Thursday, January 27, 2011

Republicans Need To Show Leadership In Cutting The Deficit, Cont'd

I have written about this quite a lot, but I just find it so intriguing. Yet another poll comes out saying the same thing. According to Ron Beasley,
Everyone wants to cut the budget and the Republicans are making it the center of their policy. As we have noted before there is a problem – the voters who want to cut the budget don’t actually want to cut anything.  Gallup’s most recent poll indicates that nothing has changed.
The only thing a majority want to cut is Foreign Aid which makes up less than one percent of the budget.  Even more striking was with the exception of  funding for the arts and sciences and military and national defense there was less than a ten percent difference between Democrats and Republicans.
Another great quip from Beasley: funding for Israel represents "the lion's share" of Foreign Aid, and therefore even cuts in that area will be problematic. It will be interesting to see the effect that Rand Paul's proposed cuts (which include Israel) take on the senator's grassroots popularity.

Cross posted at The Cross Culturalist

3 comments:

Bill589 said...

"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." T. Paine

I understand entitlements are the bulk of the problem.

Maybe the answer includes education. Will people change their views if they understand that, again, it is a time for choosing: We can either work through some hardship now, or pass a much larger hardship onto our grandchildren.

Regarding entitlements, a couple of my personal friends and I agreed we will take on more burden than we’re due, if it will take the extra burden off of future generations and save their republic. And we have other political views that we differ on, and none of us feel we’re a special ‘hero’ or anything, and one of us is even a Democrat.

We and T. Paine can’t be the only ones.

OhioJOE said...

If the majority of the public actually had to pay taxes, we would see support for these programs drop.

Revolution 2010 said...

Many people are hypocritical. Cut the spending except where it might affect ME!