I get CNN breaking news alerts. They’re worth the cash I pay for them! Here’s the proof, I suppose. Received at 2:04pm Mountain Time.
President Barack Obama holds a 9-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday, thanks in part to the perception that the president is more likeable and more in touch with the problems facing women and middle-class Americans.
The poll indicates a pronounced gender gap that benefits Obama, who holds a 16-point advantage over his challenger among women and a 3-point advantage among men.
The poll also found that 7 in 10 Americans favor Obama’s proposed change to the federal income tax rate for people who make more than $1 million a year — the so-called Buffett Rule. The proposal is particularly popular among Democrats and independents, but a small majority of Republicans also supported it.
The Senate is expected to take a procedural vote later Monday on the Buffett Rule, which is expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to move it to the Senate floor.
The poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, after former Sen. Rick Santorum suspended his bid for the GOP nomination.
So, it’s widely favored by Democrats and Independents. Which party is it that currently controls the Senate? Oh yeah…
I’m trying to figure out what a “small majority” is. If it’s a majority, isn’t that by definition, the larger portion of the total? At any rate, fast forward 3 hours (5:10pm) and I get this next email.
Democrats in the Senate fail to get the 60 votes they need to move forward with a measure that would set a minimum 30% tax on millionaires and billionaires.
The so-called Buffett Rule, proposed last year by President Barack Obama, grew out of the argument that wealthy people should pay a higher share of their income in taxes than those in the middle class. Its name comes from the fact that billionaire investor Warren Buffett has said he pays a lower effective tax rate than his secretary.
Critics claim a minimum tax on millionaires would hurt small business owners, some of whom file tax returns under the individual tax code. The Senate result was expected; passage in the GOP-controlled House also was unlikely.
The partisan battle has spilled from Capitol Hill to the presidential campaign trail, with Republican candidate Mitt Romney opposing the measure.
In a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday, 72% said they favor the bill while 27% oppose it.
So, 70% of Democrats and Independents support it, the majority of Republicans support it, yet they can’t get it to pass with 60%? BAHAHAHAHAHA! Funny how that happens. You expect them to vote for this piece of legislation when most of them will be affected by it? Tell me how that works out for ya!