03 March 2011

NBC/WSJ poll: Large Majorities favor LIBERAL fiscal solutions

I've been surprised before by what the majority of Americans will sometimes say they believe in. But I was much more impressed by this NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showing that large majorities, when asked what they would favor doing to address the deficit and long-term debt favor taxing millionaires more, eliminating Bush tax cuts, eliminating funding for weapons the Pentagon doesn't even want, eliminating "earmarks," and eliminating oil and gas tax breaks, while preserving public employee collective bargaining, than I was by Ron Paul's comments about his gut feeling that the public agrees with him that "medical care and education aren't a right, they're something you earn."

Don't think so, Ron. Pollsters? 

Incidentally, the same poll showed that the least popular ideas for addressing the debt and deficit were: cutting funding for Medicaid, the federal government health-care program for the poor (32 percent said that was acceptable); cutting funding for Medicare, the federal government health-care program for seniors (23 percent); cutting funding for K-12 education (22 percent); and cutting funding for Social Security (22 percent). Now this doesn't equate to people thinking that education and health care are "rights" like the right of free speech, but it sure does show that the Republicans are way off base in thinking the majority are with them in thinking that budget cuts in these areas are acceptable.

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