New Poll Proves Americans Are Socialist

Of course, not really. But I'm using the conservative technique of extending one position on an issue to an entire ideology. What is notable is that people do not - repeat - do not, oppose increased taxes on rich people.

Most Americans think the United States should raise taxes for the rich to balance the budget, according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll released on Monday.

President Barack Obama last month signed into law a two-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts for millions of Americans, including the wealthiest, in a compromise with Republicans.

Republicans, who this week take control of the House of Representatives, want to extend all Bush-era tax cuts "permanently" for the middle class and wealthier Americans. They are also demanding spending cuts to curb the $1.3 trillion deficit.

Sixty-one percent of Americans polled would rather see taxes for the wealthy increased as a first step to tackling the deficit, the poll showed.
The next most popular way -- chosen by 20 percent -- was to cut defense spending.

This position is promoted by Fox News and the mainstream press as a fringe, radical point of view, even when it is held by the majority of Americans.