So GOP voters aren’t thrilled about Republican members of Congress proposing cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid in the so-called fiscal cliff talks with the President.
The trend to be in favor of government spending cuts, so long as the cuts aren’t for anything you want, has been around for a while. And the public’s split personality on such cuts isn’t surprising. As John wrote in early 2011, the Republicans have bashed government spending for years, convincing many that any government spending is bad government spending (so long as you don’t get into the details).
Shockingly, these same Republicans failed to show concern for the Bush budget-busting lies. The trillion-dollar tax cuts never saved us a dime, they actually busted the budget, and the unnecessary wars are still costing us billions each month (Iraq alone may end up costing us $5 trillion). That big government spending that they all hated so much? Somehow, that was now fine too.
More recently, we also heard countless complaints from Republicans about the evils of 47% of the public who eat at the trough of big government spending. It’s just terrible for them to think about, that some people might actually need food stamps, or Medicare or Social Security. Although few publicly agreed with Romney’s 47% remark, privately, many Republicans believed and said the same thing - Romney even said it again after the election, and Bill O’Reilly and others agreed with him.
The problem for the GOP, though, was that they too were looking for government money. And many of them had more money than God, but didn’t want you to have a dime.
Whether it was the moocher 1% types who feed on government money, or the GOP voters, who needed it to survive, they wanted stuff too. Republican-voting states have benefited enormously from federal tax dollars over the years and this year, the bulk of the counties with the fastest-growth in food-stamp aid voted for Romney. Everyone wants stuff, including Republicans.
Now that there are budget discussions to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, Republicans and some Democrats are proposing cuts to the social system. Besides being unnecessary and unfair, voting for such cuts is even unpopular with GOP voters. It’s seems Republicans still want stuff, according to a new poll.
- Letting the Obama payroll tax expire.
- Cutting Medicare spending.
- Raising the Medicare eligibility age.
- Eliminating the home mortgage tax deduction.
- Eliminating charitable tax deduction.
- Cutting spending for Medicaid, the program for the poor.
More from McClatchy:
The only option that voters endorse, by a ratio of 3-to-2, is to raise taxes on the wealthy.
A majority oppose other often-discussed options, including raising taxes on everyone, cutting Medicaid or Medicare spending, raising the age for Medicare, or taking away tax deductions for charitable contributions or home mortgage interest.
Go read the poll. It’s amazing how much it sides with Democrats and against Republicans. (Well, some Democrats. The public is NOT in favor of any of the crazy cuts being proposed at the moment.) If any Democrat blinks and wants to give away anything in light of this information, they might as well leave the party today. There is no need to back down to pay for Bush’s lies. We have the public on our side. Let’s, for once, use that to our advantage and do the right thing.