Time to Start Taxing Cuba? (Among Other Considerations)

While my last three posts were a refreshing respite from the traditional run-around that comes from covering partisan politics, you don’t fix something that’s broken by ignoring it. 

So, for all those who don’t read this for the politics, today you’re going to be disappointed.

Today I’d like to write about what YOU think.  Don’t go running for the aluminum foil!  I mean YOU, generally; not you, specifically.  What’s that?  How do I know what you, generally, think?  Simply.  Thanks to iCitizen, that is.

You see, iCitizen is a great tool for us politicos because it has the ability to tell us what kind of support exists in the electorate for particular policies.  Beyond that, I love it especially for how informative and enlightening it can be.  It gives an in-depth ‘synopsis’ on what our government has weighed in on in it’s history, provides you with who YOUR reps are in the House and the Senate, and allows you to view selected headlines on what’s going on in politics today.  While that’s all well and good, let me get back to my point; what do YOU think.  Shall we?

YOU support the following… (according to iCitizen polling drawing at least 10,000 respondents, distributed in various amounts across all 50 states, who favored one option or the other by more than 50% in their state, and by 66% or more nationally)

– grocery stores selling wine (94%)
– people can’t be denied health insurance because of pre-existing conditions (89%)
– criminal history allowed as a part of the job application process (88%)
– criminal charges for bullying in some cases (85%)
– killing terrorist leaders with drone attacks (80%)
– death penalty for certain crimes (77%)
– lifting the trade embargo against Cuba (72%)
– decriminalization of marijuana (71%)
– convicted felons who have served their sentences being allowed to vote (71%)
– rules to limit political activities by tax-exempt organizations (70%)
– more federal spending for solar/wind power (70%)
– more restrictive immigration policies (69%)
– raising the debt ceiling to fund gov’t operations (67%, VT and HI 50/50)

YOU do not support the following… (again,  according to iCitizen polling drawing at least 10,000 respondents, distributed in various amounts across all 50 states, who favored one option or the other by more than 50% in their state, and by 66% or more nationally)

– raise taxes to grow federal spending (81% against)
– undocumented immigrants obtaining driver’s licenses (80%)
– the view that the Affordable Care Act rollout was successfully executed (70%)

So, here’s what I gathered from that…

– Sure, we support green energy; (though a green card may be too much to ask for).
– Pass that bill to the next generation as we pass the bucks by the bucket load.
– A little more wine to go with that cheese department, please.
– Felons may be forgiven, but crimes are never forgotten (unless ‘pot’ is involved).
– Death is better served by the means of man, not nature.
– Cuba > Political exile. Political exile = Tax-exemption.

In my next post I’ll take a look at iCitizen polls that highlight some of the narrow interests at work in the world of policy formation; namely, regional interests that do their best to protect jobless benefits and the systemic support of ethanol.

Thanks for reading!
J. Vickrey

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One thought on “Time to Start Taxing Cuba? (Among Other Considerations)

  1. That’s an interesting snapshot. I’m not much of a poll person. How do they get their pollsters I wonder? Neat overview, rather like taking a pulse in the moment.

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