As readers of this blog know, I have consistently argued that there is no such thing as public opinion. But other bloggers keep citing public opinion, as if it actually exists. (Is it animal, vegetable or mineral? They never say.)
Let’s put aside the non-existence of public opinion. Suppose it did exist, and suppose the polls could measure it. What do the polls show?
1. The public consistently favors lower tax rates for the rich. They favor a top rate in the 30% area, well below Obama’s 43.4% proposal.
2. The public consistently favors higher taxes on the rich.
I’m not sure what this means, maybe they think we should raise revenue from the rich by closing loopholes, as Boehner hinted the other day.
Of course that’s also my own view. How convenient when this non-existent public opinion just happens to favor what I favor! I guess there is such a thing as public opinion.