The debate has once again put the GOP in the difficult position of defending the richest Americans, who, as a simple question of math, make up only a sliver of the nation’s voting public. Amid talk of cutting popular entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security, the risk is that Republicans will come off as callous to the needs and concerns of the middle class. “Fighting to the death to protect a small segment of population, at the moment, is politically questionable,” Tom Rath, a longtime Republican operative and senior adviser to Mitt Romney’s campaign, told National Journal. “The old arguments aren’t working anymore,” said Steve Lombardo, a GOP strategist. “Or they’re working with such a small segment with the public that they’re no longer relevant.” Will Tax Debate Prompt GOP to Drop Role as Protector of Rich? - NationalJournal.com While raising taxes on higher income Americans appears popular, the public apparently doesn't want changes to Medicare, the federally administered program which guarantees access to health insurance for those 65 and older, and for younger people with disabilities. By a 51%-44% margin, the Quinnipiac poll indicates the public opposes gradually raising the age for Medicare eligibility. Two-thirds of those questioned in the ABC/Washington Post poll also objected to raising the age from 65 to 67, and plurality in the AP/GfK poll say the same thing. And only three in ten of people surveyed in that poll support the slowing of growth of annual Social Security benefits. According to the Quinnipiac poll, seven out of ten oppose cutting Medicaid spending. Trio of polls: Support for raising taxes on wealthy – CNN Political Ticker USMB Republicans are screaming from the fringe. They don't understand that the Republican BASE is against cutting certain so called entitlements by a higher percentage than the overall population. You heard me: Screaming From The Fringe!