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

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Yes, let's repeat that last fact: Barack Obama did not just receive a higher raw vote total than Reagan -- as is to be expected with an expanding electorate. Barack Obama has earned a higher percentage of the vote than Reagan -- 50.79 for Obama this year to 50.75 for Reagan in 1980.

Add on the fact that Obama will win the Electoral College by 332-206, an overwhelming margin, and that he carried all but one of the swing states identified by both parties, and that his party picked up two seats in the Senate and that it continues to displace Tea Party Republicans (such as Florida's Allen West) in the House, and the question of whether Obama won the minimal mandate to tinker with tax rates for the very wealthy should be settled.

Yes, if George Bush had any kind of mandate in 2004, if Bill Clinton had any kind of mandate in 1996, if Ronald Reagan had any kind of mandate in 1980, then Barack Obama has some kind of mandate in 2012. And anyone who paid attention to the messages of the 2012 campaign -- from Obama's explicit declarations that he would ask the rich to "pay a little bit more" to Romney and Ryan's "makers versus takers" meme -- knows that a referendum was held on whether to hike taxes for millionaires and billionaires. And a lot more voters said "yes" than said "no."

The final popular vote numbers are just now coming in, thanks to states like Arizona that took over two weeks to count ballots. Find out why, here.

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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