"Serious People", Totally Out of Touch With America
by Deacon Blues
Two new polls today, one from CBS News and another from Gallup should cause a sleepness night tonight for congressional Republicans.
Most Americans think any agreement on the budget and debt ceiling should include a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, according to a new poll from CBS News.
The survey, conducted from July 15-17, suggests that Americans side with President Obama on what a deal to raise the debt ceiling should include: the president has repeatedly called for tax increases for wealthy Americans, as well the elimination of tax loopholes that benefit corporate interests, to go along with spending cuts as part of a "balanced approach" to lower the government's deficit.
According to the poll, 66 percent of Americans believe that the deal to raise the debt ceiling should include both spending cuts and tax increases. Only 28 percent said they thought the deal should contain spending cuts exclusively, and a mere three percent wanted it to include tax increases only.
Indeed, the desire to see an agreement that contains both elements spans the political spectrum: 55 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of Tea Party members, 71 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of Independents said they support such a plan.
Gallup finds that two-thirds want a compromise now.
Two-thirds of Americans would like government officials to agree to a compromise plan on the debt and budget deficit negotiations now underway. Fewer than 3 in 10 want lawmakers who share their views on the debt and budget deficit to hold out for their desired plan. A majority of Republicans, independents, and Democrats favor reaching a compromise.
Even 51% of Republicans disapprove of how GOP members of Congress are handling the issue. Eric Cantor is out of touch, as is serious person Tom Coburn, who came out with his own plan today that cuts $9 trillion of deficits over the next ten years. How does he do it? By cutting 8 dollars of spending for every new dollar of revenue, naturally. Coburn would cut everything: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the EPA, defense, food safety, you name it, it all gets cut. But do tax rates for the wealthy and corporations return to what they were under his plan? Get real, this is a serious person we're talking about here.