The tax is­sue

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“Amer­i­cans aren’t too smart when siz­ing up our per­sonal tax bur­den, but we know we don’t want more,” Paul Bedard writes in the Wash­ing­ton Whis­pers col­umn of U.S. News & World Re­port.

“A new poll from the Win­ston Group finds that most of us think we pay just 27 per­cent of our in­come in taxes, think we should pay just 18 per­cent, and want the rich to cough up 27 per­cent. Fact is, says David Win­ston, when you add up all your fed­eral, state, lo­cal, phone, gas, sales and other taxes and fees, the typ­i­cal bill is higher, over 30 per­cent.

“But one thing the poll found is that we’re dead set against new taxes, es­pe­cially dur­ing the down­turn. By a 71-to-27 per­cent mar­gin, Amer­i­cans say now is not the time to raise taxes. A larger ma­jor­ity feels that if Congress doesn’t rush to ex­tend the 2001 tax cuts, taxes will surge. ‘They are look­ing at their over­all costs, gas, phone, food, and they’re get­ting in­fu­ri­ated,’ says Win­ston, who polls for the GOP. His ad­vice to the party: Pledge to hold the line on taxes — and mean it.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@wash­ing­ton­

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