"The same poll found that 61% of Americans believe the income taxes they paid this year are "fair."
This certainly isn't the kind of public opinion landscape Republicans were hoping for. In order for conservative talking points on the economy to be effective, Americans have to believe the current tax rates are never "about right" and anything but "fair." Broad satisfaction with taxes leaves Republicans with very little else to say.
Indeed, the semi-official slogan of the Tea Baggers' events tomorrow is "T.E.A.: Taxed Enough Already." It was hard enough to make this argument shortly after the president signed the largest middle-class tax cut in history; it's even harder in light of poll results like these."
Which Conservatives protested real, actual, verified fraud and abuse like the time in 2006 when a single government agency shelled out $2 billion in fraud and waste, including nearly $70,000 worth of dog booties? Or that the same agency could not verify if 63% of its purchases were even received?
It is simply easier to manufacture and battle phantoms than do the actual work to correct a broken economy, or on how to make health care more affordable, or to foster a culture of honesty in business and government.