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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Americans Want Government Services, But Don't Want to Pay for Them

Comments on this poll showing that Americans want government services, but don't want to pay for them? About the only thing people agree about is raising taxes on the wealthy (though the wealthy themselves are less enthusiastic about this option):

Poll shows Americans oppose entitlement cuts to deal with debt problem, by Jon Cohen and Dan Balz: Despite growing concerns about the country’s long-term fiscal problems and an intensifying debate in Washington about how to deal with them, Americans strongly oppose some of the major remedies under consideration, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. ...
The Post-ABC poll finds that 78 percent oppose cutting spending on Medicare as a way to chip away at the debt. On Medicaid — the government insurance program for the poor — 69 percent disapprove of cuts.
There is also broad opposition to cuts in military spending to reduce the debt, but at somewhat lower levels (56 percent).
In his speech last week, the president renewed his call to raise tax rates on family income over $250,000... At this point, 72 percent support raising taxes along those lines, with 54 percent strongly backing this approach. ... Only among people with annual incomes greater than $100,000 does less than a majority “strongly support” such tax increases.
An across-the-board tax increase is decidedly less popular, at least when coupled with benefit reductions. ...

    Posted by on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 07:56 AM in Budget Deficit, Economics, Taxes | Permalink  Comments (112)


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