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As Congress prepares to go back to work to save America from the ‘fiscal cliff’ it created, we will continue to hear a lot about President Obama’s “mandate” to raise taxes. President Obama himself insisted Friday his re-election gave him a mandate to raise taxes on wealthier Americans.
“The majority of Americans agree with my approach,” Obama said.
Senior campaign adviser David Axelrod is quick to support this so called “mandate” to raise taxes.
“On this particular issue, it wasn’t close,” Axlerod said, citing exit polling that show about 60 percent of voters agreed with Obama’s position on taxes.
He also made the assertion that “every objective person who’s look at this agrees” that the budget deficit can only be closed by raising revenue and that “the president believes it’s more equitable” to ask only the top 2 percent of Americans to pay higher taxes.
And loyal Democrat foot soldiers like Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.) gladly tote the company line, “I think the president has a very clear mandate.”
The labor unions are in complete agreement.
“Clearly there was a mandate from this election. The American people are with the president on taxing the wealthiest Americans,” Service Employees International Union government affairs Director Peter Colavito told CNN.
“Our people expect leaders in both parties to honor that mandate and ask everyone to pay their fair share of taxes,” he said.
The only problem with this narrative a negligent media is only too happy to carry forth is that this mandate came courtesy of just a fraction of one percent (.13%) of the U.S. population.
In reality, despite all you hear in the media, the President won reelection by 406,348 votes. Simply put, had Romney carried Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Colorado he would have reached 270 in the Electoral College.
President Obama won by 406, 348 votes out of roughly 312.8 million people.
So next time someone tries to tell you that President Obama won the 2012 Presidential Election “overwhelmingly”, keep these numbers in mind and don’t be afraid to share them!
EDITOR’S NOTE: The ten Independent candidates drew a total of 70,949 votes in Florida. The Independent candidates took 1,781,825 popular votes.
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