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Senate GOP Block Buffet Rule Despite Overwhelming American Support

April 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm by: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Intersectionality, Poverty

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From LA Times:

The vote thwarts an election-year effort by the president to slap a new tax rate on those earning more than $1 million a year. Democrats are likely to revive the measure in the months ahead.

Named for Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor who has said he should not enjoy a lower tax rate than his secretary, the Buffett rule would impose a minimum 30% tax rate on annual incomes beyond $1 million. The top income tax rate is now 35%, but many wealthy households pay less because of deductions and lower rates for income that comes from investments rather than earnings.

Nearly three-quarters of Americans support the Buffet rule:

Nearly three-quarters – 72% – of Americans say they support the idea, according to a CNN survey of 1,015 Americans, including 910 registered voters.

While the proposal was favored more heavily by Democrats (90%), people who make less than $50,000 a year (79%), and people who live in urban areas (79%), a majority of all groups supported it, except for those who identify with the tea party movement and those who consider themselves conservatives.