Republicans call extension of the Bush-era tax cuts their top priority in the lame duck Congress, and they insist that the midterm election gave them a mandate to freeze tax rates on the wealthiest Americans.
“The American people want us to stop all the looming tax hikes and to cut spending,” incoming House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday, “and that should be the priority of the reminding days that we have in this Congress.”
Trouble is, a new poll shows that Boehner may be mis-reading the election results. According to a new CBS poll, 53 percent of Americans want the Bush-era tax cuts extended only for households earning less than $250,000 per year.
Only 23 percent of Americans say that Congress should extend all of the Bush tax cuts — the adamant position of Republican lawmakers.