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Vast Majority Say No to Higher Taxes to Lower Deficit; Only 18% in Favor

According to a new poll by Rasmussen, a staggering 69% of likely voters are against raising taxes to pay of our nation's debt. On top of that, thirteen percent of likely voters are not sure, making the number against or not-in-favor at 82%. According to the poll, a measly 18% are in favor of increases taxes to pay off the soring debt.

The federal deficit, already at record highs and expected to balloon further, is greater than $13,000,000,000,000; that's thirteen trillion dollars. Furthermore, it climbs over $10,000 every single second. By the time you read this entire sentence, our deficit has risen approximately $100,000.

The Rasmussen report continues to say that a whopping 83% of likely voters believe that the deficit continues to climb because of politicians' unwillingness to cut spending. Furthermore, the vast majority, 66%, already believe that people are already over-taxed.

Other polls included in the report:

46% believe their taxes will increase under this administration.
The majority of likely voters also believe that Obamacare will raise the deficit, not lower it as the President has promised

This does not bode well for President Obama, who has spent most of his time in office assuring voters that Stimulus packages and his Health Care reform would lower the debt. It is evident that voters do not believe him.

Cross-Posted at Jumping in Pools


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You're interchanging 'defic... (Below threshold)

You're interchanging 'deficit' and 'debt' which, while related, aren't the same thing. Presumably, since voters don't support raising taxes to cover the deficit, they wouldn't support raising taxes to pay off the debt, so either way, Obama doesn't have a lot of support for raising taxes.

But as with health care, who needs public support if you've got enough Democrats willing to vote contrary to public sentiment?

November cant come soon eno... (Below threshold)

November cant come soon enough.

I've seen polls that analyz... (Below threshold)
James H:

I've seen polls that analyze public sentiment on spending cuts, and there's little to no consensus of where to cut.

I actually like what the Brits did this week. They announced a series of painful cuts, coupled them with a somewhat painful tax hike, and told the citizens that's the medicine. That appeals.

And people actually wonder ... (Below threshold)

And people actually wonder why the Democratic Congress is not passing a budget this year?

They can't. At least, they can't and expect to win re-election.

The best cut a sh*tload of ... (Below threshold)

The best cut a sh*tload of spending before they raise taxes.

Can you say "double dip recession" anybody?

There's no easy way out of ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

There's no easy way out of this mess, but a place to start is to figure out what the optimal tax rate is from the standpoint of raising revenue. It's obvious that if the tax rate was 0% there would be 0 revenue, but it's just as true that if the tax rate were 100% there would be 0 revenue. Thus, there's some optimal rate or range of rates that, for a given set of economic conditions, raises the most revenue. Without understanding what those optimal rates and conditions are any tax increase or decrease is voodoo economics. If no one can figure that out then we're shooting in the dark.

Beyond tax rates, businesses need stability in order to feel confident about investing and expanding their business. Hopefully, Republicans will gain enough seats this November to put an end to Obama's activist agenda.

Yes, we need to reform Medicare and social security, but in such a way as to not balance the budget on the backs of retired or soon to retire people. Social Security still has unpaid IOU's that need to be honored.

We need real healthcare reform that cuts costs and increases competition. Did you know that smokers have the lowest lifetime healthcare costs and health nuts have the highest? The Obama plan ignores the science of lifetime healthcare costs as well as the basic laws of economics. Repeal of Obamacare is the first step.

Interesting.I wond... (Below threshold)
jim m:


I wonder what happened to all the libs who are so eager to raise taxes. Oh wait, that's right they only want to raise them on the rich, except of course to the lib "rich" means that the other person earns $1 more than they do.

Hypocrites all. Raise taxes , but on someone else. Build "green energy" power plants, just where I don't have to look at the windmills. Conserve energy, but let me drive my SUV convoy to my private jet so I can fly to speak about how green I am.

"You're interchanging 'd... (Below threshold)

"You're interchanging 'deficit' and 'debt' which, while related, aren't the same thing. Presumably, since voters don't support raising taxes to cover the deficit, they wouldn't support raising taxes to pay off the debt, so either way, Obama doesn't have a lot of support for raising taxes."

You have no chance at all of paying down the debt, if you don't get the deficit spending under control.

Problem is, when Congress raises taxes the first thing they do is look for something to spend the money on. It'd be nice if they'd actually PAY DOWN THE DAMN DEBT... but I don't expect it will ever happen.

I hope that every American,... (Below threshold)

I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

People are perhaps finally ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

People are perhaps finally wising up despite the last 35 years of ever-increasing federal control over public education? Maybe it is just that after being fooled time and time again by the lies and the promises, they are weary of it and fearful for where it is inevitably leading?

GarandFan @ #4 ~ Not passing a budget is irresponsible, but it is also their best chance for the fall. Their members don't have to cast ballots for a budget which promises ever-increasing taxes and deficits as far as the eye can see, which might hurt their chances. BUT the Committee Chairman will now be unrestrained by budget guidelines, and can report out all the spending they want. Every interest group will not only be fed, but gorged and encouraged to purge and splurge.

Deficits will explode beyond all measure, but there won't be a framework to see it until after the election.

The Tea Bag Party are just ... (Below threshold)

The Tea Bag Party are just "haters not debaters" or as others have dubbed them "screamers not dreamers", with their failed attempts at stopping Healthcare reform, they say they respect the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence but they do not mind passing laws, through weak Governors (no one voted for this crazy) who only cares about getting elected Governor, on the backs of undocumented workers, that will not pass Constitution muster.

Brewer signed into law;

1. S.B. 1070,
2. No permit conceal weapons law,
3. The famous Birthers law,
4. Banning Ethnic studies law,

5. Could she be behind the Mural in Prescott, Arizona, ordered to be whiten,
6. On deck to pass, no citizenship to babies born to undocumented workers,

7. If she can read she should look up Arizona's House Bill 2779 from two years ago (which was un-constitution and failed when legally challenged),
8. The boycotted Martin Luther King Day, what idiots don't want another holiday? Yes, you guessed it Arizona.

Well Arizona, you can boycott new holidays and keep passing crazy laws and the rest of us will continue to challenged them in a court of law and continue to add cities to our Boycott of your state.

I real cannot believe anything that comes out of Brewer's mouth, in an interview she first said her father had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (war ended 1945) but of course we find out the truth that father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955. But we are suppose to believe everything else she says, right! No one voted for you for Governor, yet you keep listening to the tiny brains of the crazies and signing into law everything that comes into their feeble minds, it only make you look dumb, stupid or racist, or maybe all three.

As for the Tea Bag Party, their phony patriotism is sickening; they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let's face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, energy (remember Cheney's secret meetings with oil companies where loosening regulation and oversight were sealed), climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of "birthers, baggers and blowhards" to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing "Follow the Leader" by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O'Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions).

The Birthers and the Tea Bag party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like "This time we came unarmed", let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don't pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it's about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called "Internet facts". Let's face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the "Republican 2009 Summer of Love" list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that is like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that. Yee Haw!

Payments may be made to the... (Below threshold)

Payments may be made to the insured member or, by assignment, directly to the dentist. If there is a difference between the amount paid and the dentist's full charge and the amount paid, the individual usually pays the difference.

It's better for everyone if... (Below threshold)

It's better for everyone if we pay the national debt off slowly over a longer period of time, then it will be less painful over all.






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