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## What will improve Republicans chances next time?

DH, RE postgrad: Yes, I see it.

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 Change the leaders of the party. But then again, I would never vote republican because all they do is rehash the most grating ideas for the country, "lower taxes, re-position educational programs, and increased military spending".

 Quote by ParticleGrl You have to remember there was a recession at the end of the H.W. Bush's presidency. Recessions cause automatic stabilizers (unemployment, medicaid,etc) cost to go up. You need to unentangle the recession from the data to make ajudgement.
This is a good point.
 Recognitions: Homework Help Science Advisor I suspect Republicans would be a lot more believable on "lower taxes" arguments if they would agree that high earners like Romney should pay at the same tax rate as middle class families pay, not half. if everyone pays his share, it lowers taxes for a lot of people. without that I think it is hard to make a case that Republicans care about anyone but the wealthy. E.g. Mr. Romney asserted a desire to close loopholes in the tax code. If he would begin a campaign now, to close the many loopholes that he himself took advantage of, such as off shore accounts, sham charitable trusts that seem designed to leave "little or nothing" for the designated charity after his own withdrawals, and the many other tax dodges revealed in his own returns over the past few years, I believe he would gain a lot of credibility. I may be naive, but these issues of fairness and responsibility seem in line with the traditional values Republicans espouse. But I don't think this will be easy to do, since Republicans seem to derive much of their financial support from entities that benefit from financial inequities such as banks. For the same reason, looking at the lists of top donors above, it appears as if Democrats would have a hard time asking big beneficiaries of "non profit" tax exemptions, and government "research" grants, to pay their share as well, such as large universities. (You may favor research, but if like me you have actually generated some of those grants by your own work, you know much of the money goes into the "overhead" slush fund controlled by university research vice presidents).
 Mentor So then you are just assuming that the loopholes he and other Republicans would close would not include the loopholes for the rich, right? I also find it incredulous to suggest that Republicans are only interested in helping the rich, when the Bush tax cuts applied to everyone. The party trying to single out one group is the other one. Also, your slicing of the groups is wrong: Obama is not just targeting the super-rich who have unusually low tax rates. He is mostly targeting the high end working professionals who already pay the highest rates. Misleading caricatures don't provide a good basis for a discussion. It seems to me that this discussion is being harmed by people buying-in to the anti-GOP campaign rhetoric, not their actual positions and weaknesses.
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 Mentor Objectively? Mathwonk, your facts are flat-out wrong. How is that objective?

 Quote by russ waters I also find it incredulous to suggest that Republicans are only interested in helping the rich, when the Bush tax cuts applied to everyone. The party trying to single out one group is the other one.
Actually my parents, who were middle class at the time, didn't see even a penny from those cuts. Don't tell me it helped everyone, because it didn't.

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 Quote by russ_watters I don't see what old white males have to do with the question and since the voting age is 18, there couldn't possibly be much change in separating out 18 year olds. High school grads and college grads voted exactly the same way.
Beyond speculation on either side, it would be nice to see the demographics for age. The 2009 Gallup poll I posted did gender demographics.

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 Quote by aquitaine Actually my parents, who were middle class at the time, didn't see even a penny from those cuts. Don't tell me it helped everyone, because it didn't.
The top 4 income backets were all lowered by about 3% so....? Either it helped or your parents are not middle class.
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 Recognitions: Gold Member Iow, it depends on industry and what kind of earner youre considered, not just how much you make.
 Mentor That really isn't possible. Are you guys guessing? Do you really not know what the Bush tax cuts were?

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:boggle: Incredulous again.

Here's the Bush tax cuts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_tax_cuts

Synopsis:
The cuts came through two separate acts, passed in 2001 and 2003. The second act merely acclerated the phase-in of the cuts. The cuts (single earners):
 a new 10% bracket was created for single filers with taxable income up to $6,000, joint filers up to$12,000, and heads of households up to $10,000. the 15% bracket's lower threshold was indexed to the new 10% bracket the 28% bracket would be lowered to 25% by 2006. the 31% bracket would be lowered to 28% by 2006 the 36% bracket would be lowered to 33% by 2006 the 39.6% bracket would be lowered to 35% by 2006 So for example, if a person made$30,000 per year AGI, most taxes were in the second bracket, but the marginal rate was in the third. The overall changes were:
On the first $6,000, a reduction of 5%. On the next$22,000, no change
On the next $2,000, a reduction of 3%. Savings:$360 per year

In addition, the deductions for joint filing and the per child tax credit were increased.

In addition -- for mathwonk -- since the vast majority of people pay far less than a 14% effective tax rate, making everyone pay what Romney paid (about 14%) would vastly increase taxes for most people.
 Recognitions: Gold Member I know that I got charged as a farmer without the deductions and it was about 1/3 of my settlement. We don't get paid wages, we get a cut of the profit from the skipper. We're free agents, not employees. So if bush tax cuts helped me, it wasn't much... Now that I have kids and work as an employee, the bush tax cuts are great.
 Mentor Do you remember the \$300 check Bush sent you?
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