Permanent Gridlock

… President Obama claims a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy to reduce the deficit. Does the evidence back up that claim? Perhaps—it just depends on what evidence you are looking at.

Some 60 percent of voters said that tax rates should either be “increased for all” or “increased for $250K+.” That seems to support the president’s position, but those same respondents gave a contradictory answer to a related question. The exit pollsters also asked if taxes should be raised “to help cut the deficit.” Just 33 percent said yes and 63 percent said no. [cont.]

Jay Cost, The Weekly Standard