Republicans Prefer Tax Cuts To Balanced Budget?
That’s the buzz going around some liberal blogs about a Rasmussen poll which claims that a plurality of Republicans polled would rather see tax cuts and a deficit than a balanced budget and tax increases (one supposes the increases would be used to balance it. The history of our government says otherwise).
Of course I’m of the opinion there’s a third choice. Cut spending commensurate with the tax cuts and reduce the size of government until you’re able to balance the budget. Then start reducing the debt. Apparently that wasn’t one of the choices however.
On to the poll. Here are the results with which the left has decided it can use to deride the right as lying no-good deficit lovers:
Fifty percent (50%) of conservatives are comfortable with a budget deficit if taxes are cut versus 63% of liberals who favor a balanced budget with higher taxes. But then 50% of conservative voters also think the federal budget can be balanced without a tax increase. Sixty-one percent (61%) of liberals say that’s impossible.
Ah, ha! Apparently my choice is in the mix, albeit hidden – what do you supposed those 50% who think the federal budget can be balanced without a tax increase mean?
So let’s recast the findings – 50% of “conservatives” want tax cuts and can live with deficits, 50% of “conservatives” say a blanced budget can be done with spending cuts and 61% of “liberals” believe the only way to balance the budget is to increase taxes (apparently eschewing any spending cuts).
Now here’s the shocker for you (ok, sarcasm again):
Sixty-two percent (62%) of the Political Class prefer a balanced budget with higher taxes, compared to just 26% of Mainstream voters. Forty-six percent (46%) of Mainstream voters would rather see a budget deficit with tax cuts.
Those in the Political Class are twice as likely as Mainstream voters – 70% to 35% – to believe it is not possible to balance the federal budget without raising taxes.
This is a clever way Rasmussen has of letting us know what our political betters think about those questions vs. what you the mainstream voters think (Proles! When will you wise up?).
So what this portion of the poll tells us is if the “Political Class” ever actually gets serious about debt and deficit reduction, you can throw the “cut spending” mantra right out the window (along with tax cuts) and bend over while grabbing your wallet. At the rate they’re spending right now though, “serious about the deficit” is lightyears away from being considered. Lip service, however, will be extravagent, since it’s politically cheap.
But it is, as usual, instructive to see how out of touch the “Political Class” is with it’s voters.
And speaking of our policial masters and referencing the story about Joe Biden below, here’s the public’s answer to Bidenomics:
Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters believe decreasing the level of government spending will help the U.S. economy. Sixty-one percent (61%) say cutting taxes will boost the economy, the highest level of support since May.
What are the administion’s plans? Increased government spending and higher taxes, of course. If you want to see the “deficit of trust” Obama spoke about in the SOTU, read through the entire poll results. It tells the story of the rise of the Tea Parties with percentages.
And we’re suposed to be the ‘ungovernable’ ones?