Another irresponsive behavior of the public came into front when most of the ordinary Americans made a strange repeal for the Estate tax. Even though most of the Americans, especially with lower income level, did not used to come under the Estate Tax or rather had to bear the burden of the federal tax, they made an appeal to the government for the Estate Tax, which was by then a “death tax” in the country. Bartels argued that most of the people in the US supported the Estate Tax because they did want to bear the burden of the federal tax law. Although they did not spare a thought about whether the current law is burdening them or the richer people who are there in the society, they did not even think about whether it would lessen their burden or the burden of those people who belongs to the affluent class of the society.
According to Bartels, the ideology or the partisanship did not played an important role in the Estate Tax repeal rather what played an important role in this case is the attitude that the Americans have towards their own tax burden and this had ultimately resulted in this strange and the popular appeal that was made by the ordinary Americans who resides in the country (Bartels, 175). According to one of the surveys conducted during that time, and whose evidence could easily be found in the book, Unequal Democracy, states that; when the common people are asked about whether or not they support the Estate Tax repeal, many replied that they did not have much idea about it. Almost 19% of the people came up with this answer. Therefore, it can be said that the ordinary Americans in this case did not have an appropriate and the responsive attitude towards the whole things or the procedure. Thus, the ordinary tax payers failed to notice that in the long run the Estate Tax would decrease or rather reduce the burden of the wealthy tax payers who are there in the society and it would not affect them much.