You own this tax bill, Republicans. Good luck.

Right now the public hates, hates, hates the tax bill. It’s less popular than any major piece of legislation of the past several decades, less popular even than tax hikes passed under Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. Only about a third of Americans view it favorably, based on an average of nine polls this month.

.. A year later, just 12 percent of Americans knew that Obama had cut taxes for most people.
.. And yet in 2004, just 19 percent  said that Bush had reduced their taxes.
.. To the extent they care about the system, they’re primarily mad that others are shirking this duty.
  1. .. The thing that bothers Americans most about the tax system is “the feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share,” according to a recent Pew Research Center poll.
  2. This was followed by the feeling that “some wealthy people are not paying their fair share.”
  3. Next, tax-code complexity.
  4. .. Then, in fourth place, was the amount they personally pay in taxes.

.. “Newspapers are going to be full of stories about people creatively minimizing their taxes,” says tax historian Joseph Thorndike.