Friday, August 07, 2009
Are Taxes Too High?
It's easy to complain about taxes - I have one uninformed relative who even insists the current economic slump is due to high taxes, not the Wall Street collapse - and this is why the Republican answer to virtually every problem is "tax cuts." And yet, for the first time in decades, a Gallup poll this week shows that more Americans say their taxes are "about right" than are "too high." Just 46% said "too high," the lowest number since 1961. Story and historical poll data from NPR here. This should come as no surprise, given that federal income tax burdens haven't been this low since the Eisenhower administration.