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A Mandate to Raise Taxes on the Rich? Election Numbers Say 'Yes'

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Joe Scarborough asks in his latest comment on the politics of the fiscal cliff: "Mandate? What mandate?"

The former Republican congressman turned able MSNBC host poses the question in order to examine whether rational Republicans might feel "bound by the same mandate Barack Obama presumes he owns" on tax issues.

Fair question.

Did Barack Obama win the minimal mandate that would be required to raise marginal tax rates on the very rich to 39.6 percent? That's a minor initiative, as the 39.6 percent rate would simply return the United States to the level of taxation for the wealthy that was in place when the economy was a good deal more vibrant than it has been since George W. Bush and Dick Cheney made the political -- not economic -- decision to slash the rate.

The answer to the question is clear if we put the 2012 results into any sort of perspective.

As the November 6 election approached, there was a general sense that the race was very close, and that either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney could win. Even as the results came in, there was a tendency on the part of commentators to suggest that the numbers showed, in the words of former Republican National Committee chairman Haley Barbour, "pretty close to a tie." Even a week after the voting was done, the failed Republican nominee for vice president was claiming that the finish was "very close."

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When, in the last 30+ years, has the will of the p... by Dennis Kaiser on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 12:34:06 PM
You are correct. I see the big issue as "Integrity... by Paul Winger on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:59:53 PM
 When we push really hard and loud... by BFalcon on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 2:41:21 PM
how exactly will the greedy rich bastards in congr... by Mrt Baggins on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 1:03:53 PM
... by Matthew Jacobs on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 5:08:56 PM
my bad:)... by Mrt Baggins on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 6:34:05 PM
And clear message.Fair (means higher) taxes on ric... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 1:11:04 PM
Dear BFalcon, You are correct. There is endless cr... by Paul Winger on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:39:48 PM
The Elephant in the Room vis a vis paying taxes...... by mrk * on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 2:28:17 PM
Good One mrk!!! You may be specifically interested... by Paul Winger on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:33:46 PM
No one I listen to claims the total amount sent to... by Matthew Jacobs on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 5:07:30 PM
I must disagree with you Matthew. May I ask resear... by Paul Winger on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:30:51 PM
Thanks for the update.  It is a voter crime t... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 6:26:37 PM
Taxes are not needed as a source of revenue IF the... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 6:31:45 PM
You are a well versed, educated man Scott. Pr... by Paul Winger on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:22:57 PM
If 60% or more is for wars, and preparing for them... by Steven G. Erickson on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 6:55:01 PM
You knew someone here would ask "WHERE DOES THAT 6... by Matthew Jacobs on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 7:36:18 PM
we don't know, but maybe 60% of our tax dollars ar... by Steven G. Erickson on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 9:04:18 PM
You would be particularly interested in ACPN, Abol... by Paul Winger on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:09:37 PM
I understand your position. Personal Poll, what do... by Paul Winger on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:14:00 PM
Parting people from their money by force is theft.... by Darren Wolfe on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 8:19:11 PM
Nobody likes paying taxes, but the entire issue is... by Paul Winger on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:04:49 PM
Common sense! You, each and every one from the poo... by Paul Winger on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:56:37 PM