Pathetic Detroit School Reading Statistics
RUSH: Only 7% of Detroit public school eighth graders are proficient in reading. Only 7% of eighth graders can read, and only 4% of Detroit eighth graders are proficient in math. And many of the teachers belong to what? Unions. Right. Obama's America. You can see it. It's Detroit.
What Do Low-Information Voters Know About Tax Rates?
RUSH: Well, I just got it, and I'm just printing it, but I haven't had a chance to read it so I can't do it right now, but apparently Roll Call has a story claiming that all this polling data showing the American people favor tax increases is BS. Bloomberg has a poll out that nearly 50% of Republicans think that Obama's got a mandate to raise taxes and that most people fear that entitlements are gonna be cut in the fiscal cliff deal. And apparently all of that is BS.
What have we got here? "Public Support of Tax Increase Is a Myth." RollCall.com. It is Colin Hanna and Alex Cortes. "Myths are perpetuated in Washington, with conventional wisdom created by one person and bouncing off hundreds more in a self-reassuring circle of groupthink. But in real America, you can find the truth if you look hard enough. When the Democratic Party and the fourth branch of government, the mainstream media, unite on an issue, the result is a powerful megaphone of misrepresentation. During the present fiscal cliff negotiations, the most egregious myth perpetrated by the Democratic media complex is that the public supports raising taxes on the successful.
"You might believe that the Democrats and mainstream media are right, according to public opinion polling. Just one example, a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, found that 60 percent of respondents support increasing taxes on incomes more than $250,000 a year, including a meaningful 39 percent of Republicans. It is seemingly hard to argue with that. However, when you ask the public what the top tax rate should be, you get a completely different picture of reality.
"In a survey conducted by The Hill in February, 61 percent of likely voters said the top tax rate should be 25 percent or less, a rate that is substantially lower than the present top rate, demonstrating majority support for lowering taxes below what they are today. Fully 88 percent said the top rate should be at the current 35 percent, or less. Only 4 percent supported a top tax rate of 40 percent," which is closest to what Obama's proposing and what the Democrats want to increase the top rate to. It is kind of stunning. I mean, these guys do make a good point here, that people who want tax increases think the highest rate's only 25%. We're dealing with such idiots. I mean, I'm talking about uninformed, low-information idiots.
I think we're really being ruled and governed by a minority. I really do. I refuse to believe, for my own sanity, I refuse to believe that a majority of Americans really want all of this destruction. I'm gonna hold out hope and pray that I'm right about that.
High Taxes Drive Gerard Depardieu Out of France
RUSH: One of my favorite French actors, Gerard Depardieu, is leaving France. I think Gerard Depardieu is going to Belgium. They raised the tax rates on the rich there up to 75%, and Gerard Depardieu said, "No more. I'm outta here." And so now the French government has created this anti-Depardieu movement accusing him of being greedy and selfish and others like him. And he's just one of many. Can you imagine the first actor that might leave America if something like that happened? Gerard Depardieu is leaving France.