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David Quinn: Love affair with Democrats isn't reflected in how we vote at home

Published 04/01/2013 | 05:00

IN Government one of the chief jobs of Fine Gael has been to resist increasing income taxes. One of the chief jobs of Labour has been to resist spending cuts. This is what the supporters of both parties expect of them. And yet if you were to ask Fine Gael supporters which party they support in American politics the vast majority would say the Democrats. This is very, very strange because the Democrats are much more like Labour than Fine Gael.

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Earlier this week America stepped back a few inches from the edge of a so-called 'fiscal cliff' which would have introduced automatic spending cuts and tax increases.

In the end the Republicans were forced to accept tax increases on anyone earning above $400,000 per annum. The Democrats wanted a lot more than this.

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