[Rushtalk] Who's At Fault?!?
John A. Quayle
blueoval57 at verizon.net
Thu Dec 13 19:37:53 MST 2012
A Shift In The Blame Game?
For weeks, the media have been obsessing over polls showing that the
public would overwhelmingly blame congressional Republicans if the
country goes over the fiscal cliff and taxes go up dramatically next
year. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out today questions the
media's prevailing narrative.
If no deal is reached and the automatic tax hikes go into effect, 19%
of the public would blame President Obama and the Democrats more,
while 24% would blame Republicans more. But 56% of the public would
blame both parties equally.
Suddenly no one has the advantage in the blame game. More
importantly, it may reflect a shift in public opinion.
As the days pass and we get closer to the fiscal cliff, the public is
paying more attention to this debate. While it's true that taxing the
"rich" polls well, the American people strongly support spending cuts
too. For example:
* 67% of respondents in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll
supported spending cuts.
* 61% of voters in a Fox News poll released yesterday said that
major spending cuts were necessary.
* In a recent
poll, 76% favored across-the-board spending cuts.
By the way, the Politico poll also found that 69% of Americans
opposed raising taxes on small businesses that earn more than
$250,000 a year. It was one of the few polls that asked about raising
taxes on small businesses. This is a critical point because many
small business owners pay their taxes as individuals, not as
corporations. The income tax hikes currently under consideration
would be a hard hit to these struggling job creators.
The Fox poll also asked voters, "Which do you think is the BEST way
to deal with the country's budget problems?" Fifty-seven percent of
registered voters said "mostly with cuts in government spending."
Just 20% said "mostly with tax increases."
Speaker John Boehner held a press conference today. He firmly stood
his ground against higher tax rates on small businesses and
aggressively made the case that spending is the real problem.
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