Friday, October 24, 2008

Regardless of the East or the West...

It's almost the same as what the Japanese people discuss in their political debate, spreading the wealth is a good idea or not.

This problem is kind of normative, and may have no one solution. People should think and discuss it and in turn vote for whom they really want to do what they want.

FOX News Poll: Obama Grabs Nine Point Lead Over McCain
Wednesday, October 22, 2008, By Dana Blanton

Should Government Use Taxes to "Spread the Wealth"?
In a conversation with "Joe the plumber" about his tax plan, Obama said "when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody." Americans are evenly divided on the idea: 45 percent think it is a good idea and 46 percent a bad idea to use some of the money government collects in taxes to "spread the wealth" to others who are less well off.

Most Democrats think spreading the wealth is a good idea (66 percent) and most Republicans think it is a bad idea (72 percent). Independents split 47 percent good idea and 41 percent bad.

Voters are much more decisive on freezing government spending to get the federal budget under control: 63 percent think that is a good idea and 29 percent a bad idea. McCain has said he will "freeze government spending on all but the most important programs," such as defense, veterans care and Social Security.

Three times as many voters think "cutting taxes" (60 percent) is more likely to stimulate the economy and get the country out of recession than think "increasing government spending on programs" will help the economy recover (20 percent).


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