The question is, who are the 39% that are opposed?
Taxes are too high and must come down. (And don’t give me any of that relativistic stuff about Europe or 1950s America when NO ONE paid the actual rate.) We didn’t even have an income tax until 100 years ago and we can live without one again if we so wanted. And more and more people so want.
The state is much too large. It must be shrunk. And it CAN be shrunk. But it must be shrunk along with tax burdens. The overall footprint of the state must be reduced. We spent the last century expanding the welfare/warfare/crony state. Let’s spend the next centrury pruning it back.
As Mark Skousen expresses correctly – taxes are a reflection of an uncivil society. The higher the taxes, the higher the civic failure.
In April 2017, Gallup found that Americans’ concern about their own federal tax burden had actually cooled somewhat, as barely half (51%) felt their taxes were “too high,” down from 57% in 2016. By contrast, in June 1985, the year before the revolutionary Tax Reform Act of 1986 went into effect, 63% of Americans said their taxes were too high.
While public demand for lowering taxes may have waned, it is not gone. Public concern about taxes fell the most over the past year among Republicans — a familiar political pattern given the partisan shift in presidential power. With a Republican in the White House, the Republican rank and file are less likely to say anything negative about the government, including about taxes. Still, 62% of Republicans call their taxes too high, as do 52% of independents and 39% of Democrats.
The implication? While not as intense as Congressional leaders may have expected, public demand for tax reform is still there, especially among the Republicans who may matter most to GOP lawmakers.