even looking at this there are tons of Americans who will never make even $100,000 in income who will vote for this clown.

    I don’t understand it–are they really that against their own self-interest, or do they really believe that someday the American Dream will kick in for them, and they’ll be in that 2.87 million + bracket?

  2. lcrw on September 26th, 2008 10:54 am

    I have no idea why they would vote for Bush or either of his doppelgangers McCain/Palin.

    Anyone willing to explain their own reasoning is welcome to post.

  3. Erin on September 26th, 2008 4:49 pm

    Liberal psychologist Jonathan Haidt wrote an essay over at Edge.org, “What Makes People Vote Republican?” (http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/haidt08/haidt08_index.html) The upshot, in a nutshell, is that conservatives feel that institutions and continuity of the status quo are more important than what may benefit them as individuals. There is comfort and safety in knowing everyone’s role in society.

    Personally, I see value in some institutions, but do not weigh them above individuals in my own moral algebra–either myself or other individuals.

    The problem is that they literally do not look at the world in the same way as liberals, or even moderates. So the fact that voting for McCain is against their self-interest does not affect their choice.

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