Actually, opperating on the assumption that the will of the public is the same today as it was then is likely a false assumption. It is quite likley that back then, when democrats were in power, the feelign was different, and the need for taxes less clear.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
Modern Poverty Includes A.C. and an Xbox - By Ken McIntyre - The Corner - National Review OnlineWhat is poverty? Americans might well be surprised to learn from other government data that the overwhelming majority of those defined as “poor” by the Census Bureau were well-housed and adequately fed even in the recession year 2009. About 4 percent of them did temporarily become homeless.
Data from the Department of Energy and other agencies show that the average poor family, as defined by Census officials:
Lives in a home that is in good repair, not crowded, and equipped with air conditioning, clothes washer and dryer, and cable or satellite TV service.
Prepares meals in a kitchen with a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave as well as oven and stove.
Enjoys two color TVs, a DVD player, VCR and — if children are there — an Xbox, PlayStation, or other video game system.
Had enough money in the past year to meet essential needs, including adequate food and medical care.
98% of americans below the poverty line have a tv, 81% have a microwave, 78% air conditioning, 71% a vcr, 65% a second tv, 65% a dvd, 64% cable, 62% washer, 60% cordless phone, 55% cellphone, 53% ceiling fan...
less than 50%---personal computer 38%, third tv 32%, internet 29%, video game system 29%, printer 28%, 2nd vcr 28%, dishwasher 25%, big screen tv 18%