Interesting Take Aways…

..from last week’s election, and I am not talking about the foolish people who want to secede, although I have an opinion on that and you can read it here.  No, I am talking about some interesting numbers that surfaced in exit polls.

On taxes:

according to the exit polls from last week’s presidential election, a combined 60% said that tax rates should increase either for everyone or for those making more than $250,000. Just 35% said the tax rates shouldn’t increase for anyone.

Maybe the folks in the House and in the Senate will take a minute to consider that 60% figure as they work toward a debt and deficit reduction deal before the end of the year.  The message seems clear to me, raising taxes on the wealthy is ok with a vast majority of Americans.

On women’s rights:

59% said that abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

But what do 59% of Americans know, right?  I would argue that the only part above that would need to be addressed would be the “most cases” part.  Do we really want to go down the road of having a woman prove she was raped or a victim of incest?  Who signs the “permission slip” in that case?

On marriage equality:

by a 49%-to-46% margin, voters said that their states should legally recognize same-sex marriage.

So a plurality of those surveyed in the exit poll think that marriage should be recognized by their states?  Interesting.  Does that mean that, by a margin of 49% to 46%, people think that, since you have to get a marriage license from your state to get married, but not necessarily anything from a church, that gay people should be allowed to marry?  Do they realize that this might upset some people?  Will “the gay” spread?

I guess the point in sharing those numbers is to show that our country, especially when it comes to social issues, seems to be more for not restricting the rights of people than it is for restricting rights of anybody.  It seems clear to me that 59% of those surveyed believe that women should have the right to choose (and if you still think there is no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion, I have explained it for you here.), and 49% are ok with same-sex couples being married.

I don’t really know if our politicians are smart enough to pay attention to what the public is telling them in those exit poll numbers.  I suspect they are not.  As great as our country is, we will be even better when we commit to working together, and not when we restrict people from having the same rights as everyone else.

 

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