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America & Taxes

Take how you feel about taxation out of the equation for a second. I don't know about you but I was amazed that President-elect Obama was able to say that he would increase the tax rate of high earners and didn't seem to pay a politicial penalty for it. It isn't something he said months ago and was forgotten. It was something he said again and again for almost a year. His language was much clearer and on point than Walter Mondale back in '84 who got creamed for saying in a debate he would raise taxes, but I wonder if it was Obama's communications skill or America's dire straits that made it so that he suffered no penalty for the position? Or was it both?