Looks Like the Public Isn't Interested In Cutting Spending

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    In a recent ABC/Washington Post poll, Americans were in no mood to cut entitlement programs. Americans strongly reject Medicare cuts and broadly support higher taxes on the wealthy, underscoring the political risks in Republican debt-reduction plans.

    The poll, conducted for ABC News by Langer Research Associates, finds that 65 percent of Americans oppose changing Medicare to a system in which the government would give seniors vouchers with which to buy private insurance. Opposition was essentially the same in a Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health survey when the idea came up 15 years ago.

    The language may matter, in that even most Republicans, 56 percent, oppose Medicare vouchers, as do more than seven in 10 Democrats. And opposition soars to 84 percent of all Americans, including nearly three-quarters of Republicans, if government payments failed to meet the full cost of seniors' insurance coverage.

    CUT? -- And what to cut is hardly a simple matter. Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid and military spending consume nearly two-thirds of federal spending. But 78 percent in this survey oppose cuts in Medicare in order to address the federal debt (indeed 65 percent "strongly" oppose it); 69 percent oppose cuts in Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor (52 percent strongly); and fewer, but still 56 percent, oppose cutting military spending.

    Far more popular is taxing people perceived as being most able to pay: Seventy-two percent support achieving debt-reduction by raising taxes on people with household incomes more than $250,000 a year.

    Medicare Cuts Proposed by Republicans Face Broad Opposition in ABC News Poll - ABC News
     
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    So why doesn't Obama lead it off, by sending his 'refund' to the general debt?
     
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    That poll just proves that most people don't understand that even if we took all the wealth generated by the evil rich it still wouldn't cover the US Government to the end of the year. Even if it did, what would we do the next year? :confused:

    The real problem is the Federal Reserve and International Bankers.
     
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    That is why true fiscal conservatives supported the PO or single payer health care. We really have a lot of room to minimize our HC costs and improve HC outcomes. Unfortunately, we didn't get true HC reform, but a re-hashed GOP bill that hardly saves anything at all.

    Anyways, I don't blame the American public. Why should "entitlement programs" (i.e. programs that people actually pay into and are 'entitled' to) be cut, especially when they didn't cause our current budget mess or financial crisis. However, that is what Republicans are going after along with workers' right, NPR, PP, and the EPA.

    I won't disagree that there is waste in these programs and that some reform is needed. However, it is ludicrous to go after the working class and lower income people to make them pay for something that they didn't cause. Sadly, these people are the GOP's fabricated nemesis.
     
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    I think what the public is telling us, is they want a fair and balanced approach to deficit reduction. To require that the poor and our seniors make all of the sacrifices while those that have the most, sacrifice nothing is not going to wash with voters in either party.
     
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    I think that's called a "push poll" in the vernacular. Like this question:
    Now, if you added, do you think Medicare should be allowed to grow to consume 50% of the U.S. budget, I suspect the results would vary greatly.
     
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    Is Rabeye really a demented easter bunny?
     
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    Are you really a sentient being?
     
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    A truly rw kook.
     
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    Yeah, pointing out that how you phrase the question in a poll will pretty much determine the answer really is right wing kookery, right?

    What morons the two of you are.
     

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