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Poll: Most want ‘fiscal cliff’
compromise but oppose cuts
that may be part of deal

Washington Post, by Jon Cohen and Philip Rucker

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 12/18/2012 9:00:57 AM

Most Americans want President Obama and congressional Republicans to compromise on a budget agreement, though they, too, are unhappy about the options that would avert the “fiscal cliff,” according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The strong support for compromise belies widespread public opposition to big spending cuts that are likely to be part of any deal. Most Americans oppose slashing spending on Medicaid and the military, as well as raising the age for Medicare eligibility and slowing the increase of Social Security benefits, all of which appear to be on the table in negotiations. Majorities call

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bubby, 12/18/2012 9:18:15 AM     (No. 9072366)

Well then why don´t we eliminate all spending on everything but the military, medicare and social security? We don´t need the Department of Energy and Education, PBS, NPR, Planned Parenthood, ethanol subsidies, Americorp the list of wasteful spending is endless. But both parties want to continue to tax and spend. Every Senator or Representation goes to Washington thinking they have to "bring home the bacon" to please their constituants for their State or District. That kind of thinking has to end or we will end up going over a fiscal cliff.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: NYBruin, 12/18/2012 9:20:59 AM     (No. 9072373)

Not surprising in the least! Obama and the other demagogues on the left keep harping in the "rich" needing to pay their "fair share." Low information voters (Obama supporters) think the problem can be solved by raising marginal tax rates

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Reply 3 - Posted by: surgedr, 12/18/2012 9:23:45 AM     (No. 9072377)

I guess the time for believing in sacrifice and not living beyond your means is over! There are people out there who have never known what it means to put their country before their own selfish desires. Then again, pollsters have a way of skewing the results by the way they ask a question. I´m hoping that this is the case and that America has not lost it´s spirit for doing the right thing, and not allowing our govt spending to spin out of control.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tennman, 12/18/2012 9:30:30 AM     (No. 9072386)

People are generally for tax increases - as long as it´s someone else´s. Spending cuts are fine too - as long as it doesn´t affect their stuff. People want the tough choicess made - as long as they´re unaffected.

Anyone else see a pattern here?



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Reply 5 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel, 12/18/2012 9:31:50 AM     (No. 9072387)

Most Obamaphone voters want ´´fiscal cliff´´ compromise but oppose cuts...



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Reply 6 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 12/18/2012 9:51:01 AM     (No. 9072420)

More utter nonsense from the Washington Post.

Totally made up with no basis in fact.

Exactly what we have come to expect from one of the worst "news"papers in the world.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: pmarc078, 12/18/2012 9:54:22 AM     (No. 9072425)

"yes" to cuts but don´t gore my ox !!!!!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Davids918, 12/18/2012 10:51:35 AM     (No. 9072541)

What cuts?

They´re only looking to slow the rate of increase. So, instead of an 8% increase in program funding they may get 5% increase. But, in State and Federal Gov´t speak, those are considered "cuts".

It´s not like the program gets $100 and it´s being cut to $95.
It´s more like the program gets $100 and the projected increase is $108, but they´ll only get $105 next year.

I sure wish Republicans would illustrate this simple message.
Then, link the idea of making gov´t more effective, more efficient and more productive to minimize the effects of the reduced spending levels.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: jimmiet, 12/18/2012 10:59:12 AM     (No. 9072554)

Talk about government doublespeak. Why is it when spending cuts come up the 1st two expenses are Defense and SS/Medicare? Government made your paying into ss and medicare mandatory so the tax payers would not have to pay for your welfare. Then they spent the future of that totally corrupt ponzi scheme 20 years ago and now it´s greed on the part of the citizens to not want to reduce the benefits. Lying crooked bastids.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Poliskeptic, 12/18/2012 11:04:11 AM     (No. 9072563)

Our neighbors´ twenty-something daughter, who lives comfortably with her parents, spent the summer traveling in Europe but just received a federal grant to pay 100% for her Master´s in some sort of school counseling field. They are good neighbors, but I´m enraged! Why should hard-earned tax dollars be given to this cosseted girl?


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Reply 11 - Posted by: kono, 12/18/2012 11:09:27 AM     (No. 9072572)

In other words, WaPo -- most Americans insist they want the free lunch... even though there never was such a thing in the first place. But thanks to decades of unscrupulous, biased reporting, the majority of Americans are convinced that we can force revenue into the coffers through profligate spending, because the fiscal conservatives´ preoccupation with avoiding debt will coerce them into raising taxes to cover the cost....

Lying Communist sacks of excrement.

In fairness, there´s a symmetry to the GOP´s political shenanigans, when it comes to misleading voters. But the MSM not only avoid reporting on the big Liberal lies -- they´re the very agents who willingly deliver those lies.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 12/18/2012 11:26:58 AM     (No. 9072601)

Since this is from the WP I can be sure that most do not want a compromise, they want cuts.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 12/18/2012 2:32:28 PM     (No. 9072988)

Quit your job. Get federal housing assistance, food stamps, free NØbamacare, free NØbamaphone, etc, etc, etc.

Why wait until you have no choice? Jump on the bandwagon now. Your dignity (and the Constitution) really lost all value on 11-6-2012. 52% of the voters decided it for all of us.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: saguni, 12/18/2012 7:08:28 PM     (No. 9073381)

They didn´t ask me!!! Cut everything back to the levels of (in order of my preference)

The last budget that was "balanced" i.e. spent no more than tax revenues received.
The 2004 budget levels, closing all Czars, offices and departments not funded in the budget.
The last budget passed by Congress and signed by the President, not one penny more.


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